You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Relativity School Welcomes First Freshman Class

School is in session at Relativity Studios.

The studio, founded in 2004 by Ryan Kavanaugh, announced that Relativity School, its educational arm and the first-ever accredited BFA program affiliated with a studio welcomed its inaugural class Oct. 8.

Designed as a launch pad for the next generation of content creators, Relativity School is a branch of Philadelphia’s Hussian School of Art, offering degrees in film, acting, commercial dance and graphic arts at its LA Center Studios campus. The 20-acre sprawl — “Shameless” and “The Mentalist” currently shoot on the lot; “Mad Men” was filmed there — features a broadcast-ready digital production studio, state-of-the-art dance studio, classrooms, media labs, practice/rehearsal rooms, a student lounge, and library. Industry insiders helped develop the school’s core curriculum and courses are taught by working professionals with an emphasis on project-based learning. Core business classes will complement the arts and media courses.

“We are proud to be leading the way with a revolutionary alternative to traditional higher education by developing an innovative, craft-focused film, media and performing arts institution aligned with the industry,” said Relativity School’s Glenn Kalison. “Relativity’s cross-platform approach to entertainment and prominent position in the film industry creates invaluable learning opportunities for our students.”

“Hussian is thrilled to expand its footprint to Los Angeles,” said Melissa Morgan, president of Hussian School or Art. “To collaborate with Relativity on the development of programs specific to the entertainment industry that will further our mission to inspire creativity in art, education, and professional endeavors.”

The freshman class is a motley assortment of young actors with professional film and TV credits, aspiring filmmakers and accomplished dancers. Incoming BFA candidate Erica Cohen is the recipient of the inaugural $25,000 Joe Tremaine Commercial Dance Scholarship, a prize is to be  awarded annually to a freshman dancer/choreographer for her dedication to the craft.

All students will participate in a summer internships program, attend regularly scheduled guest lectures and can enroll in master classes featuring above- and below-the-line film and TV talent. Off-campus visits to post-facilities such as Hydraulx (visual effects) and Wildfire (sound mixing) will also be offered through the school.

“To train at an degree-granting institution on a studio lot in Los Angeles, in the heart of the entertainment industry, is a dream come true for aspiring artists and media entrepreneurs,” Kalison said.

More Film

  • Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the

    Cannes Film Review: 'Alice and the Mayor'

    Sophomore director Nicolas Pariser follows his politically engaged debut, “The Great Game,” with an even deeper plunge into the disconnect between political theory and the workings of government in the unmistakably French “Alice and the Mayor.” Deeply influenced by Eric Rohmer in the way it aspires to use philosophical dialogue to reveal something about the [...]

  • 'Diego Maradona' Review: The Football Legend

    Cannes Film Review: 'Diego Maradona'

    You expect the director of a biographical documentary to have a passion for whoever he’s making a movie about. But the British filmmaker Asif Kapadia spins right past passion and into obsession. He doesn’t just chronicle a personality — he does an immersive meditation on it. Kapadia plunges into the raw stuff of journalism: news [...]

  • Atlantics

    Emerging Talent From Gallic Cinema

    Variety is teaming with Unifrance, an agency that promotes French cinema around the world, to focus attention on four emerging talents in the French movie industry as part of Unifrance’s “New Faces of French Cinema” program. Here Variety profiles the rising filmmakers: Justine Triet, Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec, Hafsia Herzi and Mati Diop. Mati Diop Born to [...]

  • John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’

    John Hannah Reunites With ‘The Mummy’ Actors for Horror Pic ‘Lair’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    John Hannah, Corey Johnson and Oded Fehr will star in “Lair,” billed as a socially conscious horror movie about an LGBT family embroiled in one man’s attempt to prove the existence of the supernatural. The trio all appeared in the successful franchise “The Mummy,” and their new picture goes into production later this year. Katarina [...]

  • Loving Vincent Animation Oscars

    Adult Audience Animation: Cannes Panel Talks Big-Screen Strategy

    CANNES–A panel of leading animation industry executives gathered during the Cannes Film Market on Sunday to shed light on their strategies for the theatrical release of adult-oriented animated features. It was a timely conversation at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. Five of the 28 animated projects in the Marché du Film are adult audience-focused, including [...]

  • Lea Drucker poses with the Best

    French Filmmaker Axelle Ropert Readies 'Petite Solange' With MK2 Films (EXCLUSIVE)

    French writer/director Axelle Ropert is set to direct “Petite Solange,” a film that will star Léa Drucker and Philippe Katerine, who won the best acting nods at this year’s Cesar Awards for their performances in “Custody” and “Sink or Swim,” respectively. MK2 films will handle international sales. Haut et Court has acquired rights for French [...]

  • Dutch FilmWorks Moves into International Sales

    Dutch Film Works Moves into International Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

    A major new international sales outfit is coming to market. Dutch Film Works (DFW), one of the largest movie distributors in the Benelux region, is moving into film and TV sales. DFW general manager Angela Pruijssers will spearhead the sales effort alongside Charlotte Henskens, who will join from Amsterdam-based Fortissimo Films, where she is director [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content