Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Seattle Film Institute Announces New MFA Concentrations Including Acting for Film

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Gail Benzler
206.250.0027 | gail.benzler@me.com 

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Seattle Film Institute

Seattle Film Institute 
New Acting for Film Concentration Approved for BA and MFA Programs
Only Program of its Kind in the PNW
Innovative Pathways to a Degree in Film
Fall Enrollment Ongoing Now: Classes Start Sept. 14

SEATTLE – August 19 — Seattle Film Institute (SFI) announced today that the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) has just approved the school’s Acting for Film concentration as an addition to its Bachelor of Arts in Film Program as well as to its Master of Fine Arts in Filmmaking and Producing.  SFI is the only school offering this baccalaureate and graduate curricula in the Pacific Northwest region. SFI’s program provides an accelerated pathway to a BA degree.  Students with an AA degree can earn a BA degree in one calendar year, while those without any previous post-secondary education can earn a BA in three years.

“The BA in Film Program at SFI has been an incredible boon to both students and parents who are all eager to have a program where students can earn a BA degree and are able to study their passion, receive a great education, and jump-start their careers,” says David Shulman, Seattle Film Institute’s President.

Seattle Film Institute’s faculty is comprised of award-winning working professionals whose expertise has had direct working relevance for SFI’s acting students and first graduating class — all of whom are currently represented by agents. Brian “Stewie” Giron graduated SFI’s Acting for Film program this July and was cast in BETTER THAN LOVE, a Hollywood production that was shot in the Seattle area. “This was my first professional audition,” Stewie says. “The work I did at SFI really gave me the confidence I needed to know what to expect and how to handle myself. That’s what SFI does — they give you the tools you need to succeed and help to get you working. I’ve been auditioning non-stop.”

Acting students work on a variety of projects in multiple formats (film, HD and digital video, for example) and have performance showcases with industry professionals. They work and collaborate with the school’s filmmaking and producing students, giving each actor the opportunity to work in a studio environment. Students graduate with quality head shots, demo reels and resumes, and are coached and prepared to approach and audition for agents and casting directors.  The program culminates with professional quality capstone film projects of up to feature length.

Shulman is excited about this new concentration and the opportunities afforded to students. “Now students can take advantage of our unique program that focuses on acting for film and television and these students earn 90 college level credits in five quarters over one calendar year rather than the typical 6 quarters over two academic years.  Students who come into the program with an AA degree finish their BA degree in 50 weeks.”

Students also can start off right away with SFI’s unique “upside-down” degree program.  On this pathway, students can complete their acting courses at SFI first and then head to any community college, college, or university of their choice to complete their general education requirements. The BA comes from SFI.  An extra bonus is that students can start their film careers immediately instead of waiting until they have finished their education. “It really puts students in control of both their education and their careers,” Shulman relates.

The full array of BA and MFA concentrations now include:

  • Filmmaking
  • Acting for Film (new and the only program of its kind in the Pacific Northwest)
  • Motion Graphics & Visual FX
  • Sound Design & Recording Arts 
  • Interdisciplinary Arts (allows students the flexibility to create their own concentration combining the various options offered by SFI)

Seattle Film Institute is the only school in the region offering all of these concentrations and programs together under one roof.  

In addition to BA and Certificate programs, graduate degrees are also offered:

  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Filmmaking and Producing with concentrations in:
  • Master of Arts (MA) in Producing
  • Master of Music (MM) in Film Composition


Acting for Film program auditions will be held on the following dates and times at SFI. Email chris@seattlefilminstitute to schedule an audition appointment: 

  • Thursday, August 20, 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Friday, August 21, 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, August 22, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Please contact Gail Benzler at gail.benzler@me.com or 206.250.0027 for more information about Seattle Film Institute, its programs and enrollment deadlines. Application, tuition and financial assistance are available.

Fall classes begin September 14 and seats are still available.

Additional information on SFI’s degree, certificate and graduate degree programs, as well as more on adult and summer teen classes, can be found at www.seattlefilminstitute.com.  

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About Seattle Film Institute
Established in 1994, Seattle Film Institute (SFI) is the Northwest region’s largest film school, offering professional certificates, undergraduate degrees and graduate degrees in all aspects of filmmaking.  SFI is known for its concentrated and innovative programs: the nation’s only accelerated upside-down Bachelor of Arts in Film program where students study their major, film, before more general classes, as well as the only one-year Masters program in Composing for Film, and the only Master of Fine Arts that blends both film production and producing.  All students receive a real-world education from a faculty anchored by film industry professionals and every student has the option of participating in SFI’s nationally acclaimed hands-on internship program.  In addition to degree and certificate programs in Filmmaking, Producing, Acting for Film, Sound Design and Recording Arts, Motion Graphics and Visual FX and Composing for Film, the school offers flexible evening, adult and summer teen classes.  Visit seattlefilminstitute.com for more information about the school and the many programs offered.

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