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The Art Institute of Philadelphia

Long before advancement in my potential career as a film producer, it was believed necessity of acquiring a degree in film production. Back in 2008, several ads on social media for a nearby college that offered such a major were making rounds and I thought opportunity came knocking. Meeting with the administrators, I was given the tour of the campus and grew even more inspired by the relatively small classes, state-of-the-art equipment and the fact that it was located in the heart of Philadelphia; just across the street from Liberty Place.

I was overtly impressed with the courses that were offered and the time required to obtain their corresponding credits that were only three months of weekly four-hour classes.

While attending, I had met amazing instructors who have had real-life experiences in the field and were very passionate about sharing their vast knowledge with students. The school even had special guest speakers from feature-film directors to renowned chefs meet with and instruct students.

Unfortunately, the school had since been permanently closed.

“This decision was made for a number of reasons, including a shift in the demand for online programs in higher education and in student populations at the campuses, which have resulted in declining, unsustainable enrollment levels for campus-based programs in these markets,” Anne Dean, a spokesperson for Dream Center, said in an e-mailed statement.

Besides Philadelphia, the Dream Center is “discontinuing campus-based programs” at schools in Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Illinois, Florida, Colorado, California, Utah, Texas, Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, Arizona, Tennessee, Virginia and Ontario, Canada.


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