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Northwest Film Center

The Northwest Film Center School of Film, one of the largest community-based film arts programs in the country, is the Northwest region’s most comprehensive curriculum in media production and appreciation. Since if founding in 1972, the School has been known for its faculty of working filmmakers, emphasis on hands-on learning, flexible open curriculum, and media arts center learning environment.

The School’s classes and workshops, visiting artist programs and exhibitions are open to all with an interest in media self expression, and the power of cinema to advance cultural understanding, reflect the human experience, and fuel social change. Among the School’s students are fine artists, writers and other creatives; professionals in education, business and related areas seeking self improvement; those contemplating or pursuing a college degree program; and community members with an avocational interest in film.

The School offers instruction in the genres of narrative, documentary and experimental mediamaking, as well as film appreciation and professional practices in the independent field. Courses are offered year-round, through two 14-week semesters, and a 10-week summer term. Short-term and weekend workshops are on-going. There are several enrollment options.

With Portland State University’s English, Theatre and Communications Departments, the School jointly offers a Minor in Film Studies. Students receive a BA degree which incorporates courses from within the School open curriculum. Admission to PSU is required. Individuals pay PSU tuition plus Film Center tuition and lab/equipment fees. For more information, call 503 725-5360. Students attending the Pacific Northwest College of Art may transfer coursework from the School into the BFA Program. For more information, call 503 821-8974. Students admitted to Marylhurst University may cross-register with the School for selected courses. Participating Departments include Art (call 503 699-6242), Communications (call 503 699-6296) and Interdisciplinary Studes, which offers a Concentration in Media and Film Studies (call 503 699-6273).

School name:Northwest Film Center
Address:1219 SW Park Avenue
Zip & city:OR 97205 Oregon
Phone:(503) 221-1156

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