A motion picture option has been added to the SMC curriculum to take effect in fall, 2012. Its formation was in response to numerous student requests, recent motion picture activities in Arkansas, and the opportunity to join forces with Pulaski Technical College as PTC begins to offer courses in film and digital content for off-camera professionals.
Students who finish the new PTC program will be eligible to continue studies with SMC in the motion picture option that will emphasize screenwriting, directing, and cinematic techniques. The new option will fall under the Media Production and Design emphasis in SMC.
Along with the unit’s leadership, Dr. Mark Giese and Professor David Weekley took the lead in strengthening the ties with industry, with the Arkansas Film Commission, and with other educators at PTC and elsewhere during the last several years. SMC has long had a highly successful film minor, and it will build on that minor and its already-existing production courses as it launches the new option that is anticipated to be popular.