Chapman University – Orange, CA


Chapman (4)

Located about an hour and a half drive on the freeway from Los Angeles, Chapman was a real gem of a place. The people were friendly, the niche programs are well worth considering, and the sleepy little town was a welcome relief from the traffic of Los Angeles. However, proximity to LA means great connections with industry which they turn into internships, a big part of the Chapman experience.

Chapman prides itself on connections and a personalized approach between its 5000 students and faculty. Its largest lecture hall holds 150, but they only use that for community presentations and speakers; the largest class size is actually 45 (that goes even for first year psychology) in order to facilitate collaboration and discussion. Popular majors at Chapman include film making, acting, theatre tech, athletic training, business and dance. They boast a 100% post-graduation employment rate for students who graduate from music education, athletic training, and accounting, an impressive stat by anyone’s yardstick.

If you dream of your name in lights, or in the roll of credits, the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts is one you want to check out. The facilities are incredible: the pictures above don’t do justice to the size and variety of space that is available to students 24/7 in their purpose built facility. Whether you want to be a film critic, a creative producer, a technical guru for television, an agent, or a screen actor, there is something for you here and, in fact, you would get your hands into many different areas as part of your program. Add hands on experience through internships and work with industry professionals, and there is little doubt that you would exit this program with up to the minute skills and contacts.

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