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  • Locations: Austin, United States
  • Program Terms: Spring Break
  • Budget Sheets: Spring Break
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
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There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: SU Travel Course Field of Study: Art, Communications, Digital Marketing, Film, Graphic Design, Photography, Theatre, Visual Communication Design
Language of Instruction: English Class Standing: Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Minimum GPA: 2.50 Housing Option(s): Hotel
Institutional Aid Category: N/A
Program Description:
SU SXSW: Film Festivals and Media Marketing
Spring Semester (on-campus class)
March 10-17, 2018 (travel)

FMI 331: Major Directors/Movements (3 credits). Do film and media festivals still matter today, in a world where media is more available than ever on your laptop or smartphone? How did film festivals begin? How have they helped film- and media-makers launch their careers over the years? In this course, we will study the evolution of festivals, from Cannes to Sundance to SXSW to the Maryland Film Festival and beyond, and their role in the marketing and distribution of films and other media. As part of this course, students will travel to the SXSW Festival (one of America's premier annual media showcases, which includes Film, Interactive Media and Music) in Austin, Texas from March 9-16, 2018 (Stevenson's Spring Break), or March 10-17, 2018 (TBD), to get a first-hand look at a major film festival in action. 

This course will immerse students in the world of film festivals, with SXSW as the end-goal. As such, the portion of the course (weeks 1-7) that takes place before the travel will consist primarily of research and preparation for that travel, while the portion of the course (weeks 9-15) that takes place after the travel will consist of reactions presentations about that travel. Students will also be required to attend one day of the Maryland Film Festival, in May (at no cost to themselves).

FMI 331 Course Schedule

FMI 331 Flyer

Course Prerequisites: FMI 231: Film and Moving Image History.

Other Eligibility Requirements: Students must be in good academic, disciplinary, and financial standing with the University.

Faculty Leader: Chris Reed - Chair and Professor, Film and Moving Image

Cost: $2,150 ($2,100 if apply by July 24th) + $550 estimated flight (subject to change, SU will book on your behalf) 
Includes academic credit (part of Spring Semester 2018 course load), roundtrip airfare, lodging in hotel, festival attendance badge (includes activities/events), ground transport to/from OM Campus-BWI and to/from Austin airport-hotel, and the International & Off-Campus Study administrative fee. Additional costs include all meals and personal expenses. Application requires $650 non-refundable deposit by deadline. Remainder of cost is due by Spring 2018 payment deadlines.

Stevenson University reserves the right to make any necessary changes, including cost adjustments, in the event that unforeseen circumstances arise.

Withdrawals/Refunds: Upon submitting application and deposit, participants are considered committed and responsible for the full cost of the travel course should they be accepted. Should a participant wish to withdraw their application for any reason after acceptance, only recoverable expenses may be refunded (which vary according to date of withdrawal). Stevenson University withdrawal and drop/add deadlines do not apply.

This program is currently not accepting applications.