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Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University

Chapman is overwhelmingly popular with Seattle students. Interesting updates from our Seattle representatives include a new student union, increased weekend activities on campus, a Filmmakers Village, and new housing and dining at the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts. Upcoming projects include a new science and technology center, center for the arts, and health sciences campus. Film and acting, business, and communications are all popular majors. Housing continues to be overburdened; however, 90% of freshmen live on campus. Sophomores are almost all guaranteed housing, with lottery priority for out-of-state students.

University of Redlands

This university in Southern California is very popular with Washington students. I wrote about a visit to Redlands in an earlier posting, but this was an excellent opportunity to hear about new programs and updates. Redlands has added a popular Visual and Media Studies program, as well as a Human and Animal Studies program. Computer Science has changed from a major to a minor, and students wishing to study engineering can participate in Redland’s 3/2 Program with USC and Columbia. Students must receive a “B” grade in all physics courses to apply to this program.

Redlands continues to expand its strong music offerings and has completed a new arts building. There are two community gardens on campus for students to use. Many professors live nearby and attend events on campus, spurring a stronger sense of community. The Global Business program continues to expand—students must complete an internship and have strong foreign language skills.

The Johnston Center for Integrative Studies, which accepts 40 to 50 students a year and houses 200 of the total 2500 undergraduates, offers a way for independent students to take control of their education with a more free-form approach to curriculum development. The Department of Communicative Disorders continues to grow by offering a wide range of disciplines.

Thirty percent of students are athletes at this Division III campus, and they have seen a dramatic increase in intramural sports over the last few years. Merit aid is offered to many students, and scholarships are available for those with specific talents. Forty percent of students study abroad, and Redlands has its own program in Salzburg, Austria, known as The Salzburg Semester.

University of Pittsburgh

Popular majors at this urban university three miles from the business district include pre-health, business, neuroscience, East Asian languages and engineering. Admit rates are high at about 50%, and many students receive merit scholarships, including travel costs to visit campus. There are nine engineering disciplines, and students often participate in research and internships through the co-op program. The University of Pittsburgh also offers a six-year Doctor of Pharmacy Program.

Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising

FIDM offers a three-day summer program, a helpful way to determine if this focused program will offer the best option for students. There are four campuses at FIDM—Orange County, San Diego, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. The co-founder of Juicy Couture is one of the well-known graduates and continues to mentor students. Programs at this private college are for two, three, and four years. One-quarter of the courses at FIDM are in general studies including math, science, and English.

Matriculation agreements are available with every community college in Washington and the interior design program at Seattle Pacific University. The only bachelor’s degree offered is in business management, and every student must get an AA specialty first. No dorms are available; however, FIDM offers contracts with many apartments in the area, and advisors help with this process. One popular program is Digital Media, where students work with companies in Los Angeles in areas such as animation and runway shows. Visual Communications students work on special events in the area including fashion events. Footwear students complete the Fashion Design program and then take the third year to specialize and travel to Italy. Merchandise Product Development has a third year in International Merchandise Management. Other programs include Beauty Industry Merchandising and Management, Graphic Design, Furniture, and Lighting.

Many scholarships are offered through FIDM, including the “Fashion Club,” which has partnered with Teen Vogue and others. Nordstrom Teen Board members are offered scholarships, along with a Prom Design scholarship, artistic scholarship, and others. FIDM is a sponsor for DECA and offers scholarships for DECA students.

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