A new kind of film school
In the last 15 years, the film program in ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts has thrived, and with the launch of the new school and new facilities in 2020, ASU debuted a new kind of film school. Unlike many other top film schools, which measure themselves by who they exclude, The Sidney Poitier New American Film School is inclusive. ASU's 750 undergraduate film majors represent the creative diversity of our country, with more than 40 percent of its students from under-represented backgrounds. The Sidney Poitier New American Film School operates across three cities, including a brand-new 118,000-gross-square-foot state-of-the-art facility in downtown Mesa, Arizona, 7 miles from the university’s Tempe Campus. In addition to Mesa and the ASU Tempe campus, the film school also operates at the ASU California Center in the newly renovated ASU Herald Examiner building in downtown Los Angeles, the former home of the Hearst publishing empire. The Los Angeles space gives film students from every background an opportunity to connect with and learn in the entertainment capital of the world. Students also have opportunities to use Hollywood technology through partnerships, including with the John Hughes Institute and with Dreamscape Immersive, the world’s leading virtual reality company.