“I had craved something more intense and in-depth to further my art education. I was just looking at art schools in the NYC area and came across the Pre-College Academy. I was super excited that there was a program available for someone like me who had a deep interest in the arts and needed more than just what the local school could offer.”
“Creativity has taken many forms in my life, but it overwhelmingly has fueled the way I approach and solve problems – both personal and professional. Creativity is not afraid to fail, but is afraid of the status quo.”
"I have learned that expanding your knowledge in an area or focus of life is really beneficial in taking your skills to the next level. Even a short, quality class can teach you the very essential skills you might have missed out on."
Meet Ben, continuing education student in Media, Film and Technology, and his instructor Greg as we follow them behind the scenes to discover what's like to learn about cinema and the film industry at The New School's Open Campus.
“I believe that editing teaches you how to direct and directing teaches you how to write. And when you’ve got all three, you can make films. The New School gave me all three—plus teaching me about lighting, cameras, and distribution strategies. In short, it made me a filmmaker.”
"Because I was transitioning into a new career, I needed to continue to work while I was studying and would not have been able to do a 4 year, or even a full-time 2 year program. With Parsons at Open Campus, I was able to spread my classes out in a manageable way while still working."
"I wanted to build writing back into my life in a structured way, with deadlines and assignments, so that’s when I looked into evening classes at Open Campus. I’d always been a little afraid to write fiction—I felt like I needed a well-formed idea or plot before giving it a go. But, that first year in New York, everything was new and the beginning fiction course provided the opportunity for fun, creative expression."
For almost two decades, Jasmine Takanikos has worked with both established brands and small businesses to develop brand strategy, integrated marketing, strategic planning, business development, creative direction, and digital strategy projects. She is the creator of the global workshop and lecture series, BrandHuman, centering around the importance of building lasting relationships with one’s core constituencies through the exploration of the self.