Level Playing Field

In order to provide our level playing field, the school pays for all production-related expenses as they directly relate to media expendables, such as batteries, tape, gels and fuel for trucks, as well as fully equipped grip, electric, and sound packages. In addition, the school supplements the funding of catering and production design.

To maintain this level playing field, students may not alter the assigned parameters of any production. Each student must shoot within the pre-determined constraints of their production.

Any student who violates this essential level playing field will be subject to review and possible probation or dismissal from the College without a prior period of probation, in addition to the termination of the project.

Supplementing production expenses

It is understood that under certain circumstances, a production may require further resources. When this is necessary, the student, under the Associate Dean’s supervision, may supplement catering, production design, or actor-travel with additional funds. This is permitted so long as it does not exceed the project-level limits as determined by the College.


Students may also seek donations of goods and services as a supplement to their budgets. To do so, any donations must be backed with a letter confirming the source of the donations and must be submitted to the production supervisor. Students may not seek donations items, expendables or equipment provided by the College, or any donations that compromise the level playing field concept within the College. Other donations, which are particular to the show and are the result of resourceful producing and do not alter the essential level playing field, are permitted with the approval of the Associate Dean.

Thesis fundraising

For BFA and MFA thesis projects, students are permitted to run a friends-and-family fundraising campaign as a supplement to their budgets. Each fundraising campaign is a collective enterprise and the money raised is divided equally among all students in the cohort, so as to maintain the level playing field concept. Individual fundraising campaigns are not permitted.