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Hopkins to offer master’s program in film and media

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HBO’s “Veep” may have packed its bags and headed West, but there’s about to be some new filmmaking blood in Baltimore.

The city’s Station North neighborhood — designated as an arts and entertainment district by the state — will be the home of a new graduate program in film offered by the Johns Hopkins University, officials announced Tuesday.

The Master of Arts in Film and Media program is a part-time graduate program offered by the university’s Krieger School of Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Maryland Institute College of Art, or MICA, which also offers an MFA program in film.

The new program will offer concentrations in writing, sound production and business. Students will choose two of those concentrations and take 11 courses to earn their degrees, according to the university.

Hopkins already offers an undergraduate film program that has become increasingly popular in the past few years, said Roberto Busó-García, director of the new graduate program.

Baltimore also has an active independent film community, and it’s become less important to live in New York or Los Angeles when trying to break into the business, Busó-García said.

“Film and TV has begun to decentralize as an industry,” he said.

There is also an enormous demand for scripted programming; popular streaming services like Netflix and Hulu now offer original content and TV channels that began offering many unscripted, “reality” shows a few years ago are now moving away from that format, Busó-García said.

“It’s a great time to be a writer,” he said.

The program’s business seminars will feature a series of guest speakers from the industry; students will have a chance to learn as well as develop a network of working relationships in the business, Busó-García said.

In the business concentration, students will focus on developing business plans and presenting ideas to executives and investors; in the sound concentration students will create record sound effects, dialogue and music in a new studio space; in the writing track students can develop feature-length screenplays as well as TV scripts.

A business fundamentals course will cover the basics of entertainment law and film financing; another course will focus specifically on writing pilot episodes for new TV series, according to the university.

All students will get hands-on experience shooting and editing, during a two-semester course co-taught with MICA’s MFA program, Busó-García said.

The Hopkins graduate program is designed with professional students — who may be looking to change careers or move to another area of the entertainment industry — in mind. Courses and seminars are offered after 6 p.m. on weekdays and on weekends, Busó-García said.

Courses will be held in a new film studio and recording center operated by Hopkins and MICA  in Station North;