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This is a very complicated saga because of FSU's former partnership with Digital Domain.  The FSU Board of Trustees should be discussing at their next meeting in January whether or not to end the program is West Palm Beach in favor of relocating it to Tallahassee.  Barron would then go the the Board of Governors meeting a few day later and present the BOT's decision.

I'm really not sure how I feel about the program being in West Palm Beach.  It is nice to see that the city is willing to incentivize FSU's continued presence there but does it make sense for FSU long-term?  Can we grow a program down there better than we could in Tallahassee?  Should we be having different programs throughout the state as opposed to a more centralized approach?  If this specific program were to move to Tallahassee, could it be a great addition to the "Creative Crucible" Big Idea?

Thoughts, PLEASE!

Link: West Palm may add incentive money to keep FSU film12/8 10:26 AM | IP: Logged
Bring it back to Tallahassee. The big building we saw years ago isn't happening. Our efforts should be focused on the main campus, not the branch locations.
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FSU's statewide mission should be emphasized.  I see this as one part of that effort.
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Whenever I see a branch campus it reminds me of schools like ITT, Keiser, Everest, etc. It makes me think the school is just trying to profit by opening as many locations as possible and it makes it easier to get a degree from that school. UCF and USF have a bunch of branch campuses, it dilutes their brand.

Now that DD is gone, there's little purpose in having this in WPB. WPB is not a movie studio hotbed. Also, this is inconvenient for students. They have to spend at least one year in Tallahassee and then move to WPB after that. It ruins the FSU experience. A big reason people go to FSU and UF over all the other school is for the "college experience."

This is why I hate the PC campus. I wish GCSC would take it over.
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Another story from West Palm and actions taken by the Community Redevelopment Agency to entice FSU to stay.  Again, while $200,000 is a nice gesture does this make sense for FSU in the long-run?  I'm not sure.

Mac- I agree that FSU should always emphasize its statewide mission and this could be one way of doing that but it takes a considerable investment from the university and the host community.  With Digital Domain gone, I wonder if the money on the table and resources available make this venture economically feasible.

Crazed- I also agree with you that branch campuses can dilute a university's brand.  Or it could be worse with branch campuses becoming independent.  Hello USF Lakeland ---> Florida Polytech...or whatever it's called now.  We put in all that investment and have the "West Palm film school" merge with FAU down the road.

I will be very interested to see the next Board of Trustees meeting and Board of Governors meeting in January.

Link: FSU animation program offered $200,000 to stay12/10 8:44 PM | IP: Logged
Looks like the digital animation program is likely to be moved to Tallahassee.  The BOG will take up the issue and Baron has said he will abide by their decision.  I understand FSU/West Palm's desire to have the program down south but I tend to think it is better to have programs centralized on the main campus.

Link: Committee recommends FSU relocate film program2/9 12:16 PM | IP: Logged
You should watch the Provost's presentation on this subject at the January Board of Trustees meeting. The faculty and dean of the Motion Picture, the Provost, the President and most of the trustees believe moving the program to Tallahassee is a bad idea.

A couple primary points are that Digital Domain was FSU's founding partner, but that the program always intended to bring in additional partners. Other significant companies in this field are apparently very interested in particpating according to the Provost and Dean Patterson. But, those companies want to be in a major metro (will absolutely not setup shop in Tallahassee) and want to work with Florida State (not FAU or any other state school). Moving the program to Tallahassee likely ends any hope of a partnership in this sector -  and all the benefits that go with it - for Florida State and the state.

By worrying about FAU's turf, the BOG seems to be cutting of its nose to spite its face. But, what else is new.

This post was edited on 2/15 1:54 PM by jrfsu

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Originally posted by jrfsu:
You should watch the Provost's presentation on this subject at the January Board of Trustees meeting. The faculty and dean of the Motion Picture, the Provost, the President and most of the trustees believe moving the program to Tallahassee is a bad idea.

A couple primary points are that Digital Domain was FSU's founding partner, but that the program always intended to bring in additional partners. Other significant companies in this field are apparently very interested in particpating according to the Provost and Dean Patterson. But, those companies want to be in a major metro (will absolutely not setup shop in Tallahassee) and want to work with Florida State (not FAU or any other state school). Moving the program to Tallahassee likely ends any hope of a partnership in this sector -  and all the benefits that go with it - for Florida State and the state.

By worrying about FAU's turf, the BOG seems to be cutting of its nose to spite its face. But, what else is new.

This post was edited on 2/15 1:54 PM by jrfsu




You are right on.  I watched that January BOT meeting and recall the comments about this program being in a metro area.  As you say I believe this came down to politics.  I hope they find a way to make it work in Tally since the decision has been made.  FSU's film school is a great asset.  Watching the film industry grow in Atlanta I can understand the companies and students wanting to be in a metro area.

Was very glad to see money put into buying land for a future film school building.
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