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The Collective

The Collective is a culturally responsive recruitment and retention initiative designed to support historically underrepresented  storytellers. Focused on access and empowerment, this effort brings together a diverse pool of students from multiple disciplines. This creative film and media leadership opportunity honors the legacy of legendary filmmakers like John Singleton who throughout his career created pathways for minoritized communities to share their story.

Founded at ArtCenter College of Design through the collaborative efforts of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion, and Film Departments, the Collective provides the next generation of historically underrepresented filmmakers and visual storytellers with the skills, funding and culturally affirming support to become tomorrow’s leaders in the global entertainment industry.

The Collective serves as an important recruitment and retention tool by providing an essential sense of belonging through a wide spectrum of activities and classes. In addition to experiencing regular sessions with industry mentors, the participants have access to internships, state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and the latest production and post-production tools. All located in beautiful Southern California, Los Angeles, the world’s entertainment capital.

The Collective is dedicated to creating equitable learning and career pathways to the creative economy. Guided by an award-winning advisory group of film and media thought leaders, the Collective assists in providing funding, access and wisdom to tomorrow’s visual storytellers.



• Film & TV Industry Mentors

• Internships with major studios

• Financial Support, Grants and Scholarships

• Industry-grade equipment and facilities

• Instructors are industry leaders

• Culturally responsive events and workshops

• Entertainment Business Forums


Announcement coming soon!!



Q: Do I have to be enrolled in ArtCenter to participate in the Collective?

A: Yes, undergraduate and graduate students receiving the benefits of the Collective must be matriculated at ArtCenter. However, many of the workshops and community facing activities are also available to the general public.


Q: Is the Collective open to all majors at ArtCenter?

A: Yes, all majors are encouraged to apply.


Q: Is the Collective open to all races and ethnicities?

A: Yes. However, the Collective was created to support students from historically underserved and/or economically disadvantaged communities.


Q: When can I apply to become part of the Collective?

A: Students are encouraged to apply to the Collective at the same time they are applying to ArtCenter. However, students may apply at any time after they have been admitted and enrolled in the college. 


Q: Do students get to choose their mentor?

A: No. However, student’s preferences, industry focus and interests are taken into consideration in the matching process. Rather than seeking a single mentor, some students find building a mentoring team valuable. A mentor is more than an adviser. A mentor provides you with wisdom, technical knowledge, assistance, support, empathy and respect throughout, and often beyond, your ArtCenter career. Mentoring helps students understand how their ambitions fit into the creative industry, and career pathways.

For more information contact: Aaron Bruce, Chief Diversity Officer, ArtCenter

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