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Fisher Center Success Stories
It’s only been open for a short while, but already Syracuse University’s New York City based Fisher Center is providing a springboard into promising careers.
Here is a transcription of the video:
“It is the final day of classes for students enrolled in the Tepper semester here at Syracuse University Fisher Center in New York City. And they are in fine tune after taking courses from faculty insiders–People who work in the very industry in which these students hope to work too.
Later that night, more sweet sounds.The sounds of success coming during a reception to honor supporters, students and faculty. Students spoke of how valuable the faculty and the semester have been.
“With their guidance, they aid us in building a strong foundation for beginning our careers. 3 weeks after graduation, I was offered and accepted a job from one of my teachers, on casting an HBO mini-series which I started yesterday.”
It’s not an isolated story.
As I said, we have six different majors. For example, our casting major student, we have 100% job placement already. Lisa Nicholas is the director of the Tepper Semester, which provides an immanence education for students.
We have a 19 curriculum. We go to theatre together 2 nights a week, up to 26 shows. We go to museum on Friday and site visits, architecture sites in the afternoon along with dancing, singing, acting. We have 6 different disciplines of students in the noon that you saw. We have acting, musical theatre design, stage management, directing, and casting. So we have a spectrum of experiences that are happening any given week.
Just because we are working with professionals, the casting people we’re actually going to be working with, hopefully or auditioning for soon, and having their feedback and preparing us for exactly we know up-to-date, what we are going to need to do here- here is exactly where it is happening. So just to have that training behind us and then know exactly how to use it here, thanks to the faculty that is at the Tepper Semester has really I think boosted all our confidence.
It’s beneficial of Syracuse to focus there. Cause you’re not distract by the Big City. But then finally to end the whole four years in the city where I plan on trying to make a career is really helpful. Like right after class you learn about an audition and then you can actually go on an audition. And I think the city itself is a class, you have to used to it. It has its own learning curve.
But it’s not just Tepper Semester students, New York City also provides perfect backdrops for architecture students too.
I think, especially in architecture, there is just so much that happen in New York City. There is so much that starts here. I mean just at the fisher center, we have so many architecture debates, and discussions, we’ve had pretty big famous people in architecture come here and speak and that’s been pretty amazing. Just to take part in that.
There is actually a huge network here in the city that we have. Many are schools of architecture alumn. But many are not. I mean, New York is really an absolute epicenter of architecture culture and has a tremendous amount of young firms, international firms.
Similar stories will certainly be told about the Newhouse in New York program which begins next semester, offering internships in New York City during the day and courses at night.
The courses here are going to be taught by professionals in the industry, which is a fantastic way to get to. I hate using the word, network. I really believe it is making friends in your industry. And there are people you are going to to be friends with for your entire career. But the people that are going to be teaching the students are going to be people in their field who are doing this every single day.
It’s been quite a year already here at the Fisher Center, bittersweet on the final day of classes that one filled with hope for many and for a growing number, a job upon graduation. ”