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Westphal College Students Create Television Drama
Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design has launched a student-produced television drama series, University 101.
University 101 takes place on the campus of fictitious Dexter University. The initial five episodes, each about 15 minutes in length, follow the lives of six students, their parents, faculty and administrators. University 101 is a savvy and pointed telling of college life in the 21st century as seen through the eyes of Drexel students.
The scripts were written by Drexel screenwriting and playwriting students, costumes were designed by fashion design students, sets were crafted by interior design students, music was scored by music industry students and all physical and creative elements were produced by film and video students. The cast, however, is comprised of professional actors.
The premiere was broadcast in March on DUTV, Drexel’s regional cable channel available in more than 360,000 homes in metropolitan Philadelphia via Comcast. The show continues to be broadcast on DUTV and streamed online at www.dutv.org/.
Westphal College faculty responsible for University 101 include Karin Kelly, Film and Video Program director, and Ian Abrams, Screenwriting and Playwriting Program director. Professor Kelly is an independent filmmaker who received the prestigious Princess Grace Foundation Grant and was awarded fellowships from both Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures.
The Kal and Lucille Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies supports University 101 through the leadership of Executive Director Paul Gluck and DUTV general manager Dave Culver. The Rudman Institute oversees the DUTV cable service, which will broadcast the ground- breaking drama series.