Blackmagic Design Training Center May be Coming to GCU

Posted on September 17, 2018  in  [ Performing Arts & Digital Arts ]

Grand Canyon University is moving toward becoming the first Blackmagic Design Training Center (BMD) in Arizona. As an official training center, GCU would be able to offer students specific software workshops resulting in an end user certification exam. These workshops would be led by certified trainers and may ultimately be offered to the public for a small fee.

What is Blackmagic Design?

Blackmagic Design is one of the world’s leading innovators and manufacturers of creative video technology. They go by their philosophy: to help true creativity blossom.

The founders are extremely qualified and have a history in post-production editing, engineering, high-end telecine, film and post production. Grant Perry, the CEO says, “Blackmagic Design is dedicated to allowing the highest quality video to be affordable to everyone, so the post-production and television industry can become a truly creative industry.”

What does this mean for GCU?

As a Blackmagic Design Training Center, GCU will host in-person training on DaVinci Resolve 15, a professional non-linear editing system with cutting-edge color correction capabilities and an Advanced Fairlight audio system.  Once the classroom training is completed, individuals are able to take an online exam to be become certified.

Jeff Breuer, an adjunct instructor for the Digital Film program, attended a training session in Los Angeles and became a certified instructor of DaVinci Resolve 15 this summer. Breuer connected Lisa Tervo, Program Director of Digital Film at GCU, with the Director of Marketing and Training at Blackmagic. Since then, GCU has taken steps toward becoming a certified training center.  Negotiations are in place that would allow Digital Film students to become certified in DaVinci Resolve 15 for free.

With GCU as a Blackmagic Design Training Center, students will have access to great resources and training opportunities. A certification in DaVinci Resolve 15 can help give students the experience and edge needed to find jobs post-graduation. Not only would this benefit students, but it would also allow the public to gain experience, get certified and further their education.

If you want to learn more about Grand Canyon University’s arts program within the College of Fine Arts and Production, check out our website or click the Request More Information button on this page.

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