With deep insights informed through educational and professional Hollywood expertise, our carefuly curated Advisory Team collaboratively designed courses alongside the ECA staff to prime students for a variety of creative careers while emphasizing a hands-on, project-driven curriculum. Each program advisor contributed unique perspectives on the curriculum as it relates to simulating real-world scenarios, portfolio-building, and general college readiness. The resultant course offerings reflect the outcome of roundtable deliberations to formulate programs that develop the requisite critical thinking and practical skills for a future in the dynamic world of film & entertainment.
ECA is powered by Elite Open School (EOS), part of the Elite Education Group which has been focused on college preparation since 1987. EOS is fully accredited by The Western Association of Colleges WASC and by Cognia (formerly AdvancED). EOS provides University of California (UC) Approved courses and College Board Approved Advanced Placement (AP) Courses. Graduation from EOS satisfies UC A-G Requirements. EOS is also DHS/SEVIS i-20 Certified to issue student visas.
In 2021, ECA formally partnered with the Minerva Project to transform traditional education. The Minerva Baccalaureate is an innovative four-year program through which students apply essential skill sets across their core subjects to build competencies including complex critical thinking, advanced problem solving, and strategic decision-making. By connecting classroom learning with hands-on skill development, the Minerva partnership uniquely prepares graduates not only for college acceptance but real-world success at top institutions and beyond.
Our mission is to elevate the skills of Southern California’s young filmmakers, content creators, and musicians in an environment that fosters high academic achievement in a flexible learning environment that ensures that our students can efficiently complete core coursework efficiently, freeing up precious time for talent development and the exchange of ideas, all under the guidance and expertise of seasoned entertainment professionals.
Sanford R. (Sandy) Climan is President of Entertainment Media Ventures, Inc. a global entertainment firm focusing on disruptive technologies and entities currently impacting the traditional boundaries of business, media and entertainment. He is an investor, producer, and considered a media visionary.
As Corporate Executive Vice President and President of Worldwide Business Development of Universal Studios and member of the founding senior management team at Creative Artists Agency for 12 years, Sandy has had a broad and storied impact on film - from Executive Producer of the first digital live-action 3D feature film, “U2 3D,” to Producer of “The Aviator,” directed by Martin Scorsese and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, for which he was awarded a British Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award.
Jonghwan Patrick (JP) Park has been a leader and innovator in American primary and secondary education since 1987, starting with the founding of Elite Educational Institute, one of the first and highest achieving college prep companies in the United States.
It is the vision of JP Park and Elite Open School to deliver new education solutions to students and families around the world and at home -solutions only theorized less than a decade ago but made real through the promise of technology.
ECA is a team of leaders, influencers, and industry movers and shakers that include Oscar and Emmy award winning leaders, experts, and esteemed educators from all over the spectrum of entertainment and film. They are people who want to bring a true revolution to the way we educate and train young people to own their future careers in the industry, with skills and production that will be on par with the latest technology driven media we see today. The administration and faculty of ECA is devoted to preparing our students to be the creative athletes of film and digital media today, the film program matriculants of tomorrow and the next generation of industry leaders of the global future in film and media.
In addition to being the the home of Hollywood, Los Angeles is also the epicenter of the film and entertainment industry, new-age, technology driven media companies, inventive production companies, and various creative ventures.
Consequently, the ECA team made the conscious decision to lay down roots in the City of Angels. Our founders envisioned a campus that would expose students to the events and opportunities abounding in the heart of Los Angeles as these young creatives progress through their formative, academic years. By establishing a presence in Hollywood, the ECA School of Film & Entertainment our students will benefit from the close proximity to industry leaders, externship and internship opportunities, film festivals and more.
As they sharpen their technical acumen and build their professional networks at our campus in the heart of Los Angeles, our students will have the access required to become a part of the fabric that is Los Angeles’ arts culture at a young age. Through our program, we aim to create the future leaders in film and entertainment.
Every week, all students gather and sit in cohorts to start the week with dynamic Harkness Table discussion based on core texts set for each grade. Students would draw upon the diversity of coursework for evidence in discussion and writing.
Academic Coaches help reinforce student accountability with course and content mastery milestones, help set weekly and semester goals, report progress, proctor tests, render writing assistance before submissions, and help implement students’ best practices for digital study.
Every week, all students, according to their grade, take part in school-wide Project Based Learning with weekly, monthly and semesterly goals, all advised by Coaches so that all students have a resume of experiences and action by college application time.
Students college plans and application profile strategy are built over time, year on year, from summer program preparations to college and major explorations. Families and Staff always know the plan and the stakes to stay properly motivated with all academics and activities.