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TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
edited November 2016 in Tulane University

My name is Maddie and I’m a senior at Tulane University studying English and Digital Media Production. During my time at Tulane I have had the awesome opportunity to help out in the admission office, so I have a lot of insight about the admission process as well as the institution in general.

When I was applying to colleges I remember how helpful I found the discussions on CC. Now that I’m in my final year at school, I really wanted to join in on the conversation and help prospective families and students with anything and everything regarding Tulane just like others helped me when I was trying to make my own college decision.

See y’all on the chats!
Post edited by Sally_Rubenstone on

Replies to: TulaneMaddie22 [Tulane Senior Offers to Answer Questions]

  • Sally_RubenstoneSally_Rubenstone CC Admissions Expert Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    @TulaneMaddie22 -Thanks so much for volunteering. I think that a "real" student point of view can be very helpful to prospective students and their parents.
  • thefloridaveganthefloridavegan Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    Hi! I recently applied for Tulane EA with my main major in communications, but I've grown interested in double majoring with digital media production. What was the DMP major like?
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    edited November 2016
    @thefloridavegan Communications and Digital Media Production would work really well together and a lot of students major in both. DMP is a coordinate major so you have to major in something else along with it (my primary major is English).

    The core of the major is Video Production I, Video Production II, Film Analysis, and Capstone I and Capstone II. Video Production I you learn about the overall basics of filmmaking as well as complete several projects throughout the semester using programs like adobe audition and premiere. Even in your first production class you will have access to equipment, which is not the case at other large film schools. In Video Production II you will expand upon the skills you learned in VP I but learn knew programs as well like AVID (90% of films are edited on this software), Adobe After Effects, Final Draft, and Movie Magic Scheduling. You will also complete several projects and the course is heavy with group work. Film Analysis is in the COMM department and a requirement for both majors so you'll be able to kill two birds with one stone by taking that and it is an intensive film analysis course where you watch a film every week and have long viewing notes due each week as well. Now for the really exciting part the Capstone classes--you essentially spend an entire year writing, directing, shooting, editing and then eventually screening a short film of your making. I am currently in Capstone II so last semester in Capstone I we wrote and completed all the pre-production documents for our films. This semester, I cast for my film and just wrapped on principal photography and now and in the stages of editing. In December we screen them at a local theater (The Prytania) and each film is in the 15-20 minute range.

    Then you need to take a total of 5 electives and there are a ton of options of how to go about to doing that. Some of my favorites were Screenwriting and Digital Arts I which is a course that teaches you the entire Adobe suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, and Premiere. If you were to major in COMM there would be a lot of cross over with these electives so certain classes would be able to count for both classes. Other courses include Cinematography, Acting, Stage Design, Sound design etc.

    It is a really hands on program and it is definitely growing. This past year the head of the department and my professor (Dr. Mary Blue) received a large grant so no they are creating an entire color correcting suite. There is a lot of great equipment completely accessible to students to complete projects. DMP goes well with COMM because our COMM major is not really hands on, more analytical.

    A lot of students go to work in the entertainment industry after graduation whether it be in NYC, New Orleans, Atlanta, or LA. This past summer I interned at Sony Pictures Television in Los Angeles with the casting department and I plan on moving back out there after I graduate. Every spring there is also an event called "Tulane to Hollywood" where alumni/parents who work in the industry come to campus and host a panel. Additionally, this semester is the start of a program called "Executive in Residence" where a Tulane alum is invited to campus to participate in programing with students and this semester it is Curtis Colden who has been an executive producer on shows like Big Brother and The Apprentice.

    Let me know if you have any other questions! Always happy to talk film :)
  • thefloridaveganthefloridavegan Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    @TulaneMaddie22 That sounds like everything I could hope for in a (coordinate) major! I'm in the multimedia career academy at my school, and even though it's not the best taught, I already have some pre-exposure (and basic certifications) in Photoshop, Premiere Pro, Dreamweaver, and Fireworks. The Digital Arts I class sounds like an awesome opportunity to go more in-depth into these programs. Also, the whole thing with video production sounds amazing as I have been making videos and such since I was nine. Thank you for your awesome answer and I hope I end up at Tulane :)
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @thefloridavegan happy to help! And it sounds like you're already headed in the right direction. I have really enjoyed my time in the program.
  • CheneyyuCheneyyu Registered User Posts: 19 New Member
    Hi, I am applying from mainland China to Tulane EA round. I am going to study political economy(heard and researched that it's one of the best majors in Tulane and I had much enthusiasm in the interdisciplinary subject, have done research) and mathematics(but a little bit worried about the quality). Also, I am considering about taking finance/management in A.B. Freeman School. I am applying various scholarships(presidential scholarship,some for community service as I am kinda of mathematical social maker, some for international scholarship). With 1530(CR 380)/1600 in New SAT and 1510/1600 in old one, several national/international awards in mathematics and policy studies, I am wondering about my shots. Besides, is it true that it's really difficult to land a job in NOLA or surrounding region, espeically for an international student looking forward in investment banking/data analysts/thinktanks? What about the alumni connection of Tulane? Thanks a lot, really appreciate your effort!
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @Cheneyyu awesome to hear about your interest in Tulane. The application process is really holistic so your admission counselor will be considering your grades/test scores/rigor or classes but also your involvement in high school as well as your essays. Definitely don't overlook writing the 'Why Tulane' essay, although its optional I think its really important to take the time to write it. As long as your visa permits, finding a job in New Orleans should not prove to be immensely difficult. A lot of students stay in New Orleans post grad and work and live here. The alumni network at Tulane is really really great. We have active alumni in all major cities in the country and they are more than willing to help Tulane students whether it be career advice or possibly assisting in finding a job/internship. Let me know if you have any other questions!
  • keurig83keurig83 Registered User Posts: 54 Junior Member
    hey @TulaneMaddie22 , I guess this is somewhat of a stupid question but I'm gonna ask you anyways. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ What is the weather like in New Orleans?? I've never been and am just truly curious... is it incredibly humid??
  • thefloridaveganthefloridavegan Registered User Posts: 155 Junior Member
    @keurig83 Hi! I live along the same latitude as New Orleans being from the Panhandle/Gulf Coast of Florida, and I also frequent New Orleans. Yes, New Orleans is VERY humid, with the worst humidity being in the summer (humidity is usually above 90%). According to my APES textbook, New Orleans is the third rainiest city in the country (not so much for the number of rainy days but instead for the volume of rain delivered). Summers are very hot (especially when you add in the humidity index), and all other seasons are mild and very wet. During the heart of winter (January, pretty much), there are a few days here and there where it will be in the 20s in the morning and the 30s/40s during the day, but it doesn't get any worse than that. Heck, where I live, Christmas last year was in the 70s. Many who are not used to such extreme humidity complain about it, but you get used to it. I find the weather to be mostly pleasant and beautiful.
  • ZBlue17ZBlue17 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    I know the letter of rec is not required, but will I be at a disadvantage if I didn't send one?
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    No question is stupid!! Weather in New Orleans tends to have a mind of its own. Generally its very humid, especially in the late spring/summer months. During the summer and into August/September it will rain at least once a day. Come October the weather is really nice in the mid-70s and even into November it's still pretty warm. In December/January/February it usually is in the mid 50s or 60s but there can be nice days in the 70s too. Overall its a tropical climate and I definitely don't miss the cold weather/snow at all (I'm originally from NJ). That being said, I don't go anywhere without my umbrella!! :)
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @ZBlue17 It is really up to you. If you feel you have a letter of recommendation that is going to help the admission counselor get a better impression of who you are a a person definitely send it along. But if not, it's not required.
  • ZBlue17ZBlue17 Registered User Posts: 767 Member
    Ok thanks! Also, is it possible get a bigger scholarship and invitation for honors college if you update scores with Dec ACT score?
  • TulaneMaddie22TulaneMaddie22 Registered User Posts: 85 Junior Member
    @ZBlue17 No once you're merit aid is decided it won't be re-reviewed. And even if you do not initially receive an invitation to the honors college when you apply (only the top 10% of applicants are invited) you can still join during your freshman year based on your college GPA.
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