The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved many of Maine Media Workshops' one-, two- and four-week classes as education programs for the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
Maine Media College’s Professional Certificate and MFA degree programs received approval in 2010. Now military personnel seeking training in the fields of filmmaking, photography, and multimedia may apply for tuition assistance for their education at Maine Media for short- and long-term programs through the VA.
The Post 9/11 GI Bill (also known as chapter 33 benefits) became effective August 1, 2009 and according to the VA website, is “the most comprehensive education benefit package since the original GI Bill was signed into law in 1944”. Veterans who performed active service duty after September 10, 2001, as well as current military members and eligible dependents, may be considered for the new benefits, which vary depending on term of service and other factors but can cover a significant portion of tuition, fees and books as well as a housing allowance.
With top-flight industry faculty and technology sponsors including Canon, Sony, Olympus, Epson, ARRI, Panavision, Zeiss, Manfrotto, Steadicam and dozens more, Maine Media Workshops has built a reputation spanning four decades for offering the most extensive, hands-on, photography and filmmaking workshops in the world.
"Our programs are ideal for U.S. service members looking to complement their training, make a career change to the media arts, or fulfill a the goal of achieving an MFA," says Maine Media Dean & Director of Education, Elizabeth Greenberg. "Whether through week-long workshops, a residency, or a college program, Maine Media offers the hands-on educational tools needed for veterans transitioning to civilian media careers."
Maine Media Workshops + College is a non-profit educational organization offering year-round workshops for photographers, filmmakers, and media artists. Students attend courses at all levels, from absolute beginners, serious amateurs, high school and college students, to working professionals. Maine Media College is authorized by the State of Maine and offers a 30-week Professional Certificate Program and a three-year, low-residency Master of Fine Arts degree program are offered in photography, filmmaking and multimedia.
Image 1: Film workshop students on location in Maine. Photo by Anna Land
Image 2: Photography workshop students on location in Maine. Photo by Anna Land