As part of our annual exchange program during January term, Chapman Singapore students caught the attention of local press while making a film.

The Laguna Beach Independent was surprised to learn how active the global Chapman community is.  While you are already likely familiar with our numerous travel programs, which embed film students in different cultures around the globe, did you know Orange County becomes the home of adventurous students from our sister school in Singapore ever January?

The Independent writes in its Location Laguna column,

Laguna Beach played host this month to a group of students from Chapman University Singapore, studying for a bachelor in fine arts in creative producing. The Singapore program is the only international offshoot of Chapman’s Dodge College of Film and Media Arts, for top students who have already completed a diploma in film and media studies at Singapore’s Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

One of the course’s pre-requisites is to join with their student counterparts from Chapman’s Orange campus to produce short documentary films, which is why these students were in Laguna: to script, direct, shoot and produce their movies.

Led by Laguna resident and Chapman Professor Christine Fugate, this cross-cultural experience is one they’ve all been looking forward to.  I caught up with them at No Square Theater where they were shooting a character portrait of Bree Burgess Rosen.

“I don’t know. They just showed up!” guffawed Rosen when I asked her how she got involved.

Read the full article here, on their website.