In the southern parts of Jordan bordering the Red Sea, perched on the city of Aqaba is the Red Sea Institute of Cinematic Arts. This is a special graduate school focusing on productions and art forms involving the silver and TV screen, and it is perhaps among the best of its kind in the world today, despite its relative youth. The inauguration of the institute was in September of 2008, but it has already made a name for itself in terms of the quality of its education and faculty as well as through the garnering of various awards by both staff and students, with at least one faculty member being part of an Academy Award-winning sound team (Baha Othman of the Sound Department, for his work in the film Hurt Locker) and several students winning honours in the prestigious Nowrooz Hamghadam film festival.
The institute offers a terminal degree, the Master of Fine Arts in Cinematic Arts, and is perhaps the first to do so in the region. Its very [Read more…]