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YouTube launches summer "creators" program with USC, Columbia College of Chicago

March 10, 2011 | 12:37 pm

Yearning to become the next "Fred?"

YouTube has formed a partnership with the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Columbia College Chicago to offer a series of new media classes for budding YouTubers to hone their creative skills.

The newly launched program, dubbed YouTube Creator Institute, will begin offering courses this summer that touch on various aspects of digital media, from developing story arcs and cinematography, to making money and employing social media to build audiences.

The YouTube-USC program will run May 25 to June 22 in Los Angeles. Columbia College's institute begins May 31 and ends July 22, and will be housed in the school's television department in Chicago. Each will accept 10 students.

-- Dawn C. Chmielewski