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Lawrence Tech and Motion Picture Institute sign agreement on transferring credits

Release Date: January 27, 2009

Southfield, Mich. - Lawrence Technological University and the Motion Picture Institute (MPI) in Troy have signed an agreement that makes it easier for MPI students to transfer credits to the bachelor's degree program in media communication at Lawrence Tech.

Under the articulation agreement, MPI students who have successfully completed the film production program at MPI can transfer up to 21 credits toward a bachelor's degree in media communication at Lawrence Tech. These transfer students will take courses in the College of Arts and Sciences to fulfill the general education requirements for a bachelor's degree at Lawrence Tech.

"This collaboration with the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan adds another dimension to our dynamic degree program that is helping to meet the increased demand of the motion picture industry in Michigan," Lawrence Tech President Lewis N. Walker said. "This provides a good way for students who have gained technical training in this field to complete a bachelor's degree."

"MPI has spent the past decade perfecting its motion picture program and we have countless success stories to prove our philosophy works," said Doug Schulze, the founder and CEO of MPI. "Our link with Lawrence Tech now makes the education equation complete."

According to Suzanne Levine, director of the media communication program at Lawrence Tech, students who have a gained a strong background in film production at MPI can better prepare themselves for the radio and television broadcasting fields by completing a bachelor's degree in media communication.

Levine said this is an exciting time to enter the movie industry in Michigan because state tax incentives put into place last year are expected to attract more than 80 movie productions in the next few years.

"Our media communication students will get internships with many of these film productions, and we continue to explore creative avenues to increase marketability and visibility for our students," Levine said. "Our program continues to evolve to meet the demands of the communication industry."

Under the articulation agreement, MPI graduates will receive priority in admission to the media communication program. Students who have completed part of the MPI curriculum will be considered for admission to Lawrence Tech on a case-by-case basis.

Lawrence Technological University,, offers over 80 undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs in Colleges of Architecture and Design, Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management. Founded in 1932, the 4,500-student, private university pioneered evening classes 75 years ago, and today has a growing number of weekend and online programs. Lawrence Tech's 102-acre campus is in Southfield, with education centers in Lansing, Livonia, Clinton Township, Traverse City and Petoskey. Lawrence Tech also offers programs with partner universities in Mexico, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

The Motion Picture Institute is the only one-year film school in Southeastern Michigan. Our hands-on program, which is a combination of technical and creative classes, includes fourteen core film production courses and elective tracks in screenwriting, directing, and film production crew.  Located in Troy, Michigan, MPI draws its student body from all over the United States and around the world. The Motion Picture Institute was founded in 1998 and has graduated hundreds of aspiring filmmakers. For more information, visit