Academy of Art University Meets the Press
An established Academy of Art University School of Motion Pictures and Television alumna
participated in a press conference on education at the California State Capitol building in
Sacramento. Deborah J. McDonald, who has worked with producers on American Idol among other
exciting projects, was asked share her experiences at Academy of Art University and how the school
has helped with her career. Attendees were extremely impressed with Deborah’s presentation as well
as the Academy’s strong curriculum.
The press conference, titled The Role of Business in Education, was put on by the California
Association of Private Postsecondary Schools (Capps). The purpose of the conference was to
publicize the special relationship that private postsecondary schools have with the business
community in California and the value of their graduates to California’s economy. Participants
included the Executive Director and President of the Board of Directors of Capps, various
California Assembly members, and representatives, employers, and graduates of private postsecondary
Deborah’s impressive portfolio of work after graduation made her a perfect Academy of Art
University representative. She graduated cum laude with distinction as a Director. In 2005, she
took home the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) national gold prize in
its annual Student Video & Film Production Awards. In 2006, she was profiled on the FOX
primetime special Fine Line on Design. She has also received the CJOH Television screenwriting
She chose Academy of Art University because, in her opinion, the only way to become a
filmmaker is to actually make films. The School of Motion Pictures and Television’s curriculum
demanded that she start doing just that within the first semester.
“Its large roster of working professional instructors and huge inventory of film equipment
provided me with the confidence and tools to learn and grow as a filmmaker,” she said.
Deborah shared the benefits of learning from film industry professionals and having access to
state-of-the-art equipment. She made such an impact on the press conference attendees that she was
asked to do an additional interview for a Capps public service announcement. The day proved to be
an excellent opportunity for both the Academy of Art University as well as Capps to share the
remarkable advantages of business in education.