Expeditionary Film School of Alaska began as the research interest and intellectual property of Professor DB Palmer, and supported the Outdoor Studies department at PWSC.
Before historic cuts were made to the University of Alaska’s operating budget as a result of the fiscal crisis from 2015-2016, which eliminated the Full-time Faculty department of Outdoor Leadership; EFSA supported the PWSC Outdoor Studies degree program at Prince William Sound College for the University of Alaska, which previously offered courses in the following:
Adventure filmmaking, emergency medical training, professional certifications, outdoor leadership skills and education, industry-leading instructors, and filmmaking opportunities in one of the most epic locations in the world.
Expeditionary Film School of Alaska is the research/intellectual property of Dr. DB Palmer EdD, who redesigned and led the PWSC Outdoor Studies degree, a two year college program that, at one time, offered specialized courses in adventure filmmaking, shooting footage in the world’s most epic locations. Students not only gained an epic adventure film education, but also were able to back this up with emergency medical training, professional certifications, outdoor leadership skills and education, as well as targeted skill-sets.
The ODS degree, with the support of Professor Palmer and Expeditionary Film School of Alaska, provided students with the tools necessary to enter the outdoor recreation industry as a professional. Opportunities for Alaskan film projects abound, and our students were uniquely poised to get these positions.
Expeditionary Film School of Alaska brought leading filmmakers, outdoor leaders, solid academics, and budding filmmakers together to craft projects from story conception to the screen. The program also grew from a startup of 2 students, to a headcount of well over 30 students.
Outdoor Studies students at PWSC were able to finish with an Associates of Applied Science in Outdoor Studies, accredited by the NWCCU. The program was founded with support from, and developed an equivalency agreement with the University of Alaska Fairbanks Film program. Founded/directed by DB Palmer EdD, Professor of Outdoor Leadership.
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