You can’t walk five blocks in Baltimore anymore without running into a film crew, from Veep to House of Cards to whatever movie is trying to approximate DC this week. The Maryland Film Fest gets more awesome every year. Matt Porterfield is famous. It’s undeniable that Baltimore’s film culture is on the rise.

For years, though, one major stumbling block has been the city’s universities’ lack of serious filmmaking programs. Johns Hopkins didn’t offer a film major until last year (although it’s had a film & media studies department for nearly two decades); MICA never put filmmaking on the same level as sculpture, painting, or digital art. But that’s all about to change in a major way.  Read on.