Film Training Manitoba (FTM)’s Managing Director Adam Smoluk has been appointed the Chairperson to a new Program Advisory Committee for Assiniboine Community College (ACC)’s Creative Media Program.
ACC has launched three new two-year diploma programs focusing on creative media and technologies within its School of Business. The Media & Communications, Digital Art & Design and Web & Interactive Development programs will all begin in fall 2021. These three new offerings will replace the college’s Interactive Media Arts (IMA) programs. Combined, these three new programs will welcome up to 120 new and returning students each year, an increase of more than 30% from the previous IMA programs’ capacities.
“FTM and ACC have a great track record of working collaboratively and these new programs will provide Manitoba’s film industry with a collection of new talented workers to fill the demands of our dynamic industry. I’m very honoured to support this important program.” Said Smoluk.
Through the Media & Communications program, students will develop a working knowledge of various media, honing their communication skills and focusing on creative storytelling. This diploma will give graduates the opportunity to excel in a hands-on career in multiplatform journalism, television, radio or film. Digital Art & Design is for the visual storyteller with an interest in creating art that serves a purpose. In this program, students will learn the language of graphic design and gain an understanding of programming fundamentals and audio/video to build a foundation of skills and knowledge for today’s multimedia communication. In Web & Interactive Development, students will learn how to merge technologies to create memorable user experiences, customizing the delivery of digital content. While learning the fundamentals of programming and mobile app development, students will develop creative solutions to deliver results.
Smoluk has been with Film Training since 2006 and was promoted six times to the senior executive position. Smoluk graduated with a Business Administration diploma from McMaster University and with honours from Red River College (RRC)’s Human Resource Management and Management Development programs. He completed a career employment-coaching certificate from the University of Winnipeg and earned a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation and a Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP) Senior Certified Professional designation. He was selected to RRC’s billboard campaign for distinguished alumni. Smoluk delivered commencement addresses at two of his alma maters, McMaster University and RRC.
He studied on scholarship at the British American Drama Academy at Oxford University and was the youngest person ever selected to the National Screen Institute of Canada’s Features First Program for professional filmmakers. He was the sole writer from the Americas awarded selection to the 2016 eQuinoxe Europe International Screenwriting Program in Lindau, Germany. He served on the executive of Youth Employment Services Manitoba, the ACTRA Manitoba council, and is the former Chair for the United Way of Winnipeg’s GenNext Council for young community leaders. He was a key organizer of the first GenNext Summit held in North America.
He currently serves as the Vice Chair for the Advisory Board for Essential Skills Manitoba, The Manitoba Construction Sector Council’s Educators Working Group, the board of directors for the Westland Foundation; which provides post-secondary scholarships for inner Winnipeg students. He also has extensive experience providing programming support to Canadian post-secondary schools, Adam currently serves on RRC’s Information and Cultural Industries Strategic Council, the Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology’s micro-credential industry advisory committee, and he has served on a programming review committee for McMaster University. In 2019, he was he was appointed to the Advisory Committee for REEL CANADA, which promotes Canadian Cinema.
Smoluk was a recipient of the Future Leaders of Manitoba award; he was awarded an Investors Group scholarship for leadership studies at The Peter Lougheed Leadership Institute at the Banff Centre, the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s Al Cerilli scholarship, a scholarship to attend the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Winnipeg Program and an RBC Foundation scholarship to attend governance training with the Institute of Corporate Directors.
His debut film, HORSETHIEVES was awarded the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film at the Winnipeg International Film Festival. His second feature film, FOODLAND was acquired by Shaw and premiered on the Independent Film Channel (IFC). The film was broadcast on Super Channel and designated to the Gem selections for critically acclaimed films. He served as a director for the Frantic Films and Discovery Channel’s true crime series IN PLAIN SIGHT.
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