Even before the pandemic, budget cuts hit arts programs the hardest. Now, UC Irvine students involved in the digital filmmaking minor wonder if the program, which was already hanging on by a thin thread, will survive the university’s latest financial hardships.

Seven years ago, SoCal-based artists Ulysses Jenkins, Bruce Yonemoto and Bryan Jackson founded the digital filmmaking minor at UCI under the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. Jenkins put together a small number of courses. When Yonemoto and Jackson were hired, the three instructors were able to expand the courses and revise a curriculum that turned into
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