Exploring trades outside the classroom
The Advanced Independent Project program established in 2016, is for students showing exceptional skill in a niche area such as (but not limited to): photography, videography, journalism,architecture, engineering, creative writing, community service, scientific research, art history, sculpture, finance, law, fashion, music production, athletic training, medicine, and much more.
Following an application/review process, students who are accepted for an established AIP internship work under the expertise of professionals both on and off campus to expand their own knowledge and skills to excel, or design and complete a significant project of their own. Each student is required to present what he learned to the entire student body at the end of the time allotted. Given the space to experience a trade with the guidance of trained and proven adults, students build their resume and gain invaluable experience as they seek specialized education.
"Because of my AIP, I was able to pursue my passion for filmmaking and it was my first time creating a film entirely. I learned many skills about planning and organizing that I still use today. Thinking back to my time at AOF, the AIP stands out as an influential part of my experience, as well as helping my future career as a filmmaker."
-Alvaro de la Cruz ’17 AIP in filmmaking with artist Robert Abbot