Oscar-winner David Lynch is Corcoran College alumnus

Students who wish to pursue careers in the film industry may want to follow in the footsteps of successful professionals. For example, David Lynch, an award-winning filmmaker, once attended Corcoran College of Art and Design.

Lynch was studying painting in 1966, when he made his first short film, according to All Movie. By March of 1972, he began to work on Eraserhead, which was an instant cult classic. After gaining attention for the movie, filmmaker Mel Brooks asked Lynch to help him remake The Elephant Man, for which he received Academy Award nominations for Best Picture and Best Director.

After several independent projects, Lynch made Blue Velvet in 1982, which garnered him another Oscar nomination. In 1990, he launched his most critical success, which was the ABC television series Twin Peaks. The show earned several Emmy nominations. He then released Wild at Heart, which received the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

The filmmaker then disappeared for a few years, only to reemerge with several new projects. By 2001 he released Mulholland Drive, for which he earned the Oscar for Best Director.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professionals in the entertainment industry is expected to increase over the next several years. 

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