Cinema Studies & Production

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Add the skills you need to pursue a career in filmmaking and video production onto the B.A. in Communications with this Concentration in Cinema Studies and Production. You will learn the skills and techniques of digital filmmaking, understand cinema as a creative art form, and gain an appreciation of the history of cinema as a foundation for original art, including your own. Graduate ready for a career in advertising, corporate communications, local television commercial production, and independent filmmaking, too.

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Alumni from this concentration have gone on to play key roles in major productions including Ant Man and the Wasp, American Hustle, Spotlight, Sons of Anarchy, I am Legend, Spiderman 3, Patriots Day, Black Mass, and multiple Lifetime films.

Why Study Cinema Studies & Production at Vermont State?

  • In-Demand Skills: Develop your cinematic style through hands-on project-based learning as well as diverse coursework that examines current and historical filmmakers. This concentration is for the aspiring filmmaker, director, or writer who is looking to understand a complex industry, and is also a stepping stone to graduate school. 
  • Technology Expertise: Our program integrates professional equipment and industry-standard software with professional practice to prepare you for a variety of cinematic-based fields. You will develop your skills in cinematography, directing, editing, producing and production design, and sound. 
  • Hands-On Experiential Learning Environment: You’ll create cinematic pieces as early as your first semester. Cinema industry connections have helped students gain industry experience through internships, job opportunities, and external programs with a variety of filmmakers and film industry companies. 
  • Experienced Faculty: You’ll work with faculty who have graduated from top cinema studies and production programs, have extensive documentary and commercial production and post-production experience, and have worked on many award-winning films.   

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Sample Courses

  • Experimental Cinema & Video 
  • International Cinema 
  • Documentary Filmmaking 
  • Post Production 
  • Directing 

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Student Stories

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“The program hit all the bullet points I wanted from a production major. I definitely have learned the technical side — how to operate the camera, tripod, etc. — but I’ve also learned the artistic side of putting it all together, typography, color theory, and more.”

Brandon Hunter

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Program Coordinator & Assistant Professor

  • Castleton Campus


  • Lyndon Campus

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