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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Tuition and Fees
Tuition for Communications
$9,984 Full Time Annual
$19,992 Full Time Annual
Total Mandatory Fees
Undergraduate (In-Person / In-Person Plus)
$1,416 Full Time Annual
Housing and Food
$7,830 Full Time Annual
Standard Food Plan
$5,068 Full Time Annual
For complete information on tuition and fees across all programs and locations, as well as indirect costs of attendance, visit the complete tuition and fees page.
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.
What You’ll Learn
You will begin working with equipment in your first semester and will use industry-standard gear to create your films. In your final year, you will create your own show or series of short films as part of your capstone experience. Your documentaries or short films will get screened locally and at festivals around the country.
Outside the Classroom, In the Community
Work with local organizations such as Catamount Arts to gain hands-on experience in the field, and explore opportunities to work with local businesses to design and shoot commercials and promotional videos, as well as create radio spots and marketing materials.
24-hour access to state-of-the-art production equipment and studio facilities, including Canon and BlackMagic Cinema cameras, DJI camera drones, and private iMac edit bays equipped with Adobe Creative Cloud and DaVinci Resolve.
“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.”