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Cinema BA

Bachelor of Arts in Cinema

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About the Program

VCUarts Cinema is one of only 20 American film schools recognized by CILECT, the International Association of Film and Television Schools. It’s one of the few schools in the world shooting on 35mm film at the undergraduate level, which is complemented by instruction in digital filmmaking techniques. Unlike other top film schools, your tuition also covers all of your filmmaking expenses, from equipment rental to film development. 

The Bachelor of Arts in Cinema covers the entire scope of narrative filmmaking, from theory and screenwriting all the way through post-production and distribution. You will shoot on location with auditioned actors, following industry practices and using professional equipment. In addition to cinema courses, you must complete a second major or a double minor. Students and graduates have worked on numerous productions, including Stephen Spielberg’s Lincoln, the AMC series Turn: Washington’s Spies, and Jeff Nichols’ Oscar-nominated Loving. Many go on to the country’s top graduate film programs, including NYU and Columbia.

Some classes you might take in this major:

  • Visual Storytelling
  • Cinema Form and Concept I through IV
  • Digital Cinema Production Intensive I
  • Film Internship
  • Advanced Screenwriting Seminar

Our alumni are:

  • Directors and producers
  • Critics
  • Film festival programmers
  • Directors of photography
  • Sound designers