The Department of Photography and Film aims to facilitate a comprehensive artistic, technical and intellectual understanding and use of the mediums of photography and film; to provide a rigorous education in the arts, specifically in photographic and moving image media, and a broad education in other academic subjects; to foster a climate that inspires creativity, intellectual curiosity, freedom of expression and critical-thinking. The department fosters a pluralistic approach that allows both faculty and students to expand the traditional boundaries of the respective media and engage in multidisciplinary practice.
Students in the Photography concentration gain technical and artistic skills to begin careers as a professional artist, multimedia specialists, editorial or commercial photographers.
Students in the filmmaking concentration will work on a number of short works in film and new media he or she has written, produced, directed, lensed and edited, and each has ample opportunity to learn a range of professional crew positions. The curriculum emphasis is on basic to advanced independent and artisanal approaches to filmmaking in the areas of fiction, documentary and experimental media.
Students in the MFA program will work in photography, in film, or in a combination of both and are free to investigate other fine arts disciplines. This includes narrative, documentary, experimental, and abstract work. Seminars and frequent critiques focus on artistic innovation and critical thought.
Life in the Department
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Learn about our innovative summer study abroad program in Berlin, Germany.
Browse information about common internship opportunities and other resources for future professionals.
Browse student resources including information about internships, grants and travel opportunities in addition to equipment check-out forms and printing information.
Explore the facilities and equipment available to Photo + Film students. Students have access to lab and studio spaces, lighting, sound equipment and cameras.
Learn more about the film and photo camps we offer for future VCUarts students.