Department of Photography + Film

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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.

Your gift to the VCUarts Department of Photography + Film helps provide scholarships for our talented students, promote faculty research and host world-class artists.

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BFA in Photography

Students in the Photography concentration gain technical and artistic skills to begin careers as a professional artist, multimedia specialists, editorial or commercial photographers.

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BFA in Filmmaking

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.

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MFA in Photography and Filmmaking

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.

Student Experience

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Meet our Faculty

Browse faculty and staff profiles from the Department of Photography + Film.

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Study Abroad

Learn about our innovative summer study abroad program in Berlin, Germany.

Internships and Careers

Browse information about common internship opportunities and other resources for future professionals.

Student Resources

Browse student resources including information about internships, grants and travel opportunities in addition to equipment check-out forms and printing information.

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Facilities and Equipment

Explore the facilities and equipment available to Photo + Film students. Students have access to lab and studio spaces, lighting, sound equipment and cameras.

Community Programming

Learn more about the film and photo camps we offer for future VCUarts students.

Facility Contacts

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If you have questions or concerns about the Facilities, please reach out to the following faculty/staff for assistance:

Sarah C. Midkiff
Coordinator of Facilities & Equipment | Adj Professor of Photography
Departments of Cinema, Commercial Arts, Kinetic Imaging, Photography & Film

Ian Rilliet
Facilities & Equipment Coordinator

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