A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the Film and Video Production major in the School of Communications at Grand Valley State University. Courses of study include animation, cinema studies, documentary and nonfiction, fiction filmmaking, new media, and sound design. The curriculum integrates production experience with the insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.
Digital video facilities include nonlinear editing suites, a full complement of field gear, television studio classroom, and a digital audio studio. Students work with a variety of software in Macintosh computer laboratories. Student internship opportunities include regional and national productions, post-production houses, and many more.
The film and video production program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).
Graduates find a wide range of professional employment, both in Michigan and nationally, including positions in the independent, documentary, and major motion picture film industries, animation and multimedia, production and post-production houses, national and local television networks, advertising agencies, community media access stations, corporations, and school systems. Other students have chosen to continue their education in graduate school.