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Film and Video, B.A., B.S.

The program provides students with experience in animation, documentary, fiction, film studies, new media, nonfiction, scriptwriting, and sound design.

Visit the program website for more information.

This program requires a secondary admission process.

Program Overview

A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the program. The curriculum integrates production experience with insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.

Why Study Film and Video at Grand Valley?

  • A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the program. The curriculum integrates production experience with insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.
  • Faculty members have a variety of experience and bring a broad range of knowledge and proficiency to the program.
  • There are many opportunities for hands-on learning through internships and local production projects, as well as opportunities to exhibit work through public screenings. There are opportunities to produce projects for real clients in and outside the classroom.
  • Student organizations offer opportunities for industry practice, such as the student-run television station, radio station, newspaper, cinematography club, film screening clubs, among others.
  • The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

In order to maintain high-quality instruction, the film and video production major limits the number of students accepted each year into FVP 226FVP 227, and all 300- and 400-level film/video courses.

Students are required to have an overall GPA above 2.5 and complete the two film and video pre-admission courses (FVP 123 and FVP 125) with a minimum of 3.0 GPA in order to apply for admission to the major and take FVP 226/227 and 300- and 400-level film and video courses. Achievement of these minimum criteria does not guarantee admission (see below).

Having met these requirements, students will submit an admission application. Guidelines for the application are available on the film and video production website at, and upon request from the Department of Visual and Media Arts office, 1105 Alexander Calder Art Center. Admission applications are accepted the first Monday of November, April, and August.

Students interested in the film and video production major are encouraged to complete the film and video production foundation requirements early in their course of study, and to maintain regular contact with their advisor to ensure proper course enrollment and steady progress toward full acceptance.

For More Information

Department of Visual and Media Arts
1105 Alexander Calder Art Center
(616) 331-3486

Admissions and Recruitment Office


“I was looking out of state for a film program and then I toured GVSU. The energy of the campus, meeting the profs and people in this major just felt very right. There's been so much that has expanded my thinking and skills that I feel prepared for many different roles in the professional world.”