Film and Video - Information for Students

A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the Film and Video Production major. 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.

Letters of Recommendation

If you need a letter of recommendation from any of the Film and Video faculty, please read the Guidelines below.

Requesting a letter of Recommendation



Production Grants

The Film and Video Area offers $100-$1,000 to support production of film, video, audio, computer-generated media, or any combination of these. Must be for credit, as part of class.

Production Grant Information


Becoming a major

Students interested in the Film and  Video Production major are urged to declare their major promptly upon admission to GVSU (do not wait for secondary admission to the Film/Video major) and to maintain regular contact with their advisor to ensure proper course enrollment and steady progress toward full acceptance.

Secondary Admission

In order to maintain high-quality instruction, the Film & Video Production major limits the number of students accepted each year into the major.  Students who have been accepted into the major through the Secondary Admission process are then allowed to take CFV 226 and all 300- and 400- level film/video courses.

 Admission Guidelines


An Internship provides the opportunity to connect with people in the industry and to observe an organization first hand.  This is a good choice for those who are ready to network and begin applying their skills in a professional environment.

Internship Guidelines


Senior Thesis/Project Seminar

Senior Thesis/Projects offers the opportunity to strengthen your reel of personal work, or to finally write that research paper or script that you've been contemplating.  This is a good choice for those who want to take full advantage of being in college as making personal films becomes much more challenging once you have graduated.

Senior Thesis/ Project Guidelines


Course Checklists

The documents below will help a student keep track of their degree requirements and develop a registration plan 


Requirements Checklist


Scheduling Worksheet

Scheduling worksheet

Study Abroad

Many of our students have benefited greatly from the opportunity for foreign travel by choosing to study abroad. In most cases, your study abroad program will fulfill your two ISSUES requirements. Visit the Padnos International Center at 130 LOH, or click here for more information.

4-year degree plans for BA and BS

These two documents are general guides for students interested in pursuing a BA or a BS degree in Film and Video Production. They should not be used as a replacement for meeting with your advisor.

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree requires a three-semester proficiency in a foreign language. This is a good choice if you plan to continue your studies to attain a Graduate or PhD degree.
The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree requires that you complete the following the following three courses: 1) STA 215 Introduction to Statistics;  2) COM 275 Foundations of Communication Research; and 3) COM 375 Communication Research.

Sample 4-Year Plan for a Bachelor of Arts (BA)

BA Sample 4-year plan

Sample 4-Year Plan for a Bachelor of Sciences (BS)

Bachelor Of Sciences in Film and Video

Core Film List

This is a comprehensive list of recommended titles for students to see.

Core Film List


Library Subject Guide