Film and Video

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)

A strong hands-on emphasis characterizes the film and video production major at Grand Valley State University. Courses of study include animation, documentary, fiction, film studies, new media, nonfiction, scriptwriting, and sound design. The curriculum integrates production experience with insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism. The film and video production program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD).

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students who apply to the Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) program possess a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, have completed prerequisite courses, and at the time of application have fulfilled a minimum of 500 hours of work, volunteer, and/or shadow experience in health care settings with patients. Admission to the M.P.A.S. program is highly competitive.

  • The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) prepares students for employment or graduate training in biology, biotechnology, computational biology, and biomedical research.
  • The Master of Science (M.S.) offers a choice between a Professional Science Masters (PSM) in biotechnology and a traditional thesis-based masters.
  • The combined degree program (B.S./M.S.) offers qualified undergraduates the option to earn a B.S. and an M.S. in an accelerated time frame. Students admitted to this program may take graduate courses after completing 90 undergraduate credits, and up to 12 credits of graduate work may be used in partial satisfaction of the requirements for the undergraduate degree.


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Biology
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cell and molecular biology
  • Chemistry
  • Mathematics
  • Physics

Career Options

Graduates find a wide range of professional employment locally, nationally, and internationally. Positions include all aspects of the film and television industry, in addition to advertising, corporate, educational, and community media.

  • Biotechnology
  • Higher education
  • Forensics
  • Industry
  • Intellectual property
  • Life science research
  • Medicine
  • Pharmaceuticals

Why Study Film And Video at Grand Valley?

Film and video production students can expect the following:

  • Development of their personal expertise and interests by exploring a diverse set of courses offered.
  • Faculty members that are active practitioners with a broad range of experience and interests.
  • High-impact learning opportunities outside the classroom through internships and local production projects.
  • Opportunities to present work that are offered through regularly scheduled public screenings, and a peer-reviewed academic journal.
  • Student organizations offering opportunities for growth, such as the student-run television station, radio station, newspaper, film screening clubs, and many more.
  • Hands-on experience by producing projects for real clients in and outside of the classroom.
  • Preparation for graduate studies in a variety of filmmaking and cinema studies programs.

For More Information

School of Communications
(616) 331-3668
Admissions Office

It's more than teaching us how to use this camera or that editing software. Those quickly change. It's about teaching us how to tell stories, and to learn how to learn, so we're never left in the dust.


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