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. The curriculum integrates production experience with the insights offered by media history, theory, and criticism.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

The major offers several emphases from which to choose:

  • Animation/New media
  • Cinema studies
  • Documentary/Nonfiction
  • Fiction film-making
  • Sound design
  • Individual study plan


Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Audio production
  • Communications
  • Film and television
  • Image and sound
  • Media production
  • Scriptwriting

Career Options

Graduates find a wide range of professional employment, both in West Michigan and nationally, including positions in:

  • The feature film industry, animation, and multimedia
  • Radio and television stations
  • Community media access stations
  • Advertising agencies
  • Production and post-production houses
  • School systems
  • Corporations

Why Study Film and Video at Grand Valley?

  • Faculty members are active practitioners with a wide variety of interests, and full-time faculty is complemented with visiting and adjunct faculty.
  • Students have many opportunities to learn outside the classroom. Some choose employment at Grand Valley's public television and radio stations. Others participate in planning a campus film series.
  • A student-run radio station and newspaper attract the participation of many film and video production majors, as do the many yearly theatre presentations of the School of Communications.
  • Students have the opportunity to present their work at regularly scheduled public showings on campus.
  • Production grants and local showcases for student work are available.

For More Information

School of Communications
(616) 331-3668
Admissions Office

They like the hands-on production opportunities to work with cameras, lights, and sound. That kind of practical experience gets them all charged up.


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