Our Approach

The study of cinema at Virginia Tech is characterized by a blend of scholarship and production courses. Hands on projects regularly provide real-world practice to augment the classroom study.

In our program, cinema faculty and students interact closely with each other and with theatre faculty and students, in class and in productions. Cinema students might video a theatre show or maybe create projections for a stage production; theatre actors or props masters may be working on a cinema student's film project. This builds collaboration and provides a cross-disciplinary understanding of the development and presentation of artistic work.

Faculty members in the program are dedicated producers of original creative and/or scholarly work in cinema. Their expertise is demonstrated through the national and international reputation these works have earned. With genuine dedication to teaching, they bring their knowledge and skills to the training and education of new students every year.

Students have access to filming equipment and editing labs. And, we encourage them to take advantage of this, to go out to film and create, whether it is for class or not. Our students learn by doing - continuously!

We reach out to our community through a number of activities, including film screenings, visits from guest filmmakers and critics, and public events related to cinema.  The Progeny Short Film Festival is an annual event hosted by Virginia Tech's School of Performing Arts. Progeny's mission is to foster and showcase short, thoughtful, independent-minded, DIY-spirited regional filmmaking by independent filmmakers and students. 

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