If the art of cinema is your passion, you will want to know more about our program and the opportunities for the study and creation of cinema.
The cinema major features courses in film history, criticism, and production, along with a strong foundation in the fundamentals of theatre performance, history, and production, while earning a B.A. degree in Theatre Arts. Our goal is to produce artist-scholars who, upon graduation, may enter the profession in a variety of capacities or will have sufficient preparation to pursue a course of graduate study leading to a PhD (film studies) or MFA (film production).
Through a balanced course of study, students learn about the history of cinema, its visual designs and production methods, its role in modern social and political movements, and its business operations. Through hands-on projects, they gain experience in the art and practice of cinematography and film making. Learn more about our approach to the cinema major option.
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"I entered as a Performance focus, and now I have found the interest and freedom to double my focus with Cinema - not just based on what I've heard, but through real experience. The cooperation between the disciplines is strong and growing still. The opportunities provided by the entire School have allowed me to participate thoroughly in the art we create together at Virginia Tech."
- Tyler Frech '17
Cinema production classes are taught in state-of-the-art facilities in the Moss Arts Center, McBryde Hall, and the Newman Library Cinema Space. McBryde Hall and Newman Library Cinema Space feature high definition, cinema-specific video projectors. McBryde Hall features digital surround sound, Blu-Ray/DVD players and comfortable reconfigurable seating to accommodate diverse teaching styles--from watching films to hands-on activities. Cinema classes are occasionally taught 'on location' across campus and at the Lyric Theatre downtown.
Cinema production equipment is available for check-out from the Newman Library Cinema Space. Editing facilities for introductory classes are in Henderson Hall and the Newman Cinema Space. Advanced production students can use one of the two new SOPA-Cinema editing suites in the Moss Arts Center.
Cinema production equipment is available for students enrolled in Cinema production courses for their use on class projects; or for independent study projects once the student has completed beginning and intermediate course work.
The current inventory includes:
Additionally, all Virginia Tech students have access to the editing facilities (including 9 Final Cut Pro stations, 2 sound recording booths, and Adobe applications) and equipment (cameras, lights, microphones, etc.) available through InnovationSpace, Virginia Tech's New Media Center.