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 curriculum 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 with a cinema major. 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 study of cinema.

Read the latest CreatiVe ConnecTions Blog Entry about our Cinema Program--Discover the Benefits of Studying With Us!

A Student's Thoughts

"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


Equipment and Facilities

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:


  • RED One 4K (advanced level)
  • RED Scarlett (advanced level)
  • 8 Black Magic Production Cameras (intro and intermediate levels)
  • 3 Sony EX-1 (advanced level)
  • Sony FS-100 (advanced level)
  • 2 Canon 6D (intermediate level)
  • 10 Panasonic HMC 150 (intro and intermediate levels)
  • 5 Panasonic HVX 200 (intro and intermediate levels)
  • 10 Canon 60D (all levels)
  • 3 Canon XA35 (all levels)
  • 3 DJI Phantom 2 with FPV Monitor and GoPro HERO4 (intermediate and advanced levels)
  • Various Rokinon prime lenses (8mm, 14mm, 24mm, 35mm, 85mm - multiple counts of each)


  • 11 27" iMacs with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite
  • 8 Mac Minis, each with Final Cut Pro X


  •    5 Rhode NTG-3-B shotgun microphones (advanced levels)
  •    10 Rhode NTG-2 shotgun microphones (advanced levels)
  •    7 Sennheiser ME-66 shotgun microphones (all levels)
  •    9 Sennheiser EW-100 wireless lav kits (advanced level)
  •    12 Sony ECM-44B lavaliere microphones (all level)
  •    2 Shure SM-58 dynamic microphones (all levels)
  •    Tascam HD-P2 recorder and mixer (advanced level)
  •    5 Tascam DR-100 field recorders (intermediate and advanced levels)
  •    5 Tascam 70D field recorders (intro and intermediate levels)
  •    4 Tascam 60D MKII field recorders (intro and intermediate levels)
  •    Tascam DR-40 field recorder (intermediate and advanced levels)
  •    2 Zoom H5 audio recorders (intermediate and advanced levels)
  •    4 Adzen FMX-42 mixers (all levels)
  •    3 Wendt X3 mixers (all levels) 


  •      4 Arri light kits, each with 4 lights: 150W, 300W, 600W, 1000W (all levels)
  •      8 Lite Panel LED light kits (all levels)
  •      5 Fillex LED light kits (all levels)
  •      2 Bescor LED light kits (all levels)
  •      57 Savage LED light kits (intro level)
  •      3 Lowell kits, omni and tota (all levels)

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.

  Need more information?

Stephen Prince, cinema faculty, or Charles Dye, undergraduate academic advisor, would love to tell you more.

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