Film/Video Production Concentration, Communications Media, BS

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In Short

The Film/Video Production Concentration is a hands-on environment to learn all aspects of media creation both technical and aesthetic for film and digital media.

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The job growth outlook for film and video editors through 2030 is 33%, with 18,300 new jobs in the field. This comes with a median annual wage of $76,000.*

Program Overview

The Film and Video Production concentration allows students to work in both film and digital media. You'll study both narrative fiction and documentary filmmaking. Beginning in the first year, you're given hands-on instruction that is deeply immersive and stresses the technical and aesthetic aspects of media creation.

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All students have access to a wide range of industry standard cameras, lights, audio gear and post-production facilities. Within the concentration, students work both collaboratively and individually on a multitude of projects. In their final semester, all eligible students gain professional industry experience in a full-time internship. This can be locally, in Los Angeles, New York or elsewhere.

Check out TJ Saccoccio's '22 documentary an emotional call to action from Generation Z pleading for those in power to act on Climate Change. It received an Outstanding Achievement award for “Best Web/New Media Short” from Indie Short Fest, a film festival based in Los Angeles. 

Watch a TikTok video from Isaiah Manual an undergraduate student in our Film/Video program. He is a student in Kyle Moody's social media class.

*View the Bureau of Labor Statistics,U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Film and Video Editors(visited May 20, 2022).

The film equipment and editing labs were very easily accessible to students, which wasn’t the case at the first university I attended. This was a major factor in my decision to transfer. Also, smaller class sizes allowed me to have better relationships with my professors, which is extremely important in something like film/video.

Michael Labrecque, '22

Experiential Opportunities and a Look Inside the Courses

Communications Media Internships


Internships are a great opportunity to get valuable, real-world experiences before entering a competitive job market.
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Each year students are given the opportunity to submit original work to be juried and possibly selected for our honors art exhibition, VISIONS. This is a showcase of the year's best student work. VISIONS involves a gallery exhibition and a film/video screening.
Read more about: Visions

Study Abroad

Take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad with short-term faculty-led programs, exchange/direct enroll programs, or outside provider-led programs.
Read more about: Study Abroad

Intro to Film and Video

Intro to Film and Video class working on their projects at various places on campus.
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Film Styles

Film Styles, Genres and Movements class set up and begin recording a session for their Film School Confidential: Stories of Fitchburg State Communications Department Past and Present.
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Multi-Camera Television Production

Students working at FATV on a production that encompasses all of the multi-camera studio skills they learned throughout the semester.
Read more about: Multi-Camera Television Production

Curriculum and Other Information

B.S. in Communications Media

  • Students should demonstrate proficiency in the core tools and skills of their discipline.
  • Students should be able to apply aesthetic principles to their work by developing and defending a portfolio that demonstrates craftship and meets professional standards for their discipline.
  • Students should be able to explain how their work fits in the historical and theoretical context of their discipline.
  • Students should apply core theoretical principles to the analysis and critique of media.
  • Students should recognize and apply ethical perspectives to their work.
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Editor
  • Film/Video Critic
  • Grip
  • Lighting Director
  • Producer
  • Videographer