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Film and Video Concentration

The Film and Video concentration allows students to work in both film and digital media, as well as study both narrative fiction and documentary filmmaking. Beginning in their first year, students are given hands-on instruction in a deeply immersive environment that stresses both the technical and aesthetic aspects of media creation.

Created by Vanessa Kahn & Kylee Acevedo. Featured in: MassLive Salem Film Festival, Online New England Film Festival, Independent Film Festival Boston. 

Written & Directed by Sara Prygocki. Featured in: Indie Short Fest (Los Angeles International Film Fest), Studio City Film Festival

Edgar Mutebi and Raffael Defeo directing a scene
Edgar Mutebi and Raffael DeFeo directing a scene for their Advanced Film/Video project, Crickets. Photograph by Walton Hall

Dan Kincaid recording Melina Leon for "Crickets"
Dan Kincaid recording a scene with actress Melina Leon for Crickets. Photograph by Walton Hall

The student to professor ratio and the hands-on approach to filmmaking create an ideal learning environment.
Brian Hennessey, Film/Video Concentration 

Fitchburg State University Alumna Melanie Perkins talks about her education at Fitchburg State and how it led to an Emmy win.

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 either locally, in Los Angeles, New York or elsewhere.

Brian Hennessey on the red carpet at the Emmys
Alumnus Brian Hennessey (center) is a producer for NBC's The Voyager.
He and his team were nominated for a daytime Emmy in 2018.


Required Course Sequence

COMM 3505 - Introduction to Film and Video
COMM 3506 - Pre-Production Planning for Film and Video

Advanced Cinema Production Sequence (in order)

COMM 3520 - Intermediate Digital Cinema Production OR
COMM 3710 - Intermediate Film Production
Career Specialization Elective (one from list)
COMM 3960 - Advanced Cinema Production

Advanced Documentary Production Sequence (in order)

COMM 3521 - Intermediate Documentary Production
Career Specialization Elective (one from list)
COMM 3895 - Advanced Documentary Production

Career Specialization Electives (only one per semester/three in total)

COMM 3017 - Short Film Story Development
COMM 3510 - Audio Production for Film and Video
COMM 3530 - Editing
COMM 3550 - Producing
COMM 3560 - Sound Design
COMM 3580 - Lighting
COMM 3730 - Directing for Film and Video
COMM 3740 - Compositing and Visual Effects
COMM 3750 - Cinematography

Elective Courses

COMM 3760 - Film Styles, Genres and Movements

For more information, consult the Undergraduate Catalog.


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.

Curriculum details
Department Home Page


To submit a request for casting, please visit Currently Casting.