Produce at least three films, including a final project
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Lighting Studio and Cyclorama Lighting Studio and Cyclorama
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Why Our Program?

  • Our program encourages an interdisciplinary approach; you can further enrich your studies by exposure to other disciplines in SU:VPA and the larger University.
  • Our program is relatively small (12-15 students). Graduate and undergraduate students work closely with one another and with the faculty in an intimate learning environment.
  • You will benefit from a diverse student body, which includes students from Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States.
  • Global study opportunities in Prague, Czech Republic, and Bologna, Italy, will complement your Syracuse coursework.
  • Our faculty members are practicing filmmakers who are active in the Syracuse and international filmmaking communities. Recent recognition includes a New York State Council on the Arts grant.
  • Our program is nationally recognized; in 2014 it was ranked No. 11 by the Hollywood Reporter on its list of the top 25 film schools in the United States.
  • When you graduate, you will belong to a global network of enthusiastic SU:VPA alumni.


Shaffer Art Building

The film program is housed in Shaffer Art Building, which is home to all programs and facilities in the Department of Transmedia. The film production facilities include sync-sound camera/recorder packages: Aaton Super 16, Arriflex Super 16 and regular 16, CP16, non-sync Bolex cameras, SONY and PANASONIC DV and HDV video cameras; a broad array of location lighting and grip gear; Final Cut Pro non-linear editing stations equipped for HD editing; Steenback flatbed editors; a sound mix studio; an Oxberry animation studio; and a lighting studio.

Visiting Artists

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond

You will draw inspiration and insight from the resident and visiting artists who come to the film program and the Department of Transmedia each year. Recent visiting artists have included composer Patrick Doyle; actor/director Giancarlo Esposito; director Abbas Kiarostami; screenwriter Dale Launer; filmmaker Albert Maysles ’49; filmmaker Dani Menkin; Jim Morris '77 G'78, producer and president of Pixar; director/producer Joel Schumacher; Cynthia Slavens, director of post production and marketing at Pixar; actor/director Peter Weller G’05; filmmaker Susan Youssef; and cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond.