Develop interpersonal skills and work collaboratively

Why Our Program?

  • You can tailor your studies to your own academic and professional interests in your junior and senior year. You can further enrich your studies with classes from VPA and the University's other schools and colleges.
  • 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.
  • In addition to core study and global study, students have various opportunities for involvement with the Syracuse International Film Festival, whose founder and artistic director is a member of the film faculty, and the Dropped Frame Society, a student-run film organization.
  • The program is nationally recognized; in 2018 it was ranked No. 22 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 alumni, many of whom mentor students in achieving success at VPA and beyond.


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 4K Hi-end digital film cameras such as Canon C500 and Sony F3 with Odyssey 7Q+ recorders, 4K RAW enabled; Blackmagic Design 4K production cameras; Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Cameras with Metabones Speed booster; Hi quality Zeiss film lenses; and a large array of Canon PL lenses. We also offer students the possibility of shooting 16mm and Super 16mm with our Aaton XTR Production camera as well as Arri SR1, CP16, and Bolex cameras. We have a large range of location lighting and grip gear such as Arri M18 HMI, Arri Compact HMI Fresnel 1.2K, 4x4 Kino-Flo Banks, Kino-Flo Diva Lite, and Joker-Bug 800W HMI among many others. Our non-linear editing facilities are 4K ready, equipped with the Adobe Creative Cloud, Da Vinci Resolve 12, and our color grading station has a Flanders Scientific Professional broadcast monitor. We count with a top-notch sound mixing studio as well as two lighting studios and green screen.

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.