Students in the film/video program apply twenty-first century technologies to develop and refine their personal aesthetic vision.

The Film/Video Department is committed to redefining what it means to be an artist working with the moving image. Our students are consistently challenged to create new forms of viewing experiences that are personal, conceptual, abstract, political, visceral and visionary.

Our students focus on producing their own work in all three years of the major, both individually and in collaboration with their peers, while learning the most up-to-date equipment and technology and choosing internships with local production companies. The curriculum fosters the imagination of our students, while aiding in the discovery of how their work fits into the larger context of creative industry and art practice. 

Students learn all stages of production, from concept to visual design - from directing to editing, and they experiment with the expanded platforms of digital media. Students are exposed to a wide range of historical works, and to contemporary discourse on media theory and practice.  In addition, the longstanding MassArt Film Society, a renowned screening series started in the late 70's, programmed by professor Saul Levine, provides weekly screenings of films and video art, and is often followed by a live discussion with the artist. 


  • Film Lighting Studio with professional lighting and grip equipment, a Black Box Video Studio with a Chroma Key, multi-camera and audio switching
  • 4K and High Definition post-production studios using AVID Media Composer, Premier, and Final Cut Pro, and DaVinci Resolve stations
  • Two sound studios for authoring surround sound and mixing audio tracks for digital projects. Students work across media formats, shooting primarily in 16mm film and 4K, 2K and High definition video.


MassArt has a tradition of graduating students who become award-winning filmmakers and video artists. Our alumni work in the film industry as cinematographers, editors, creative directors and heads of production departments for media and television companies in New York, Los Angeles and Boston. 

Curriculum Goals:

  1. Articulate and realize a personal vision with the moving image
  2. Develop and engage in a personal thesis project
  3. Be passionate about student work and acquire technical and conceptual skills to reach that vision
  4. Gain confidence in skills as media makers
  5. Be creative risk-takers and problem solvers, and be able to learn from failure
  6. Understand the history of the moving image and its various styles and genres, and incorporate a critical analysis of the moving image into work
  7. Successfully research, source, and build resources for work
  8. Establish an openness to listen to the critique of peers and faculty, and thoughtfully incorporate relevant feedback to work
  9. Become aware of current film, video, installation practices in the global culture
  10. Build respect and appreciation for diversity across a broad spectrum: racial, social, political, economic, gender, and in a socially sensitive art practice