Cinema Production

Aim higher with a B.A. in cinema production from Northern Vermont University.  

The cinema production program at NVU-Lyndon gives you the skills you need to pursue a career in film and video production. The interdisciplinary program draws on courses in theater, art history, and studio art, plus a strong foundation in the liberal arts to develop each student’s critical-thinking and problem-solving skills. You’ll also work with local organizations such as Catamount Arts and the Green Mountain Film Festival to gain hands-on experience in the field.

The cinema production program will:

  • Equip students with the technical skills necessary to succeed as filmmakers, both as industry professionals and as independent creative artists
  • Promote a critical and analytical understanding of cinema as a creative art form
  • Facilitate an awareness of cinema’s relationship with other artistic and professional fields
  • Provide the historical and theoretical framework in which to situate students’ original works

Students graduating with a cinema production B.A. will have:

  • A proficiency in the skills and techniques of digital filmmaking
  • An advanced understanding of the process of filmmaking through pre-production, production, and post-production phases
  • A sophisticated appreciation of the history of cinema as a context for original artworks

Cinema production graduates will be prepared to:

  • Obtain full-time and contract-based employment supporting independent filmmaking, advertising, corporate communications, and local television programming
  • Embark on self-employed, independent film projects of their own choosing
  • Enter a wide variety of cinema graduate programs

Meet our students

Jason Shafer

Brandon Hunter ’19

Brandon has gained the skills he will need in the industry while at NVU, from pre-production planning to post-production tasks: “working with the camera and really being on a set, putting the film itself together, editing, and making different special effects,” he says. “We get to shoot our own things without many restrictions and work with actors.”

Arts Management

The arts management minor is designed for students based at Northern Vermont University-Johnson who are majoring in the theater or fine arts programs. The minor encompasses 23 credits in business courses, preparing you to manage the business side of an arts organization — or your own business in the theatrical or fine arts. Accounting, management, marketing, human resources and other essential business courses will prepare you to manage and promote an arts organization — or yourself!

Art/Studio Arts

Make Your Mark with a Degree in Art from Northern Vermont University

You’re creative. Collaborative. Curious. You see the interesting, beautiful, and unusual details in the world around you and express them through your creations. Northern Vermont University-Johnson’s studio arts programs can help you expand your perspective and build the skills needed to pursue a successful creative career.

B.A. in Art

All art students pursuing a bachelor’s degree at NVU-Johnson begin in the B.A. program. The bachelor of arts in art program provides a solid foundation of art instruction in a variety of disciplines, including drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, digital media, and ceramics. You’ll be immersed in our community of creative faculty and staff and exposed to critical and historical perspectives on art that will help you assess your work. You’ll exhibit your work in the Visual Arts Center (VAC) and attend department-wide critiques every month.

Vew Degree Requirements for B.A. in Art

B.F.A. in Studio Arts

Admission to the more intensive bachelor of fine arts in studio arts program — generally in your sophomore or junior year — requires a review of your portfolio, the recommendation of the studio arts faculty and the approval of the department chair. Upon acceptance, you will be required to complete at least three semesters of studio work, participate in monthly B.F.A. critiques held in the VAC gallery, and present a thesis exhibition and gallery talk during your final year of study that demonstrate proficiency in your chosen area of concentration.

View Degree Requirements for B.F.A. in Studio Arts

Minor in Studio Arts

The minor in studio arts combines foundation work in drawing and art history with study in the student’s choice of four studio areas.

View Requirements for the Studio Arts Minor


NVU-Johnson art students have access to a range of facilities in our gorgeous, newly renovated VAC. You’ll work in our painting, drawing, print, ceramics, and sculpture work spaces, as well as use traditional techniques for developing photography in our darkroom. And students can take advantage of gallery space within the VAC as well as the Julian Scott Memorial Gallery in Dibden Center for the Arts to exhibit their work.

Art History

You’ll explore art through the ages, including both western and non-western traditions in art. Advanced art-history electives and two studio art courses of your choice round out the 21-credit program.