Contact Van Dora Williams, Filmmaking Program Director
Phone: (802) 865-8476
As part of the generation that changed how and where we view films, you can take a role in determining the future of the industry. If you are passionate about telling stories visually, the BFA in Filmmaking is specifically tailored to the next generation of filmmakers. This program will prepare you in best practices by providing you access to cutting-edge equipment and by developing your creative and technical skills.
Through our Upside-Down Curriculum, you'll take relevant courses in your major, including Audio Production, Screenwriting and Introduction to Filmmaking in your first year at Champlain—that's hands-on experience in your major from the start. As you explore different roles on- and off-set, including director, cinematographer, sound designer and editor, you will gain exposure to a variety of filmmaking styles.
You will also acquire a solid foundation in film history, aesthetics and criticism, while learning the vital business aspects of a film production. Recently, students had the opportunity to have their short-form documentaries and narrative films premiered on Vermont PBS in a one-hour broadcast premiere called the Champlain College Student Showcase. The Filmmaking program's remarkable combination of conceptual engagement, technical skills, artistic experimentation and business training will help you polish your own signature style and prepare you for a variety of creative opportunities in the industry.
Interested in scoring films, designing soundscapes or recording an album? With a Sonic Arts specialization you'll focus on sound and music production techniques, including signal flow, mixing, mastering, compression and online delivery.
Our professors have been finalists for numerous awards, grants and fellowships, and have showcased their work in national and international film festivals. Meet the faculty who'll teach you the skills to succeed.
Summer internships in nearby Montreal, Canada, as well as New York City and other locations, provide you with industry experience to build a solid résumé. See where our filmmaking students have been.
Our Filmmaking students can take full advantage of our Center for Communication & Creative Media—a state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot facility with game and audio labs, studio spaces, gallery and exhibit areas, a film soundstage and room for inspired collaborations.
We designed the curriculum of our majors to support a semester of international study. Filmmaking majors may study abroad at our campus in Montreal, Canada, and take advantage of one of the many industry opportunities in the vibrant city. Or you can choose to take your international study at our campus in Dublin, Ireland, or through one of our third-party programs. See how our students study abroad.
The CCM Division sponsors one junior or senior Filmmaking student whose faculty-endorsed application is selected to take part in Stowe Story Labs' annual fall workshops. Champlain students also have the opportunity to intern in its Spring Writers' Retreat.
Every year students in the Filmmaking program participate in the student showcase at the Vermont International Film Festival as well as other events sponsored by the organization, such as the Freedom and Unity TV annual film contest, featuring films about students' lives, passions and interests in the home state of Vermont. And in 2017, a filmmaking senior won two student Emmy awards for sound design and animation/effects at the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) Student New England Emmys event. Another student's script won first place in the student category at the LA film and Script Festival, was a semi finalist at the Orlando Film Festival, and it was accepted to Scriptapalooza and New York International Screenplay Awards.
Champlain's bachelor's degree in Filmmaking provides an up-to-date film education that prepares our graduates for a variety of careers in the film industry. Our most recent data shows that 90% of 2017 Filmmaking graduates are employed within six months after graduating, and 78% of them are in jobs relevant to their career goals.