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Cinema Minor


Work toward a successful career in the film industry! A minor in cinema allows you to explore the areas of cinema production, film history and criticism, and related theatre studies. The full range of cinema courses are available for you to explore and enter the profession in a variety of roles.

18 Credit Hours for Minor 

Introduction to Cinema Course (3 Hours)

Cinema Electives (15 Hours)


What You'll Study

Students learn about the history of cinema, its visual designs and production methods, its role in modern social and political movements, and its business operations. Through hands-on projects, they gain experience in the art and practice of cinematography and filmmaking.

These hands-on projects are not only guided closely by our esteemed faculty, but feature strong collaboration with students and faculty of the theatre arts program.


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Beyond the Classroom

Get Involved

Learn more about the community-based opportunities the cinema program offers, including film screenings, guest speakers from within the cinema industry, and other public events. 

Cinema students also have the opportunity to perform various roles within the theatre arts program, such as set building, projection design, and recording performances. 


Film Festival

An annual event, Progeny's mission is to foster and showcase short, thoughtful, independent-minded, DIY-spirited regional filmmaking by independent filmmakers and students.

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Developing You as an Artist

Virginia Tech offers lots of options to help start your career out strong in any area that interest you. Exploration and discovery are always encouraged! Access the wide inventory of film equipment, labs, and recording booths as you learn by doing. 


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Expert Faculty 

We have a wide range of esteemed faculty members who are passionate about your education.


Contact Us

If you have questions about pursuing a cinema minor, please contact:

Dee Hopkins