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​Art Video

​College of Visual and Performing Arts

Explore the use of video as a medium for creating contemporary art. This major’s multidisciplinary approach allows opportunities to interact with fellow students majoring in computer art and animation, film, and art photography.

Beginning courses examine technical principles and the complex nature and power of video. You’ll have access to digital video and audio facilities and equipment, as well as opportunities to screen your work in the community. At the end of your four years, you’ll be ready to pursue work in the film industry, make video and multimedia for professional artists, or build careers in web design, videography, and game design.

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About VPA

Home to the visual and performing arts at Syracuse, VPA supports the creative process and professional development. The College is divided into six areas: the School of Art; the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies; the School of Design; the Department of Drama; the Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music; and the Department of Transmedia. 

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Core coursework centers on studio concepts, interconnected studios, and transmedia. Sample courses include:

  • Transmedia Synthesis
  • Video Sketchbook
  • Studies in Art Video
  • Advanced Post-Production Techniques
  • Video Art History

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Practical Experience

Art video includes a number of outside learning opportunities for students in the program including:

  • Dynamic internship opportunities including those with Sundance, Cannes Film Festival, and NBC Universal.
  • Coursework and internship experience with a six-week summer class in Los Angeles.
  • Visiting speakers from DreamWorks, Pixar, Blue Sky Studios, and Disney.
  • Student-run publications and organizations including 360 Magazine, Citrus TV, and Comm.Unity.

Study Abroad

Challenge your perspective with a study abroad experience during your time at Syracuse. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad offers more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

Art video majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner program CET New Media at FAMU (Prague). Summer programs of interest may include Portfolio Moscow and Italian Film Studies and Filmmaking in Bologna.

Life After Syracuse University

With a degree in art video, you can pursue careers including:

  • Film maker
  • Video editor
  • Multimedia designer
  • News videographer

Or continue your educations and earn a graduate degree in business, design, or film. Past graduates have gone on to many prestigious graduate schools in the U.S.