Digital Filmmaking

Combine innovation with imagination to create cinematic-style films using state-of-the-art equipment.

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See the benefits.

Turn your passion into a profession by learning the ins and outs of the filmmaking industry by earning WNY’s only BFA in Digital Filmmaking. We offer a practical, focused education that blends hands-on learning experience with the expert instruction and personalized guidance you’ll need to land a job in one of the fastest growing fields in New York State.

Tools of the Trade

Photography, graphic design, production, sound, lighting and more…master every stage of the entire digital filmmaking process. In addition to creating an amazing portfolio, you’ll create the complete package for your future employer.

Small Classes

Villa’s average class has 12 students, which means each individual has the opportunity to ask specific questions, work directly with professors and develop working relationships with other students in the class.

Internships

The film industry is growing rapidly. The best chance you have of getting a job right after college is to do an internship. Internship opportunities give you the real-world experience you need to land a job in a growing field.

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See for yourself.

Filmmakers belong at Villa. If you’ve set your sights on telling stories on screen, you’ve come to the right place—Villa offers Western New York’s only BFA in Digital Filmmaking. Discover the ins and outs of this growing industry in hands-on courses in photography, production, and sound and lighting. Through coursework and internships, you’ll put together an impressive portfolio to share with potential employers by the time you graduate.

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Our Faculty 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR DIGITAL FILMMAKING
Sarah Mann

[email protected]
716-436-5583

Digital Filmmaking Instructor
Ayve Alexandres

The Career Potential

Advances in digital technology, computer-generated images and tax incentives are facilitating the growth of the filmmaking industry. Once concentrated in Hollywood, the industry is spreading to other metropolitan areas, creating a demand for jobs in new areas and more opportunities for success in this field. In fact, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics projects a positive job growth in the TV and film industries through 2022.

In order to land one of these in-demand jobs, your work needs to be professional and polished. Gain the educational and professional experience you need to prepare for a career in the film industry.

The Facilities

Creating professional and memorable work requires access to professional and reliable tools. Villa supplies its students with the software and equipment needed to produce unforgettable results.

  • Record: Video cameras, SLR cameras, tri-pods and on-camera monitors
  • Edit: Adobe Production Premium, Microsoft Office Suite, Avid M Box, Final Cut Pro and more
  • Sound: Shure SM58 microphones, shotgun mics with phantom power, boom mic stands, shock mount mic holders, camera-mount mics and headphones
  • Watch: 21.5 inch screen Macs with 500 gig hard drives

Film Industry Jobs

  • Director
  • Producer
  • Writer
  • Cinematographer
  • Editor
  • Post production manager
  • Visual effects artist
  • Documentary producer
  • Production assistant
  • Videographer
  • Camera operator
  • Digital imaging technician
  • Video editor
  • Sound editor
  • Screenwriter

Join the family.

There’s a lot of pressure to know what’s next. We’re here to say, it’s OK if you’re still figuring it out. In fact, it’s great. Villa is a place where that kind of continual discovery is prized. Because going to college isn’t about having it all figured out. It’s about inventing who you’re going to become. You’ll see.

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