From studio shoots, to live broadcasts, to on location shoots

Production at UVM

Within our major and minor, students have the opportunity to take production classes with Deb Ellis, theory and practice classes with Hilary Neroni, and screen writing classes with Sarah Nilsen, as well as additional production classes with Madsen Minax in the Art Department. Pre-requisites for production classes include one history course (FTS 007, 008, 009 or 010) and Film/Television Theory FTS 121.

Get hands on experience combining theory and practice. 

Because students are required to take an intro class (FTS 7, 8, 9, or 10) and a film theory class (FTS 121), they come in with a shared language and commitment.  The production classes prompt students to explore narrative, documentary, and experimental ideas visually while teaching them basic to advanced skills in video editing and shooting.

Featured Student Work

The Web

Jess Armstrong


Response: A Portrait of 4 Environmental Artists in Vermont

Peter vanderWilden, '18 (senior thesis)

Featured on Vermont PBS "Made Here" series


Compilation of Recent Student work


Clay On His Hands

Matt Schildkamp '18

A feature on Lecturer Hoyt Barringer of the Art Department. See below for audio transcription.

Closed captions available.



Kyle King '20

A short experimental film made by Kyle King, Fall 2019 in FTS141.

Closed captions available.



Mark Hendry '19

MYSHADOW is a short documentary of New Hampshire Native Kainalu Nichols and where he is going in surfing.

Closed captions available.

Course Spotlight

Check out the below list of production classes. For available courses please see courses by semester.

  • FTS 141 - Film & Video Production I: An introduction to techniques and theories of video production. Credits: 3.00
  • FTS 142 - Film & Video Production II: Intermediate topics in film and video production. Topics vary with instructor, and may include editing, lighting, use of sound, etc. Pre/co-requisite: FTS 141. Credits: 3.00
  • FTS 143 - Film Theory and Practice: An advanced study of media theory and video production. Credits: 3.00
  • FTS 144 - Screenwriting I: An investigation of screenwriting practice and a screenwriting workshop. Credits: 3.00
  • FTS 145 - Screenwriting II: Intermediate topics in screenwriting. Topics vary with instructor, and may include writing the thriller, the romantic comedy, etc. Pre/co-requisite: FTS 144. Credits: 3.00


For more information:

Contact Professor and Director of the Film and Television program Deb Ellis at

If you have questions about adding production courses to your schedule please speak with your advisor.


Want to see more student work?

Head on over to our YouTube Channel