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Film, Photography, and Video

The Film, Photography, and Video Program

Visual artists at Hampshire College explore film, video, and photography in a way that distinguishes Hampshire's program from those at many other undergraduate institutions. Here, students learn primarily through independent experimentation with many forms of analog, digital, and electronic media, as well as installation and performance. This individualized process of creation, along with our internationally recognized faculty, excellent technical facilities, and staff support, ensures that Hampshire students can develop their fullest artistic visions along with the tools to produce them.

The emphasis at Hampshire is on project-based learning with an increased focus on content. Students are given the necessary foundations in form, technique, and production skills, while being encouraged to examine the theoretical and critical contexts and the current practices and debates that will inform their artistic expression. In addition to course offerings, the film, photography, and video program offers a series of lectures and internships meant to expose students to a wide variety of visual artists and their work. Through their interactions with successful artists from around the world, students are inspired to pursue their own passions with the confidence that a life in the arts is a valuable and fulfilling one.

All students interested in concentrating in the field begin by learning the histories and key critical issues of their particular area of interest. As they make sounds and images, they also study in other disciplines--from theater, politics, and philosophy to literature, media studies, and art history--so their work proceeds from an understanding of the broader arenas for the work they will create. Through their courses and independent production, students develop an artistic voice and style all their own. Most importantly, they learn the importance of critique in shaping their work. Students' abilities as image-makers grow dramatically as they learn to articulate what makes a work effective, incorporating the feedback of professors and peers while remaining true to their own ideas.

Division I

Division I students are encouraged to take Introduction to Media Production and courses in art history and media studies as prerequisites to 200 level film, photography, and video production courses.

Division II

Although there is a clear emphasis on independent work in all media in Division II, students are required to try a range of approaches to their media including those involving collaboration. Each student must experiment with a variety of forms, building a portfolio of varied work by the end of Division II. Students will also do substantial reading and writing of critical texts as well as viewing and listening to a broad palette of historical and contemporary works.

Division III

A student with adequate preparation in Division II may undertake a year-long Division III project in film, photography, video, installation, or performance centered on his/her own mode of working in consultation with a faculty committee.

Applications for Division II and III

Students who wish to find film, photography, or video faculty chairs or members for Division II or Division III must submit an application by a the deadlines in October and March. This process is designed to accommodate students in these areas and to facilitate the distribution of committee memberships. It is open to students who intend to concentrate in  film/photo/video and to students whose concentrations are focused in other areas but wish to have a component in film, photo, and video. This process in no way takes the place of College-wide procedures, schedules, and planning meetings with faculty and advisors prior to and following the filing of a contract. Students should try to speak with prospective faculty about their proposed exams before filing an application.

Applications for Spring 16 will be available through Advising.


Due: March 25, 2016

Students who wish to work with a film, photography, or video faculty member during 2016-17
academic year, and who do not yet have a signed Division II or III contract should submit an
application by Friday, March 25, 2016. Please submit a draft contract on The Hub and GO TO
available no later than April 15, 2016.

This process is designed to accommodate students in these areas and to facilitate the distribution
of committee memberships. It is open to students who intend to concentrate in
film/photo/video and to students whose concentrations are focused in other areas but wish to
have a component in film, photo, and video. This process in no way takes the place of College-wide
procedures, schedules, and planning meetings with faculty and advisors prior to and
following the filing of a contract. A student should try to speak with prospective faculty about
his or her proposed exam before filing an application. AFTER A STUDENT IS ASSIGNED a
committee chair or member, committee meetings should be convened by students to revise the
draft contract and obtain signatures.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Requests will be honored on the basis of students’ academic
progress, their demonstrated willingness to work hard, and on their commitment to the field.

Faculty serve on a limited number of exams; therefore, some students may not be selected for
exams in these concentrations. Division III students are expected to show appropriate preparation
for their proposed project in their Division II. Selection will be influenced by the number of
faculty committee openings in film, photo, and video. If students have not previously worked
with any of the film, photo, and video faculty, they should make appointments to meet with the
one most appropriate to their media interests, in order to introduce themselves and familiarize the
faculty with their work prior to making an application. Because these openings are usually
limited, students should actively recruit committee chairs and/or members from faculty outside
of film/photo/video. Efforts will be made to accommodate as many students as possible by
avoiding the creation of Division II and III committees that are exclusively composed of
film/photo and video faculty; in other words, in most cases students will be assigned one faculty
from the program, either as chair or member.

NOTIFICATION OF RESULTS: We will notify you via email within 2-3 weeks of the
application deadline. A list of faculty commitments to student applicants will be emailed to
students, and posted outside the HACU office and on the Film/Photo/Video bulletin board.

REAPPLICATION: Students who are not accommodated in this selection period may reapply
in the following semester and should discuss their academic plan with their advisors and with
members of the film/photo/video faculty, or with other faculty. If they unable to complete a
contract by the next application deadline, students assigned a committee this semester must
reapply next semester.

MAKING AND FILING THE CONTRACT: After you are assigned a committee chair or
member, you must still meet with your committee to revise a draft contract in the case of
Division II and get it signed or in the case of Division III draw up the contract. Applying for a
committee and filing a contract are two separate steps in the process. Please note that it is your
responsibility to organize meetings with your potential committee. It may take more than one
meeting or draft of your contract before your committee is ready to sign, so don't wait until the

Applications should contain the following: [LINK to supplemental Form]

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE: Please type a one-page statement describing your proposed area
of study, explaining why this area of study is important to you, and indicating how you intend to
pursue such study. This statement of purpose is comparable to a draft Division II or III proposal.
If you are combining film/photo/video with another academic area that you feel is related (such
as history, politics, American studies, theater, psychology, etc.), please explain how you see
these areas connected. This is the same as your Draft Proposal on The Hub.

COMMITTEE PREFERENCES: List the faculty in film/photo/video with whom you would
like to work in order of preference. The film/photo/video faculty and staff participating in the
selection process include: Baba Hillman, Eric Gottesman, Billie Mandle, Claudio Nolasco,
Branwen Okpako, Abraham Ravett, Kane Stewart, Hope Tucker.
Please note: kara lynch is on sabbatical/leave Fall 2016-Spring 2017, Abraham Ravett is on
sabbatical Spring 2017, and Kane Stewart is on sabbatical/leave Spring 2017-Fall 2017.

EXPECTED TIMETABLE: List your anticipated completion dates for Division II and/or III
along with any leave plans. All Division II work should be completed prior to filing Division III.

COURSE LISTS: On the FPV supplemental request form list the film, photo, and video courses
you have completed including critical issues courses, which relate to your exam. Also list
courses you anticipate taking as part of your future Divisional work in other areas.

COURSE EVALUATIONS: Prospective students must submit two course evaluations from
film/photo/video courses or related fields.


The Jerome Liebling Center houses facilities for the research and production in analog and digital photography, filmmaking, and video. In addition to screening rooms and the Leo Model Gallery space, the building features individual and collaborative lab spaces for image-based media.

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Program news and events are posted on the Film/Photo/Video blog.

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