University of South Florida

School of Art & Art History

USF College of The Arts


Take your story from the drawing board to film. Compose your scene, fine-tune the lighting and make an impact on your audience. Acquire the skills and techniques to produce video and audio that fulfill — and expand — your vision.


The Video curriculum at the University of South Florida offers a unique opportunity for artists to pursue a cutting-edge approach to Video, Sound, and Digital Media. The comprehensive digital arts program at USF offers students the ability to both develop expertise in specific digital tools and allows students the flexibility to combine classes to hone a student’s individual artistic voice.

Undergraduate Program

Video courses expose students to the technical and conceptual skills needed to produce high-quality video and audio works. The curriculum focuses on pre-production, production and post-production skills including Story-Boarding, Editing, Camera Operating, Lighting, and Composing Moving Images, within the context of contemporary art. In all courses, students also work on concept development as they are exposed to the history and theory of media, moving image, and sound. Intermediate courses are theme-based, and include but are not limited to “Live Action Filmmaking,” “Video Art Goes to the Movies,” “Video and Sound Installation,” “Video for Sound,” “Distance Collaborations,” “Narrative Video,” and “Abstract Video.”

All courses look toward current trends in video art including experimental pre-production and post-production of video works, digital imaging, animation, as well as the integration of other digital and traditional artist tools and areas, including installation, performance, web art, public art and more. Students who wish to combine digital arts with other disciplines will find the program very accommodating. Although we have a defined curriculum, it is quite flexible and we encourage all students to find their own individual artistic voice incorporating digital tools. 

Graduate Program

Our nationally ranked Master of Fine Arts degree is an idea-centered program encouraging broad media exploration, in-depth projects and engagement with theoretical and cultural issues.

The MFA program encourages our graduate students to take advantage of excellent private studio space, technical facilities and the opportunity to teach. Graduate students receive focused, individual attention in their studio work from professionally active research and teaching faculty. In their first year, graduate students work closely with faculty as graduate assistants, often helping in their courses and gain experience to teach independently. In their studio work and pedagogy, MFA students are integral to the area’s mission for delivering contemporaneous content.

Degrees / Ways to Study

To study Video at USF, students can pursue the following undergraduate and graduate studio art degrees at the School of Art & Art History.

Area Faculty

Shawn Cheatham, Associate Professor of Instruction in Art and Media
Phone: 813-974-9259 | Email:

Robert Lawrence, Associate Professor in Video
Phone: 813.974.2360 | Email:

Anat Pollack, Associate Professor in Video
Phone: 813.974.2360 | Email:

Susanna Wallin, Assistant Professor of Video 
(813) 974-2360  |  Email:

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