Cornish Programs


The Film Department is a writer/director pathway. Students are immersed in the art of filmmaking—from initial concept, to script, to the editing booth. Students experiment with language, sound design, and lighting; collaborating with peers from across the College’s eight performing and visual arts departments.

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What To Expect

in Film

Students work in narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking. They explore the art and the craft of cinema, making film in an art school setting that supports the development of their creative visions.

Learn more about our BFA degree requirements and review our model program/advising worksheet:

Model Program

If you are looking for photography, please visit the Art Program.

I learned how to analyze, understand, and execute all the working parts that contribute to producing a great film, while receiving guidance and critique from faculty with real world experience.Grace Reyer (FI ’16)

Explore Your Major



Program Faculty + Administration

Design | Film

Lyall Bush

Department Chair, Professor of Film

Samar Abulhassan

Instructor of Film

Craig Downing

Instructor of Film
Cornish Faculty, Joe Guppy

Joe Guppy

Instructor of Film
Cornish faculty, Charles Mudede

Charles Mudede

Instructor of Film
Charles Poekel Headshot

Charles Poekel

Instructor of Film
Cornish faculty, Charles Shaefer

Charles Scheaffer

Instructor of Film

Program Information

Admissions Information

Office of Admission

Main Campus Center
Floor 3
(800) 726-ARTS