Earn A Video and Film Degree Program

Video and Film Degree
Connecting People on an Emotional Level

With Nossi's Video and Film degree, you'll learn how technology, marketing, and business impact your video and film career. 

Hans Chilberg, Video and Film Degree Program Director. Nossi College of Art and Design

Hans Chilberg
Video and Film Degree Program Director

We are giving our video and film degree students a foundation to stay in Nashville or to move into other markets, taking the tools of film and commercial video and applying them to entertainment, sales, event documentary, and storytelling of old and new.

What to expect while acquiring your degree in video and film.

  • Most of your Nossi videography and filmmaking degree classes will be program-specific and taught by professional film creators.
  • You'll meet with career services and begin to prepare for your internship and future employment in the film and video industry.
  • As a part of Nossi's project-based All Access program, you'll have the opportunity to work with real clients while completing your studies.
  • Take your senior internship class, and begin to network with directors, writers, producers, lighting designers, film/video editors, or similar professionals on the job and in the community.
  • Create your best work and present it at the Senior Showcase for local film and video industry professionals, your family, and friends.

Follow Nossi student Lili Wall as she shows off her process in making a music video for class at Nossi College of Art in Music City, USA.This project was created by Nossi students, alumni, faculty and staff. This project highlights everything it takes to complete a video project. From editing to attending class to hanging out with friends at the dorms, discover what it means to be a creative art student at Nossi College. The campaign illustrates the time and effort it takes to complete creative assignments, and all the steps that go into it.

Career Opportunities with a Video and Film Degree




Lighting Designer

Film/Video Editor

Camera Assistant

Production Assistant

Camera Operator

Line Producer

Location Scout

Sound Designer/Editor

Special Effect Editor

Now Accepting Applications to the

Fall 2024 Video and Film Degree Program


Video and Film Degree Courses

Focus on Our Four-Year Program

Bachelor’s Degree

Bachelor of Graphic Arts in Videography and Filmmaking

133 curriculum hours



Introduction to photography will focus on learning and building the photography skills necessary to complete a variety of technical assignments revolving around nature and wildlife. Students will learn how to utilize the main functions of a digital camera in order to make accurate exposures. They will also learn the correct terminology and equipment associated with basic photography. This course is designed to build each student’s confidence when using their camera to complete challenging assignments. Introduction to photography will give students a solid foundation that will be used throughout their photography degree program. Shooting assignments for this course will primarily consist of nature photography concepts using available light. Use of tripods, meters and lenses will be taught on field trips with an emphasis on basic color control, composition and exposure.



This course is a studio and lighting class covering the basic fundamentals of various types of lighting. It includes different lighting systems that will demonstrate studio techniques for portrait, tabletop and still life photography. This class will give the students an understanding of how to work in the studio to achieve hard light and soft light using different types of light modifiers including the use of reflectors, soft boxes, umbrellas, grids, snoots and various other lighting accessories.



For any undertaking in print or digital media, understanding and manipulating vector graphics will be a cornerstone of every student’s academic and professional career. In Adobe Illustrator, students will learn the leading industry-standard software for vector-based design. Upon completion, students will know how to leverage the software to assist in whatever their chosen path of digital or print media: graphic design, web design, interactive design, illustration, or even videography – among other career tracks. To achieve this comprehension, students will create their own designs, many of which will be based on real-world problems students will face on the job. Printing, color, and design techniques (the latter learned in previous courses) will be integrated for the completion of the various projects.



Adobe Photoshop is the premier program for photographic manipulation for Graphic Designers and Illustrators. It is used for everything from print to web to video and now 3D. In this course, you will learn how to work within Adobe Photoshop, creating strong visuals for many different mediums. You will learn how to scan images and then modify them for use in your projects. And you will learn all of the tools of Photoshop. During learning these tools you will learn to manipulate images, create posters, paintings, videos and 3D advertisements.



This course is primarily a shooting course. Students are expected to shoot hundreds of images improving their techniques and skill as they progress through the course. Some of the images students produce may be of portfolio quality. Additional topics include digital imaging, analyzing digital images, image capture with digital cameras and scanners, output devices, resolutions and digital file formats. - See more at: https://nossi.edu/degree-programs/photography/#sthash.MNTHA8yZ.dpuf



This course is designed for students with advanced knowledge of computers and image editing software. It is designed to teach students how to fully develop digital images in Camera Raw; to post-process images in Photoshop using advanced techniques; to apply color management techniques to their workflow, including soft-proofing; and, to professionally manage their workflow from concept to final output. Topics include soft- proofing and color management; using speed lights and diffusers; noise reduction; controlling DOF; correcting lens distortion in post work; using Photoshop’s panoramic; Zoomify, displacement and vanishing point features; HDR imaging using Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw; and, focus stacking using Zerene Stacker.



This course will introduce students to basic video production techniques and tools. Students will learn how the camera acts as a storyteller. In addition to learning basic procedures and techniques of video productions, students will dissect various film and commercial projects to analyze detail and tricks of emotional augmentation.



This class is designed to describe the history of filmmaking and the equipment and techniques that have evolved into modern motion picture creation. As technology and business practices advance, so does the sophistication and expectations of the audience. Throughout the twentieth century, film has established itself as the most popular and profitable form of entertainment, changing the social landscape of the planet, challenging the foundations of storytelling and current politics and setting the stage for the video game, videography and DSLR revolutions. Hollywood broke free from the monopoly of the east and generated a studio system of film production that continues to this day. With the introduction of the computer, all aspects of production and exhibition changed. Students will learn the history of films and will create short videos utilizing the various techniques demonstrated in class.



With the demand for motion graphics in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, the ability to manipulate graphical assets with respect to a timeline is invaluable. Whether a graphic designer, web developer, videographer or anyone in any creative field, knowledge of graphical animation and presentation will improve the information provided and enable designers, developers or supervisors to make better decisions. This course is designed to expose students to conventional animation practices used in the creation of professional motion graphics content. Animation fundamentals and elementary concepts such as basic editing, compositing, filters and effects, color correction, typography animation, motion tracking, chroma key footage manipulation, rotoscoping, masking and easing will be explored using industry-standard software and techniques.



Whether it is music videos, sporting events, corporate, commercial, documentary, narrative video or family events, one must understand the basic structure and tools of sustaining the capital, clientele and business aspects of the creative process. This course will focus on business basics in videography, including sales, marketing, branding, social media and building and maintaining a community of artists, co-workers, clients and referrals. Business skills, pitching, communication, contracts, waivers, scheduling, preproduction, maintaining equipment and favors and the bottom-line will all be major topics of discussion and exercise. From VID 301 and Business I, all the way to Capstone, students will continue to evolve in their entrepreneurial presentation. It begins here.



Building on the foundations set in BUS 270, The Business of Videography II will walk students into the long-term focus of solidifying a company, community, brand and style, along with inspiration. Conceptualizing the pitch process and thinking for different budget ranges will all be key points in this class. Through an interview project and two major production plans, students will continue to hone their understanding of clientele, business role models, production frugality, job role responsibility and smart equipment investment.



This course is designed to instruct students on all of the practical ways to use social media for their photo and/or video business. Students will create social media accounts, learn to write effective messages, and post to those accounts on a weekly basis. Students will generate a weekly content plan and be graded on the effectiveness of engagement of their posts. TikTok and Instagram Reels are video platforms emerging as powerful ways for creative artists. Students will learn to create content for that. NFTs are a new marketplace based on Cryptocurrencies that will be discussed. The students will also create a website to market their photography and video.



This course is an advanced study of lighting, specifically for commercial digital video projects. Students will be expected to show competency in basic lighting techniques as well as advanced understanding of how light can be manipulated to produce a specific result.



This course explores preproduction planning from concept to completion, including communication and pitching. Students learn basic screenwriting, designing lighting charts, budget management, storyboarding, scheduling, location scouting and roles of the director and crew.



This course will introduce students to the concepts, tools and practice of story structure and screenwriting. Theme, character, narrative form and the tools of screenwriting (telegraphing, dramatic irony, dangling cause and dramatic tension) will be observed, discussed and exercised within the frameworks of feature and short film writing. Students will write idea pitches, a basic full length film outline, and short scripts with a technical focus on formatting, pacing, and diction. They will analyze film/video as a medium, observing its strengths and weaknesses. The class will also discuss studio screenwriting and independent screenwriting with spec scripts, adaptation, budget, demographic, agents/managers, producers, and distribution in mind.



This course will examine the visual storytelling techniques and tools of video editing. Students will dissect editing styles, experiment with video projects, and learn terms and tricks. The overall pacing of scenes and sequences will be discussed, as well as the importance of drawing visual and timing cues from the story itself. Going beyond the basics of storage, timelines, shot choices, inserts, montage, series of shots, transitions and fades, this course will examine how to draw an audience in and make them identify with the characters’ perspectives for the sake of the overall scene and story arc.



Students will learn basic audio recording, mixing and editing techniques for video production using industry hardware and editing software. Using various recording and editing exercises, students will get hands-on training exploring the technical and theoretical aspects of audio engineering.



This course will define and display the various roles that producers and directors play in film, television and videography throughout all the major phases of the filmmaking process. Students will use this knowledge to produce two projects and direct one project from preproduction, to production, to postproduction.



In this advanced course, students will further advance their understanding of professional motion graphics. Beyond the basics, students will gain more in-depth exposure to compositional awareness, typography and title sequence animation, short film narratives, animatics, and information visualization. While addressing these concepts, students will add to their technical skillsets proficiency with particle emitters, expressions, 3D animation, lighting and materials, plugins and a number of other advanced techniques for professional quality motion graphics presentations.



This course will introduce students to video field production and editing techniques through practical application. Field lighting, audio recording and use of field production equipment will be reviewed and applied to create various types of video presentations. Movie length, frame size, frame rate, quality, compression and data rates will also be discussed as it relates to video editing in the field. Common Internet streaming formats (H.264, Quicktime, AVI, RealMedia, Windows Media Player and others) will be examined.



Students will study and learn methods and procedures for shooting and preparing video for news, with some focus on live events as well. Students will be trained in story and preproduction, field work, interviewing, lighting and shooting, logging, editing, sound and music mixing for overall tone and delivery.



Wedding Videography will take students into preparation and execution of personal and emotional live-event shooting. This class will explore how to present yourself as a wedding videographer (clients, referrals, branding, online presence, product delivery and look) as well as how to pre-produce and prepare oneself for shooting once-in-a-lifetime live events. The class will discuss and review not only how to communicate with and schedule clients but also how to deal with limited control in an on-location production (poor lighting, loud environments, difficult angles). Focus, discussion, reading and projects will also involve graduations, birthdays, coming-home-celebrations, engagements, some business events, sermons or speeches.



This course will build on the foundations set in VID 310 Screenwriting. With the basics of theory and formatting behind them, students will continue to sharpen their craft with a focus on description, dialogue, structure and character. The tools of screenwriting will be experimented with and expanded on through class assignments. Styles of analysis, 3 Act Structure, theme and economy-of-words will also be refined as they relate to short form screenwriting. Commercial breakdowns, short scripts, feature scripts and documentary breakdowns will all be discussed and dissected. Students will also take a great focus on audience, delivery and how demographics and investors influence storytelling and the message.



Acting and Directing will walk students through the basics of the directoractor relationship, how to interact with talent and how to set the tone for a specific project or scene. Monologues and scene work will be the primary project focus, including in-class rehearsals and test-run performances. The course will also delve into the theory, tools and tricks of understanding the core of a scene and getting into a performance. Discussion, research and professional testimony will also aid the student’s understanding of the world and expectations of an actor.



In this practical, hands-on course, students will build upon Nashville’s rich heritage as a music video production hub to create a music video from pre-production to completion. In addition, students will learn to apply visual storytelling, tone, color, composition and pacing tools to their music video productions. Students will learn how to watch, break down and analyze music videos, and will also turn in a small promo piece and a live performance piece.



This class is designed to expose the student to techniques and software used in postproduction when going beyond editing and sound, particularly in the areas of color correction, color grading, motion text, composite shots and green screen, motion tracking, logo incorporation, basic image animation, particle emitters and behaviors. With the demand for specialized post-production in all aspects of marketing, communication and content production on the rise, having experience with the key concepts and methods of these tools will provide greater flexibility and capability for videographers, filmmakers and graphic designers.



This course will guide students through the preproduction, production and postproduction process of documentary videography. Preproduction work will including planning pitches, stories, pre-interviews, motifs, budgets, schedules and personnel for documentary and guerrilla videography. Production will include camera and audio set ups, working with nonactors and executing coverage. Postproduction will include footage logging and editing, sound design and reforming your story. Discussions of what the documentary has become, the ethics of documentary and the mocumentary (sister-genre) will also inform the class. Long form, short form, commercial, behind-the-scenes, how-to and educational aspects of documentary will all be involved in class debate and assignments.



This course walks students through the commercial process from start to finish. The class will examine commercials from a production standpoint with a focus on investors, sales, demographics, slogan, color palette, product and brand history, casting and the pitch process. Preproduction planning, idea, pitch techniques and look books will play a large role early in this course. Mixing art and business, creating eye-catching visuals and defining a clear message will be discussed and exemplified in commercial planning, shooting and editing. Students will also dissect professional commercials for television and web markets and discuss the future of sales, persuasion, archetypes and ethics within the field.



This course focuses on the overall process of directing and producing narrative story in short, episodic and long form. Students will dissect professional film, television and web series and discuss the techniques and tools of plant and payoff, character arc, theme and storytelling for fiction. Various production styles and budgets will be reviewed, as well as utilizing a project's characters (as in episodic) or a project's story (as in classic, drama and/or film). Writing for the genre and budget, pre-production and casting, location and studio shooting, working with actors, editing, sound design, score and single vs. multi-camera shooting will all be observed and experimented with to solidify experience in the form.



This course will focus on alternative and emerging forms of video, production, and postproduction, going into streaming options, new tech, apps, advanced special effects techniques, basic character animation, beyond basic image animation, awareness of 360º video, and discussion of what new tools are coming into our industry, be it through mainstream or more alternative methods of commercial creativity. Specialized coverage and techniques for live events, commercials, how to’s, and various types of storytelling continue to emerge as the industry evolves. This course will prepare students for this changing market, broaden their perspective and career options, allow them to think outside the box, be aware of the past and possible future of the industry, and to gather actionable experience with these concepts and techniques.



This course combines all that has been learned to facilitate the preproduction, production and postproduction of projects in line with the interests and creative and professional goals of the student, as well as any technique, genre or form they feel they want to strengthen before graduation, be it documentary, narrative, promotional, commercial, music video, abstract, etc. These projects must be sharp, well written, well shot, well edited and contain quality audio.



Independent study courses are individually designed to meet specific needs of students. They may vary from one to four semester hours of credit. They may be in any subject area a student needs in order to complete degree requirements. Independent study courses must be approved by a member of the faculty, the student’s department coordinator and by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.



Nossi College of Art students have the opportunity to take an internship for class credit during the last semester of their program. The internship is a program completion requirement and must be approved by the current Program Chair.

The goal of the internship is to expose the student to valuable job experience that will enhance their skill sets. This monitored program for senior level students provides an opportunity to work part-time with cooperating employers (i.e., Sponsor). Though students will be provided professional leads, they must secure their own internship.



This course provides students who are about to graduate an opportunity to explore the presentation and interviewing techniques used to find employment. Positive self-image and goal setting concepts are reintroduced. Students are expected to create communication materials for self-promotion and develop strategies for networking and community involvement, including internship opportunities. Students must participate in a formal portfolio presentation of their work to the community and to their fellow students. They are given instructions in portfolio presentation and preparation for career opportunities.



Success Strategies is a course in goal setting, techniques of note and test taking, problem solving skills, time management and critical thinking skill development. The course is designed to help each student improve his learning skills. In addition, students will acquire skills necessary to succeed as commercial artists. Life enhancing principles are also a major aspect of this course.



This course examines history in America. The course will be a combination of lecture and discussion.



This is a survey course of the science of psychology. It covers the key terms of most of the psychological concepts from brain biology to abnormal, motivational and developmental psychology. This course surveys a broad field of study. A study of the thinking and research behind various fields of psychology will lead to a discussion of how each field applies to human events in the everyday lives of people. An examination of how psychology applies to advertising, graphic arts, illustration and photography will be made.



This English class will include intensive grammar review as well as writing assignments to complete a portfolio. Illustrations are encouraged to enhance the writing and the portfolio (these can add points to the grade). A resume and a cover letter are a separate part of the writing. A research paper is required and must have the correct documentation and analysis format. Professional presentation of final portfolio is required for completion of this course.



This course is designed to provide the student with instruction in two major areas of the English language – writing and oral communication skills. Writing techniques using correct English grammar will be emphasized and will be applicable for different environments including corporate, business and professional settings. A variety of public speaking techniques will also be taught. The student will learn what is appropriate for each situation in which, as a professional artist, he might find himself.



Students will examine common uses of mathematics in everyday life. This course will also focus upon mathematical applications involving choice, voting systems, routing and networks, project scheduling, descriptive and inferential statistics and probability.



This course presents students with a survey of Western Civilization from the ancient world to contemporary culture. Through discussion and appreciation of historical works, students will draw connections between the origins and influences of Western Civilization, as well as an understanding of its role in shaping cultures.



This GE requirement was established, in part, because of the potent influence of science on society. Therefore, a major objective of this course is to help develop an understanding of the nature of science, including its philosophical basis, power and limitations. The content of the course is centered on life and its relationship to the environment.



This class is designed to enhance the student’s understanding and exposure to literature. Readings will come from PDF files on Moodle as well as from handouts from the instructor. A novel reading is required and each student will read and analyze a different novel from a list provided by the instructor. Readings from different genres and cultures will include short stories, poetry and drama. Essays to analyze the readings are the method of assessment as well as tests over the readings and background materials.

Who You’ll Be Learning From

Hans Chilberg, Video and Film Degree director | Nossi College of Art and Design

Hans Chilberg

Videography & Filmmaking Degree Program Director

After growing up in Nashville, Hans moved to Orange, California, studied film at Chapman University, and spent several years working in Los Angeles with emphasis on screenwriting and story structure....
After growing up in Nashville, Hans moved to Orange, California, studied film at Chapman University, and spent several years working in Los Angeles with emphasis on screenwriting and story structure. He moved back to Nashville, separated from management and agent representation as a screenwriter, and focused on independent features. Hans has created live music videos, human-interest pieces, wedding videos, short films, short animation and low-budget commercials. He released his first feature film, Lion Suit Dreamscape, through 2016 and 2017, which he co-produced, wrote, and directed.


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Dakota Jones

Dakota Jones

Film & Video Instructor

Dakota Jones is a video professional who has been actively involved in production since 2011. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Media...
Dakota Jones is a video professional who has been actively involved in production since 2011. He graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor's degree in Creative Media & Film.
Dakota works as a commercial video producer and post-production supervisor at Wilco Productions. He’s crewed production roles in academia, broadcast, marketing, and production companies, finding purpose in professional collaboration and creative execution. His curiosity-filled childhood continues to inspire his approach to visual storytelling.
As an instructor, Dakota hopes to demystify the video production career field and empower students to make a living doing what they love.


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