VAT Majors Spring 2021 Registration Update

This information is for Video Arts and Technology (VAT) majors for Spring 2021.

Latest Updates

  • [1/13/20] VAT 165 Sound class is full. We don’t yet know if we will be able to open a new section. Please contact your advisor or email if you are having trouble finding enough VAT Production Courses.
  • You can now use the MEA Request form to request Overtallies or new sections of full classes. This is not guaranteed but we will take your request under consideration.

Online in Spring 2021

All classes taught in Spring 2021 will be taught online. For some classes, special equipment will be used. In order to have the best experience possible, please stay in touch with the MEA Department and your professor about your technology needs.


If you want to take the internship class, MEA 371 Media Arts and Technology Internship, then you will need to register on Career Express and attend an Internship Information Session. The Office of Internships and Experiential Learning registers you. You can’t register yourself on CUNYfirst. For more information read this post.

Special Topics Courses

This semester we are offering the following special topics courses related to the VAT major:

MEA 300 Special Topics Courses: each section is different. All MEA 300 courses require Department Permission for registration. Use to ask for permission.

  • MEA 300 1400, Topic: Experimental Film
    • Learn to create unscripted, experimental films. The class covers both theory and practice including shooting and editing. You should first complete one of these media courses: MES 140 or VAT 100 or MMP100. Prof Phil Wiesman,
  • MEA 300 1300, Topic: TV Writing
    • Write a script for a television show and learn from a prof who has worked in the TV industry. You must complete MES 153 Script Writing first. Prof Melanie Oram,
  • MEA 300 1401, Topic: TV History
    • Learn about the history of television from a prof who has a deep understanding and experience. The course will include special archival footage. It’s helpful to have some knowledge of TV/Film history and writing skills before taking the course. So you should first complete MES 140 and a writing course, ideally ENG 201 or higher. Prof Phil Gries
  • Cancelled: MEA 300 1001, Topic: Documentary Production
    • Unfortunately, this class was cancelled due to low enrollment.

TV Studio Courses

As is the case this Fall, in Spring 2021 we will not be offering the TV Studio classes: VAT 161 and VAT 261. There are a number of alternatives:

  • Take other VAT Production courses: VAT 171, VAT 271, VAT 165, VAT 265
  • Take MEA 300. We will sub the following sections of MEA 300 this semester for a VAT Production course. Please contact our department with that request.
    • MEA 300 1001, Topic: Documentary Production
    • MEA 300 1400, Topic: Experimental Film
  • We will also consider other media production courses as substitutes on a case-by-case basis. If you are interested, please contact us.

WINTER 2021 Tuition Waivers

The following MEA courses are eligible for Tuition waivers in Winter:

  • MEA 201 (Professional Development and Career Planning in Media Arts and Technology)
  • MMP 100 (Introduction to Multimedia)

See this page on the BMCC website for more information:

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