Digital Filmmaking

The filmmaking program at KCAI is an environment that cultivates leaders in the rapidly changing world of digital technology. The program approaches filmmaking as a multidisciplinary hybrid of installation, interactive media, performance art, public and community art, sound design and experimental animation, as well as experimental and narrative film production and post-production.

Active hands-on-learning experiences, intense engagement with faculty and peers and development of critical thinking skills directed toward the future of lens based electronic arts prepare our graduates for thriving multifaceted careers within the dynamic global economy.

Central to our philosophy is the concentration on individual student creativity and vision fostered by vigorous training in research, project development and management skills. In addition, students gain critical technical capabilities that prepare them as competitive candidates in both the art and industry worlds through a variety of technical skill acquisition and required internships in the professional world.

Filmmaking Faculty

  • Tom Lewis, associate professor and chair, photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media

    Tom Lewis is chair of photography, digital filmmaking, animation and digital media. He taught photography and new media at KCAI in 2001...Read More
  • Dwight Frizzell, professor

    Dwight Frizzell, an alumnus of KCAI, is an internationally recognized artist whose interdisciplinary work combines video, performance,...Read More
  • Diana Heise, assistant professor

    Diana Heise’s practice engages video, photography, performance, installation, film, writing, sculpture, public intervention and sound...Read More.
  • Cyan Meeks, assistant professor

    Cyan Meeks is a digital artist who takes a transdisciplinary approach...Read More
  • Trey Hock, Instructor

      Trey Hock has been producing short films, commercial work and acting since he received his M.F.A. degree in 2007 from...Read More
  • Jeff Eaton, lecturer

    Jeff Eaton is an artist and curator who lives and works in Kansas City. His work has been exhibited at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art,...Read More


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