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Prof Rattner demonstrates 16mm camera use to a group of 4 students

Research Facilities

In 2019, the Department of Cinema & Media Arts moved into a brand-new home! Created by a full-floor renovation in Buttrick Hall, our new space is located in the heart of Vanderbilt’s historic campus. This location brings students and faculty together in a vibrant learning-teaching environment, with all facilities on one floor and in close proximity. Take a tour through the photos below!


Prof Rattner and two alumni guest speakers sit and talk to a crowd in a lecture hall
The new space includes two classrooms with surround sound and digital projection. One doubles as a large screening room/theatre with ample stadium seating. Whether students are learning about film theory, viewing each other’s work, or attending an alumni panel, the space is designed to promote interaction and creativity.



The CMA lobby with students sitting and studying


Two faculty members talking and having coffee at a table in the department lounge area
Our new lounge area provides space for students and faculty to collaborate in groups or meet one-on-one for in-depth conversations.


Screening Wall

The wall of screens outside the Buttrick elevator in the basment with a sign saying "Cinema & Media Arts" and three TV screens showing student films
Located just outside the elevator on our floor, the large screening wall showcases a rotating display of student and faculty work.


Creative Lab

Mac lab 020 in Buttrick - a room lined with tables with computers on them with a white table in the center
Our large, state-of-the-art creative lab promotes collaboration and gives students hands-on experience with video and film post-production.


Faculty offices and administrative support

Prof Fay's office which has large windows, a wall of book shelves, a brown L shaped desk, and several framed art pieces
Bright, spacious offices provide a pleasant environment for faculty to work and meet with students.  VU-CAS Media Loans is also located on our floor. Their office provides quality equipment loans to students to facilitate their CMA projects.