Within VES, there are four different areas of study—studio arts, film/video, film and visual studies, and environmental studies—, and each of them has slightly different requirements. In filmmaking and studio arts, concentrators work toward comprehensive accomplishment in their chosen area while simultaneously exploring a variety of other practices. In the environmental studies area, the built environment is explored as concentrators take courses that designate multi-disciplinary analysis of 2- and 3- dimensional spatial contexts altered or created by people. In film and visual studies, concentrators investigate ways of understanding the theory and the history of the moving image. Working closely with our faculty—predominantly in small studios and seminars—VES concentrators gain an understanding of art and expression through both study and practice. The modes of teaching combine the intensity of conservatory programs with the broad intellectual aims of a liberal arts college.