Program Description

The curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in motion picture camera crews for dramatic, documentary, advertising, or industrial films. The program introduces students to the responsibilities of, and skills needed for the Director of Photography, Camera Operator and Camera Assistants. Emphasis is placed on understanding cinematography as a part of a holistic approach to filmmaking.

An Occupational Skills Certificate is awarded upon completion of all required courses with a grade of C or better.

Program Outcomes

  1. Operate the tools of the medium.
  2. Acquire fundamental technical knowledge and creative principles.
  3. Demonstrate critical thinking, i.e., recognize the technical qualities, cultural elements, and aesthetic values of their own and others’ work.
  4. Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively using a visual medium.

Requirements for the Occupational Skills Certificate

Required Units: 15

Required Courses

  • PHOT 026A (CINE 026A) – Beginning Electronic Filmmaking (3)
  • PHOT 026B (CINE 026B) – Intermediate Filmmaking–Electronic (3)
  • PHOT 027 (CINE 027) – Cinematography (3)
  • PHOT 126 (CINE 126) – Digital Film Narrative (3)
  • PHOT 127 (CINE 127) – Advanced Cinematography (3)

Recommended Electives

  • ART 011A – Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 015 – Sketching For Design (3)
  • ART 057 – Motion Graphics (3)
  • ART 155A – 3-D Modeling and Sculpting (3)
  • PHOT 021 – Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)
  • PHOT 025 (CINE 025) – Film Art (3)
  • PHOT 026C (CINE 026C) – Advanced Filmmaking (3)
  • PHOT 030 – Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)
  • THRT 007A (CINE 007A) – Early Film History (3)
  • THRT 007B – Contemporary Film History (3)