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

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

Recommended Electives

  • ART 011A – Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 015 – Sketching For Design (3)
  • ART 057 – Motion Graphics (3)
  • ART 085A – 3D Modeling & Sculpting (3) 
    or ART 155A – 3-D Modeling and Sculpting (3)
  • PHOT 021 – Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)
  • CINE 025 (PHOT 025) – Film Art (3)
  • CINE 026C (PHOT 026C) – Advanced Filmmaking (3)
  • PHOT 030 – Introduction to Digital Image Editing (3)
  • CINE 007A (THRT 007A) – Early Film History (3)
  • CINE 007B (THRT 007B) – Contemporary Film History (3)