Program Description

The curriculum prepares students with entry-level skills to seek employment in the motion picture (cinema and other forms of media distribution) industry. The program introduces students to a broad range of knowledge and skills required to be successful in the industry. Emphasis is placed on development of creative thinking and processes alongside current professional practices.

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

Recommended sequence:

Semester I

  • CINE 026A (PHOT 026A)  – Beginning Electronic Filmmaking (3)

Semester II

  • CINE 026B (PHOT 026B) – Intermediate Filmmaking–Electronic (3)
  • CINE 126 (PHOT 126) – Digital Film Narrative (3)

Semester III

  • CINE 026C (PHOT 026C) – Advanced Filmmaking (3)

Semester IV

  • CINE 129 (PHOT 129) – Cinema Production Portfolio (3)

Recommended Electives

  • ART 011A – Foundation Drawing (3)
  • ART 015 – Sketching for Design (3)
  • ART 031A – Color and Composition–Two Dimensional Design (3)
  • ART 032A – Design-Three Dimensional (3)
  • PHOT 021 – Introduction to Black and White Photography (3)
  • CINE 025 (PHOT 025) – Film Art (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)

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