General Information

The Cinema Department is ideally situated in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is home to one of the country’s most vibrant film cultures and traditions. Our program is unique in the breadth of its course offerings, the quality of its instruction, and the accessibility of its equipment. As part of one of the largest, most diverse community colleges in the country, the Cinema Department is an exciting and rewarding place to study film. The Cinema department is equipped to fulfill a wide range of professional and academic goals. Production and studies classes include, but are not limited to: cinematography and lighting, screenwriting, directing, producing, editing, sound for motion picture, feature and documentary production, film history, aesthetics and genre/auteur studies.

Students work with evolving technologies and state of the art equip­ment that emphasizes hands-on training and portfolio production. Film studies courses provide a historical view of film in our culture through the examination of aesthetic and technical changes in the medium. The knowledge and experience acquired in the program will prepare students to pursue their goals in the motion picture industry or transfer to an institution of higher learning.

Our dedicated faculty and staff consist of award-winning filmmaking professionals who create an environment that encourages creativity, technical proficiency, and critical thinking.

Each year students in the Cinema Department produce CITY SHORTS, a high-profile film festival. This public event provides stu­dents an opportunity to showcase their work and celebrate with the community.

Learning Outcomes

  • Apply basic principles of film production and industry practice
  • Analyze different film forms and genres
  • Demonstrate skills in celluloid and digital technology
  • Demonstrate storytelling skills
  • Identify film history movements

Career Opportunities

  • Production Assistant
  • Grip and Lighting Technician
  • Camera Operator
  • Film and Video Editor
  • Motion Picture Director
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Screenwriter
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Mixer
  • Festival Curator




Credit, Degree Applicable Courses