Courses

Cinema

CINE 18, American Cinema
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory course in film studies examining the history and development of Hollywood and the movie business and their sustained influence on American culture. The tools of cinematic grammar in creating a universal visual language are also explored.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 19, Documentary, Digital Media and Society
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course examines how evolving digital technology has dramatically altered how we understand society, politics, and culture in the context of documentary. The course explores the aesthetics of documentary and how digital technology has transformed how we understand the rhetoric of documentary form and culture. Topics of study include documentary modes, citizen journalism, social media, digital convergence, transmedia storytelling, immersive journalism, and interactive documentary.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 20A, Film History: Evolution of Film Expression
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

History of cinema as a unique expressive medium from 19th century origins to the mid- 20th century. Aesthetics of silent and sound films, relation of film techniques to content, films in social/historical context and in relation to other arts and popular culture. Screenings in class for study and analysis.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 20B, Film History: Contemporary Film Expression
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

History of cinema as a unique expressive medium from the mid 20th century to the present. The post-WWII film renaissance: movements, genres and changing technologies; the expansion of filmmaking to newly represented people, places and ideas; cinema in the digital age.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 21, Introduction to Film Studies
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory course that addresses the formal analysis of cinema. The course covers filmmaking techniques such as cinematography, editing, mise-en-scène, sound, lighting, acting, and narrative.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 22, The Documentary Tradition
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory course that addresses documentary film history, methods, and practices. This is a survey course that covers a wide range of documentary topics such as early Soviet documentary, ethnographic films, cinema vérité, Direct Cinema, experimental documentary, and political nonfiction cinema.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 23A, Films of Alfred Hitchcock
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: CINE 18 or CINE 20A or CINE 20B or CINE 21; ESL 188 or ENGL 88 or readiness for college-level English

An auteur study of the films of Alfred Hitchcock as both the "master of suspense" and an artist of anxiety. Explore Hitchcock's films in terms of their themes, stylistic tendencies and social/historical context. Hitchcock's influence and place in film history is explored in depth.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 23B, Focus on Film Noir
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Study the enduring appeal of film noir's dark shadows, corruption, seductive femme fatales, alienated antiheroes, mid-century psychological struggles, and rain-slicked streets, often adapted from pulp novels and hardboiled crime fiction.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 23C, Cult Cinema
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Study the history and development of cult films and the integral role cannabis and drug culture has and continues to play in their creation, production and reception. Considering the social, cultural and political subversion of films screened; reception and ritual practices of cult audiences; analyze the transgressive nature of midnight movies, questions of taste, film aesthetics, and the influence of cult films and cannabis culture on mainstream cinema and branding.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 24, Basic Film Production
Lec-70 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The course offers instruction in basic film production, including fundamentals of digital and analog camera operation, basic editing principles, and an overview of lighting and sound. In-class equipment and crew workshops, assigned technical and creative exercises, individual off-campus film and video projects, in-class screening and critique of student work. Each student completes at least two individual projects.

UC/CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 25, Narrative Filmmaking
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CINE 24

This course provides students with intensive practice in narrative technique and aesthetics known as the classical continuity system. Emphasis is placed on pre-visualizing, filming and editing scenes which employ continuity, create dramatic effects and encourage audience identification. The history and practice of narrative technique is explored via shooting and editing exercises which culminate in the execution of a final film project.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 30, Production Planning
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course covers all aspects of planning the production of film projects. The skills to estimate, calculate, negotiate and evaluate all costs, legal concerns, insurance issues, permits and pitfalls of film production will be explored. Project budgets and organization for shorts, music videos, commercials, documentaries and narrative feature films are examined.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 40, Professional Development & Film Exhibition
Lec-35 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Develops students' awareness of professions in the field in production, distribution and exhibition and various strategies for achieving success. Puts students face-to-face with commercial and independent filmmakers, editors, public television producers, and exhibition professionals. Students gain both a historical overview of festival exhibition and practical work experience in programming a film festival. Course culminates in City Shorts, the annual spring student film showcase.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Formerly CINE 40 Film Festival

CINE 54, Cinematography & Lighting
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: completion of or concurrent enrollment in CINE 25

Development of the art and practice of cinematography and lighting in the execution of short, single-camera styled projects. Assignments focus on lens choice, motivated camera movement, color temperature & correction, 16mm and digital video camera operation, and lighting design. Students learn to work together as a crew as defined by industry standards.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 56, Introduction to Digital Film Editing
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: CINE 24 ADVISE: CINE 25

Introduction to digital film editing and post-production techniques using current industry standard, non-linear editing systems within the cinematic discipline. Editing skills are learned in the context of examining film form, style and aesthetics.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 57, Experimental Filmmaking
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: CINE 24 and CINE 25

Explore non-narrative filmmaking techniques stressing personal expression through individual production of short films in a historical context. Projects include utilization of a range of different experimental techniques and will reference films screened and discussed in class.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Removed co-requisite CINE 54 and changed prerequisites CINE 24 and 25 to advisories, per Curriculum Committee approval March 20, 2019.

CINE 60, Sound for Motion Pictures I
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: CINE 24 and CINE 25

An overview of sound recording and design with a focus on hands-on, practical approaches. Sound recording techniques using a variety of microphones and decks; sound editing and design using digital audio workstations including sync sound, dialogue, sound effects, music, and mixing. Film screenings, lectures, demonstrations and field trips.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 61, Sound for Motion Pictures II
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CINE 24; CINE 25; CINE 60

Advanced work for filmmakers in sound recording, editing, design and mixing for motion pictures. Demonstrations of professional film location sound equipment, digital sound editing workstations, and film sound mixing studios. Film screenings and field trips to complement class lectures, discussions, exercises, demonstrations, group and individual work projects.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 72, Nonfiction Scriptwriting
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An introductory course that offers essential skills in writing a professional nonfiction script. Attention to research methods supporting content development, interviewing technique, story structure, script format, and cinematic grammar are emphasized. Historical nonfiction films and their influence on current work will also be explored.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 74, Advanced Cinematography And Lighting
Lec-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: CINE 54.

Building on CINE 54 Cinematography & Lighting, students will further develop their ability to translate theme, story, and emotion into motion picture imagery. Cinematography & lighting skills are refined via single-camera styled projects. Assignments focus on complex lighting design and camera movement as students employ advanced camera, lighting & grip equipment.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 75, Screenwriting
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: ENGL 1A

An introductory course that addresses writing for cinema. Professional format, story structure and aesthetics are emphasized as these skills are then utilized in creating original screenplays.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 76, Advanced Digital Film Editing
Lec-52.5 Lab-52.5 field trips

PREREQ.: CINE 56

Advanced editing skills and techniques to create professional quality projects, including transcoding, color correction, and mastering. Historical and contemporary editing styles are explored.

CSU
Units: 4
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 85, Advanced Screenwriting
Lec-52.5

PREREQ.: CINE 75

An advanced course reinforcing writing skills required for visual media and, in particular, cinema. Professional format, character and plot development, film grammar and aesthetics are emphasized in creating and revising original screenplays.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 124A, Film Production Workshop
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ: CINE 54 and CINE 56 and CINE 60 ADVISE: CINE 30 and CINE 61 and CINE 74 and CINE 75 and CINE 76

This is an advanced production course that refines and expands skills developed in prior CCSF Cinema classes. It is a requirement for the major. This course focuses on the planning and development of an original film idea, and on crew skills. CINE 124A meets concurrently with CINE 124B.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 124B, Film Production Workshop
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CINE 124A ADVISE: CINE 30 and CINE 61 and CINE 74 and CINE 75 and CINE 76

This is an advanced production course that refines and expands skills developed in prior CCSF Cinema classes. This course focuses on the production and completion of a short film that has been prepared in Cinema 124A.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 126, Documentary Filmmaking
Lec-52.5 field trips

ADVISE: CINE 24

Introduction to documentary filmmaking production, from concept to distribution. Emphasis on fundamental skills including documentary producing, sound recording, lighting, cinematography and editing. Production practice is explored in the context of historical movements and contemporary issues.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 131, Directing Motion Pictures
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

PREREQ.: CINE 24 and CINE 25; Completion of or concurrent enrollment in: CINE 54 ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Explores the role of the film director in the translation of script to screen through development and execution of single-camera-style projects. Emphasis is on script analysis, pre-visualization planning and blocking, crew management and working with actors.

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 136, Special Effects
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: CINE 24 and 25

Introduction to design and creation of professional level Special Effects for cinema using industry standard tools such as After Effects and Photoshop. Focus is primarily on the Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) special effects production process. Contemporary effects processes are examined in a historical context

CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
CINE 170, Film/Video Work Experience

PREREQ.: Consent of CINE Work-Experience coordinator

Supervised paid or unpaid work in the film/video industry or related projects. Jobs usually arranged by the student, subject to faculty approval. Job experiences at CCSF, such as issuing film equipment, mentoring/tutoring cinema students, crewing or editing sound or picture for a local production company, are within the scope of this learning experience.

CSU
Units: 2
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable