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Cinema Major & Classes

The Associate in Science Degree in Cinema Production is intended for students who are interested in pursuing a career in film production. In the first semester, students may enroll concurrently in the following courses: CINE 21, 24, 25, 30, 60, and 75.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  • 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

Courses Required for the Major in Cinema Production – 37 Total Units

First Semester
CINE 21 Film Studies – 3 units
CINE 24 Basic Film Production – 4 units
CINE 25 Narrative Filmmaking – 3 units
CINE 60 Sound for Motion Pictures – 3 units

Second Semester
CINE 30 Pre-Production Planning – 3 units
CINE 54 Cinematography and Lighting – 3 units
CINE 56 Introduction to Digital Film Editing – 3 units

Third Semester
CINE 75 Screenwriting
    or CINE 72 Non-Fiction Scriptwriting – 3 units
CINE 61 Sound for Motion Pictures II – 3 units
    or CINE 74 Advanced Cinematography and Lighting – 3 units
    or CINE 76 Advanced Digital Film Editing – 3 units
    or CINE 90 Film and Digital Finishing – 3 units
CINE 131 Directing Motion Pictures
    or CINE 126 Documentary Filmmaking – 3 units

Fourth Semester
CINE 124A Film Production Workshop – 3 units
CINE 131 Directing Motion Pictures – 3 units
    or CINE 126 Documentary Filmmaking – 3 units

Elective Classes
CINE 18 American Cinema – 3 units
CINE 19 New Political Documentary and Emerging media – 3 units
CINE 20A Film History: Evolution of Film Expression – 3 units
CINE 20B Film History Contemporary Film Expression – 3 units
CINE 22 The Documentary Tradition – 3 units
CINE 23 Selected Topics in Film Studies - 3 units
    CINE 23A Films of Alfred Hitchcock
    CINE 23B Focus on Film Noir
CINE 40 Film Exhibition – 3 units
CINE 57 Experimental Filmmaking – 3 units
CINE 85 Advanced Screenwriting – 3 units
CINE 124B Film Production Workshop - 3 units
CINE 136 Special Effects – 3 units
CINE 170 Film/Video Work Experience – 2 units

Associate in Science in Film, Television & Electronic Media for Transfer (AS-T)

The AS-T in Film, Television and Electronic Media offers students a comprehensive lower division program in film, television and electronic media, revolving around a basic core program.  The AS-T prepares students for transfer to upper division film, television and electronic media programs at four-year colleges and universities, particularly to California State University (CSU) campuses.


Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this degree the student will be able to:

  • Describe and analyze the history, issues and impact of film, television and electronic media in a local and global context.
  • Demonstrate media literacy as a key part of the development of critical thinking skills
  • Apply introductory analytical skills to the design and creation of content for film, television and electronic media with a focus on writing, storytelling, teamwork and leadership in preparation for further study at the university level.
    Demonstrate film, television and electronic media production and performance craft skills suitable for further development at the university level.
  • Display professionalism and understanding of workforce protocol in communication and behavior.

Degree Requirements: Students who wish to earn the Associate in Scinence in Film, Television and Electronic Media for Transfer(AS-T) must complete 60 CSU transferable units with at least a 2.0 grade point average.  This must include the units required for full completion of the IGETC or CSU GE curriculum and 18-20 units for the major as specified below.  Each course in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better.  Courses used to meet the major requirement may also be used to meet IGETC or CSU GE requirements.

Courses Required for the Transfer Major in Film, Television and Electonic Media
Core Courses-12-13 units                                                 Units
BCST 120-Audia Production..................................................3

Choose two courses: (6 units)
BCST 100 Introduction to Electronic Media........................3
BCST 110 Writing for Electronic Media...............................3
CINE 21 Introduction to Film Studies..................................3

Choose one course: (3-4 units)
BCST 140 Studio Video Production.....................................3
BCST 141 Field Video Production........................................3
CINE 24 Basic Film Production............................................4

Film, Television and Electronic Media AS-T Degree-ELECTIVES (6-7 units)
Choose one course from each area.
Area 1 Electives: Media Production-Choose one course
BCST 115 Announcing and Performing..............................3
BCST 140 Studio Video Production*...................................3
BCST 145 Field Video Production*..................................... 3
BCST 143 Digital Video Editing-AVID................................. 3
BCST 144 Digital Video Editing-FCP-PR......................... .3
BCST 146 Video Motion Graphics...................................... 3
CINE 24 Basic Film Production...........................................4
CINE 25 Narrative Film Production.....................................3
CINE 56 Intro to Digital Film Editing...................................3
CINE 54 Cinematography and Lighting.............................3
CINE 126 Documentary Filmmaking..................................3
CINE 136 Spcial Effects........................................................3

*Course may meet Elective requirement if not previously used to meet Core requirement.

Area 2 Electives: Media History-Choose one course

CINE 18 American Cinema.................................................3
CINE 20A Evolution of Film Expression............................3
CINE 20B Contemporary Film Expression.......................3
BCST 103 Mass Media & Society.......................................3
Total Units.......................................................................18-19