Cinema Programs

The Cinema Department offers two degrees: the Associate in Science in Film Production and the Associate in Arts in Film Studies. Several of our courses are also part of the AS-T in Film, Television and Electronic Media degree.

Associate in Science in Film Production

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 program, 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  

Assuming students start this AS with transfer‐level math and English eligibility, the minimum time for completion is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units completed per semester.

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

Second Semester
CINE 30 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
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 Documentary & Digital 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 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

38-39 Total Units

Associate in Arts in Film Studies

The Associate in Arts in Film Studies major provides students with critical thinking skills and various perspectives on historical and contemporary media forms. The major teaches close study of media in social, cultural, political, aesthetic and technological contexts to promote the understanding of film as a crucial element of the global environment. The AA prepares students for transfer to upper division film/cinema programs at four-year colleges and universities.

Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Apply media literacy through critical, analytical, and argumentation skills and independent research.
  • Analyze formal elements of film to critically assess the language of cinema.
  • Evaluate the ways in which film is influenced and shaped by individuals, movements, institutions and technologies.

Assuming students start this AA with transfer‐level math and English eligibility, the minimum time for completion is 4 semesters. Completion time will vary based on student preparation and number of units completed per semester.

Required Courses
CINE 18 American Cinema – 3 units
CINE 20A Film History: Evolution of Film Expression – 3 units
CINE 20B Film History: Contemporary Film Expression – 3 units
CINE 21 Introduction to Film Studies – 3 units

Choose One of the Following Cinema Courses
CINE 19 Documentary and Digital Media – 3 units
CINE 22 The Documentary Tradition – 3 units
CINE 23A The Films of Alfred Hitchcock – 3 units
CINE 23B Focus on Film Noir – 3 units                              

Choose One of the Following Elective Courses
ASAM 30 Asian American Issues Through Film – 3 units
ASIA 30 Manga and Anime – 3 units
BCST 101 Media Literacy – 3 units
BCST 103 Mass Media and Society – 3 units
CINE 24 Basic Film Production – 3 units
CMST 8 Rhetoric of Popular Culture - 3 units
ENGL 61 Literature and Film - 3 units
IDST 14 American Cultures in Literature and Film - 3 units
LGBT 11 Film Expression: History of Queer Film – 3 units
LGBT 12 Contemporary LGBTQ Film – 3 units
LGBT 75 Queer Cinema in the 1970s - 3 units
PHST 30 Philippine Society and Culture Through Film – 3 units
WGST 10 Women and Film – 3 units

18-19 Total Units