Theatre Arts Film

Associate Degree

A.A. in Film

This degree provides a broad overview of film history, theory, and practice. It combines the critical study of film as an art form and societal influence, including studies in diversity and genres, with opportunities for practical experience in film acting, writing, production, and post-production. It provides students with a foundation for further study in cinematic arts, as well as preparation for career opportunities which employ those arts.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Degree Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
TAFILM 300 Introduction to Film 3
TAFILM 307 Diversity in American Film 3
TAFILM 320 Cinema Genres 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
TAFILM 302 History of Film (3)
TAFILM 303 History of Film: 1880's through 1950's (3)
TAFILM 304 History of Film: 1950's to Present (3)
A minimum of 12 units from the following: 12
ART 420 Film Making (2)
ARTNM 332 Digital Video (3)
ARTNM 373 Storyboarding (3)
ARTNM 405 Digital 2D Animation (3)
ARTNM 420 Introduction to 3D Modeling (3)
ARTNM 431 3D Short Production (3)
ENGCW 441 Feature Film Screenwriting Workshop I (3)
ENGLT 403 Film Adaptations (3)
MUSM 342 Recording Studio Techniques I (3)
MUSM 344 Recording Studio Techniques II (3)
MUSM 356 Pro Tools 101, Introduction to Pro Tools (1.5)
MUSM 357 Pro Tools 110 Intermediate Pro Tools (1.5)
TA 350 Theory and Techniques of Acting I (3)
TA 356 Acting for the Camera I (3)
TA 395 Playwriting (3)
TA 420 Stagecraft (3)
TA 422 Stage Lighting (3)
TA 430 Costume Construction (3)
TA 437 Stage Make-up I (3)
Total Units: 27

The Film Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree may be obtained by completion of the required program, plus general education requirements, plus sufficient electives to meet a 60-unit total. See ARC graduation requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • analyze the historical development of film art.
  • assess the influence of film as a dynamic art form, and as a social and cultural force in our society.
  • evaluate the components of a film production, including acting, directing, writing, and technical elements.
  • compare and contrast different styles and genres of film.
  • integrate theoretical knowledge with practical production experience.

Certificate of Achievement

Film Certificate

This certificate concentrates on the critical study of film as an art form and societal influence, with additional opportunities for practical experience in film acting, production, and post-production.

Catalog Date: June 1, 2019

Certificate Requirements

Course Code Course Title Units
TAFILM 300 Introduction to Film 3
TAFILM 307 Diversity in American Film 3
A minimum of 6 units from the following: 6
TAFILM 302 History of Film (3)
TAFILM 303 History of Film: 1880's through 1950's (3)
TAFILM 304 History of Film: 1950's to Present (3)
A minimum of 5 units from the following: 5
ART 420 Film Making (2)
ARTNM 332 Digital Video (3)
ARTNM 405 Digital 2D Animation (3)
ENGCW 441 Feature Film Screenwriting Workshop I (3)
ENGLT 403 Film Adaptations (3)
MUSM 334 Introduction to Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) (2)
MUSM 342 Recording Studio Techniques I (3)
TAFILM 320 Cinema Genres (3)
TA 356 Acting for the Camera I (3)
TA 420 Stagecraft (3)
TA 422 Stage Lighting (3)
TA 430 Costume Construction (3)
TA 437 Stage Make-up I (3)
Total Units: 17

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  • assess the influence of film as a dynamic art form and a social and cultural force in our society.
  • distinguish the component parts of a film including acting, directing, screenwriting, cinematography, and production and technical elements.
  • analyze the historical development of film.
  • evaluate films in terms of cultural diversity.
  • integrate theoretical knowledge with practical production experience.

Career Information

People may go into the field of film or television as actors, directors, producers, critics, and technicians.