AA in Film Studies

COMING FALL 2018

The Film Studies Major is designed for students pursuing transfer majors in Film, including Cinema Studies, Film History, Film Production, Media Studies, and Screenwriting. It provides a basic foundation in film aesthetics, film history, and digital film production while meeting the typical lower division requirements for a bachelor’s degree in Film at a four-year institution. The major is also designed to prepare students for careers in the film and television industries with opportunities to write and produce screenplays, collaboratively work in film production teams, and gain experience in programming and festival management through internships with the Petaluma campus cinematheque and Film Fest Petaluma, the city’s annual short film festival.

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate a technical and theoretical understanding of cinema, including narrative forms, genres, and the complex interplay of image, sound, and  motion.

2. Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of the historical and aesthetic development of world cinema from its origins to the present day, including the impact of historical movements and new technologies.

3. Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a production team to effectively plan, organize, and execute the production of a short digital film project.

4. Demonstrate fluency in the vocabulary of film production and criticism.

5. Demonstrate skills in the critical analysis of cinema by identifying how specific formal techniques are used to functionally support film narratives.

6. Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various industry professionals in both the artistic and commercial side of motion picture production, distribution, and exhibition.

7. Demonstrate an understanding of motion pictures as a technology, business, cultural product, global entertainment medium, and industrial art form.

Program Requirements:

 
Code Course Requirements Units CSU GE Area

R

 MEDIA 10:  Introduction to Film Studies 

 4

 C1

R

 MEDIA 14: Early Film History

 4

 C1

R

 MEDIA 15: Modern Film History

 4

 C1

R

 MEDIA 20: Introduction to Film Making

 4

 C1

R

 LIR 10: Introduction to Information Literacy

 1

 

RE

Select at least three units from the following: 

MEDIA 4: Introduction to Mass Media (3 units)  MEDIA 22: Screenwriting (3 units

  3

 C1

 

Total

 20

 

 

Recommended Sequence

Semester

Course and Title

Units

 1

MEDIA 10: Introduction to Film Studies

LIR 10: Introduction to Information Literacy

General Education

  4

  1

 10

 2

MEDIA 14: Early Film History

General Education

  4

 11

 3

MEDIA 15:  Modern Film History

General Education

  4

 11

 4

MEDIA 20: Digital Filmmaking

Select at least 3 units from the following: 

MEDIA 4: Introduction to Mass Media (3 units) OR MEDIA 22: Screen Writing (3 units)

General Education/Free electives

  4

 

  3

 

  8

 

 Total Units for Degree

 60