Media courses include both Film & Media Studies and Digital Media Production. The SRJC Media Program seeks to advance students’ understanding of both the art and the science of visual storytelling. It provides a basic foundation in film aesthetics, film history, and digital film production and is 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.
In Fall 2018, a new AA degree in Film Studies has been added to the offerings. The Digital Filmmaking AA gives students a pathway to transfer to a four year college. The Filmmaking Certificate emphasizes a hands-on approach, using the latest in digital technologies, for students to create fiction and nonfiction content in both single-camera and multi-camera environments.
Visiting Director’s Workshop at the Film Fest Petaluma
As part of the Film Fest Petaluma, the Filmmaker's Workshop invites a working filmmaker to campus. Collaborating with students, he or she mentors them in the creation of a short film within 48 hours. Finn Taylor ("Unleashed") was the 2018 director, working with student Tanya Sierra on her script, "School Spirit."
Media Studies course homepages
MEDIA 4 Introduction to Mass Communication
MEDIA 10 Film Appreciation
MEDIA 14 Early Film History
MEDIA 15 Modern Film History
MEDIA 19 Multi-Camera Studio Production
MEDIA 20 Introduction to Digital Filmmaking
MEDIA 21 Intermediate Digital Filmmaking
MEDIA 22 Screenwriting
MEDIA 123 Intermediate Screenwriting