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Digital Filmmaking

If you like movies and telling stories with video a career in filmmaking may be right perfect for you!
The SFCC Digital Filmmaking degrees are an interdisciplinary study of cinematography, acting, directing, and writing that prepares students to pursue careers in a variety of related fields such as commercial advertising, corporate video production, social media marketing, broadcast television, filmmaking.

The program draws upon the strengths of the photography, drama, and film departments to help develop the skills necessary for you to succeed in various, rapidly evolving fields centered around digital video production.

What You’ll Learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge of set protocols for multiple crew positions on a film production
  • Apply techniques of cinematography to convey emotion
  • Apply sound design and video editing strategies to tell a story
  • Produce a short film suitable for entry in a film festival
  • Develop written communication skills necessary to be successful in their chosen career
  • Demonstrate the professionalism required to be employable

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point to create a personal education plan customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.
Need more details? Check out the requirements for the AAS degree in Digital Filmmaking. Course descriptions and course learning outcomes can be found in our online catalogue.

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Total Credits: 95

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
PHOTO 126
Digital Photography
5
Choose 1 course from:
BT 107
Business Communications
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
JOURN 220
Introduction to News Writing
5
Total Credits
 
15

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 114
Digital Cinematography I
5
Choose 1 course from:
ART 105
Color and Design
5
ART& 100
Art Appreciation
5
PHOTO 120
Photographic Arts
5
PHOTO 240
Large Format Photography
5
Choose 1 course from:
ACCT 140
QuickBooks
5
BUS 123
Practical Business Math Applications
5
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
Total Credits
 
15

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
DRMA 150
Acting for Film and Television
5
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
PHOTO 124
Introduction to Cinematic Lighting
5
PHOTO 130
Digital Cinematography II
5
Total Credits
 
18

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
DRMA 280
Writing for Stage and Screen
5
PHOTO 200
Photography Media
5
PHOTO 228
Film Development and Producing
5
Total Credits
 
15

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
PHOTO 237
Documentary Storytelling
5
Choose 1 course from:
BUS 280
Human Relations in Business
5
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
CMST& 210
Interpersonal Communication
5
CMST& 220
Public Speaking
5
Choose 1 course from:
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
FILM 222
American Film Classics
5
FILM 224
Contemporary Global Cinema
5
FILM 225
Independent Film
5
FILM 236
The Documentary Film
5
Total Credits
 
15

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
DRMA 290
Directing for Stage and Screen
5
PHOTO 225
Portfolio Development II
5
PHOTO 247
Narrative Storytelling
5
PHOTO 266
Cooperative Education Seminar
1
PHOTO 267
Cooperative Education Work Experience
1
Total Credits
 
17

Maximum estimated costs for completing this program

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
    9,859
  • Non-Resident

    $
    17,787
  • International

    $
    22,178
  • Books

    $
    781
  • Course Fees

    $
    599
  • Institutional Fees

    $
    1,554

  • The amounts listed for tuition and lab & course fees reflects a maximum estimated cost and may be lower based on courses selected.
  • The amount listed for books is a maximum estimated cost based on the price of new textbooks purchased during the previous school year. Costs may be lower based on student choices and availability (used books vs new, rental vs purchase).
  • For more information about costs, visit our page How Much Does It Cost?

  • Heather Bellerud
    Heather Bellerud
    VPAA Pathway Specialist
    Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3195

  • Ashley DeMoville
    Ashley DeMoville
    Dean Visual/Perform Arts
    B.A., University of Hawaii; M.F.A., Victoria University of Wellington New Zealand; Ed.D., University of Southern California
    Ashley.DeMoville@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3339
  • Alex Dew
    Alex Dew
    Moonlight Appointment
    B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.F.A.; American Film Institute; M.F.A., Eastern Washington University
    Alex.Dew@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3156
  • Ira Gardner
    Ira Gardner
    Photography
    A.A., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Eastern Washington University
    Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3728
  • Marc Harvey
    Marc Harvey
    Instructor
    Marc.Harvey@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3181
  • Collin Masteller
    Collin Masteller
    Instr & Class Supp Tech1
    Collin.Masteller@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3181
  • Katie Peterson
    Katie Peterson
    Cbe Instructional Tech
    Katie.Peterson@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4181
  • Erik Sohner
    Erik Sohner
    Photography
    A.A.S., Spokane Falls Community College; B.A., Brooks Institute; M.F.A., Academy of Art University; Additional Studies: Eastern Washington University, Dakota County Area Vocational Technical Institute
    Erik.Sohner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3832

Two people setting up a video camera on a camera dolly.

Students who complete the Associate of Applied Science – Transfer (AAS-T) degree in Digital Filmmaking have the following transfer opportunities:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Film & Digital Media at Eastern Washington University. Please be sure to meet with your advisor to take courses that will apply to the general education program at Eastern Washington University, known as Breadth Area Core Requirements (BACR).
  • the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Management at Spokane Falls Community College. For more information about this degree, click here.

Upside-Down Degree Options

An upside-down degree allows a student to transfer their AAS degree to a baccalaureate institution. The colleges below have “upside-down” articulation agreements in place. For more information, click the following links:

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Ira Gardner

Program Lead
Ira.Gardner@sfcc.spokane.edu

Heather Bellerud

Pathways Specialist
Heather.Bellerud@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3195
Building 15, Room 106