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Film Studies

Cinema is not only an art form, it’s a thriving industry. If you’re interested in working in film, media or TV production, this program could help put your career in focus.

In this program, you’ll explore the technical, visual, social, cultural and historical elements of film. You’ll learn production techniques—like storyboards, camera shots, editing and sound—  and the art of telling a story through a lens. Courses explore historical classics, current cinema, documentaries and international films.

Whether you want to operate a news camera or produce big-screen movies, this program is a place to start for future career opportunities in the field.

You and your advisor will use this program map as a starting point in creating your own personal education plan, customized to your needs. We meet you where you are and help you reach your goals.

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Total Credits: 90

First Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FILM 141
Introduction to Film
5
GUID 105
Student Success
2
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
Choose 1 course from:
HLTH 101
Health and Wellness
3
HLTH 104
Stress Management
3
HLTH 174
First Aid
3
Total Credits
 
15
 

Second Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FILM 222
American Film Classics
5
Choose 1 course from:
HIST& 137
US History 2
5
POLS 125
Introduction to Global Issues
5
POLS& 202
American Government
5
Choose 1 course from:
HUM 107
Introduction to Cultural Studies
5
HUM& 101
Introduction to Humanities
5
PHIL 110
Introduction to Ethics
5
PHIL 220
Philosophy of Religion
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Third Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FILM 224
Contemporary Global Cinema
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST& 101
Introduction to Communication
5
ENGL& 101
English Composition I
5
ENGL& 102
Composition II
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fourth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
FILM 221
Great Film Directors
5
FILM 225
Independent Film
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 205
Biological Anthropology
5
ASTR& 100
Survey of Astronomy
5
BIOL 107
Dinosaur Paleontology
5
Choose 1 course from:
SOC 221
Race and Ethnic Relations
5
SOC 230
Sociology of Gender
5
SOC& 201
Social Problems
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Fifth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
Choose 1 course from:
ENVS& 101
Intro to Environmental Science
5
GEOL& 101
Intro to Physical Geology
5
Choose 1 course from:
ANTH& 206
Cultural Anthropology
5
ECON 100
Fundamentals of Economics
5
PSYC& 100
General Psychology
5
Choose 5 credit from:
ART 101
Fundamentals of Drawing
4
DRMA 106
Theatre Production
2
FILM 140
Silent Cinema
2
PE 187
Cross Training
2
PHOTO 101
Introduction to Photography
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

Sixth Quarter

Course ID
Course Title
Credits
FILM 236
The Documentary Film
5
Choose 1 course from:
MATH& 107
Math in Society
5
MATH& 146
Introduction to Statistics
5
PHIL& 120
Symbolic Logic
5
Choose 1 course from:
CMST 227
Intercultural Communication
5
ENGL 247
American Multicultural Literature
5
ENGL 259
African American Literature
5
Total Credits
 
15
 

You and your advisor will use the Program Map located on this page to create a personal education plan customized to your interests and goals, your start quarter, full- or part-time status, any prior credits you have, and the classes available each quarter.
For an up to date list of all classes that satisfy requirements of this degree, click here, then click on the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA).

  • Tuition

  • Resident

    $
  • Non-Resident

    $
  • International

    $
  • Avg. Books

    $
  • Max. Course Fees

    $
  • Institutional Fees

    $

These dollar amounts reflect the total cost of completing the program. More details
All dollar figures appearing below reflect the total cost of completing the program described by the Typical Student Schedule located on this web page, which are for the current graduation requirements of this program. Exact totals may vary depending on the catalog requirements you are following, if you have transferred in courses, or if you have been granted substitutions.

Tuition, program fees, and course fees are for the current academic year, as approved by the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Washington State Legislature and/or the Community Colleges of Spokane Board of Trustees.

Resident tuition is what Washington residents pay. Non-Resident tuition is what out-of-state students pay. International tuition is what out-of-country students pay. For clarification on residency, see Determining your Residency Status.

Avg. Books & Supplies: $942 for an academic year.
The cost for books and course-related material is an estimate based on the Washington Financial Aid Association’s annual student budget. The actual cost of textbooks and course-related supplies can vary widely depending on your program of study and the options you have for obtaining textbooks and other course material.

Program Fees are one-time costs required for the program that are not included in course fees or in tuition. These fees include things like tools, equipment, and uniforms. Only a few programs have program fees.

Max. Course Fees cover the cost of special equipment and materials needed to complete coursework. These fees are not included in tuition. Not all courses have fees and the actual costs that a student pays will vary depending on the courses taken.

Institutional Fees cover a variety of services for students, such as class registration, technology support, health clinic services, bus passes, and more. Most of these fees are instituted after a vote by the student body.

  • Suzie Heimbigner
    Suzie Heimbigner
    Humanities Pathway Specialist
    Suzie.Heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3403

  • Linda Beane-Boose
    Linda Beane-Boose
    Dean of Humanities
    B.A., The College of Wooster; M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois; Additional studies, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education
    Linda.Beane-Boose@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3455
  • Irv Broughton
    Irv Broughton
    English
    B.A., M.A., Florida State University; M.A., Hollins College; additional study: University of Virginia
    Irv.Broughton@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3824
  • Alex Dew
    Alex Dew
    Digital Film/Film Studies
    B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison; M.A.; American Film Institute; M.A., Eastern Washington University
    Alex.Dew@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3156
  • Mary Hyatt
    Mary Hyatt
    Communication Studies Instruct
    B.A., M.A., Whitworth College; additional study: California State University—Fullerton, American Film Institute/Director Guild of America
    Mary.Hyatt@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-3593
  • Barbara Williamson
    Barbara Williamson
    English
    A.A., Western Nevada Community College, Carson City; B.A., M.A., University of Nevada, Reno; Ph.D., University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    Barbara.Williamson@sfcc.spokane.edu
    509-533-4507

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Barbara Williamson

Faculty
barbara.williamson@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-4507
 

Suzie Heimbigner

Pathways Specialist
suzie.heimbigner@sfcc.spokane.edu
509-533-3403
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