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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.
Film courses fulfill the humanities requirements at SFCC. You may select courses that focus on and combine history, current cinema and international films. Many of the courses in the classroom and online also fulfill the writing and diversity requirements of the college.
If you wish to pursue a career in film, you may transfer your film courses to other colleges and universities that provide instruction designed for entering the industry, such as the film program at Eastern Washington University. Consult a counselor/academic adviser or film instructor for recommended courses specific to your choice of transfer institution.
FILM 140 — Silent Cinema — 2.0
(Formerly HUM 140) The silent cinema film course traces cinema’s rapid evolution from its primitive beginnings to the sound era. A variety of films from around the world are studied in terms of artistic, historical and social contexts. Film clips and full-length films produced and directed by the pioneers of the film industry will be viewed.
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FILM 141 — Introduction to Film — 5.0
(Formerly HUM 141) This course is a basic introduction to how films communicate meaning and reflect and influence society. The course gives the students an understanding of film forms, techniques and styles. Students develop a critical viewpoint and become able to explain the many ways in which film communicates. The overall goal of the course is to produce perceptive and sensitive film viewers. Feature-length films are viewed in class.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
FILM 221 — Great Film Directors — 5.0
(Formerly HUM 221) This course is designed for students interested in exploring the films, styles and themes of great film directors--American and international.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
FILM 222 — American Film Classics — 5.0
(Formerly HUM 222) Students will view classic American films from the late nineteenth century to the present. The course explores the development of movies through the decades, examining films from their technological, artistic, and industrial perspectives, enabling students to recognize classic films and filmmakers as both reflections of and influences on American culture.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
FILM 224 — Contemporary Global Cinema — 5.0
(Formerly HUM 224) This course is a study of international films from a variety of countries that have been produced within the past fifteen years. As different cultures are explored, an emphasis is placed on distinguishing foreign film as cultural art.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
FILM 225 — Independent Film — 5.0
(Formerly HUM 225) Independent Film explores the diversity of films and filmmakers made outside of the Hollywood mainstream, both in the U.S. and abroad.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes
FILM 236 — The Documentary Film — 5.0
Formerly HUM 236. A course designed to explore, analyze and interpret the documentary as an aesthetic form; a device to document human experience; and a vehicle of social change. Students explore the historical perspective of the documentary as well as examine the tradition of film techniques that affect the reality and "truth" depicted through the genre.View SFCC Course Learning Outcomes