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Film & Television, Associate in Arts Degree

Financial Aid Eligible
Banner Code: 1_AA_FTV
Control Number: 03967

The Film & Television program at OCC is designed to give the student two years of extensive theory and technical experience training in the basic skills required for employment in the film & television industries.

Complete the Film & Television Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Arts graduation requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the catalog.

Program Outcome

  1. Film and Television program offers a Certificate of Achievement that, when completed, gives the student the basic skills required for entry-level employment in the film, video, television, multi-media, and entertainment industries. Courses emphasize producing, directing, camera operation, lighting, sound, editing, visual effects, and storytelling.

Associate in Arts Degree Requirements

  1. UNIT REQUIREMENT - 60 UNITS, with at least a 2.0 grade point average. At least 12 of the units must be earned at OCC, with a minimum of one course taken for a letter grade. At least 3 units in an advanced course from the program must be completed at OCC. A student must be enrolled at the time of application for graduation. Units earned at an accredited college or university on a credit/no credit basis will be counted toward the degree requirements of the college, to a maximum of 15 units.
  2. MAJOR REQUIREMENT - Complete the AA or AS major requirements as detailed in the Degree and Certificate section of this catalog.
  3. MATHEMATICS REQUIREMENT - Demonstrate competence in mathematics by either obtaining a satisfactory grade (grade of “C” or better or“pass”) in a mathematics course at or above the level of Intermediate Algebra as demonstrated by prior coursework, or by demonstrating competency that is comparable through the completion of a college-level math course that has Intermediate Algebra as a prerequisite: Psychology A160 or Math A100 or higher, with the exception of Math A220.
  4. GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - Students may choose to complete Option 1 (OCC AA GE)Option 1 (OCC AS GE)Option 2 (CSU GE), or Option 3 (IGETC) to satisfy the general education requirement. See the General Education Patterns section of this catalog for more information.
  5. GLOBAL AND MULTICULTURAL REQUIREMENT (Required for AA degree only) Some of the courses listed in this requirement can also be used to meet General Education Requirements. Courses that are repeatable for credit can only be used once in this area. - Select one or more courses from the following totaling 3 units: Anthropology A100*, A100H*, A102*, A190*, Art A108*, Communication Studies A155*, Counseling A107*, A107H*, Dance A130*, A133*, A135*, A137*, A138*, Early Childhood A126, English A152*, A173*, Ethnic Studies A100*, A150*, Fashion A125, Food and Nutrition A185, Geography A185*, History A101*, A110*, A141, A142, A145,* A150*, A151*, A152*, A161*, A161H*, A162*, A162H*, Philosophy A120*, Psychology A105*, Religious Studies A110*, A120*, A140*, A150*, A160, Sociology A100*, A100H*, A115*, A150*, A190* *Denotes courses that fulfill CSU GE Breadth and/ or IGETC requirements. 
Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
Semester 2
FILM A155 Television Production 1 3
FILM A240 Film Production 2 3
Year 2
Semester 1
History and Appreciation of the Cinema 1
or History and Appreciation of the Cinema Honors
or History of Radio & Television
Semester 2
FILM A270 Film Production 3 4.5
 Total Units19.5
Restricted Electives - 10
Total Units - 29.5

Film & Television Restricted Electives

Course Title Units
Select ten units of the following:10
Broadcast Journalism
Remote Broadcasting
Motion Graphics and Video Compositing with Adobe After Effects
Scriptwriting I
Film As Literature
History and Appreciation of the Cinema 1
History and Appreciation of the Cinema Honors
The Business of Film & Television
The Great Directors of the Cinema
Introduction to Media Writing
History of Video Games
History of Video Games Honors
Television Sitcom Genre
Science Fiction Film
Science Fiction Film Honors
Project Development and the Pitch
Event Productions
History of Radio & Television 1
Broadcast Journalism
Sound Design for Film & TV
Introduction to Visual Effects
Pro Tools Certification
Avid Media Composer
Remote Broadcasting
Production Management
Social Media Marketing
Editing 2
Introduction to Virtual Reality (VR)
Directing Theory
Television Production 2
Post production Finishing
Special Projects
Television Studio Operations
Editing 3
Documentary Production 1
Film Production 3 1
Portfolio Development
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Digital Photography
Requirement Units
Program Major Units 29.5
AS General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Total Degree Units 60