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Film & Television, Associate in Arts Degree

Banner Code: 1_AA_FTV

Control Number: 03967

Financial Aid Eligible


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

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 major requirements.
  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 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. 
Course Title Units
Required Courses
FILM A100/A100HHistory and Appreciation of the Cinema3
or FILM A150 History of Radio & Television
FILM A110Film Production 13
FILM A155Television Production 13
FILM A194Editing 13
FILM A240Film Production 23
FILM A270Film Production 34.5
Restricted Electives
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
The Business of Film & Television
The Great Directors of the Cinema
Introduction to Media Writing
History of Video Games
Television Sitcom Genre
Science Fiction Film
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
Cinematography
Editing 3
Documentary Production
Film Production 3
Portfolio Development
Introduction to Photography
Introduction to Digital Photography
Directing
Total Units29.5
Requirement Units
Minimum Program Major Units 29.5
AA General Education Option 1, 2, or 3 Varies
Transferable electives to satisfy unit requirement Varies
Total Degree Units 60

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are general course curriculum maps for students to finish all major and general education requirements for two-year completion of degrees, and/or fulfillment of transfer requirements. The course sequence may include course prerequisites and other placement requirements. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor to review course selections and sequences to ensure that completion of this program will meet a student's transfer and career goals.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
HIST A170
History of the United States to 1876
or History of the United States to 1876 Honors
or History of the United States Since 1876
or History of the United States Since 1876 Honors
3
OCC AA GE AREA A1 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AA GE AREA D2 - CHOOSE ONE 3
 Units15
Semester 2
FILM A155 Television Production 1 3
FILM A240 Film Production 2 3
OCC AA GE AREA A2 - CHOOSE ONE 1 3-4
Select one of the following or satisfy Math competency (completion of High School Algebra 2 with a "C" or better): 3-4
Intermediate Algebra (or higher) 2
or Combined Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
 
AA RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3 3
 Units15-17
Summer
PSCI A180
American Government
or American Government Honors
3
 Units3
Year 2
Semester 1
FILM A100
History and Appreciation of the Cinema
or History and Appreciation of the Cinema Honors
or History of Radio & Television
3
OCC AA GE AREA D3 - CHOOSE ONE 3
OCC AA GE AREA E1 - CHOOSE ONE 4 .5-4
OCC AA GE AREA E2 - CHOOSE ONE 4 1
AA Global/Multicultural Requirement - CHOOSE ONE or ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 5 3
AA RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3 3
 Units13.5-17
Semester 2
FILM A265
Documentary Production
or Film Production 3
4-4.5
OCC AA GE AREA B with lab - CHOOSE ONE 6 4
AA RESTRICTED ELECTIVE - CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3 4
ELECTIVE (DEGREE APPLICABLE) 7 1.5
 Units13.5-14
 Total Units60-66