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Film & Television, Certificate of Achievement

Banner Code: 1_CN_FTV

Control Number: 22383

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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.

Program Outcome

The Film & 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.

Certificate of Achievement Requirements

The Certificate of Achievement is a state-approved career program that requires a minimum of eight units and is designed to prepare the graduate to enter a particular field of employment.  In order to be awarded a certificate, students are required to obtain a grade of “C” or better in all program-required courses. Grades of “CR” or “P” will be accepted whereas “CR” or “P” meets the equivalency of a “C” or better.  At least 3 units in an advanced course from the certificate must be completed at OCC at the department’s discretion.  Certificates of Achievement are not automatically awarded.  A petition must be filed in Enrollment Services or online at the beginning of the semester in which the student will be completing their final requirements.  The petitioning periods are listed in the Graduation Requirements section of this catalog.  Check with a counselor to determine the requirements for completion.

A list of certificate programs can be found in the Programs A-Z section of this catalog.  

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

Program Sequence

These sequences at Orange Coast College are curriculum maps for students to finish all requirements for the certificate. There may be advisories, prerequisites, or time requirements that students need to consider before following these maps. Students are advised to meet with an Orange Coast College Counselor for alternate sequencing.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
Semester 1Units
FILM A110 Film Production 1 3
FILM A194 Editing 1 3
FILM A100
History and Appreciation of the Cinema
or History and Appreciation of the Cinema Honors
or History of Radio & Television
3
 Units9
Semester 2
FILM A155 Television Production 1 3
FILM A240 Film Production 2 3
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 2-4.5
 Units8-10.5
Year 2
Semester 1
FILM A270 Film Production 3 4.5
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 2-4.5
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3-4.5
CERT RESTRICTED ELECTIVES- CHOOSE ONE (See Requirements) 3-4.5
 Units12.5-18
 Total Units29.5-37.5