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Inland Empire/Desert


College of the Desert

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Zerryl Becker

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Program Details

Program Title

Advanced Certificate in Film Production

Submission Type


TOPs Code

Film Production (061220)

Projected Start Date


Catalog Description
Digital film and video technology has transformed filmmaking, making it possible to produce independent movies and video projects without huge budgets, expensive cameras or large crews. This development allows many different organizations today use film and video as part of their work. Whether the goal is to fulfill a personal artistic vision, market a product or advance a cause, the fundamental need to tell a story remains paramount, and film is a powerful means to do it. In this six course certificate program, students receive direct, hands-on experience creating visual stories that are intelligent, emotional, compelling, succinct and informative. The program covers the primary aspects of film production, including scripting, camera, sound, directing, editing and broadcasting. Students will learn: • Visual storytelling concepts, including story development, script format, film vocabulary, production tools, filmmaking protocol and workflow • Directing and producing techniques including camera placement, blocking scenes, directing on-camera performers, documentary interviewing, communicating with collaborators and crew management, • Camera skills including basic camera angles, moving image composition and lighting • Audio recording fundamentals, basic sound editing and mixing • Editing skills including how to write and shoot with the edit in mind, and creating visual effects and graphics The Advanced Certificate builds on the foundation offered by the Basic Certificate to provide a platform from which to launch further study of film production as well as necessary industry skills, processes and practices to work on a film crew, produce an independent film, create and run a small film/video business and moneitize video in the many social media outlets available today. This certificate also gives students crucial communication and storytelling tools they may apply in almost any area of study where film and video are utilized today. Students emerge with short films and other film project materials for their personal or professional portfolio.
Enrollment Completer Projections
2018/2019: 10 Enrolled / 10 Completers 2019 / 2020: 15 Enrolled / 15 Completers 2020 / 2021: 20 Enrolled / 20 Completers

Program Proposal Attributes

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  • Certificate of Achievement: 16 or greater semester (or 24 or greater quarter) units (C)
Program Goal
The US Bureau of Labor projects the number of jobs in film and video writing, producing, directing, editing, sound and special effects has grown since 2014 and the trend will continue through 2024. In the Coachella Valley the number of jobs in each of these areas created or vacated annually justifies the creation of a new film production program at College of the Desert. Occupation / 2015 Jobs / 2018 Jobs / 2015-18 Change Multimedia Artists and Animators / 228 / 239 / +11 Producers and Directors / 391/ 407 / +16 Writers and Authors / 1,084 / 1,144 / +59 Sound Engineering Technicians / 138 / 146 / +8 Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture / 111 / 114 / +3 Film and Video Editors / 190 / 199 / +9 Grand Total / 2142 / 2249 / +105 The Advanced Certificate in Film Production address these employment needs by teaching students how to write, direct, produce, edit and analyze content for film and electronic media. With an emphasis on storytelling using current digital technologies, students will become immersed in the film and video production process from scripting through distribution. They will become competent in understanding how film and video is created and how it reaches and affects an audience. Students will, through required and elective courses, become skilled in film analysis, screenwriting, the production process, cinematography, editing, production design, acting and directing for the camera, documentary and the business of film. In addition, students will apply these skills through certain electives to specific areas of interest including video journalism, mass media, new media and marketing.

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Program Requirements
Required Core (12 units) (suggested sequencing): DDP 020 Editing (3); (Yr. 2 Fall); RTV 13 Cinematography* (3); (Yr. 2 Fall); TA 010 Production Design (3); (Yr. 2 Fall); RTV 12 Film Production III Capstone* (3) (Yr. 2 Spring) Electives (10 units) (suggested sequencing) (*proposed courses): MUS 078A Sound Editing & Mixing (3) (Yr. 2, Fall or Spring); DDP 021 After Effects (CGI) (3) (Yr. 2, Fall or Spring); BUMA 028 Small Business (3) (Yr. 2, Fall or Spring); MC 006 Intro to Social Media (3) (Yr. 2, Fall or Spring); RTV 14 On Camera Acting* (3) (Yr. 2 Fall); RTV 15 Documentary Filmmaking* (3) (Yr. 2 Spring); RTV 95A RTV Work Experience (1-4) (Yr. 1 & 2, Fall or Spring) Certificate Total: 22 units Proposed Course Sequence: Fall = 12 units; Spring = 10 units

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Diann Thursby Super User   ·  03/15/18

Received regional recommendation at 2-26-18 IE/DRC Deans Meeting.