Feb 24, 2020  
Spring 2016 Course Catalog 
Spring 2016 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Filmmaking A.S.

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Division: Arts, Humanities and Learning Resources
Academic Dept: Arts
HEGIS: 5606
Curriculum Chair: Prof. R. Jenny Evans
Office: AAB-203
Telephone: 914-606-6192
Email: rosalind.evans@sunywcc.edu

A Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.

Program Description

The Associate of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking prepares students to take advantage of the new opportunities available in this rapidly-changing, multi-disciplinary field by providing them with foundational knowledge and skills in four key areas: film studies, cinematic storytelling, digital video production, and postproduction. 

The A.S. Degree is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in film or to transfer to a four-year B.A. or B.F.A. program in film production or cinema studies. Transfer agreements are in place with SUNY Purchase, Brooklyn College, and New York University. 

Students enrolled in the program acquire a solid basis in cinema history and theory, film aesthetics, screenwriting, camera operation, lighting, digital editing, and digital effects. In addition to these core courses, students may choose from a wide range of electives, including courses in acting, stagecraft, animation, and sound design. Production and postproduction courses are taught by practicing film professionals on state-of-the-art equipment. An optional internship offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the industry.

The program offers film studies courses at the main campus in Valhalla and at several extension locations. It offers video production and postproduction courses in state-of-the-art labs and studios at the college’s Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill, which hosts more than 100 Apple postproduction stations with high-end peripherals and a technical support staff.

Program Learning Outcomes

Program Goal

To provide students with professional knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a 4-year program in film production or cinema studies.

Learning Outcomes/Competencies

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of film language and how various elements are used to construct meaning in films.
  2. Demonstrate a basic understanding of film history and its relation to society.
  3. Demonstrate an ability to analyze and critique their own work and the work of others using appropriate film terminology.
  4. Create a film demonstrating understanding of narrative film language.
  5. Use knowledge of screenplay formatting and techniques to write a script.
  6. Create a film demonstrating ability write, plan, shoot, and edit a 5-minute film.

General Education Requirements - 34 Credits

Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .

Basic Communication (3 credits)

Mathematics (3 credits)

Natural Sciences (4 credits)

Social Sciences (3 credits)

American History or Western Civilization (3 credits)

  • Select a course from ONE of the following categories:

                    American History - see SUNY General Education Courses   
                    Western Civilization - see SUNY General Education Courses  

Degree Requirements - 27 Credits

Minimum Total Credits - 61

Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .


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