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Fall 2017 Course Catalog 
Fall 2017 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Filmmaking A.S.

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School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Arts and Communication
HEGIS: 5606
Curriculum Chair: Prof. Craig Padawer
Office: AAB-203
Telephone: 914-606-6286


Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Fall 2017. 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.

Associate of Arts (A.A.) and Associate of Science (A.S.) Degrees Defined

The purpose of the A.A. and A.S. is to build a foundation in a discipline, then continue to higher levels of education by transferring to a four-year institution. The A.A. contains liberal arts credits; including coursework in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and provides flexibility to pursue several careers.  Conversely, coursework for the A.S. contains some liberal arts credits and coursework also directly applicable to a clearly defined career path. Click to learn more  about the differences among award types.

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

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  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 the ability to analyze and critique one’s work and the work of others using appropriate film terminology.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of narrative film language by creating a film.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of screenplay formatting and techniques by writing a script.
  6. Create a film demonstrating ability write, plan, shoot, and edit a five-minute film.

Program Requirements

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 .


Career Path Opportunities

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Transfer Opportunities

Westchester Community College is committed to facilitating a smooth transfer process for its incoming and graduating students. To ensure its graduates enjoy a seamless transfer with junior status to another college in the same discipline at both institutions (transferred from/to) and are able to complete a bachelor’s degree within two years of full-time study upon transfer, Westchester Community College has signed Transfer Articulation Agreements with many colleges that offer bachelor’s degree programs. Visit to see a list of Articulation Agreements by institution or search by a specific program of study. Visit for additional transfer resources and contacts.

Transfer Scholarship Opportunities

Many colleges and universities are eager to have Westchester Community College graduates transfer to their institutions. Consider this an incentive to complete your WCC degrees with high honors!  Go to to view the many transfer scholarship opportunities to four-year colleges.

Getting Started

Are you a prospective Westchester Community College graduate? We look forward to seeing you soon! Apply today, then see the College’s Admissions and Enrollment Checklist.


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