May 31, 2023  
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog 
Fall 2022 - Summer 2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Digital Filmmaking Certificate

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School: Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Academic Dept: Arts and Communications
HEGIS: 5606

Important Note about Program Requirements

The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program from Fall 2022 to Summer 2023. 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

There’s never been a better time to prepare for a career in film. New York State tax incentives for the film and television industry have led to a boom in New York film and television productions in recent years, and demand for video on social media platforms has been growing exponentially. 


The Certificate in Digital Filmmaking is designed for students who seek to develop professional expertise in digital film production and postproduction. The Certificate is suited to individuals seeking to enhance their skills in an existing job or those looking to launch a career in film, television or advertising. Students will learn the latest software in up-to-date labs from working film professionals. Core courses provide students with a solid foundation in cinema history and theory, film aesthetics, screenwriting, camera operation, lighting, and digital editing. Electives allow students to explore a variety of areas, including acting, computer animation, and visual effects, in addition to an internship option.


The program offers courses at the main campus in Valhalla and at several extension locations. Film production students have access to camera, lighting and audio equipment to work on their projects, and can take advantage of open lab hours to edit in our post-production facilities. The department sponsors an active Film Club, which is open to students of all majors. In addition, the Film Program holds its annual WCC Film Festival every April. Visit the WCC Film Festival website to watch trailers and full reels from previous years.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, a student will:

  1. Demonstrate a basic understanding and appreciation of film as an art form.

  2. Demonstrate the ability to craft a cinematic story with a coherent narrative structure.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to plan, shoot, and edit a short film.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

For information about graduation rates, the median debt of students who have completed this program, and other important information please visit Digital Filmmaking Certificate - GE Disclosure. For an overview of all gainful employment disclosures at Westchester Community College, visit

Program Map

The academic map below presents the recommended plan of study and will guide you through your program in a timely manner. Click the course abbreviations for full course descriptions. A course may be critical because it is a pre-requisite, requires a minimum grade, or because it is only offered once a year. Missing a critical course may push back your graduation date. Meet with an Academic Counselor or Faculty Advisor to ensure you are on track to complete your program.

Critical Courses should be taken in the order shown to stay on track and graduate on time.


 Semester 1

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
ENG 101   3  
FILM 100     3  
FILM 130     3  
FILM 125   3  
FILM 142     3  
FILM 101     3  
Semester Total Credits     18  

Semester 2

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Critical Course Pre-reqs or Co-reqs Credits Notes
FILM 102     3  
FILM 145     3  
FILM 140     3  
FILM 150  or Film Elective   3
Film Elective     3
Semester Total Credits     15  


✹ Choose one: FILM 103 , FILM 109 , FILM 113 , FILM 143 , FILM 160 , FILM 220 , ART 129 , ART 147 , ART 149A COMM 101 , COMM 119 , COMM 121 THEAT 113 , THEAT 117A , MUSIC 160 , MUSIC 163 , or MUSIC 165  

Minimum Total Credits: 33

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