Cinema/Video Production

Transfer Major

Department of the Arts
Hicks Art Center 125 • Phone (215) 968-8425
Curriculum Code No. 1181

The Cinema/Video Production transfer major combines film and video production. It permits students to explore video and film production media, journalistic media and educational media as both communication and art forms. The program includes a variety of electives that allow students to tailor the program to their needs and interests.

This program offers a basic examination of the art and the processes of motion picture film making and video production. Though designed as a transfer major, graduates of the program should qualify for entry-level positions in the motion picture and electronic media industries in areas such as radio and television broadcasting, cable television systems, corporate video, multimedia development and production, cinematography, editing, sound recording, and mixing. Graduates will also have job skills in related industries such as sales, service, promotion, distribution, multimedia design and advertising.

Graduates of this program are able to

  • read about, write about, and analyze film and film history using basic research, critical thinking skills, and a visual arts vocabulary;
  • apply the theory and practice of video special effects, digital video, text generators, time base correction, cameras, portable video production systems; audio interfaces, off-line and on-line video editing, non-linear editing, digital audio, film production, and synchronous sound;
  • participate in the planning, production, and/or directing of film, video and multimedia productions; and
  • prepare and present a formal, professional-quality portfolio of work which may be used to apply for admission to a four-year college or entry-level professional employment.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMM105
Interpersonal Communications5
3
COMM111
Media and Society 6
3
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,1
3
COMP111
English Composition II C,,2
3
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4
3
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I
3
VACV137
Audio Production
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema
3
OR
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
VACV145
Film Production I
3
VACV231
Video Field Production
3
VACV246
Film Production II C
3
VACV250
Cinema/Video Portfolio Seminar C
3
VAFA151
Introduction to Photography 3
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art 7
3
College Level Mathematics A or Science B 3
Cinema/Video Electives (Choose from list) 9
Total Credit Hours 60

Cinema/Video Electives (Select at least 9 credits):

Course Credits
MUSC124
Music Technology I
3
MUSC129
Digital Recording Technology
3
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema
3
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
VACV232
Cable TV Production I C
3
VACV235
Video Studio Production II C
3
VACV242
Cable TV Production II C
3
VACV247
Advanced Cinema/Video Production C
3
VACV280
Cooperative Education - Media C
3
VAFA110
Digital Photography Fundamentals
3
VAFA210
Digital Photography II C
3
VAFA211
Studio and Lighting Fundamentals C
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital C
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM130
3D Digital Modeling Concepts C
3
VAMM209
Multimedia Concepts I C
3
VAMM210
Multimedia Concepts II C
3
VAMM230
3D Digital Animation C
3

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,1
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I
3
VACV137
Audio Production
3
VACV140
Digital Editing
3
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMM111
Media and Society 6
3
COMP111
English Composition II C,2
3
VACV145
Film Production I
3
VACV231
Video Field Production
3
VAFA151
Introduction to Photography 3
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
COMM105
Interpersonal Communications 5
3
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema
OR
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema
3
VACV246
Film Production II C
3
Cinema/Video Elective 3
College Level Mathematics A or Science B 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
INTG285
Integration of Knowledge C,4
3
VACV250
VACV250 Cinema/Video Portfolio SeminarC
3
VAFA193
History of Modern Art 7
3
Cinema/Video Electives 6
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Consult the list of courses approved for this subcategory. Any course may be chosen.
C Course requires prerequisite.

1 Satisfies College Writing Level I.
2 Satisfies College Writing Level II.
3 Satisfies Creative Expression.
4 Satisfies Writing Intensive requirement.
5 Satisfies Personal Health.
6 Satisfies Social Perspective.
7 Satisfies Cultural Perspective.

Note: Studio courses can be expensive.  Lab fees may be required.