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.*

* In preparing and presenting a portfolio in VAMM250, students currently need an array of digital skills, such as, but not limited to, media capture, manipulation, and presentation. Students take several required digital course (e.g. VAMM100, VAGD101, VAGD201, VAMM110) and then reinforce/develop their digital skills across the major. Essential digital competencies associated with portfolio preparation and presentation will be assessed within this course.

Degree Course Requirements

Course Credits
COMP110
English Composition I A,C,10
3
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I
3
VACV137
Audio Production
3
VACV140
Digital Editing 1
3
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema 1
3
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema 1
3
VACV145
Film Production I
3
VACV231
Video Field Production C
3
VACV246
Film Production II C
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Seminar C,5,9
3
VAPH151
Introduction to Photography 1
3
Mathematics/Science A,B,6,7 3/4
Cinema/Video Electives (Choose from list) 6
Social Science/Diversity F,3,8 3
Studio Electives (Choose from list) 9
Total Credit Hours 60/61

Cinema/Video Electives (Select at least 6 credits):

Course Credits
VACV230
Motion Graphics C
3
VACV238
Cinematography C
3
VAPH110
Digital Photography Fundamentals C
3
VACV235
Video Studio Production II C
3
VACV247
Advanced Cinema/Video Production C
3

Studio Electives (Select at least 9 credits):

Course Credits
MUSC124
Music Technology I
3
VACV230
Motion Graphics C
3
VACV232
Cable TV Production I C
3
VACV235
Video Studio Production II C
3
VACV238
Cinematography C
3
VACV242
Cable TV Production II C
3
VACV247
Advanced Cinema/Video Production C
3
VACV280
Cooperative Education - Media C
3
VAPH157
Photography II C
3
VAPH110
Digital Photography Fundamentals
3
VAPH210
Digital Photography II C
3
VAPH211
Studio and Lighting Fundamentals C
3
VAPH257
Large Format Photography C
3
VAGD102
Illustration: Drawing and Digital C
3
VAMM100
Digital Imaging
3
VAMM110
Web Design C
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,10
3
VACV135
Video Studio Production I
3
VACV137
Audio Production
3
VACV140
Digital Editing 1
3
VACV130
Media Scriptwriting
3
Total Credit Hours 15

Second Semester

Course Credits
COMP111
English Composition II C,2,4,10
3
VACV145
Film Production I
3
VACV231
Video Field Production C
3
VAPH151
Introduction to Photography 1
3
Social Science/Diversity F,3,8 3
Total Credit Hours 15

Third Semester

Course Credits
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema 1
OR
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema 1
3
Cinema/Video Electives D 6
Studio Elective E 3
Mathematics/Science A,B,6,7 3/4
Total Credit Hours 15/16

Fourth Semester

Course Credits
VACV141
The Art of Independent Cinema 1
OR
VACV142
The Art of Theatrical Cinema 1
3
VACV246
Film Production II C
3
VAMM250
Digital Arts Portfolio Seminar C,5,9
3
Studio Electives E 6
Total Credit Hours 15

A Placement testing required.
B Any of the following may be chosen: SCIE101, SCIE102, CHEM101
C Course requires prerequisite.
D Any Cinema/Video course from the list.
E Any studio course from the list.
F Any of the following may be chosen: COMM111, ECON111, GEOG110, MUSC103, POLI111, PSYC110, SOCI110.

1 Satisfies Arts/Humanities.
2 Satisfies Critical Thinking.
3 Satisfies Diversity.
4 Satisfies Information Literacy.
5 Satisfies Oral Communication.
6 Satisfies Quantitative Literacy.
7 Satisfies Scientific Literacy.
8 Satisfies Social Sciences.
9 Satisfies Technological Competence.
10 Satisfies Writing.

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

**Students who do not seek the Associate of Arts Degree may earn the legend, “Major Requirements Satisfied,” on their transcripts by successfully completing all the VAFA courses listed in the major, as well the Studio electives.

Bucks County Community College is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Arts and Design.

Credits exceeding the required minimum cannot be used to satisfy required credits in other course requirements.