Film

http://www.miracosta.edu/FILM

Students take film courses to satisfy general education requirements in arts and humanities and to explore the discipline. Students who earn a bachelor's degree in film at a four-year university pursue careers as filmmakers, editors, digital media artists, film archivists, media educators, film festival curators, script analysts, cinematographers, television producers, and studio executives.

Academic and Career Pathway: Creative and Applied Arts

Contact Information

Chair: Eric Bishop

Dean: Jonathan Fohrman

www.miracosta.edu/FILM

Department: Theatre and Film

Office: Building OC2700, 760.795.6844

Full-Time Faculty

Billy Gunn

Associate Degrees

Associate in Science Degree

Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer

The Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer (AS-T) degree is intended to meet the lower-division requirements for radio-television film, television-film, television, video, film, or electronic arts majors, an emphasis or option within such a major, or a major considered similar to these majors at a participating California State University (CSU) campus. This interdisciplinary program includes a balanced curriculum with course work in both film production and theory.  

Following transfer to a participating CSU campus, students will be required to complete no more than 60 units to obtain a bachelor’s degree; however, some CSU campuses accepting this degree may require additional lower-division major preparation. This degree may not be appropriate preparation for students transferring to a CSU campus not accepting this degree or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a MiraCosta counselor for further information regarding the most efficient pathway to transfer as a film, television, and electronic media major and to determine which CSU campuses are participating in this program.

To complete the degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  • Complete all courses required in the major with a “C” or "P" or better.
  • Complete the CSU-GE (Plan B) or IGETC (Plan C)* general education pattern.
  • Obtain a minimum CSU-transferable GPA of 2.0.
  • Complete a minimum of 12 units in residence at MiraCosta College.

* Students completing IGETC may be awarded the degree, but they must complete a course from Area IC: Oral Communication to meet CSU admission requirements.

Program Student Learning Outcome Statement

  • Upon completion of this program, the student will be able to critically evaluate films from a social and cultural perspective, demonstrate knowledge of film theory, and apply appropriate production techniques.
Required Core:
FILM 101Introduction to Film *3
or FILM 101H Introduction to Film (Honors)
FILM 105Introduction to Media Writing3
List A: Select three courses.8
Video 1: Production
Video 2: Post-Production and Special Effects
Recording Arts I
Digital Audio Production I
List B: Select one course.3
Film History I: 1880-1945 *
Film History I: 1880-1945 (Honors)
Film History II: 1945-Present *
Film History II: 1945-Present (Honors)
List C: Select a minimum of three units from courses not used above or from the following list.3
Study of Filmed Plays *
Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality *
Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality
Women and Film: Representation and Impact *
Women and Film: Representation and Impact (Honors)
Internship Studies
Dance on Film *
Introduction to Mass Communication *
Total Units20

NOTE: Students are strongly advised to select courses that meet lower-division major preparation requirements at their transfer university and to complete the History, Constitution, and American Ideals requirement prior to transfer.

How to Read Course Descriptions

For more detailed information about a course, such as its content, objectives, and fulfillment of a degree, certificate, or general education requirement, please see the official course outline of record, available at http://www.miracosta.edu/governance/coursesandprograms/courseoutlines.html.

Courses

FILM 101: Introduction to Film

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 101H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, and Summer

This course introduces students to the art of film and the critical vocabulary of film studies through analysis of filmmaking techniques and the meanings they create. It explores film as a synthetic art form by examining the various individuals and elements involved in the production process. Feature, documentary, and genre films may be used to analyze artistic techniques, cultural impact, and socio-political implications. Film viewing is required both inside and outside of class. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 101 or FILM 101H.

FILM 101H: Introduction to Film (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 101.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring or Summer

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched introduction to the art of film and the critical vocabulary of film studies. Students examine, research, and present content as they explore film as a synthetic art form. Feature, documentary, and genre films may be used to analyze artistic techniques, cultural impact, and socio-political implications. Film viewing is required both inside and outside of class. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 101 or FILM 101H.

FILM 105: Introduction to Media Writing

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

As an introductory entry-level course in writing for film and electronic media, this course introduces students to dramatic storytelling elements including, but not limited to, script format, story structure, character development, tension, conflict, and themes. Upon grasping the basic elements that constitute an effective cinematic narrative, students workshop their original ideas into a completed feature and/or short screenplay.

FILM 106: Study of Filmed Plays

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in DRAM 106.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course explores cinematic adaptations of dramatic literature. Various adaptation theories are used to critically examine how literary and production styles are translated to the language of film. Students engage in structural, character, and thematic analysis through class discussion and written essays. Attendance at public performances is required.

FILM 111: Film History I: 1880-1945

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 110 OR FILM 111H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course traces the history of motion pictures from 1880 to 1945 through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that had an impact on this emerging art form. It explores the cinema from its conception as an entertainment novelty, through major international movements of the silent era, to the development of the American studio system, the transition to sound, and the effect of two world wars. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 111 or FILM 111H.

FILM 111H: Film History I: 1880-1945 (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 110 OR FILM 111.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the history of motion pictures from 1880 to 1945 through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that had an impact on this emerging art form. It explores the cinema from its conception as an entertainment novelty, through major international movements of the silent era, to the development of the American studio system, the transition to sound, and the effect of two world wars.

FILM 112: Film History II: 1945-Present

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 112H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This course traces the history of motion pictures from 1945 to the present through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that have an impact on production, distribution, and exhibition of film. It explores the cinema of the post-WWII era, through major international movements of the 1950s and 1960s, to the development of the new Hollywood of the 1970s, concluding with the globalization and digitalization of film culture in the twenty-first century. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 112 or FILM 112H.

FILM 112H: Film History II: 1945-Present (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 112.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the history of motion pictures from 1945 to the present through a critical examination of the technical, aesthetic, social, political, and economic factors that have an impact on production, distribution, and exhibition of film. It explores the cinema of the post-WWII era, through major international movements of the 1950s and 1960s, to the development of the new Hollywood of the 1970s, concluding with the globalization and digitalization of film culture in the twenty-first century.

FILM 211: Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality

Units:
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 211H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This course explores the impact of identity on film as an art form and cultural artifact by confronting ideologies of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they are reflected in cinematic representation. American film is used as the primary lens through which to view how social, political, and cultural values have been formulated over the last century. Students analyze major films, figures, character types, and narrative strategies to evaluate the relationship between film and identity. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 211 or FILM 211H.

FILM 211H: Identity and Film: Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality

Units:
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 211.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Spring

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the impact of identity on film as an art form and cultural artifact by confronting ideologies of race, class, gender, and sexual orientation as they are reflected in cinematic representation. American film is used as the primary lens through which to view how social, political, and cultural values have been formulated over the last century. Students analyze major films, figures, character types, and narrative strategies to evaluate the relationship between film and identity.

FILM 212: Women and Film: Representation and Impact

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 212H.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This course explores the significant, and frequently unrecognized, role of women in film. It investigates cinematic history and artifacts through the lens of feminist theory in order to critically examine the various ways women have been both (mis)represented in a male-dominated industry and participated in the art of filmmaking. Students discuss key individuals in film history and a variety of genres to explore the social, political, and cultural impact of women in film. UC CREDIT LIMITATION: Credit for FILM 212 or FILM 212H.

FILM 212H: Women and Film: Representation and Impact (Honors)

Units: 3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Not open to students with prior credit in FILM 212.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU, UC
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: Fall

This honors course offers highly motivated students an enriched exploration of the significant, and frequently unrecognized, role of women in film. It investigates cinematic history and artifacts through the lens of feminist theory in order to critically examine the various ways women have been both (mis)represented in a male-dominated industry and participated in the art of filmmaking. Students discuss key individuals in film history and a variety of genres to explore the social, political, and cultural impact of women in film.

FILM 292: Internship Studies

Units: 0.5-3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisite: Complete 75 hrs paid or 60 hrs non-paid work per unit.
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor, dept chair, and Career Center approval. May not enroll in any combination of cooperative work experience and/or internship studies concurrently.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course provides students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques of their discipline in an internship position in a professional setting under the instruction of a faculty-mentor and site supervisor. It introduces students to aspects of the roles and responsibilities of professionals employed in the field of study. Topics include goal-setting, employability skills development, and examination of the world of work as it relates to the student's career plans. Students must develop new learning objectives and/or intern at a new site upon each repetition. Students may not earn more than 16 units in any combination of cooperative work experience (general or occupational) and/or internship studies during community college attendance.

FILM 296: Topics in Film

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Lecture 1 hour.
Lecture 2 hours.
Lecture 3 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course gives students an opportunity to study topics in Film that are not included in regular course offerings. Each Topics course is announced, described, and given its own title and 296 number designation in the class schedule.

FILM 298: Directed Study in Film

Units: 1-3
Prerequisites: None
Enrollment Limitation: Instructor and department chair approval and successful completion of 12 units of college work with at least a 3.0 grade-point average.
Acceptable for Credit: CSU
Laboratory 3 hours
Laboratory 6 hours
Laboratory 9 hours.
Course Typically Offered: To be arranged

This course allows students to pursue a special area of interest in order to achieve specific goals beyond the scope of existing courses within the discipline. Students work independently and interact directly with an instructor on an individual basis and as prescribed by the Directed Study Agreement.