Communications: Film Studies - A.A. Degree

Turn your passion for the cinema into a career!

Enter the exciting world of filmmaking and TV production and develop your talents in directing, editing, cinematography, and screenwriting. Taught by experienced faculty, gain hands-on experience that will foster your technical skills.

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As a popular art form, film is a prominent medium in our society. Students invest a great deal of time and money enjoying a medium that is capable of shaping audiences’ cultural lives. The academic rationale for the Film Studies Option is to combine creative and critical thinking. As a result, students will receive a rigorous understanding of film criticism, screenwriting, and filmmaking. Film Studies will investigate the psychological, social, technical, and critical aspects of this medium, particularly focusing on how the medium can manipulate audiences. 

Film Studies completes and complements the existing Communications Options in Journalism and Broadcasting. It is designed to be interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on the combined skills of professors from the Journalism, Broadcasting, and Fine Arts options.

Other courses in the program will include “Cinematography,” “Writing for the Media,” and “Critical Analysis of the Cinema,” a course which has been running for nearly a decade and which has enjoyed a 100 percent transfer record to Rutgers, Montclair, and William Paterson universities, to name only a few four-year institutions.

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cultural, social and political impact of film on contemporary society.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the technical and creative aspects of film.
  • Exhibit an understanding of the history of cinematography.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the film industry in relation to journalism, broadcasting, and the fine arts.
  • Strengthen and enhance the ability of individuals to write and think critically about the art of film in its cultural context.

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Courses for this program

This is a recommended program course sequence for students who wish to complete their associate degree in two years. Part-time students and students starting in the spring or summer semesters can meet with an Advisor to customize their own plan.

Code Course Name Credits
Fall - First Year
COLL101 Foundations for Success 3
ENGL101 English Composition I 3
MATH900 Math Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GTEC000 Technology Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMM101 Introduction to Mass Communications 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - First Year
ENGL102 English Composition II 3
GMSC000 Math/Science Requirement* 3
PHIL000 Philosophy Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
COMM223 The Gothic in Literature and the Cinema 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Fall - Second Year
ENGL201 Effective Speaking 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
ARTA104 Art History II 3
COMM230 Critical Analysis and Survey of the Cinema 3
Total Semester Credits
15
Spring - Second Year
GMSC000 Math/Science Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GHMN000 Humanities Gen Ed Requirement* 3
HIST001 History Gen Ed Requirement* 3
GSOC000 Social Science Gen Ed Requirement 3
COMM132 Cinematography 3
Total Semester Credits
15
TOTAL PROGRAM CREDITS
60

*General Education courses: Choose from the list of approved General Education courses in the College Catalog.

Philosophy General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Philosophy General Education courses in the College catalog.

PHIL110

Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

3

Social Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Social Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

PSYC101

Introduction to  Psychology

3

SOCA101

Introduction to Sociology

3

History General Education courses 

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved History General Education courses in the College catalog. Must choose a level I & II sequence.

HIST101

History of Western Civilization I

3

HIST102

History of Western Civilization II

3

Math/Science General Education courses (Recommended)

Recommended courses listed below but student can also choose from the list of approved Math and Science General Education courses in the College catalog.

MATH104

Contemporary Mathematics

3

MATH105

Technical Mathematics

3

MATH108

Statistics

3

PHYS107

Intro to Meteorology

4

BIOS108

Intro to Environmental Science

4

Students may choose to first take some developmental courses that are designed to prepare students for the college-level coursework in their academic plan. This may add to the students’ completion time.

The number of credits students take each semester will determine when the student will complete his/her program of study.