Academic Catalog

Film, Television, and Electronic Media, AS-T

Program Description

The Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer degree emphasizes Media Studies, and will prepare students to transfer to a four-year university and for professional careers in a variety of media-related fields. The degree will offer a strong foundation in the language, history, culture, and aesthetics of media. The program objectives fall into two large categories:

  1. developing the understandings and skills necessary for a career in media;
  2. developing the critical thinking skills necessary to interpret and analyze the values, assumptions, and constituent cultural/sociological phenomena housed within—and underneath—its ubiquitous presence.

Students who complete the Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer degree will be ensured preferential transfer status to CSUs for Radio-Television-Film, Television-Film, Television, Video, Film, and Electronic Arts majors. The degree requirements will fulfill the lower division major requirements at many CSUs. Students are advised, however, to meet with a counselor to assess the course requirements for specific local CSUs and to validate which CSUs are considered local.

Learn more about the program on the Media Studies website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze, synthesize, and critique media languages and aesthetics.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret, evaluate, and analyze the wide variety of contexts and ideologies embedded within different media forms.
  • Students will demonstrate a working knowledge of media history and technological innovation, including its effects upon the development of media as business and art form.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to analyze media's role in the shaping of cultural values and perceptions.

Units Required

  • Major: 29-30

Associate Degree Requirements

Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer requires completion of a minimum of 90 units to include:

  • CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)1 (45-58 units) (full certification is required)
  • Core and support courses (29-30 units, of which 9-21 units may satisfy the GE requirement)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement

Note: All courses pertaining to the major must be completed with a grade of "C" (or "P") or better. In addition, the student must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.0.

Core and Support Courses

Core Courses
COMM 5MASS COMMUNICATION5
MDIA 1INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES4
or MDIA 1H HONORS INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES
Support Courses
List A
Complete one course from each area of List A:8
Area 1: Audio
SOUND DESIGN FOR FILM & VIDEO
Area 2: Video or Film Production
FUNDAMENTALS OF MEDIA PRODUCTION
List B
And complete one course from List B:4
Any course not used in List A, or any of the following:
HISTORY OF FILM 1895-1945
HISTORY OF FILM 1945-CURRENT
SCRIPTWRITING FOR FILM & VIDEO
INTRODUCTION TO THEATRE
List C
And complete two courses from List C:8-9
Any course not used in List A or List B, or any of the following:
INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
LITERATURE INTO FILM
DIGITAL SOUND, VIDEO & ANIMATION
MOTION GRAPHICS
WORLD MYTHS IN LITERATURE ARTS & FILM
HONORS WORLD MYTHS IN LITERATURE ARTS & FILM
CURRENT TRENDS IN FILM, TV & THE INTERNET
INTRODUCTION TO FILM & MEDIA CRITICISM
EXPERIMENTAL FILM & VIDEO
AMERICAN CINEMA
FILM & NEW MEDIA GENRES
DOCUMENTARY FILM
RACE & GENDER IN AMERICAN MEDIA
WOMEN IN FILM
INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE
HONORS INTRODUCTION TO POPULAR CULTURE
POPULAR CULTURE & UNITED STATES HISTORY
VIDEO GAMES & POPULAR CULTURE
DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING I
DIGITAL VIDEO EDITING II
MUSIC IN FILM
STAGE & SCREEN
Total Units29-30