Film and Digital Media

Humanities

Film and Digital Media is a fitting major for students interested in careers in the film industry, media-related work in other fields, fine art film production, media studies education, and researching and writing media studies scholarship.

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Film and Digital Media studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines film studies Humanities-based courses with Digital Media curriculum in The Arts. This AA degree prepares students for further studies in film, media studies, or related majors (such as Mass Communication or Digital Media Production). By combining the two areas of study, students will acquire contextual knowledge that will enhance media production, as well as vital production skills to support further work in media studies scholarship and criticism.

Film studies coursework introduces students to film history, formal film analysis, film and media theories, social and cultural representation, media convergence, and numerous other topics. Digital Media Art courses provide foundations in photography, video production, visual storytelling, experimental film production, and many more. We recommend beginning with FILM 40 (Mass Media & Society), FILM 71 (Introduction to Film Studies), and DMA 70 (Digital Video Production), but students are encouraged to view the catalog description and list of required courses.

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IVC’s Film and Digital Media AA is designed to mirror lower-division coursework in programs available at most UC and CSU campuses. Students completing this degree will have the knowledge base and production skills to begin Junior and Senior-level coursework, and beyond.

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Transfer Options, Degrees and/or Certificates

Sample Academic Plans

This is only a sample academic plan for students interested in transferring to CSULB as a Film and Electronice Art major. Please see a counselor to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific education goals.

Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 1A24
MATH 10* Introduction to StatisticsB43
FILM 71Introduction to FilmC2 & Major3
Learning & Self DevelopmentLifelong Learning and Self Development GE CourseE3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)1-3
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
COMM 1Communication FundamentalsA13
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE CourseA33-4
FILM 40Mass Media and SocietyD3
FILM 70History of FilmC2 & Major3
ART 20 or ARTH 26Art Appreciation or Art History Survey II: WesternC1 & Major3
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
DMA 70 or WR 15Digital Video Producation or Introduction to Screenwriting for Film/TVMajor3
FILM 72/72H or FILM 75Film and American Culture or Introduction to TV Studies (Recommended Electives)C23
Physical SciencePhysical Science GE CourseB13
Physical Science LabPhysical Science LabB31
HIST 20 or HIST 21American History CourseD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleCSU GE Area/MajorUnits
FILM 72/72H or FILM 75Film and American Culture or Introduction to TV Studies (Recommended Electives)C23
Life ScienceLife Science GE CourseB23
Arts/HumanitiesArts or Humanities GE CourseC1 or C23
PS 1American GovernmentD3
Transfer ElectiveCSU Transferable Elective (Courses 1-199)3
  • This is only a sample academic plan. Please see a counselor and check IVC's catalog to create a customized My Academic Plan (MAP) that will best meet your specific academic goals.
Semester 1
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
WR 1College Writing 11A4
MATH Math GE Course23-5
FILM 71 or 71HIntroduction to Film6 & Major3
Film MajorFilm Major Course from List AMajor3
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C2
Semester 2
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
Critical ThinkingCritical Thinking GE Course1C3-4
COMM 1Communication Fundamentals1B3
FILM 40Mass Media and SocietyMajor3
Film MajorFilm Major Course from List AMajor3
FILM 70History of Film63
Semester 3
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
DMA 70Digital Video ProductionMajor3
Film MajorFilm Major Course from List AMajor3
Natural SciencesNatural Sciences GE Course33
Fine ArtsFine Arts and Languages GE Course73
Cultural DiversityCultural Diversity GE Course53
Semester 4
Sample Educational Plan for a single term.
CourseTitleAA GE Area/MajorUnits
Film MajorFilm Major Course from List BMajor3
Film MajorFilm Major Course from List BMajor3
American InstitutionsAmerican Institutions GE Course83
Lifelong Health*Lifelong Health and Personal Development GE Course9 A/B/C3
Social SciencesSocial Sciences GE Course43
  1. Take one course from two different categories among GE areas 9A, 9B, and 9C. Please refer to the AA GE pattern for details.  

*Students may be eligible for one or more AA/AS/AA-T/AS-T degrees if they complete a GE transfer pattern, have specific courses, and have 60 transferable units. Please see a counselor for degree options and advisement.

  • AA = Associate of Arts
  • AS = Associate of Science
  • AA-T = Associate of Arts for Transfer
  • AS-T = Associate of Science for Transfer
  • COA = Certificate of Achievement
  • COP = Certificate of Proficiency

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