Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking Certificate Communications Studies Total Units: 21.0

Term Effective: Fall 2023

The requirements for this program of study are effective beginning the semester shown above. If you began working on this program before the effective semester, you may not be affected by the changes. Consult with the program contact person or the department chair to determine your eligibility to complete the program under previous requirements.

Previous Versions:

Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2022
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2021
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2020
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2019
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2015
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2014
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Fall 2012
Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking - effective Spring 2011


The Certificate in Digital Filmmaking is designed for students interested in pursuing media production as a career or creative pursuit. The Certificate provides students with a basic overview of production with flexibility to pursue individual interests. Students will learn the language of cinema, how to use technology to capture images and sound, and how to edit digital media and craft stories. Students can choose to focus on fiction or non-fiction modes of production, and will work in teams using a variety of cutting-edge technologies to create original works.

The program prepares students for careers in the film and television industries by giving them a variety of hands-on opportunities, including: using industry standard technologies in the production of student-created content; working in crews and with industry professionals; contributing to SRJC’s award-winning student newspaper “The Oak Leaf” on important local and national stories; and participating in the Petaluma Cinema Series and Film Fest Petaluma.

State-of-the-art facilities include: a fully-functioning multicamera broadcast studio, student accessible digital media suites & VR lab, Petaluma Campus’ elegant 250-seat 4K motion picture theater -- the Carole L. Ellis Auditorium, and Santa Rosa Campus’ brand new 50-seat screening room.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:

  1. Analyze visual media from a technical, aesthetic, historic, and cultural point-of-view;
  2. Demonstrate fluency in the language of film production and criticism;
  3. Plan, organize, and execute the production of digital media projects;
  4. Collaborate effectively in production teams.

Program Requirements:

The requirements for the Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking program are:

  • Complete 21.0 units from
    • Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking Core Requirements

Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking Core Requirements - complete 21.00 units
CS 74.22Digital Video Post-Production3.00
MEDIA 10Film Appreciation4.00
MEDIA 18Audio for Film Production3.00
MEDIA 20Introduction to Digital Filmmaking4.00
Complete any combination totaling at least 7.00 units from the following:
JOUR 5Non-Fiction Digital StoryTelling4.00
MEDIA 19Multi-Camera Studio Production4.00
MEDIA 21Intermediate Digital Filmmaking4.00
MEDIA 22Screenwriting3.00

Course Prerequisites and Advisories:

Courses in a program of study may have prerequisites or advisories; that is, courses that must or should be completed before taking that course. Please check for prerequisites or advisories by clicking on the course numbers in the Program Requirements section.

It is important that students who are completing an Associate Degree and desire to transfer to a four-year institution meet with a counselor to plan their lower division coursework. While many majors at SRJC are intended to align with lower division major preparation required by California public universities, specific lower-division major requirements vary among individual campuses. See a counselor, visit the Transfer Center, and check Guides For Transfer in Specific Majors, and ASSIST to review transfer preparation guides for specific schools and majors.


Effective Fall 2022, students who completed both CS 74.21A and CS 74.21B in prior semesters may substitute those courses for CS 74.22 as part of the requirement for the Digital Media: Digital Filmmaking Certificate.

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