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.
Associate Degree Requirements:
The major is one of several requirements students need to fulfill in order to be awarded the Associate Degree, the highest level of academic achievement recognized by Santa Rosa Junior College. Please note that all of the following requirements must be met in order for the degree to be conferred:
For all students admitted for the Fall 2009 term or any term thereafter,
a grade of "C" or better, or "P" if the course is taken on a pass/no pass basis,
is required for each course applied toward the major.
The Film Studies major is designed for students pursuing lower division preparation for a baccalaureate degree in Film, including Cinema Studies, Film History, Film Production, Media Studies, and Screenwriting. It provides a basic foundation in film aesthetics, film history, and digital film production while meeting the typical lower division requirements for a bachelor's degree in Film at a four-year institution. The major is also designed to prepare students for careers in the film and television industries with opportunities to write and produce screenplays, collaboratively work on film production teams, and gain experience in programming and festival management through internships with the Petaluma campus cinematheque and Film Fest Petaluma, the city’s annual short film festival.
Upon successful completion of this program, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a technical and theoretical understanding of cinema, including narrative forms, genres, and the complex interplay of image, sound, and motion.
- Demonstrate a broad-based understanding of the historical and aesthetic development of world cinema from its origins to the present day, including the impact of historical movements and new technologies.
- Demonstrate the ability to work as part of a production team to effectively plan, organize, and execute the production of a short digital film project.
- Demonstrate fluency in the vocabulary of film production and criticism.
- Demonstrate skills in the critical analysis of cinema by identifying how specific formal techniques are used to functionally support film narratives.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of various industry professionals in both the artistic and commercial side of motion picture production, distribution and exhibition.
- Demonstrate an understanding of motion pictures as a technology, business, cultural product, global entertainment medium, and industrial art form.