Film Studies (AAFS)

Associate in Arts

This associate degree program introduces students to film as a medium of artistic expression and persuasion. Students will critically study motion pictures covering a variety of eras, cultures, and genres. They will be introduced to the various elements of the creative process involved in film making such as:

  • narrative,
  • acting,
  • mise-en-scene (the arrangement of scenery and stage properties in a play),
  • editing,
  • cinematography and
  • sound.

Students will develop the skills necessary to critically and technically evaluate one of the most dynamic and influential art forms of the past 100 years.

This is a high skill and high wage program as defined by the Michigan Community College Network.

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2018-192019-20 | 2020-21

2020-2021 Academic Requirements

In this program, students will be introduced to film as a medium of artistic expression and persuasion. Students will critically study motion pictures covering a variety of eras, cultures and genres. They will be introduced to the various elements of the creative process involved in film making such as narrative, acting, mise-en-scene, editing, cinematography and sound. Students will develop the skills necessary to critically and technically evaluate one of the most dynamic and influential art forms of the past 100 years.

Division
Humanities, Social & Behav Sci
Department
Communications, Media &Theatre
Advisors
Allison Fournier
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First Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
COM 130   Introduction to Mass Communication 3
FLM 120   Introduction to Film 3
Elective(s)   Math 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences 3
ENG 111   Composition I 4
Total 16
Second Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
COM 101   Fundamentals of Speaking 3
ENG 226   Composition II 3
FLM 160   American Film 3
VID 105   Foundations in Digital Video I 4
    Elective(s) to reach a minimum 60 credits 4
Total 17
Third Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
COM 150   Introduction to Radio Production 3
FLM 150   International Cinema 3
Elective(s)   Natural Sciences with Lab 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 1 3
Total 12
Fourth Semester
Class   Title Minimum Credits
FLM 185   The Horror Film 3
FLM 220   Great Directors 3
Elective(s)   Social and Behavioral Science 2 3
    Elective(s) to reach a minimum of 60 credits 6
Total 15
Total Credits Required
60