The Associate of Science Degree in Digital Filmmaking prepares students to take advantage of the new opportunities available in this rapidly-changing, multi-disciplinary field by providing them with foundational knowledge and skills in four key areas: film studies, cinematic storytelling, digital video production, and postproduction.
The A.S. Degree is designed to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in film or to transfer to a four-year B.A. or B.F.A. program in film production or cinema studies. Transfer agreements are in place with SUNY Purchase, Brooklyn College, and New York University.
Students enrolled in the program acquire a solid basis in cinema history and theory, film aesthetics, screenwriting, camera operation, lighting, digital editing, and digital effects. In addition to these core courses, students may choose from a wide range of electives, including courses in acting, stagecraft, animation, and sound design. Production and postproduction courses are taught by practicing film professionals on state-of-the-art equipment. An optional internship offers students the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in the industry.
The program offers film studies courses at the main campus in Valhalla and at several extension locations. It offers video production and postproduction courses in state-of-the-art labs and studios at the college’s Center for the Digital Arts in Peekskill, which hosts more than 100 Apple postproduction stations with high-end peripherals and a technical support staff.
To provide students with professional knowledge and skills necessary to transfer to a 4-year program in film production or cinema studies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of film language and how various elements are used to construct meaning in films.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of film history and its relation to society.
- Demonstrate an ability to analyze and critique their own work and the work of others using appropriate film terminology.
- Create a film demonstrating understanding of narrative film language.
- Use knowledge of screenplay formatting and techniques to write a script.
- Create a film demonstrating ability write, plan, shoot, and edit a 5-minute film.
Visit the online catalog for:
- Current, official degree requirements including the required course titles.
- A recommended semester-by-semester plan for completing the required courses.