Film & Television

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Welcome To Film & Television

Program Description

Film is a universally recognized medium that has a profound impact on how we view the world and ourselves. Filmmaking is the most collaborative of art forms. It demands the cooperation and dedication of screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, director and editor working together in a complex, creative enterprise. Film and Television explores the theory, criticism and production of motion pictures.

The Film and Television Department at Santa Barbara City College offers a wide variety of courses designed for film majors and interested non-majors who wish to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of film as part of their undergraduate education. Students are exposed to a vast array of films from the classic to the contemporary, including both American and international works.

SBCC Students are able to immerse themselves in film and media research and analysis in an academic setting, as well as in current film industry practices. The Film Studies program offers a vast survey of courses on-campus, online, internationally through Study Abroad, and at film festivals, such as the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, AFI Fest in Hollywood, and the Los Angeles International Film Festival.

Motion picture production is a new and vital component of the Film and Television Department at SBCC. Students are now able to apply their critical and theoretical understanding of film art in a comprehensive production program which includes hands-on experience in screenwriting, production, cinematography, directing, editing and visual effects.

The Film and Television Department offers two degree programs: Film Studies (courses with the prefix FS) and Film and Television Production (courses with the prefix FP).

The required courses in the Film Studies track are designed to provide students with an introduction to film literature, film criticism and theory, a basic knowledge of film history and the motion picture industry, and a familiarity with major directors, actors, and practitioners of cinema. Electives enhance this course of study by exposing students to the principles, technology and techniques of motion picture production. Go to the Film Studies website for more information: http://film.sbcc.edu/ and the SBCC Film Reviews site: http://sbccfilmreviews.org.

The Film and Television Production track provides students with the knowledge and skills associated with every phase of motion picture production, from screenwriting through production and directing, to editing and post-production processes. Electives provide the option to explore any phase of motion picture production in greater depth.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Film Studies  

  1. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the history of U.S. and world cinema, in relation to filmmakers, style, movements, film industries and genres, using film terminology and standard English in written and oral presentations.
  2. Articulate and demonstrate an understanding of the theories and critical models of cinema, in relation to auteur studies, style, movements, genre and social ideology, using film terminology and standard English in written and oral presentations.


Film and Television Production  

  1. Conceive and script a short film.
  2. Plan and budget a short film. 
  3. Shoot, light and record sound for a short crew production.
  4. Edit and output a finished short film.

Faculty & Offices:
Curtis Bieber, Department Chair of Film and Television Production (H-238, ext. 2951, bieber@sbcc.edu)
Stephen DaVega, Associate Professor of Film and Television Production (DAC, ext. 3570, davega@sbcc.edu)
Nico Maestu, Department Chair of Film Studies (ECOC1, #16, ext. 2528, maestu@sbcc.edu)
Michael Stinson, Associate Professor of Film Studies (ECOC1, #14, ext. 3022, stinson@sbcc.edu)


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