Our three-track curriculum prepares students with the latest tools and techniques to thrive as directors, editors or cinematographers.

ArtCenter’s Film Department combines expert guidance and access to world-class equipment with unparalleled opportunities for students to develop, shoot, edit and film as many video projects as they can complete during the course of the program.

Directing Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Post Production 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Set Safety 0
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Aesthetics of Cinematography 3
TERM 3
Critical Practice 1 3
Screenwriting 2 3
Film Production Sound 3
Directing 2 3
Directing 2: Tech Training 0
Cinematography Technical Training 3
Film Editing 2 3
TERM 4
History of Cinema 1 OR History of Cinema 2 3
Business Affairs for Filmmakers 3
Line Producing and Production Management 3
Directing 3 3
Post Production Sound 3
TERM 5
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 6
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 7
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 8
Studio or H&S Electives  
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Studio Electives 18
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 9
Social Sciences 6
Science & Technology 9
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

Cinematography Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Post Production 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Set Safety 0
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Aesthetics of Cinematography 3
TERM 3
Critical Practice 1 3
Film Production Sound 3
Directing 2 3
Directing 2: Tech Training 0
Cinematography Technical Training 3
TERM 4
History of Cinema 1 OR History of Cinema 2 3
Business Affairs for Filmmakers 3
Line Producing and Production Management 3
Directing 3 3
Lighting for Cinematography 3
TERM 5
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 6
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 7
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 8
Studio or H&S Electives  
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Studio Electives 24
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 9
Social Sciences 6
Science & Technology 9
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

Editing Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Post Production 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Set Safety 0
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Digital Design 1 3
TERM 3
Critical Practice 1 3
Film Production Sound 3
Directing 2 3
Directing 2: Tech Training 0
Cinematography Technical Training 3
Film Editing 2 3
TERM 4
History of Cinema 1 OR History of Cinema 2 3
Business Affairs for Filmmakers 3
Line Producing and Production Management 3
Directing 3 3
Post Production Sound 3
Film Editing 3 3
TERM 5
Transdisciplinary Studio 3
TERM 6
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 7
Studio or H&S Electives  
TERM 8
Studio or H&S Electives  
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Studio Electives 18
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 9
Social Sciences 6
Science & Technology 9
Business & Professional Practice 6
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

The level of talent I was surrounded by when I started here was a bit overwhelming at first, until I realized these were people I’d be able to work with and learn from.

Eli SmithFilm Student