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.

Curriculum is subject to change.

Directing Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Set Safety 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Postproduction 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Aesthetics of Cinematography 3
TERM 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
Postproduction 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
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 3
Business & Professional Practice 3
Any of the above 21
Studio Electives 18
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

Cinematography Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Set Safety 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Postproduction 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Aesthetics of Cinematography 3
TERM 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
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 3
Business & Professional Practice 3
Any of the above 21
Studio Electives 24
TOTAL
Total Required Units 120

Editing Track

TERM 1
Writing Studio OR Writing Studio: Intensive 3
Film Department Orientation 0
Set Safety 0
Directing 1 3
Intro to Cinematography 3
Intro to Postproduction 3
Design 1 3
Basics of Photo 3
TERM 2
Intro to Modernism 3
Screenwriting 1 3
Storyboarding for Directors 3
Acting Workshop for Directors 3
Film Editing 1 3
Digital Design 1 3
TERM 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
Postproduction 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
Humanities & Sciences electives:
Humanities 3
Social Sciences 3
Science & Technology 3
Business & Professional Practice 3
Any of the above 21
Studio Electives 18
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

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