Lights! Camera! Action! If you fantasize about film school leading to a career in movie-making or television, the Film program can help you get a head start in these highly competitive industries. The film production pathway will introduce you to the latest media technologies and provide you with real-world movie-making projects on which to hone your skills. From pre-production (including screenwriting, budgeting, and scheduling) to production (directing, cinematography, and production sound) and on to post-production (non-linear editing and advanced editing techniques using animation), we offer classes for all interests and skillsets.

For students who want to focus on non-fiction stories that run from the personal to the globally relevant, our Documentary Film Production degree covers all technical and storytelling aspects of this increasingly important genre.

Create a new and exciting future in media and film production. Make it happen today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

SCC Program Description

Welcome to the Scottsdale School of Film and Theatre, offering degrees in Motion Picture and Television. Our two-year hands-on program is the only one of its kind among the community colleges in Arizona. You begin learning equipment and techniques from the first day of class. And you learn from professionals. All our instructors currently work in the fields they teach.

Enrichment opportunities, such as special workshops, speakers, new products demonstrations, and a library of screenplays are also offered, as is helpful one-on-one advice when it’s needed. As a culmination of their studies, student work is evaluated by outside working professionals and can also be entered into our annual Student Film Showcase Festival.

Thanks for your interest in our program. We love what we do around here and we think you will too!

Course Format/Textbooks

Course Format/Textbooks

Classes are offered in various formats: in-person, online, hybrid, day, evening, full-time and part-time.


Most of our courses use low-cost textbooks or no-cost material your instructors provide. General education courses may have textbooks that cost more.