Motion Picture/Television Production - AAS

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Motion Picture/Television Production program is designed for students who plan to enter the field of motion pictures and/or television production. Successful completion of this program will qualify students for the AAS degree. Students will receive "hands-on" practical training in a fine arts learning environment and may select one or more of several specialization tracks within the degree. Certificates of Completion (CCL) in Screenwriting, Production: Film, Production: Television, and Editing programs are also available.

Details

Major Code: 
3572
Award: 
Associate of Applied Science (AAS)
Total credits required: 
60-71
Award notes

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better in all courses required within the program.

Program prerequisites
Course #Course TitleCredits
None

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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!

Required courses
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:32-47
CORE: Credits:18-21
TCM100Digital Multimedia (3) OR
Permission of Program Director0-3
 
TCM107Career Pathways in the Media3
TCM121Story Theory for Film, Television and Media3
TCM134Pre-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM135Production for Motion Picture and Television3
TCM136Post-Production for Motion Picture and Television3
THF/HUM205Introduction to Cinema3
 
In addition to completing the above Program Common Core, students must select one (1) of the following four (4) tracks:
 
Track I: SCREENWRITING Credits:14-16
ENG210Creative Writing (3) OR
THE118Playwriting (3)3
 
ENH110Introduction to Literature3
 
TCM242AAProfessional Portfolio in Screenwriting (2) OR
TCM275Advanced Portfolio Production (4)2-4
 
Students must select one (1) of the following two (2) emphasis areas:
 
Emphasis I: Feature Credits:6
TCM123Feature Screenwriting: First Draft3
TCM223Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite3
 
Emphasis II: Television Credits:6
TCM124Television Screenwriting: Existing Programs3
TCM224Television Screenwriting: The TV Pilot3
 
Track II: TELEVISION PRODUCTION Credits:22-23
TCM117Introduction to Cinematography3
 
TCM118Lighting for Film and Television (3) OR
TCM131Radio-Television Announcing (4)3-4
 
TCM151Broadcast Production3
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM242Professional Portfolio in Film and Television2
TCM250Documentaries for Social Change4
TCM251Advanced Studio Production3
 
Track III: FILM PRODUCTION Credits:25-26
TCM117Introduction to Cinematography3
TCM118Lighting for Film and Television3
TCM/MTC120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video3
TCM151Broadcast Production3
 
TCM217Advanced Cinematography (3) OR
TCM230Motion Picture Directing (4) OR
TCM260Film/Video Producing and Financing (3)3-4
 
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM242Professional Portfolio in Film and Television2
TCM248Advanced Film Production Techniques4
 
Track IV: EDITING Credits:24
TCM/MTC120Introduction to Sound Design for Film and Video3
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM242Professional Portfolio in Film and Television2
TCM243Introduction to Video Compositing and Title Animation4
TCM244Film Finishing4
TCM280The Art of Editing3
TCM283Advanced Non-Linear Editing Techniques4
Restricted Electives
Course #Course TitleCredits
Credits:0-9
Students must choose the appropriate number of credits to meet the program total for completion of the degree. Selected courses will not apply in both Required Courses and Restricted Electives areas.
 
Track I: SCREENWRITING Credits:6-9
TCM117Introduction to Cinematography3
TCM123Feature Screenwriting: First Draft3
TCM124Television Screenwriting: Existing Programs3
TCM223Feature Screenwriting: The Rewrite3
TCM224Television Screenwriting: The TV Pilot3
TCM230Motion Picture Directing4
TCM241AVID Media Composer Editing4
TCM260Film/Video Producing and Financing3
TCM275Advanced Portfolio Production4
TCM294++Any Special Topics in Motion Picture/Television Production course1-3
TCM296++Any Cooperative Education course(s)1-4
THF209Acting for the Camera3
THF/HUM210Contemporary Cinema3
 
Track II: TELEVISION PRODUCTION Credits:0-1
TCM294AASpecial Topics in Motion Picture/Television Production1
TCM296WACooperative Education1
TCM298AASpecial Projects1
 
Track III: FILM PRODUCTION Credits: None
 
Track IV: EDITING Credits: None
General education requirements
General Education RequirementCredits: 19-24
 
General Education CoreCredits: 12-17
 
First-Year CompositionCredits: 6
ENG101First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG107First-Year Composition for ESL (3) AND
ENG102First-Year Composition (3) OR
ENG108First-Year Composition for ESL (3)6
 
Oral CommunicationCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Oral Communication area.
 
Critical ReadingCredits: 0-3
CRE101College Critical Reading and Critical Thinking (3) OR
Equivalent as indicated by assessment0-3
 
MathematicsCredits: 3-5
Any approved general education course from the Mathematics area.
 
General Education DistributionCredits: 7
 
Humanities and Fine ArtsCredits: 0
Met by THF/HUM205 in the Required Courses area.
 
Social and Behavioral SciencesCredits: 3
Any approved general education course from the Social-Behavioral Sciences area.
 
Natural SciencesCredits: 4
Any approved general education course from the Natural Sciences area.
Competencies
  1. CORE
  2. Demonstrate use of computers and basic video cameras to manipulate and create multimedia products. (TCM100)
  3. Explain the preparatory steps necessary for entry-level positions in the broadcasting/film industry. (TCM107)
  4. Identify basic elements of story theory and structure as they pertain to feature films, TV programs (both one-hour dramas and sitcoms), video games, reality TV programs and industrial/commercial videos to write a script for different categories of media. (TCM121)
  5. Identify and describe the basic elements of pre-production for motion picture and television. (TCM134)
  6. Pre-produce one film and one video project. (TCM134)
  7. Identify and describe the basic elements of production for motion picture and television. (TCM135)
  8. Produce one film and one video shoot. (TCM135)
  9. Identify and describe the elements of post-production for motion picture and television. (TCM136)
  10. Complete the post-production and marketing plan for one film and one video project. (TCM136)
  11. Review the history and development of the art of motion pictures including the aesthetic and technical elements. (THF/HUM205)
  12. Track I: SCREENWRITING
  13. Demonstrate skills and techniques used in the production of marketable materials for contemporary publications. (ENG210)
  14. Use theories and techniques of writing for the stage; creating characters, dialogue, and plot for monodramas, scenes, and plays. (THE118)
  15. Interpret a poem, a short story, and a play through oral and/or written discourse using literary criticism as a basis. (ENH110)
  16. Create full-length feature screenplay from outline developed in class. (TCM123)
  17. Generate two rewrites (drafts) of feature screenplay previously written using theme, three-act structure and Eight Sequence method tools. (TCM223)
  18. Apply elements learned through authoring series and season format documents, episode beat sheets and outline, and full-length spec script for an existing one-hour TV drama or sitcom. (TCM124)
  19. Create an original series concept, write an original pilot script for the series (series format, episode beat sheet and outline), develop an individual writing voice, and discuss the professional television writing landscape. (TCM224)
  20. Use established screen story paradigms and format to create an original full-length feature or TV script. (TCM242AA)
  21. Practice video and audio production skills and roles in a television or film production setting. (TCM275)
  22. Track II: TELEVISION PRODUCTION
  23. Shoot a short 16mm or high-definition video project and crew on additional 16mm or high-definition video project shoots. (TCM117)
  24. Use tools such as light meters, scopes, storytelling, and color theory to properly expose a scene based on the mood of the project. (TCM118)
  25. Demonstrate analog and digital recording techniques and skills in studio and on location. (TCM131)
  26. Demonstrate multi-camera production techniques and skills in studio and on location. (TCM151)
  27. Use non-linear editing techniques to create and edit a variety of assigned projects. (TCM241)
  28. Use an editing system to edit a film or television project for presentation. (TCM242)
  29. Create, produce and screen your own social documentary. (TCM250)
  30. Operate equipment in a studio and work with a team to create an in-studio quality video production. (TCM251)
  31. Track III: FILM PRODUCTION
  32. Shoot a short 16mm or high-definition video project and crew on additional 16mm or high-definition video project shoots. (TCM117)
  33. Use tools such as light meters, scopes, storytelling, and color theory to properly expose a scene based on the mood of the project. (TCM118)
  34. Demonstrate analog and digital recording techniques in the field as well as in a controlled environment. (TCM/MTC120)
  35. Demonstrate multi-camera production techniques and skills in studio and on location. (TCM151)
  36. Explain and demonstrate effect on-set cinematography including shooting for the edit and communication with different department heads and creatives. (TCM217)
  37. Design, develop and direct a scene from a script with a camera. (TCM230)
  38. Develop a prospectus for a specific film/video production. (TCM260)
  39. Use non-linear editing techniques to create and edit a variety of assigned projects. (TCM241)
  40. Use an editing system to edit a film or television project for presentation. (TCM242)
  41. Demonstrate the ability to work as a crew member in the pre-production and production activities of real world film production departments. (TCM248)
  42. Track IV: EDITING
  43. Demonstrate analog and digital recording techniques in the field as well as in a controlled environment. (TCM/MTC120)
  44. Use non-linear editing techniques to create and edit a variety of assigned projects. (TCM241)
  45. Use an editing system to edit a film or television project for presentation. (TCM242)
  46. Plan and produce a project using computer based video compositing and title animation. (TCM243)
  47. Use advanced non-linear techniques and applications to create and edit an advanced project. (TCM244, TCM283)
  48. Use advanced non-linear editing techniques to prepare an individual project for entry into a film festival. (TCM280)
  49. Plan and produce a project using advanced non-linear techniques for effect and compositing creation. (TCM283)

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate information about this degree or certificate. However, the information above represents current requirements for the academic year and may change as the result of the curricular process. This course list does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.