Film Humanities

Students planning to major in Film Humanities are passionate about communication, knowledge about people and ideas, and understanding and expanding their world view. Film Humanities courses nurture open-mindedness and rigor. Through film, students learn to examine the common issues, ideas, and themes that run throughout different cultures and throughout human history. As a Film Humanities major, you will gain the ability to reason critically, communicate effectively, and make connections across broad fields of knowledge.

Students in the Film Humanities program earn the Associate of Arts, which prepares them for transfer to a four-year program. Students following the Film Humanities transfer path enter transfer partner universities as a junior. Courses are available in-person (day and evening), hybrid (mixed in-person and online), and online. Many students take a combination of in-person, hybrid, and online courses as they successfully complete their Humanities studies. 

The minimum time to complete the Associate of Art degree is four full-time (15-16 credit hours) semesters for students who do not have pre-existing college credit. 

Currently, the program cost for an Associate of Art degree with emphasis in Film Humanities is $5,115. This amount includes tuition and course fees for Film Humanities courses. The program’s course fees average $5 per class. Textbooks and course fees in other classes outside of the Film Humanities program are not calculated. However, to assist our students, many Film Humanities courses utilize Open Educational Resources and/or low-cost textbooks to minimize textbook costs.

Program Code

8400 Associate of Arts (AA)

Program Curriculum

  • Mapping scheduled for the 2018-19 academic year

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Program Contacts

Dr. Joseph Ortiz, Department Chair
Office Number: LC-330
(480) 423-6330

Janet Robinson, Program Director
Office: LC-331
(480) 423-6478

Department Office
Office: LC-305
Phone: (480) 423-6347
Fax(480) 423-6469

Transfer Options

Arizona State University

Northern Arizona University

University of Arizona

Grand Canyon University

  • No transfer programs at this time

While students may also choose to transfer to out-of-state programs, we do not have transfer partnerships with those programs. Connect with your transfer destination to determine which courses can be taken at SCC.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the Film Humanities program and ASU’s Digital Culture or Film and Media Studies BA degree have received career opportunities in:

  • audio and video
  • engineering
  • graphic design
  • illustration
  • iOS development
  • journalism
  • programming
  • software engineering
  • special effects
  • 3D modeling and fabrication
  • visual media
  • theatre production
  • creative management
  • criticism
  • development
  • marketing
  • regulation
  • teaching

Employment outlook is bright, as industry is looking toward majors in areas such as Film Humanities to fill jobs with creative, critically-minded careers-seekers who have a strong understanding of different perspectives and world views. According to one of our transfer partners, Arizona State University, Film Humanities majors can expect the following salaries in careers for which a Digital Culture or Film and Media degree at the Bachelor’s level is the direct preparation.

Career *growth *median salary
Multimedia Artists and Animators 6% $63,630
Art Directors 2.4% $85,610
Art, Drama, and Music Teachers, Postsecondary 10.8% $64,300
Audio and Video Equipment Technicians 11.9% $41,780
Broadcast Technicians  -6.5% $36,560
Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Motion Picture 2% $48,080
Computer Network Architects   8.7% $98,430
Computer Network Support Specialists 7.5% $61,830
Computer and Information Research Scientists 10.7% $108,360
Computer Systems Analysts 20.9% $82,710
Web Administrators 3.3% $83,410
Architectural and Engineering Managers 2% $130,620
Film and Video Editors 17.6% $57,210
Graphic Designers 1.4% $45,900
Information Technology Project Managers 3.3% $83,410
Music Composers and Arrangers 3.2% $48,180
Music Directors 3.2% $48,180
Artists and Related Workers, All Other 0.4% $58,250
Photographers 3.1% $30,490
Media and Communication Workers, All Other 10.3% $45,860
Sound Engineering Technicians 7.6% $49,870
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 9.1% $69,100
Program Directors 9.1% $69,100
Producers 9.1% $69,100
Video Game Designers 3.3% $83,410
Media and Communication Workers, All Other 10.3% $45,860
Public Relations and Fundraising Managers 7.1% $101,510
Public Relations Specialists 6.2% $55,680
Directors- Stage, Motion Pictures, Television, and Radio 9.1% $69,100
Program Directors 9.1% $69,100
Agents and Business Managers of Artists, Performers, and Athletes 2.5% $64,200
Producers 9.1% $69,100

* Source: Bureau of Labor and Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor