Cinema and Screen Studies

Learn how to be a creator and a player in the film business.

MCC is the first New York state community college to offer a two-year cinema and screen studies degree. In this unique program, you’ll explore the history and artistry of moving images, while learning about the business aspects of video and film. And you’ll work with accomplished faculty who’ve spent years in the industry.

The cinema and screen studies program gives you the opportunity to write original scripts and learn introductory production techniques. And you can apply your credits toward a bachelor’s degree in film, media, communications, or a related field.

Graduates start in the entertainment business with job titles like these:

  • Film or television producer
  • Script supervisor
  • Visual effects producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Filmmaker
  • Theater manager
  • Camera operator
  • Multimedia collections specialist

Practice the Art and Craft of Movie Making – Write, Produce and Critique

You’ll build an outstanding liberal arts foundation in the cinema and screen studies A.S. program at MCC. The program introduces cinema as a medium of mass communication that combines two art forms (photography and theater) to convey powerful stories with vivid pictures and strong emotion.

The cinema and screen studies degree includes courses and electives in:

  • Script writing
  • Drama
  • Production
  • Editing
  • Digital effects
  • Acting

You’ll also critique films from many different cultures and genres, developing strong writing, research, and analytical skills.

MCC graduates are well prepared to transfer to four-year degree programs at schools such as:

  • Ithaca College
  • Columbia College – Chicago
  • Emerson College
  • SUNY:

    • Binghamton
    • University at Buffalo
    • Oswego
    • Purchase

After earning your bachelor’s degree, you could start your career at local, national and international film institutes, or with these industry leaders:

  • PBS
  • ESPN
  • HBO
  • NBC
  • Geva Theater
  • Time Warner Cable

To find out more about the cinema and screen studies associate degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at admissions@monroecc.edu or (585) 292-2200.


CINEMA AND SCREEN STUDIES

A.S. Degree - Transfer Program

Department:Visual and Performing Arts

School(s): Arts & Humanities

CIP Code: 50.0601
MCC Program Code: CN01
NYSED Code (BRI): 31437
NYSED Code (DCC): 31436

50% or more of this program can be completed online.

Description
The Cinema and Screen Studies Program offers a strong Liberal Arts perspective on motion picture and television history, culture, theory, and production. Students are introduced to cinema as a medium of mass communication which combines two art forms, photography and theater, to communicate powerful stories with vivid pictures and strong emotion. Students investigate cinema and television through critical studies and create images of their own through scriptwriting and introductory production opportunities. Finally, students gain an appreciation for cinema and television from a commercial standpoint since these media exist not only in the marketplace of ideas but also as end products of an industrial enterprise.
Upon completion of this degree, students are able to continue their studies at baccalaureate film or mass media degree programs where they apply what they have learned at MCC to more advanced studies in this or related fields.
(Housed in the Visual and Performing Arts Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Demonstrate a knowledge and perspective of the history of cinema.
2) Demonstrate a knowledge and perspective of the theories employed in story-telling to a mass audience.
3) Ability to critically analyze cinema television or web-based content.
4) Demonstrate introductory proficiency in scriptwriting.
5) Demonstrate introductory proficiency in production of moving images.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC). Placement into ENG 101 or ENG 200.

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition*
3
HIS 113 Western Civilization I: Beginning to 1700s - WR 3
COM 120 Media Literacy 3
CIN 120 The Movies 3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE**3
Total15
SECOND SEMESTER: 16-17 Credit Hours
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology OR
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology
3
MTH 150 Survey of Mathematics or higher 3
CIN 122 Cinema Drama 3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE 3-4
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total16-17
THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours
HIS 112 History of the United States Since 1865 3
CIN 121 Cinema Comedy 3
CIN 221 The Movie Business3
HUMANITIES ELECTIVE**3
ELECTIVE** 3
PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
Total16
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
CIN 222 Topics in Cinema and Screen Studies3
COM 230 Scriptwriting3
PROGRAM ELECTIVE 3
NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE3-4
ELECTIVE**3
Total15-16
TOTAL CREDITS62-64

PROGRAM ELECTIVES
COM 150 Video Production I
COM 203 Compositing and Special Effects
COM 264 Video Production II
COM 267 Video Editing

RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES **
COM 202 Techniques of Television I
COM 211 Communication Practicum
ENG 240 Reading Popular Culture
FRE 207 Cinema for French Conversation
SPA 207 Cinema for Spanish Conversation
SPC 142 Public Speaking
THE 110 Introduction to Theatre
THE 112 Fundamentals of Acting

* Initial placement in ENG 101 or ENG 200 is required for program admission.
** Students planning to transfer to a SUNY institution should use these General Electives to fulfill additional SUNY General Education Requirements.
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