CINEMA AND SCREEN STUDIES

A.S. DEGREE

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.


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 RequirementsCredit 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
      Total
      15
      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
      Total
      16-17
      THIRD SEMESTER: 16 Credit Hours

    HIS 112 History of the United States Since 1865 3
    CIN 121 Cinema Comedy 3
      CIN 221 The Movie Business
      3
      HUMANITIES ELECTIVE**
      3
    ELECTIVE** 3
    PHYSICAL/HEALTH EDUCATION ELECTIVE 1
      Total
      16
      FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours

      CIN 222 Topics in Cinema and Screen Studies
      3
      COM 230 Scriptwriting
      3
    PROGRAM ELECTIVE 3
      NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
      3-4
      ELECTIVE**
      3
      Total
      15-16
      TOTAL CREDITS
      62-64

    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.