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El Camino’s degree and certificate programs in film/video offer you training in traditional and digital filmmaking. Prepare for an entry-level job in the communications and entertainment industries right after graduation or transfer to a four-year degree program.

Our Film/Video Associate in Arts (AA) degree typically takes up to two years. Complete the certificate program in about one year and be ready to start your career.

Choose classes that dive into the creative and technical aspects of film/video production. Find a career path that interests you!

Approximate cost for an El Camino College AA degree in film/video.
Career opportunities for this program are expected to grow 4.3% nationwide from 2016 to 2026.
Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $65,000.

Choose a Degree Designed for Film/Video Careers or Transfer

Many El Camino film/video students want to start their careers as soon as possible. Others will continue their education at a four-year college or university. We’ll help you choose the best path for you.


The El Camino film/video degree is a great start into the exciting entertainment and communications industries. Meet most common transfer requirements.

  • Learn key components of digital film and video production such as lighting, editing, photography, scripting, and audio from experts in the field.
  • Analyze film and television texts with attention to form and content, aesthetics and meaning, and history and culture.
  • Access hands-on production classes with elective courses in cinematography, editing, production planning, and story development.
  • Tell your own story through screenwriting or learn the elements of media writing and communications scripts.
  • Operate production equipment to produce and edit short films.
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A certificate from the El Camino film/video program can lead to work in entertainment and communications. You’ll gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in film/video production, scriptwriting, and media aesthetics.

  • Learn to write, shoot, and edit short films or videos.
  • Take courses in cinematography, editing, production planning, and television production.
  • Practice important skills necessary for operating various film, video, and digital production equipment.
  • Build a foundation in production principles, with an emphasis on scripting, planning, directing, editing, and other audio/video media skills.
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Pursue an Entry-Level Film/Video Job or Further Education

As an El Camino film/video graduate, you’ll be ready to start work in entertainment or communications, or you can pursue a bachelor’s degree at a university. We’ll help you gain the hands-on skills and industry knowledge needed for any career you choose.

  • Work as a writer, director, camera operator, cinematographer, script supervisor, sound designer/mixer, web designer, editor, production manager, special effects/animator, streaming digital video producer, videographer, documentary filmmaker, and more!
  • Pursue a career in the entertainment field, news/media, or corporate communications.
  • Start your journey toward a bachelor’s degree in film/video.
  • Careers associated with this program have a salary range from $18,000 to over $208,000 with an average salary of $65,000.

Participate in Hands-On Career Opportunities

Put your education into practice and find real-world experience and academic enrichment opportunities outside of the classroom.

  • Learn about the entertainment industry from professionals in the field.
  • Explore your interests and join campus clubs such as El Camino’s Scene One Film Club or the ECC News Broadcasting Club.
  • El Camino’s proximity to Los Angeles/Hollywood offers a variety of internship and employment opportunities.
  • Attend master classes, events, and special events through our Center for the Arts.


The Film/Video Department utilizes a variety of digital cinema cameras including 4 RED Scarlet-Ws with cine quality prime lenses and 8 Canon C100 Mk2s with interchangeable prime lenses. These professional packages include Bright Tangerine accessories: matte boxes, follow focus, filtration. Panasonic HMC-150 and GH-A1 High Definition camcorders, Canon Rebel T3i and 60D HD DSLRs are used for introductory and remote/B Roll work. An Aaton Super 16mm camera and 35 millimeter still cameras are available to originate projects on film.

Lighting, grip, and audio gear for studio and location based shooting include: Dracast LED, Arriflex, Mole, and Kino-Flo lighting packages, Cartoni tripods, Dana and doorway dollies, Fostex and Rode H6 field recorders and professional cinema microphones. Jib Cranes, Varicam Steadicams, Production Monitors compliment the camera/sound packages.

Post-production facilities in the new Arts Complex (Fall 2023) include a 25 seat iMac M1  editing lab with Final Cut Pro X and Adobe Creative Suite; a professional audio/post production suite with Dolby 5.1 surround sound mixing, Mac Pro/DaVinci Resolve Color Grading station, Premiere Pro as well as Rode Podcasting stations. The audio suite communicates with the new lighting studio to enable live recordings, Foley work, music videos, greenscreen/SFX projects as well as studio based narrative projects. The lighting studio and postproduction labs are used for all filmmaking courses and are rentable for outside professional productions. 

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