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Film / Video


The El Camino College Film/Video Department offers students training in traditional and digital filmmaking and related courses in cinema history and aesthetics.

Our curriculum prepares students for entry-level employment in the communication and entertainment industries or for successful transfer to four-year degree programs.

What We Offer

Associate in Arts Degree

Upon completion of the required courses, students can earn an Associate in Arts Degree in Film/Video which will give them the theoretical and practical knowledge to perform various job functions associated with single-camera standard and high-definition production.

Certificate of Achievement – Film/Video Production(Gainful Employment Disclosure Information)

This Certificate curriculum emphasizes hands-on production with elective courses in cinematography, editing, production planning, and story development.

Specific major requirements for all degrees and certificates can be found in the  College Catalog.

Preparation for the Transfer Major

For information on specific university major requirements, please obtain a transfer curriculum guide sheet in  Counseling Services, consult with your counselor, or visit the Transfer Center.

Our Courses

Film Analysis and Appreciation • Screenplay Analysis • Story Development • Production Planning • Film/Video Production • Audio Production/Postproduction • Television production • Camera and Lighting • Editing • Film, Culture, and Technology • Film History (American, European, Regional) • Film and Popular Music

Course descriptions can be found in the College Catalog. To view current class offerings, refer to  Online Class Schedule

Master Classes and Events

Upcoming master classes, events, and ticket information is available through Center for the Arts.

Our Facilities

The Film/Video Department utilizes a variety of standard and high definition cameras, including the Panasonic DVX-100 SD, Panasonic HMC-150 HD, Canon GH-A1 HD, Canon Rebel T2ii and 60D HD DSLRs. An Aaton Super 16mm camera and 35 millimeter still cameras are available to originate productions on film. Lighting, grip, and audio gear for studio and location based shooting include: Arriflex, Mole, and Kino-Flo lighting packages, tripods, dollies, field recorders and microphones.

Post-production facilities include: an Apple Mobile Learning Lab equipped with MacBook and MacBook Pro laptop computers running Final Cut Express and Final Cut Studio. Small group productions emphasize single camera narrative film production procedures, techniques and aesthetics.

Career Goals

Our classes can be a student’s first step towards a variety of careers in film and video including:

Writer • Director • Camera operator • Cinematographer • Script supervisor • Sound designer/mixer • Web designer • Editor • Production management • Animator/special effects • Streaming digital video producer • Corporate and industrial videographer • Documentary filmmaker