Film is a universally recognized medium that has a profound impact on how we view the world and ourselves. Filmmaking is the most collaborative of art forms. It demands the cooperation and dedication of screenwriter, cinematographer, producer, director and editor working together in a complex, creative enterprise. Film Studies explores the theory, criticism and production of motion pictures.
The Film and Television Department at Santa Barbara City College offers a wide variety of courses designed for film majors and interested non-majors who wish to enhance their knowledge and appreciation of film as part of their undergraduate education. Students are exposed to a vast array of films from the classic to the contemporary, including both American and international works.
The required courses in the Film Studies track are designed to provide students with an introduction to film literature and criticism, a basic knowledge of film history and the motion picture industry, a familiarity with major directors, actors and practitioners of cinema. Electives enhance this course of study by exposing students to the principles, technology and techniques of motion picture production.
The Film and Television Department offers two degree programs: Film Studies (courses with the prefix FS) and Film Production (courses with the prefix FP).