Digital Cinema

The A.S. Digital Cinema degree program is a transfer program that focuses on student learning in the aesthetics of cinema and technical proficiency for digital filmmaking in the motion picture and video industries. The program is designed to prepare students for transfer to baccalaureate programs in related fields by exploring all avenues of the film production, writing, and animation within the motion picture industry. Students complete a common core of program courses and can focus in an area of interest such as production, screenwriting, or animation. In the capstone course, students put to use what they’ve learned in previous semesters to collaborate on a short form, narrative, digital film. The capstone project, along with individual student projects created throughout the program, can be used for transfer and employment portfolios.

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Industry jobs prospects such as computer specialists, multimedia artists and animators, film and video production crew and editors, and others skilled in digital filming, editing, and computer-generated imaging are in demand. Our program emphasizes cross-training in these areas, an understanding of transmedia approaches (photography, video, computer art, digital film, animation), and the development of artistic talent, writing ability, and technical skills. Furthermore, the program provides guidance for career and transfer exploration along with guidance in portfolio development.

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Program Chair

Chris Xaver

Chris Xaver, Ph.D.

Professor, Communication and Media Arts

Chris brings to Tompkins Cortland a strong and varied background. She received her B.S in broadcast journalism, cum laude, from the S.I. Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University, her M.A. from Syracuse in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship, and her Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership from Capella University. 

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Transfer Options

The program is aligned with related bachelor’s degree programs so you can transfer as a junior. Transfer institutions include:

  • Boston University
  • Buffalo State College
  • Cornell University
  • SUNY College at Cortland
  • Emerson College
  • Florida State University – College of Motion Picture Arts
  • SUNY College at Fredonia
  • Full Sail University
  • Ithaca College
  • New York University
  • University of North Carolina – Wilmington
  • University of North Carolina School of the Arts (Winston-Salem)
  • SUNY College at Oswego
  • College at Purchase
  • Syracuse University
  • Temple University
  • University of Texas at Austin
  • USC – University of South Carolina
  • UCLA

Degree Requirements

A.S.
Minimum Credits for Graduation: 62 credits

Fall Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

COMM101, Mass Media, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 101.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM110, Aesthetics/Techniques of Video and Film Editing, 1 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 110.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM111, Foundations of Digital Editing, 1 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 111.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM112, Foundations of Motion Graphics, 1 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 112.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM127, Audio Production I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 127. COMM 127 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM140, Introduction to Field Production, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 140.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL100, Academic Writing I, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 100. A student exempted from ENGL 100 must substitute a 3-credit SUNY GEN ED approved course. The course should be selected in consultation with the student's advisor. Students in the Digital Cinema program should take the "Sitcom-themed" section of ENGL 100.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
FSS160, Freshman Seminar - Communication and Media Arts, 1 cr.
FSS 160 is only offered in the Fall semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 

Spring Term 1

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ART111, Photography I, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
COMM210, Production and Direction, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 210. COMM 210 is only offered in the Spring semester.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL101, Academic Writing II, 3 cr.
Students in the Digital Cinema program should take the "Film-themed" section of ENGL 101.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL200, Screenwriting, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
MATH120, College Algebra Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
MATH200, Statistics Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi

Fall Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 16

COMM240, Non Fiction & Fiction Field Production, 3 cr.
A minimum grade of C is required in COMM 240.
Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
ENGL233, Film Analysis, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 1
COMM262, Portfolio Preparation-Communication Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL260, Creative Writing Portfolio Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 6 credits from the courses listed below:
For the Restricted Elective(s), select 6 credits from: ART 149, ART 212, ART 233, COMM 112, COMM 145, COMM 225, COMM 245, COMM 265, COMM 270, ENGL 102, ENGL 216, ENGL/SOCI 218, ENGL 255, ENGL 271.
If COMM courses are selected, a minimum grade of C is required.
ART149, Special Topic - Art, 3 cr.
ART212, Digital Photography, 3 cr.
ART233, Animation, 3 cr.
COMM112, Foundations of Motion Graphics, 1 cr.
COMM145, DVD Authoring, 1 cr.
COMM225, Communication Law and Ethics, 3 cr.
COMM245, Professional Video Editing and Post Production, 3 cr.
COMM265, Communication & Media Arts Internship, 3 cr.
COMM270, Hollywood: On Location, 6 cr.
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL216, Advanced Screenwriting, 3 cr.
ENGL218, Smart TV, 3 cr.
ENGL255, Writing the Dramatic Television Series, 3 cr.
ENGL271, Writing Internship, 1 cr.
SOCI218, Smart TV, 3 cr.
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Use Schedule Search for electives

Spring Term 2

Minimum Total Semester Credits: 15

ENGL201, Fundamentals of Speech, 3 cr. Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi 
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
COMM298, Cinema Capstone Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
ENGL298, Cinema Capstone Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Choose one from the courses listed below:
Minimum credits required: 3
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology Schedule: Sp, Su, Fa, Wi
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select a course from any of the approved SUNY GEN ED course areas except Area 8-The Arts.
ANTH201, Introduction to Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ANTH295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
ASTR101, Introductory Astronomy, 3 cr.
BIOL100, Human Biology, 3 cr.
BIOL101, Principles of Biology I, 3 cr.
BIOL102, Principles of Biology II, 3 cr.
BIOL104, General Biology I, 4 cr.
BIOL105, General Biology II, 4 cr.
BIOL112, Essentials of Medical Microbiology, 3 cr.
BIOL114, Essentials of Nutrition, 3 cr.
BIOL115, Field Natural History, 3 cr.
BIOL116, Tropical Field Natural History, 4 cr.
BIOL119, Botany, 3 cr.
BIOL131, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL132, Principles of Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL201, Human Anatomy and Physiology I, 4 cr.
BIOL202, Human Anatomy and Physiology II, 4 cr.
BIOL211, Ecology, 4 cr.
BIOL216, General Microbiology, 4 cr.
CHEM101, Principles of Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM102, Principles of Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM107, General Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM108, General Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHEM205, Organic Chemistry I, 4 cr.
CHEM206, Organic Chemistry II, 4 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
CRJU217, Ethics in Criminal Justice, 3 cr.
ECON101, Introduction to Economics, 3 cr.
ECON120, Principles of Microeconomics, 3 cr.
ECON121, Principles of Macroeconomics, 3 cr.
ENGL102, Approaches to Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL205, American Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL206, American Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL208, Introduction to Native American Literature, 3 cr.
ENGL215, Short Fiction, 3 cr.
ENGL220, Literature for Children, 3 cr.
ENGL225, World Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL226, World Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL227, Fundamentals of Creative Writing, 3 cr.
ENGL229, Introduction to Poetry, 3 cr.
ENGL245, Survey of British Literature I, 3 cr.
ENGL246, Survey of British Literature II, 3 cr.
ENGL248, Contemporary Women Writers, 3 cr.
ENVS101, Introduction to Environmental Science, 3 cr.
ENVS102, Technology and the Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS105, Environmental Ethics, 3 cr.
ENVS107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
ENVS116, Soil Science, 3 cr.
ENVS141, Agroecology, 3 cr.
ENVS202, Integrated Pest Management, 3 cr.
ENVS295, Global Seminar, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GEOG120, World Regional Geography, 3 cr.
GEOL101, Introductory Geology, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
HUMS206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
MATH109, Statistical Literacy, 3 cr.
MATH110, Topics in Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH120, College Algebra, 4 cr.
MATH122, Technical Mathematics, 3 cr.
MATH138, Precalculus Mathematics, 4 cr.
MATH200, Statistics, 3 cr.
MATH201, Calculus I, 4 cr.
MATH202, Calculus II, 4 cr.
MATH203, Calculus III, 4 cr.
MATH206, Differential Equations, 4 cr.
MATH216, Discrete Mathematics, 4 cr.
METR101, Introductory Meteorology, 3 cr.
PHIL101, Introduction to Philosophy, 3 cr.
PHIL201, Contemporary Moral Issues, 3 cr.
PHSC104, General Physics I, 4 cr.
PHSC105, General Physics II, 4 cr.
PHSC211, Physics I (Mechanics and Heat), 4 cr.
PHSC212, Physics II (Electricity and Magnetism), 4 cr.
PHSC213, Physics III (Waves, Optics and Modern Physics), 4 cr.
POSC103, American National Government, 3 cr.
POSC104, American State and Local Government, 3 cr.
POSC107, Economy, Society & Environment, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
PSYC100, , cr.
PSYC101, Psychology of Personal Growth, 3 cr.
PSYC103, Introduction to Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC201, Social Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC205, Childhood Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC207, Adolescent Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC208, Adult Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC209, Abnormal Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC218, Educational Psychology, 3 cr.
PSYC263, Development Across the Lifespan, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCE201, Human Sexuality, 3 cr.
SOCE205, Organizational Behavior, 3 cr.
SOCE258, Creative Nonfiction Writing, 3 cr.
SOCI101, Introduction to Sociology, 3 cr.
SOCI103, The American Community, 3 cr.
SOCI201, Sociology of the Family, 3 cr.
SOCI203, Sociology of Race, Power, and Privilege, 3 cr.
SOCI205, Contemporary Social Problems, 3 cr.
SOCI206, Juvenile Delinquency, 3 cr.
SOCI207, Introduction to Criminology, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
WGST248, Contemporary Women Writers, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives
Select a minimum of 3 credits from the courses listed below:
Select an approved course from one of the following SUNY GEN ED areas: 4-American History, 5-Western Civilization, 6-Other World Civilizations, or 9-Foreign Language.
ANTH202, Cultural Anthropology, 3 cr.
ANTH220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
ANTH260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ARAB101, Arabic I, 3 cr.
ARAB102, Arabic II, 3 cr.
ART101, History and Appreciation of Art I, 3 cr.
CHIN101, Mandarin Chinese I, 3 cr.
CHIN102, Mandarin Chinese II, 3 cr.
FREN101, French I, 3 cr.
FREN102, French II, 3 cr.
FREN201, Intermediate French I, 3 cr.
FREN202, Intermediate French II, 3 cr.
GERM101, Beginning German I, 3 cr.
GERM102, Beginning German II, 3 cr.
HSTY101, Development of the Western Tradition I, 3 cr.
HSTY102, Development of the Western Tradition II, 3 cr.
HSTY110, World History to 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY111, World History Since 1500, 3 cr.
HSTY201, American History to 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY202, American History Since 1877, 3 cr.
HSTY225, African American History, 3 cr.
HSTY233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
HSTY245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
HSTY252, Native American History: Colonial Policies, 3 cr.
HSTY255, Labor History, 3 cr.
HSTY260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
HUMN232, Introduction to World Religions, 3 cr.
IED260, Culture Survey for Study Abroad, 3 cr.
ITAL101, Italian I, 3 cr.
ITAL102, Italian II, 3 cr.
POSC245, Topics in Modern Asia, 3 cr.
POSC260, Topics in Modern Latin America, 3 cr.
RECR150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
RUSN101, Russian I, 3 cr.
RUSN102, Russian II, 3 cr.
SOCE150, Play Across Cultures, 3 cr.
SOCI220, Dev Anthropology in a Globalizing World, 3 cr.
SOCI225, Globalization & the Contemporary World, 3 cr.
SPAN101, Beginning Spanish I, 4 cr.
SPAN102, Beginning Spanish II, 3 cr.
SPAN201, Intermediate Spanish I, 3 cr.
SPAN202, Intermediate Spanish II, 3 cr.
WGST233, Women in U.S. History, 3 cr.
Use Schedule Search for electives


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