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


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