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Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Scottsdale Community College’s Film School. Our program is the only academically based curriculum in Maricopa County that combines the technical, artistic, business and historic elements of film and television production. We offer an Associate of Applied Science and/or a Certificate of Completion at the conclusion of the two-year course of study. College, however, is more than simply earning a degree. The skills that you will build in our program will prepare you for a future in this exciting field. With our professional, responsive faculty, our equipment and software availability, our studio space, and our stimulating, creative students, the experience provided by the Film School Program is sure to be one that is no less than life changing and enhancing. The instructors are professionals with experience in the fields they teach and the Department provides enrichment opportunities by maintaining a script library, bringing in speakers, offering demonstrations of new products, offering helpful advice in one-on-one settings, and providing evaluations of student work by outside professionals. We also hold an annual Film/Video Fest where students’ work is screened. We love what we do here and hope you’ll join us. We guarantee you the Film School Program will be challenging, enlightening, rewarding, and you’ll be more than glad you came. Sincerely,

Dr. Bert Cutler Department Day Chairperson

Anna Thorlaksdottir Department Eve. Chairperson


Table of Contents

Film School Mission

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The Film School Program

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Getting into the Program

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After the Program

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Program Costs

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Course Fees

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The Faculty

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Tips

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Getting or Keeping in Touch

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The Success Formula

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Courses of Study Screenwriting Broadcast Production Film Production Editing

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Our Mission

The mission of the Film School is to provide an education that will enable our students to go forth from their studies here skilled and ready to excel in their chosen professions and who will create their arts guided by the belief that the best artistic effort is governed by a love of the humane, the inclusive, and the diverse.

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The Film School Program The goal of the Film School Program is to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter the fields of motion pictures and television. These highly competitive, rapidly changing professions require cutting edge skills and an understanding of how the businesses are organized and how they operate. Our program is arranged to provide all students with basic information, enriching knowledge, and skill training. It also enables students to pursue those specific areas in which they want to specialize or those areas, which they discover are compatible with their abilities. Structurally, the Film School Program offerings are grouped in the manner of film and television productions: Pre-production, Production, and Post-production. Preproduction includes all those elements that are completed before shooting begins on a project. Production is the actual creation (shooting) of a film or television project, and will also include Producing, as the Producer oversees the entire production from start to finish. Post-production covers those activities, which take the produced materials and assembles them into coherent wholes. Based on this framework, we offer Certificates of Completion and Associate of Applied Science degrees in five areas: Pre-production: 1. Screenwriting Production: 2. Film Production 3. Broadcast Production 4. Producing Post-Production: 4. Editing

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Getting into the Program There is no portfolio review or interview required for entering the Film School Program. Interested students need only apply and if space is available they can enroll. However, once in the program in order to remain, students must maintain a grade of C or better in each class. Furthermore, students can be withdrawn if their behavior or performance warrants such action. Students interested in pursuing an Associate of Applied Science degree must complete 22-24 credits of general education courses in addition to prescribed classes in the Film School Program. A Certificate of Completion (CCL) requires the successful completion of prescribed Film School course work only. General education courses include English, Communication, Science and Math, Social Science and Physical Education. The prescribed Film School course work includes classes in any of the five areas described on the previous page. The following information will help you navigate the program successfully. √ As appropriate preparation for entering any of the areas of study, Film School requires one Program pre-requisite: TCM100 – digital multimedia. √ All students enrolled in the Program are required to complete the core class: TCM134, 135, 136. The “Film Boot Camp” is comprised of three modules lasting five weeks each (TCM134, 135, 136). The three modules start every five weeks (three times each semester and once during summer) and must be taken in sequence where each module immediately follows the last with the same set of cohorts. √ Student must enroll in all three modules, TCM 134, 135, 136, as if signing up for one class. √ A student must take the modules in numerical order, beginning with TCM134 and cannot omit any one of the modules. √ The completion of the TCM 134, 135, 136 block is required before students can enroll in most 200 level classes and several 100 level classes. √ Before enrolling in Screenwriting I (TCM111) students are strongly encouraged to complete ENG101. √ Transfer students and students who have already completed a Bachelor’s degree must meet with the Program Director to request class waivers. √ ART131, Introduction to Photography is not required but is recommended.

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And Also… √ Articulation: The Film School Program has articulation agreements with all three of Arizona’s state universities. That is, they accept credits from SCC. This doesn't guarantee that they will accept all of our credits, but there are agreements in place that cover most of our classes. Other universities will make their own decisions regarding acceptance of individual courses completed at SCC. √ Graduation Deadlines: In order to graduate at the end of either the spring or fall semester you must apply for graduation by the Graduation Deadline found in the Academic Calendar on the SCC website. You are urged to apply before the semester you want to graduate so you will have time to complete any necessary classes. √ A grade of C or better must be maintained in each class before progressing to the next in the Program.

After the Program Upon completion of the two-year program, students can pursue several directions. Many students seek employment in either the Phoenix area in local television and film-television production companies, or they relocate to Los Angeles area to pursue motion picture opportunities there. The program also seeks internships with local companies and develops special projects to provide students with additional experience and expertise. And finally, a certain percentage of our students decide to complete a fouryear degree program by enrolling either in one of the state’s four-year institutions or out-of-state schools. The Film School will provide letters of recommendation and portfolio creation opportunities for application to one of the state’s four-year institutions or out-of-state schools. Fields of study that complement a Film and/or TV education are business, finance and marketing.

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Program Costs Estimated Costs for 2 Year Film School Program, Maricopa County Residents: ** The following costs vary depending on the complexity of projects produced, classes taken, and individual choices. This is an estimate. Tuition Rate:

Per credit hour

$76.00

Film School Course Fees: Studio/Editing/Production classes per credit hour Lecture/television production per credit hour

$80.00 $35.00

Registration Fee:

$15.00

Textbook Estimate per book

$50.00

Film/Video Needs: Per production course Production Supplies: Per production course (i.e. storyboards, costumes, rental, crew costs, supplies) Film School Security Deposits: To check out cds and screenplays For 100 level production classes For 200 level production classes and TCM120

$50 - $2,000.00 $50 - $500.00

$25.00 $100.00 $100.00

Depending on the track, the cost is approximately $3700.00/year for AAS degree **see the “schedule of classes” for details of costs for out-of-county or out-of-state students

Course Fees All film schools charge fees. These fees can be imposed on a course-by-course basis or on the department as a whole. Most colleges impose them departmentally. This is the approach the Film School at Scottsdale Community College has taken. Making motion pictures and creating television productions uses great quantities of technical equipment, from pre- to post-production. The list includes cameras, lighting equipment, sound equipment, light meters, studio space, time and equipment, studio furnishings, and miscellaneous equipment. Today’s computerized editing tools consist of various types of computers, decks, software, and ancillary equipment. This equipment is expensive, which is why motion pictures and television productions are costly endeavors. The Film School Program at SCC simply couldn’t provide adequate equipment, hardware, and software without supplementing the funds provided by Maricopa County Community College District. The fees have improved equipment availability and condition, as well as broadened the types and number of courses offered. 6


The Faculty Dr. Bert Cutler, Department Chair – AVID editing 480-423-6315 bert.cutler@sccmail.maricopa.edu Anna Thorlaksdottir, MFA, Department Chair – Digital Multimedia 480-423-6774 anna.thorlaksdottir@sccmail.maricopa.edu Candace Rose, MA– Film Production / Screenwriting 480-423-6323 candace.rose@sccmail.maricopa.edu Chris Jensen - Television Broadcasting 480-423-6329 chris.jensen@sccmail.maricopa.edu Matthew Myers, MFA, Cinematography/Film Production 480-423-6657 matthew.myers@sccmail.maricopa.edu

In addition to the above full-time faculty, we also employ part-time instructors who are professional artists, filmmakers, screenwriters, television newspersons, and editors. They include and are not limited to the following: Kyle Asmundson René Blatté Terence Donnelly Samuel Esparza Julie Ganas Lovinder Gill Francisco ManzoFlores

Ed Phillips Andrew Hall Jim Hartman David Levine Shawn Mitchell Stephen W. Nebgen Andrew Nelson Nitara Osbourne

Webb Pickersgill Penelope Price Roze Jeff Santo Ioannis Skiotes Dan Spindle Michael Zirin

Technical and Studio Personnel Jim Jacques, AV Tech (Studio)

Mark Miller, AV Tech (Editing Lab) 7


Evfa Cerises, Admin. Assist.

Jason Landers, AV Tech (Equipment)

Tips √ Read this material as a guide to navigating the program and its requirements. √ Read the “Schedule of Classes” each semester for course offerings, deadlines, final exam schedule, semester calendar and other necessary information. Note: The online course listings at my.maricopa.edu provide the most current course data and class availability. √ Get and keep a copy of the Scottsdale Community College Student Handbook that applies to the year you begin your studies. You can refer to this for courses required to meet degree prerequisites. √ Don't wait for the last minute before enrolling (some classes fill very quickly), or before applying for graduation (you may need another class or two before you're eligible). Note: certain classes required for graduation may only be offered once per year. Plan accordingly to graduate in a timely fashion.

Keeping or Getting in Touch We hope to keep in touch with all the students who have finished our program and begun their careers; we also are interested in responding to questions from those interested in obtaining information about our program. To let us know how you’re doing, or to get more info on the program contact us at: thefilmschool@sccmail.maricopa.edu 480-423-6076

Jobs, Screenings & Call for Entries Our Email Magazine is Ambient Noise. Once enrolled in The Film School @ SCC, you can subscribe to Ambient Noise for information on current jobs, internships, screenings and Call for Entries by contacting ambientnoise@sccmail.maricopa.edu

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THE SUCCESS FORMULA Want to get a jump on getting jobs? We’ve got the answer. The following classes offer opportunities to refine your skills, get real life experience, and suit you up for that first jump into the business. TCM116 The Television Drama: Hour-long television shows are a great place to apply your writing talents. Learn how to create a four-act television drama. TCM218 Screenwriting IV: In this class you rewrite your screenplay and create a complete package that’s agent, producer, and studio ready. TCM220 Advanced Sound Design: Taking the advanced class will give you a better chance of getting one of the many jobs available in this field. TCM243 After Effects: AfterEffects is Photoshop with motion. Learn to use the primary special effects/compositing program that is a high-end tool used in broadcast and film. TC250 Lights, Camera, Activism: Make a documentary film and change the world. Make media that matters. Documentaries can open doors for filmmakers. TCM251 Advanced Studio Production: Are you ready to produce a show for the district cable channel? Select the topic, write a script, cast it, design a set, and produce a full TV show. It’s your turn. TCM265 Advanced Scheduling and Budgeting: Learn how to run a movie crew and set. This is the class that will get you ready to be an assistant director. TCM275 Advanced Portfolio Production: Be on a near-professional production team. Write, produce, direct, edit. Do it all. The result will be your calling card – a short narrative to jump start your career. TCM282 Advanced Avid Techniques: Hone your media composer skill set that puts you ahead of the curve. The course includes advanced techniques, advanced effects, and color correction. TCM290 Professional Media Marketing: It’s all about self-promotion, so get equipped. Learn the ins and outs of marketing tools to promote yourself, your projects, and your career. TCM202 Music Video Class: By invitation only, where you get to be the Producer, Director, DP, or Editor of record of a high quality project.

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The Courses of Study On the following pages details of the required course work and sample two-year plans for each of the five areas of study are detailed. It will enable you to understand clearly what will be required for graduation with either an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) or a Certificate of Completion from the Film School.

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PRE- PROD UCTION: Screenwriting Sam ple Schedule Strongly Suggested ENG101 and ENG102

First Year Semester One

Semester Two

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TCM100 Digital Multimedia COM100 CRE101** TCM101 Fund. Radio & TV TCM111 Screenwriting I Math TOTAL

3 3 3 3 3 3-5 18+

TCM134 Pre-production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production TCM111AA Writing Short Film TCM211 Screenwriting II TCM117 Intro to Cinematography TOTAL

3 3 3 3 3 3 15

**If a student’s ASSET placement score is high enough then the student may be able to test out of CRE101 and take an elective in its place

Second Year Semester One Semester Two _____________________________________________________________ TCM260 Film/Video Finance 3 SOC/BEH 3 TCM216 Screenwriting III 3 HUM/THE205 Intro. to Cinema 3 Restricted Electives 3 TOTAL 15

NAT SCI TCM218 Screenwriting IV TCM112 Writing the Sitcom OR TCM116 Writing TV Drama Restricted Electives TOTAL

Totals: General Education Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 43 6 71-73

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Screenwriting Course of Study Check List for Certificate of Completion Credits

Semester Completed:

Required Courses: (43 credits required) TCM100 Digital Multimedia 3 TCM101 Fund. of Radio & TV 3 TCM134 Pre Production 3* TCM135 Production 3* TCM136 Post Production 3* TCM111 Screenwriting l 3 TCM111AA Scripting for the Media 3 TCM112 Writing for the Situation Comedy OR TCM116 Writing the Television Drama 3 TCM117 Into to Cinematography 3 HUM/THE205 Intro to Cinema 3 TCM211 Screenwriting II 3 TCM216 Screenwriting III 3 TCM218 Screenwriting IV 3 TCM260 Film/Video Financing _3 Total Required 43

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*must be taken as a sequential unit

Restricted Electives: (6 credits required) ENG210 Creative Writing HUM210 Contemporary Cinema HUM211AA Foreign Films TCM250 Documentaries for Social Change TCM230 Motion Picture Directing TCM248 Adv. Film Production TCM265 Adv. Scheduling and Budgeting TCM275 Adv. Portfolio Production TCM285AA, AB, AC Special Topics TCM290 Professional Marketing TCM296 Cooperative Ed. THP210 Acting for the Camera Total Required

3 3 3 3 4 3 3 3 1-3 3 1-4 3_ 6

__________________ __________________ __________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ ___________________ __________________ ___________________ __________________ __________________

Complete Screenwriting Course of Study for AAS Degree: General Education Courses Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 43 6 71-73 12


PROD UCT ION: Broadcast Prod. Sample Schedule

First Year Semester One

Semester Two

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TCM100 Digital Multimedia ENG101 COM100 CRE101** SOC/BEH TCM101 Fund. Radio & TV TOTAL

3 3 3 3 3 3 18

TCM134 Pre-production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production MATH ENG102 TCM117 Into to Cinematography TOTAL

3 3 3 3-5 3 3 18-20

**If a student’s ASSET placement score is high enough then the student may be able to test out of CRE101 and take an elective in its place.

Second Year Semester One Semester Two _____________________________________________________________ TCM151 Broadcast Production 2 TCM180 TV Production Tech. 4 TCM240 TV Commercial Prod. 3 TCM241 Intro. Non-Linear Edit 4 HUM/THE205 Intro to Cinema 3 TOTAL 16

NAT SCI TCM242 Portfolio Editing TCM251 Adv. TV Prod. Tech. TCM250 Doc. For Social Chg. Restricted Electives TOTAL

Totals: General Education: Required Courses Restricted Electives

22-24 43 5 TOTAL 70-72

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4 2 3 4 3 15


Broadcast Production Course of Study Check List for Certificate of Completion Credits

Semester Completed:

Required Courses: (45 credits required) TCM100 Digital Multimedia HUM/THE205 Intro. to Cinema TCM101 Fund. Radio & TV TCM 111AA Scripting for Media TCM117 Intro to Cinematography TCM120 Into to Sound Design TCM134 Pre-Production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production TCM151 Broadcast Production TCM240 Adv Television Production TCM241 AVID Non-Linear Editing TCM242 Portfolio Editing TCM251 Adv. Studio Prod. TCM250 Documentary for Social Change Total Required

3 3 3 3 3 3 3* 3* 3* 2 3 4 2 3 4 45

_________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________

3 3 3 4 3 3 3 3 3 1-3 3 1-4 3

_________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________

*must be taken as a sequential unit

Restricted Electives: (3 credits required) ART177 Computer Photographic Imaging ART131 Photography TCM111 Screenwriting l TCM131 Radio/TV Announcing TCM 217 Adv. Cinematography TCM248 Adv Film Production Tech TCM260 Film/Video Producing/Financing TCM265 Adv Scheduling and Budgeting TCM275 Adv Portfolio Production TCM285AA, AB, AC Special Topics TCM290 Professional Media Marketing TCM296 Cooperative Education Total Required

Complete Broadcast Production Course of Study for AAS Degree: General Education Courses Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 45 3 70-72

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PROD UCT ION: Film Production Sample Schedule

First Year Semester One

Semester Two

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TCM100 Digital Multimedia 3 TCM111 Screenwriting 3 TCM101 Fund. Radio & TV 3 ENG101 3 COM100 3 HUM/THE205 Intro. to Cinema 3 TOTAL 18

TCM134 Pre-Production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production ENG102 NAT SCI TCM117 Intro to Cinematography TOTAL

3 3 3 3 4 3 19

**If a student’s ASSET placement score is high enough then the student may be able to test out of CRE101 and take an elective in its place.

Second Year Semester One Semester Two _____________________________________________________________ TCM151 Broadcast Production 2 TCM206 Production Design 3 TCM120 Sound Design 3 TCM241AA Intro. Non-Linear Edit 4 SOC/BEH 3 MATH 3-5 TOTAL 18-20

TCM230 Motion Picture Directing 4 TCM242 Portfolio Editing 2 TCM248 Adv. Production Techniques 4 TCM260 Film/Video Financing 3 Restricted Electives 3 TOTAL

Totals: General Education Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 49 0 71-73

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Film Production Course of Study Check List for Certificate of Completion Credits

Semester Completed:

Required Courses: (49 credits required) TCM100 Digital Multimedia TCM101 Fund. of Radio & TV TCM111 Screenwriting l TCM117 Intro to Cinematography TCM120 Sound Design TCM134 Pre-production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production TCM151 Broadcast Production THE/HUM205 Intro to Cinema TCM206 Production Design TCM230 Motion Picture Directing TCM241 AVID NON-LINEAR EDITING TCM242 Portfolio Non-Linear Edit. TCM248 Adv Film Production Tech TCM260 Film/Video Financing Total Required

3 3 3 3 3 3* 3* 3* 2 3 3 4 4 2 4 3 49

__________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

*must be taken as a sequential unit

Restricted Electives: (0 credits required) THP112 Acting ART131 Photography TCM202 Music Video TCM220 Sound Design THP210 Acting for TV & Film TCM213 Motion Picture Workshop TCM217 Adv Cinematography TCM240 Adv. TV Production TCM250 Doc For Social Change TCM265 Advanced Budgeting TCM275 Advanced Portfolio Production TCM285AA, AB, AC Special Topics TCM290 Professional Media Marketing TCM296 Cooperative Education Total Required

3 3 3 3 3 4 3 3 4 3 4 1-3 3 1-4 0

__________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________ __________________

Complete Film Production Course of Study for AAS Degree General Education Courses Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

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POST PROD UCT ION: Editing Sam ple Schedule

First Year Semester One

Semester Two

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TCM100 Digital Multimedia TCM101 Fund. Radio & TV HUM205 Intro. to Cinema ENG101 COM100 CRE101** TOTAL

3 3 3 3 3 3 18

TCM134 Pre-Production TCM135 Production TCM136 Post-Production ENG102 TCM111 Screenwriting I ART177 Photoshop TOTAL

3 3 3 3 3 3 18

**If a student’s ASSET placement score is high enough then the student may be able to test out of CRE101 and take an elective in its place.

Second Year Semester One Semester Two _____________________________________________________________ TCM241 AVID TCM120 Sound Design SOC/BEH NAT SCI MATH Restricted Electives TOTAL

4 3 3 4 3 3 20

TCM244 Alter. Editing Systems 4 TCM242 Portfolio Editing 2 TCM243 Compositing 4 TCM280 Art of Editing 3 TCM282 Adv. Non-Linear Tech AVID4 _ TOTAL 17

Totals: General Education Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 45 3 70-72

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Editing__________________________________________ Course of Study Check List for Certificate of Completion Credits

Semester Completed:

Required Courses: (45 credits required) TCM100 Digital Multimedia 3 ART177 Computer Photographic Imaging 3 TCM101 Fund Radio & TV 3 TCM134 Pre-Production 3* TCM135 Production 3* TCM136 Post-Production 3* HUM/THE205 Intro. to Cinema 3 TCM120 Sound Design 3 TCM241 AVID Non-Linear Editing 4 TCM242 Portfolio Non-Linear Editing 2 TCM243 Video Compositing/Title Animation 4 TCM244 Alternative Editing Systems 4 TCM282 Adv. Non-Linear Tech: AVID 4 TCM280 Art of Editing 3 Total Required 45

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*must be taken as a sequential unit

Restricted Electives Restricted Electives: (3 credits required) TCM111 Screenwriting TCM117 Intro to Cinematography TCM151 Broadcast Prod. TCM217 Adv Cinematography TCM220 Adv. Sound Design TCM240 Adv. TV Production TCM248 Adv Film Production Tech TCM250 Documentaries for Social Change TCM260 Film/Video Financing TCM265 Adv Scheduling and Budgeting TCM275 Adv Portfolio Production TCM285AA, AB, AC Special Topics TCM290 Professional Media Marketing TCM296 Cooperative Education Total Required

3 3 2 3 3 3 4 4 3 3 4 1-3 3 1-4 3

_________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ __________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________ _________________

Complete Editing Course of Study for AAS Degree: General Education Courses Required Courses Restricted Electives TOTAL

22-24 45 3 70-72

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SCC Film School Course Handbook  

This handbook outlines the details and requirements of attending the Film School programs at Scottsdale Community College.

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