Certificate now offered for film
Published: Friday, September 13, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 13, 2013 12:09
Contra Costa College is offering a new certificate of achievement in digital film production, thanks in part to the improved media art computer lab in A-1.
The digital film production program is a 15-unit course of study, which will earn students a certificate of achievement in digital film production.
Students in the program are taking courses including Screenplay and Scriptwriting, and Digital Film Editing.
The program will teach students to use their vision to create original and engaging film projects. Students will also receive training in video camera operation, digital editing and sound recording.
Having the certificate will pave the way for students to seeking careers as directors, editors, sound mixers, and web producers.
This certificate will prove useful in helping students get entry level jobs in the film and media industry, or in transferring to four-year universities which offer digital media degrees, such as San Francisco State or USC.
Students in the program will also begin building an online portfolio that they can carry with them once they finish the program. They will have a resumé, which already has multiple completed works in it.
The remodeled media arts lab is loaded with new computers and software. The Adobe Creative Cloud gives students access to programs such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro.
The licensing deal the college has also keeps these programs up-to-date at all times, allowing students to work with the same cutting edge technology film professionals use every day.
Students can gain access to a whole software suite, which normally would cost $49 per month, just by taking these classes.
Media and communication arts professor Ellen Seidler said, “I’m excited. We can finally teach students real world skills, instead of relying on outdated technology (as in the past).”
The classes offered at CCC give students an introduction to the growing digital film industry, she said.
It also serves to introduce students to job opportunities that most people are unaware of.
“Every major company uses this stuff. Even PG&E has an in-house film production team,” Seidler said.
Though the last day to add full-term classes has passed, students should keep the program in mind, Seidler said.
Psychology major Zach Meahan said it was extremely easy to add the class.
He did not have to deal with the same struggle to find a seat that is present in so many classes every semester.
The program appeals to a wide variety of students. Ka Tong, a CCC business major from Hong Kong who lives in Castro Valley, said he plans on earning his certificate to bolster his resumé to help him find a job when he leaves CCC.
Mildred Mosley, a sociology major from Oakland, said, “I hope it helps me tell my story.”
Four out of the five classes required for the certificate are being offered this semester.