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Our Degree Programs (And What You Will Learn With Each)


So its been your life long dream to be a filmmaker. You want to be a cinematographer, a director, a writer; you want to do it all! You taught yourself everything from how to turn on a camera to how to rig your living room lamp to create ideal lighting. You are ready to start pursuing your passion….but you are faced with a choice. Do you go to school or do you get some other job and try to create on your own?

It is hard to answer this question when you don’t know what you don’t know. I mean, what can school actually teach you? What will you learn?

Well, take a look at our programs to see what pursuing film could look like for you.


Our Programs:

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Cinema

Most people tend to look at film with a very narrow perspective. When they think of a film degree the first thing that comes to mind is someone with a camera. But obviously there is more to film than just cinematography. A student pursuing a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Cinema doesn’t just learn to work a camera. They learn the industry inside and out. With a Bachelor’s in Cinema, you will experience the film world from three different perspectives.

First, the technical perspective. What if Mozart would have never learned the piano or Van Gogh had never picked up a paintbrush? Would the creations within them die because they never had the right outlet for them? Right now, you might have a thousand brilliant ideas rolling around in your head, but you haven’t learned how to get them out yet. The technical perspective is where you learn all things equipment so that you can create in a way that is true to your imagination.

Second, is the creative perspective. This is where you channel your creativity. Contrary to common belief, creativity isn’t something that you are just born with. You can learn new ways to be imaginative and creative. You can learn how to channel your energy at the right time and in the right ways, to produce works of art that you can be proud of. The creative perspective is all about finding the best methods and outlets for you, because everyone has some genius in them, they just have to find out how to get to it.

Lastly, is the business perspective. We aren’t here just to teach you new skills or how to create. It might seem crass, but if that is all we did, we would be useless. Not every great artist or creator is going to “make it.” This last perspective is about making sure you are one of the lucky ones that does. Approaching film from the business perspective, you will have the ability to learn how to pitch your ideas, how to make connections in your field, and how to get ahead in the industry. We want you to not only create something beautiful, but to be secure and well supported when you do.

Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television

Bachelor’s in Cinema and Television is experienced in the same way as our Bachelor’s in Cinema. You will receive training under all three perspectives gaining experience with professional grade equipment, learning to create in a way unique to you, and gaining knowledge on the ins and outs of the business side of film. You will also pick an area of specialization (you will do this for the Cinema degree as well), focusing your studies on your true interests.

The difference? Well, it is pretty obvious, a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Cinema and Television focuses on cinema and television.

If you follow this degree path, you won’t just be focusing on film techniques, but television techniques as well. And the two avenues might be more different than you think. Directing, cinematography, acting, editing, writing―all require different methods and styles for creating between film and television.

Associates of Fine Arts in Cinema and Television

If you know anything about an Associate’s degree, you might have an idea of where this explanation is going. An Associate’s in Cinema and Television is the same thing as a Bachelor’s in Cinema and Television….well minus two years that is.

Our Associate’s degree will set you on the course to achieving your Bachelor’s, giving you a base knowledge of the things we have already discussed. However, being a two-year program, at the end of the degree you have a choice. You can leave with your degree and try your hand as a professional or you can continue on to get a more in-depth education.

You will still learn a lot with the Associate’s path, but your education will be more general than specialized, giving you a good deal of knowledge on the film world as a whole, but lacking the emphatical knowledge you may desire.

The Takeaway?

College isn’t for everyone, but it does make learning everything a lot easier. you have to ask yourself what knowledge you have the ability to obtain on your own and how much determination and drive you have to learn it on your own.

Can you learn all of the technical, creative, and business aspects required? Will you have access to high-level equipment? Will you and youtube make for a better combination than you and your professor?

For you, the answer to all of these questions may be yes, but before deciding take a look at our application checklist. We have tried to make it as easy as possible for you to apply so that you are able to make the right decision without too much added work. Click below to see for yourself.

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This blog is a collaborative effort by CCH staff and administration who want to share their knowledge with the film school community and prospective students.

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