Digital Film
Digital Film
Associate in Applied Science Degree (A.A.S.)

The A.A.S. degree program in Digital Film prepares students to create, interpret, and analyze visual language through the study of aesthetic and technical concepts applied in the making and producing of films. Students learn all aspects of digital film including directing, producing, editing, cinematography, and screenwriting.

Each course connects to another course in the curriculum in some unique way and provides a solid foundation for students to achieve successful careers in the highly competitive film industry. The curriculum has been designed to encourage collaboration throughout the college on several levels, enabling learning opportunities beyond the classroom experience.

The Digital Film program offers a variety of courses that are production-oriented, as well as those exploring film history, theory, and criticism. The program also includes training in all aspects of new media technologies including state-of-the-art, high-definition digital acquisition.

  • Write, produce, direct, and edit a variety of digital film productions;
  • Achieve entry-level professional competence for a position in commercial or film productions;
  • Apply narrative structures in the development of short films;
  • Choose and analyze scripts, and evaluate the potential of auditioning talent;
  • Effectively direct actors to illustrate dramatic action and character;
  • Design and implement mood-setting lighting design;
  • Evaluate film scripts and select appropriate camera lenses for storytelling;
  • Assemble production teams to work on short films.
2023-2024 Academic Year
 earlier / Archive
CIP 100201

The course sequence below represents a recommended example of how this degree program can be completed in two years, presuming a Fall Term start and satisfaction of all Developmental Studies (foundation courses) requirements and prerequisites. Actual approaches toward completion depend on each student's anticipated transfer institution, career objectives, or other individual circumstances.

Students are encouraged to meet regularly with an academic advisor or Success Coach to consider options, establish plans, and monitor progress.

Code Course (lecture/lab hours) Credits
To Do This Semester
CMN 101 Mass Media (3/0) 3

✔ Meet with your faculty advisor to complete an academic plan. Make sure you are aware of any course prerequisites you may need to take, and how long it will take to complete your degree.

✔ Use your online tools: Check your MercerMail daily, utilize features of Office 365, and get to know Student Planning.

✔ Take advantage of Learning Centers or Online Tutoring to support your studies and assignments.

CMN 112 Public Speaking (3/0) 3
CMN 141 Introduction to Television Production (2/2) 3
DMA 144 Internet Tools and Techniques (1/4) 3
ENG 101 English Composition I (3/0)

CMN 142 Introduction to Field Production (2/2) 3

✔ Transitioning to college can be challenging. Meet with your Success Coach for guidance and support.

✔ Apply for financial aid by May 1.

✔ Contact professors with questions and use their office hours to develop a connection. Talk with them to get the inside scoop on how your profession works.

✔ Be sure to visit the Career Services office to explore jobs, internships, and career information and get help with your resume and other career tools.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at

CMN 146 Social Media Technologies (2/2) 3
CMN 147 Introduction to Story (2/2) 3
CMN 148 Introduction to Editing (2/2) 3
ENG 102 English Composition II (3/0)

CMN 144 Screenwriting (2/2) 3

✔ Keep in contact with each professor and your faculty advisor. Make sure you are on track to graduate on time.

✔ Work with Career Services to formulate plans for after you've earned this degree.

✔ Develop team and leadership skills by getting involved in activities and clubs.

✔ Apply for Continuing Student scholarships at

✔ Manage your stress! Take advantage of the MCCC pool, Fitness Center, free yoga and Zumba. Reach out for counseling or other support if you need it. Your Success Coach can connect you with resources.

CMN 153 Digital Audio Production I (2/2) 3
CMN 241 Applied Field Production (2/2) 3
CMN 243 Cinematography (2/2) 3
MAT 125 Elementary Statistics I (3/0)
  • MAT 120 is an acceptable alternative.

CMN 107 Cinema (3/0) 3

✔ Get ready to start your career! Begin the job application process.

✔ Discuss your career plans with your faculty advisor. S/he can help you transition successfully.

CMN 242 Advanced Film Production (2/2) 3
PHO 103 Digital Photography I (2/3) 3
  —    — Social Science general education elective 3
CMN 285 Special Studies in Television Production    
  OR 3
CMN 290 Internship: Communications (3/0)