Award-Winning Program

De Anza's Film/TV Department has been recognized by the state Chancellor's "Workforce Stars" initiative for strong performance in these key areas:
  • Film/TV students increased their earnings by 53%
  • Animation students increased their earnings by 158%

Careers in Film and TV Production

young woman with video cameraFilm and television production can encompass a wide range of activities – from writing and producing to building sets, operating cameras, creating effects and editing sound and pictures.

The industry draws people who want the stimulation of creative work and the rewards of telling stories and providing entertainment for a variety of audiences.

Competition can be intense and work is often concentrated in such cities as Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco.

Employment Outlook: 2016-2026

  • The number of jobs for film and video editors is expected to grow by 6.2%
  • Jobs for producers and directors are expected to increase 8.3%

These ten-year projections are calculated by California's Employment Development Department, which collects data about the state's workforce and economic trends.

Film and TV Production at De Anza

student in control roomThe Film and Television Department offers certificates and degrees in production, screenwriting and animation. These programs integrate theory and practice, while preparing students to enter the workforce or transfer to a four-year university.

With state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, the Film and Television Department provides tools to enable creativity and hands-on experience. Our students have won two national and three regional Student Academy Awards – more than any other community college in the 45-year history of the annual competition.

New Degree!

The Film/TV Department is excited to announce its latest degree offering – the Associate in Science Degree for Transfer in Film, Television and Electronic Media.

The comprehensive new program covers the artistic concepts and technological skills needed to create content in the cinematic arts. Students will acquire media literacy and training in various facets of professional media production – including producing, screenwriting, directing, lighting, cinematography, editing, visual effects, color grading and sound design.

The associate degree for transfer prepares students for upper-division film, television and electronic media programs at California State University (CSU) campuses, as well as other four-year colleges and universities. Along with this new program, the department offers the following certificates and degrees.

Film/TV

  • Certificate of Achievement - Film/TV: ProductionDetails for Certificate of Achievement - Film/TV: Production

    The Film/TV: Production Certificate of Achievement provides a solid introduction to production for students interested in pursuing a career in the film or television industry or a baccalaureate degree in Film, Television, and Electronic Media. Students are exposed to various facets of professional film and/ or television production, including producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design.

    Degree Requirements

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    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Associate in Arts - Film/TV: AnimationDetails for Associate in Arts - Film/TV: Animation

    The Film/TV: Animation A.A. degree provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in the film, TV, game or Internet animation industries. Students are exposed to professional pre-production and production animation methods including storyboard design, character design, 2-D hand drawn, 2-D digital animation, 3-D stop-motion and 3-D computer animation. Students select electives that will help build skills for such specific career goals as 2-D and 3-D animators, illustrators, storyboard artists, visual development artists and background artists.

    Degree Requirements

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  • Associate in Arts - Film/TV: ScreenwritingDetails for Associate in Arts - Film/TV: Screenwriting

    The Film/TV: Screenwriting A.A. degree provides a foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in screenwriting for film or pursuing a baccalaureate degree in Film/ Television. Students are exposed to the craft and business of screenwriting. In order to fulfill the major requirements, students take each course in the screenwriting series, courses in cinema studies and media theory, and basic production courses.

    Degree Requirements

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  • Associate in Science-Transfer - Film, Television, and Electronic MediaNEWDetails for Associate in Science-Transfer - Film, Television, and Electronic Media

    The Film, Television, and Electronic Media major consists of courses appropriate for an Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer degree, which provides a foundational understanding of the discipline, a breadth of coursework in the discipline, and preparation for transfer to any CSU that accepts the Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC). The Associate in Science in Film, Television, and Electronic Media for Transfer is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Film, Television, and Electronic Media at a CSU campus. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept this degree will be required to complete no more than 60 (semester) units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a university or college that is not part of the CSU system. In all cases, students should consult with a counselor for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.

    Degree Requirements

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  • Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Film/TV: ProductionDetails for Certificate of Achievement-Advanced - Film/TV: Production

    The Film/TV: Production Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.A. degree provides a more highly developed introduction to production for students interested in pursuing a career in the film or television industry or a baccalaureate degree in Film, Television, and Electronic Media. Students are exposed to various facets of professional film and/or television production, including producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design.

    Degree Requirements

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    Gainful Employment Disclosure

  • Associate in Arts - Film/TV: ProductionDetails for Associate in Arts - Film/TV: Production

    The Film/TV: Production Certificate of Achievement-Advanced and A.A. degree provides a more highly developed introduction to production for students interested in pursuing a career in the film or television industry or a baccalaureate degree in Film, Television, and Electronic Media. Students are exposed to various facets of professional film and/or television production, including producing, screenwriting, directing, cinematography, editing and sound design.

    Degree Requirements

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In addition to the programs listed above, you may be able to apply courses in this department toward General Education requirements.

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Susan Tavernetti
Film/TV Department Chair

408.864.8872
tavernettisusan@deanza.edu


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