CCA has long been in the vanguard of the media arts. In this introduction to filmmaking and modern cinema, students experience the immediacy and flexibility of the vast and hybrid medium of film. Participants work within multiple genres, such as documentary and narrative fiction, compiling a well-rounded, professional video reel.

Working with film language, digital cameras, lighting, sound recorders, scriptwriting, and Adobe Premiere, students immerse themselves in the conceptual and technical fundamentals of narrative and non-narrative filmmaking.

The class uses screenings, critiques, and research to inform individual and collaborative projects. Students gain inspiration as they develop their own voices as artists and filmmakers.

A highlight of the class is a field trip to the Carmen M. Christensen Production Stage on CCA's San Francisco campus, where students make a short film, or film scripted scenes, using the green screen setup.

Film is an all-day studio.