Classes




This is a comprehensive list of all the classes we offer. Please note that all classes are not always offered. Frequency will be in the description. 
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Screenwriting

FILM 175 SCRIPTWRITING I (3) 
An introduction to writing scripts for media and film. Students are introduced to narrative film structure and produce a script. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 275 SCRIPTWRITING II (3) 
A second-level course exploring the feature length screenplay. Students will learn the techniques of marketing a script, pitching ideas, and finding and working with a
Hollywood agent. Prerequisite: FILM 175. Offered: Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours.

Pre Production

FILM 239 PRODUCING AND DIRECTING THE INDEPENDENT FILM (3) 
The study of pre-production, production and post-production processes needed to produce and direct the independent motion picture. Students will complete a script breakdown, shooting schedule, budget and design a distribution roll-out plan. Students will discuss and analyze contractuals, film unions and crew management. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 141 FILM CREW II (4) 
The second of three courses (FILM 140, FILM 141 and FILM 240) designed to train students to become working members of film crews. It will be taught by working film professionals. Content will be lecture and hands-on. Students complete the semester by working as part of an actual film crew as below-the-line and above-the-line crew members. Prerequisite: FILM 140 and FILM 140L. Offered: Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours, two lab hours. 

Production

FILM 130 VIDEO PRODUCTION I (3) 
Fundamentals of digital film production. Students learn skills in video production including operation of cameras, lights and audio equipment. Work is done in the studio as well as the field. Offered: Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 230 VIDEO PRODUCTION II (3) 
An in-depth exploration of digital video production, including camera, lighting and sound production techniques for studio and field production. This class will help the filmmaker visualize and execute a digital film in a real-world team environment. Prerequisite: FILM 130 or FILM 135 or FILM 136 and FILM 131. Offered: Occasionally. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 132 TELEVISION PRODUCTION (3) 
An introduction to basic digital video production skills related to broadcast journalism offered in partnership with Santa Fe Community (SFCTV) public access television station. Topics include pre-production, documentary research, news gathering, video and sound production, interviewing, editing and television and on-demand broadcasting. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two Lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 140 FILM CREW I (4) 
An introduction to New Mexico’s film industry. This course will be taught by working professionals. Content will be lecture and hands-on. Students complete the semester by working as part of a film crew as below-the- line film crew members. Corequisite: FILM 140L. Offered: Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 140L FILM CREW I LAB ♥ (1) 
In this film safety and health corequisite lab for FILM 140, students complete International Alliance of Technical Stage Employees (IATSE 480, OSHA) safety training, a fitness assessment and training in basic nutrition and environmental concerns specific to film set work. Students will complete technical workshops for equipment operation necessary for on-location film shoot that is completed in FILM 140. Students will be responsible for fees required for certification. Corequisite: FILM 140. Offered: Fall and Spring. Two lab hours. 

FILM 240 FILM CREW III (9) 
This is the third of three courses (FILM 140, FILM 141 and FILM 240) designed to train students to become working members of film crews. Students work in teams to complete a short motion picture. This course will be taught by working film union professionals. Content will be lecture and hands-on. Students complete the semester by working as part of an actual film crew. Offered in collaboration with IATSE film union and NM Film Office designed to train below- the- line film crew members. Prerequisite: FILM 141 and permission. Offered: Occasionally. Seven lecture hours, four lab hours. 

FILM 241 FILM CREW IV (9) 
The first of two courses that span a full academic year. In Film Crew IV, students who have been accepted will produce and direct their film and/or media project. Students will work with instructors during this process and have access to equipment, technology and student crew members to complete their production. Students must have completed their pre-production for their project and have followed the submission guidelines published by the college before taking this class. Permission required. Prerequisites: FILM 240 and FILM 298. Offered: Occasionally. Seven lecture hours, four lab hours. 

FILM 242 FILM CREW V (9) 
The second of two courses that span a full academic year. In Film Crew V, students who have been accepted will complete the post-production process for their film and/or media project. Students will work with mentors during this 

FILM 190 DIRECTING I (3) 
Introduction to the creative process of a film director. Students will participate in hands-on workshops and develop stories for motion media, create screenplays and work with actors in short scenes using current technologies in film, television and Web-based media production. Offered: Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 
Instructor Description:
An introduction to directing through the work of directors. A look at directing and the telling of story through screening, analysis, and discussion of films and documentaries. The aim of the class is to better understand the role of the director through the scope and nature of their choices and how those choices might be made. Viewing key works by different directors looking at how they construct their films, work with their collaborators; especially writers, actors, cinematographers, production designers and producers to create a director’s vision. This is a newly formatted class designed especially for SFCC.​​

FILM 290 DIRECTING II (3) 
A second level course in directing techniques used in film, television and Web-based productions. Designed for students with some acting and directing training. Students participate in hands-on workshops and create, direct and act in short films using current technologies in film, television and Web-based media production. Prerequisites: FILM 145 and FILM 190. Offered: Fall. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 205 MAKING A DOCUMENTARY (2) 
Hands-on documentary production intensive in which students learn development of proposals, shooting fundamentals, ethical considerations, financing/producing, legal considerations and distribution. Offered: Occasionally. Two lecture hours. 

FILM 210 DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCTION I (3)   
An introduction to planning and producing a short documentary film. In this workshop-based class, students work individually and in teams. Prerequisites: FILM 130 or FILM 135 or FILM 136 and FILM 131. Offered Occasionally. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 211 DOCUMENTARY FILM PRODUCTION II (3) 
A second-level workshop class in which students work individually and in teams learning and utilizing the necessary skills to plan, produce, shoot and edit a short documentary film. Students will learn the business of documentary filmmaking and begin the processes needed for distribution. Prerequisite: FILM 210. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 236 SOUND FOR FILM (3) 
This class is a broad overview of Sound for Film, from set to post. In the first half of the class students will gain experience assisting the production of the Film Crew Seminar by working as members of the sound crew. This real world experience is second only to working on a ‘real’ film set. Great intro for those interested in pursuing work in the film industry as well as giving budding directors/producers the experience of learning what it takes to get great sound on set and avoid “fixing it in post.” In the second part of the class, focusing on post-production, students will open a ‘picture locked’ video in Pro Tools and learn the process of cleaning up dialogue and creating sound design elements. Students are also encouraged to bring in their own sound equipment to better understand how to use it in the field. Prerequisites: MART 160 and FILM 131. Offered: Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 280 DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY (3) 
Teaches intermediate skills for digital video motion photography. Students will learn lighting with tungsten and HMI instruments for documentary and narrative filmmaking as well as camera techniques including movement, composition and art direction. Prerequisite: FILM 130 or FILM 135 or FILM 136 and FILM 131. Offered: Occasionally. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 281 ADVANCED DIGITAL CINEMATOGRAPHY (3)
Teaches professional skills for digital video motion photography. Students will learn digital acquisition for professional level filmmaking. Students will use professional lighting and camera equipment and learn the skills needed for the jobs: digital image technician, cinematographer, media manager, camera assistant, grip and electric technician. Prerequisite: FILM 280. Offered: Occasionally. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

Post Production

FILM 131 EDITING I (3) 
An entry level course in non-linear video editing. Students explore the aesthetics and technical aspects of digital video editing using non-linear editing software. Topics include log and capture, software and hardware, media management and professional film terminology. Students must have working knowledge of Macintosh computers. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 231 EDITING II (3) 
A second level class in non-linear video editing. Training includes various non-linear software tools expanding on concepts learned in Editing I. Students will complete individual short editing projects. Students will provide their own removable hard drive. Prerequisite: FILM 131. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 232 EDITING III (3) 
Application of editing theory, story structure and aesthetic techniques needed to create effective short films. Students work as individuals and in teams to improve their visual storytelling techniques and understand effective editing choices. Students must have a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro or Avid. May be taken twice for degree or certificate credit. Prerequisite: FILM 231 or permission. Offered: Occasionally. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 233 EDITING IV (3) 
Workshop style class where students demonstrate mastery in editing theory, story structure and aesthetic techniques to create effective short films. Students work as individuals and in teams to master their visual storytelling techniques and understand effective editing choices. Students must have a working knowledge of Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro or Avid. May be taken twice for degree or certificate credit. Prerequisite: FILM 232. Offered: Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

Film Theory

FILM 150 INTRODUCTION TO FILM STUDIES (3) 
This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of film studies and criticism through screenings of a wide array of international films. Topics to be covered include a brief history of cinema, screenwriting, film production and film criticism. Attention will also be given to technical vocabulary, screenplay structure, and the writing of film criticism. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 155 FILM HISTORY  (3)
Explore the evolution of film by surveying the studios, directors, actors and writers that created the most influential films from the last 120 years. The technical, political and socio-economic influences that shaped what was produced for the screen will be examined. Offered: Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 160 FILM THEORY AND CRITICISM (3) 
An exploration of the nature of film as a complex cultural, psychological and political medium through the discussion of key theoretical and critical approaches. Includes realist theory, genre criticism, auteur theory, structuralism, feminist theory and journalistic criticism. The course combines weekly feature-length viewings with lectures, group discussions and written assignments. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 192 INDEPENDENT FILM  (3)
An exploration of the form, history and impact of motion pictures as an art form, an economic force and a representative form of communications as observed through the lens of independent film. View examples of various categories of independent films and explore issues related to the social, historical, business and cultural aspects of the medium. Topics include genre studies from road movies to grindhouse and a focus on auteurs from Cassavetes to Van Sant. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 200 MEDIA AND THE ENVIRONMENT  (3)
The study of documentary filmmaking in the fields of ecology, anthropology and socio-political journalism. Explore socially conscious stories and the roles filmmakers play in the emerging fields surrounding environmental journalism. The class will focus on the forms, structures and styles of documentaries as well as on the historical, social and cultural context of the genre. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 215 SOCIAL MEDIA AND GLOBAL SUSTAINABILITY (3) 
An exploration of anthropological, ecological and sociological aspects of sustainability as it relates to media literacy and its impact on global climate change. Through hands-on workshops, field trips and experiential learning students participate in ethnographic videomaking that is then distributed through social media websites. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours two lab hours. 

FILM 195 CONTEMPORARY AND POSTMODERN FILM (3) 
An exploration of anthropological, ecological and sociological aspects of sustainability as it relates to media literacy and its impact on global climate change. Through hands-on workshops, field trips and experiential learning students participate in ethnographic videomaking that is then distributed through social media websites. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours two lab hours.

FILM 250 INTERNATIONAL HORROR CINEMA (3)
In-depth analysis of international horror cinema in which students explore important contributions from foreign countries to the horror genre. Rare films offer insight into the development of cinema’s portrayal of the terrifying from ghosts to homicidal maniacs, from social judgment to repressed sexuality. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

FILM 255 INTERNATIONAL CINEMA  (3)
A cinematic exploration of other nations, cultures and ways of perception. Films from around the world provide the basis for such topics as the historical development of a nation’s cinema through the eyes of its leading directors; an in-depth focus on the works of a foreign filmmaker; a multi-cultural comparison of films thematically linked; and other subjects related to appreciating international cinema. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours. 

Acting

FILM 145 PERFORMANCE FOR FILM AND (3) MEDIA I 
Introduction to acting skills and techniques unique to film, television and Web-based productions. The class includes writing and performing a monologue for the screen, partner scene work, audition preparation and professional filmmaking terminology. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

FILM 245 PERFORMANCE FOR FILM AND MEDIA II (3)
A second level class that reviews on-camera techniques for performers. Students perform in a short film scene directed by student directors, write and perform short monologues. Prerequisites: FILM 145. Offered: Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours. 

Miscellaneous

FILM 135 GIRLS MAKE MEDIA (3)
The class focuses on directing, producing, shooting and editing through hands-on workshops. Students in the class will work individually and in teams to create small films. Classes are designed to create media literacy pertaining to female-focused subjects and create feminine voice through altruistic behavior. Designed for young women ages 14- 21. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours.

FILM 136 WOMEN MAKE MEDIA (3)
Designed for women ages 18+. The class focuses on directing, producing, shooting and editing through hands-on workshops. Students in the class will work individually and in teams to create small films. Classes are designed to create media literacy pertaining to female-focused subjects and create feminine voice through altruistic behavior. Offered: Occasionally. Three lecture hours.

FILM 166 RADIO JOURNALISM (3)
An introduction to radio journalism offered in partnership with KSFR 101.1FM Santa Fe public radio station. Students work with professional news journalists to learn the trade and tools used in broadcast and podcast news radio. Prerequisite: ENGL 109. Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Two lecture hours, two lab hours.

FILM 270 FILM CREW SEMINAR (.5-3)
Industry specific seminars focused on particular craft areas in the film industry. Seminars are hands-on practical classes. Students may take the seminar class up to four times for degree credit. Offered: Occasionally. One-six lab hours.

FILM 298 FILM CREW INTERNSHIP (3)
Internship students work on various film projects from Hollywood films to independent features to public service announcements. Student must complete 150 internship hours in the course of one semester. All students participating in the internship program must have a “B” or better in Film Crew Training I and complete a Production Assistant Workshop. Prerequisite: FILM 140 Offered: Summer, Fall and Spring. Three lecture hours.

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