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The 21st century has seen demand increase for everything from cinematographers and editors to create inspired art, entertainment and educational media. AACC offers a balanced program emphasizing digital video production and the analysis of what makes a great film. If you’re serious about the business and production of film, check out this degree. Film and Media Studies is designed to build practical skills while developing your own creative voice. Foster your visual language while working in a supportive environment with other artists and entertainers. Take engaging classes that will expand your knowledge and experience. Build communities and partnerships that encourage artistic and cultural diversity. Gain first-hand experience creating your own films and study the history of the medium.

Career Degrees

AACC offers the following Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees. The state of Maryland refers to the A.A.S. as a career degree, because it's intended to provide you with skills to enter the workforce. In some cases, AACC has entered into transfer agreements that allow these degrees to transfer to select colleges. A list of active agreements may be found on this website. You can also learn more about transferring from AACC to continue your education.

Media Production, Visual Arts Professional, A.A.S.

You will develop basic skills in the production and post-production of time-based media. With a focus mainly on digital video, students will get first-hand experience developing, making and editing original footage.

This program is not specifically designed for transfer to a four-year institution. Students who wish to transfer using this degree should consult with a transfer advisor and the department video coordinator to ensure an efficient transfer. Students may also wish to consider the Visual Arts Transfer A.A. degree or the Video Production certificate.


Transfer Degrees

The Visual Arts department is proud to offer the Associate of Arts (A.A.) in Film Studies. 

Film Studies, Visual Arts Transfer, A.A.

You’ll receive a well-rounded introduction to film, from analysis and criticism to video and editing as well as the writing of a solid script. You’ll also take standard general education requirements in English, math and science. With this degree, you’ll be well-prepared to transfer to a four-year college or university or begin your career.


Credit Certificates

The following certificate prepares students for employment and feeds into the A.A.S. degree, if desired.

Media Production

You'll learn the fundamentals of developing audio and video in the preproduction, production and post-production phases. The courses in the certificate program cover technical areas such as storyboarding, equipment setup and operation, lighting, and sound design. You'll also hone your creative voice through making unique video projects.

Media Production (certificate)

What can you do with a degree in Film Studies?

Our program can prepare you for a number of careers, such as:

  • Film and video editor
  • Cinematographer
  • Director
  • Multimedia Content Creator
  • Multimedia Digital Designer
  • Screenwriter

For outlook information about specific careers, visit the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook (sponsored by the Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Related Studies

If Film Studies sounds appealing, but you’d like to compare it to other offerings, see if one of these areas is a better fit.


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