Jun 14, 2024  
2021-2022 SLCC General Catalog 

Film Production Technician: AAS (CTE)

Associate of Applied Science | 64-65 credits minimum

Communication and Performing Arts Division
South City Campus
General Information 801-957-4073
Program Information 801-957-4130
Program Website
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Program Faculty
Channing Lowe - Associate Professor, BA Film Production
Tyler Smith - Associate Professor, AA General Education, BA Mass Communication, MA Communication
David Lehleitner - Assistant Professor, BCM Digital Filmmaking, MFA Film Production

Program Description
The Film Production Technician program provides students with the specialized knowledge required to perform a wide variety of tasks encountered in the professional world of film and video production.

Students master skills required to be competitive for technical positions in Utah’s local film industry. Such skills will include the interpretation of industry technical terms and functions, the operation of motion picture camera equipment, and understanding grip & electrical work on a soundstage, scene composition, lighting, and audio. Students will learn the pre-production, production, and post-production processes.

Students may train for various film industry positions such as camera operator, camera assistant, audio mixer/recordist, 1st assistant director, grip, lighting designer assistant, sound designer, video/film editor, colorist.

The Salt Lake Community College program involves students with full-time faculty as well as expert film industry professionals who teach courses within their areas of expertise. The local film industry is highly supportive of efforts to train people in these areas and will provide internship opportunities for SLCC students.

Career Opportunities
Work in this profession is often fast paced, emotionally & physically demanding, and often involves long hours. Students will need to establish their reputations within the corporate and commercial film industry and salaries vary widely depending on the type of work performed and the level of experience required. Many students find work in the Utah film industry. A handful of students will move out-of-state to find employment in L.A. as well as other locations steeped in film and commercial production.

Transfer/Articulation Information
This AAS degree is currently transferable to Utah State University for a BFA in film production. The General Education components are transferable to most other 4-year higher education institutions.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Books: $800
Supplies: $200
Course Fees: $1100

Estimated Time to Completion
Time to completion is four semesters based on a full-time minimum of 15 credits per semester. Less than 15 credits per semester will increase time to completion.

Program Entry Requirements
High School Diploma or equivalent.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Related College-Wide Student Learning Outcomes
  1 - Substantive Knowledge
2 - Communicate Effectively
3 - Develop Quantitative Literacies
4 - Think Critically
5 - Civic Engagement and/or Working Professionally

Acquire skills in the use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to produce works of film from concept to finished product. Including: An ability to demonstrate an effective working process and an understanding of and an ability to work within a Film crew.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Develop the ability to demonstrate an effective working process and an understanding of and an
ability to work within a Film crew.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6

Apply the art, aesthetics, and technique of visual storytelling. Including: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound design.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

Understand the basic aesthetic and narrative principles of Film, and basic cinematic historical, theoretical, and critical models.

1, 2, 3, 4

Develop the skill set to find gainful employment in the film or video industry.

1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

General Education Requirements

Core Skills

Composition (EN) 1 course

Quantitative Studies (QS) 1 course

Communication (CM) 1 course

Human Relations (HR) 1 course

Distribution Areas

Choose an additional three credits from one of the following distribution areas.