Jan 31, 2023  
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog 
2022-2023 SLCC General Catalog

Film Production Technician: CP (CTE)

Certificate of Proficiency | 19 credits

Program Website
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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 Film Production Technician Certificate of Proficiency is embedded within the Film Production Technician AAS Degree, but in itself the certificate is currently not transferable to most four-year institutions; however, the courses themselves are transferable. The Performing Arts Division is committed to general and pre-professional programs and some credit may be granted by receiving institutions on a per case basis. The Film Production Technician AAS degree will currently transfer for full credit to the BFA Degree -Design and Technology Emphasis: Film Production at the Utah State University. Most production courses in the Film Production Technician AAS degree will also transfer to the BFA Film Studies degree at Westminster College.

Estimated Cost for Students
Tuition and student fees: http://www.slcc.edu/student/financial/tuition-fees.aspx
Course fees: $650
Supplies: $300

Note: Fees vary based upon specific registration and are subject to changes.

Program Requirements

Time to Completion & Graduation Map

Program Learning Outcomes

Program learning outcome alignment with Student Learning Outcomes  in brackets.

  • Acquire entry-level professional skills in the use of basic concepts, tools, techniques, and procedures to produce works of film from concept to finished product. Including: the ability to demonstrate an effective working process, and an understanding of and an ability to work within a film crew. [1,2,3,4,5,7]
  • Apply the art, aesthetics, and technique of visual storytelling. Including: directing, cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound design. [1,2,3,5,7,9]
  • 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 and/or video industry. [1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9]