Apr 01, 2023  
2016-2017 SLCC General Catalog 

Film Production Technician: AAS (CTE)

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Associate of Applied Science | 66 credits minimum

Communication and Performing Arts Department
South City Campus
General Information (801) 957-4073
Program Information (801) 957-4130
Program Website
Academic and Career Advising
Academic Advisor Cindy Clark, SCC 1.061.ME, (801) 957-3361
Academic Advisor Gordon Storrs, SCC 1.061.MJ, (801) 957-3361

Program Faculty
Instructors − Channing Lowe, (801) 957-3901

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 production.

Students master skills required to be competitive for technical positions in the film industry. Such skills will include the interpretation of technical terms and functions, the operation of camera equipment, and understanding production workflow, scene composition, lighting, audio, and post-production. Students will understand production design, sound stage operations including grip and electric work.

Students may train for various film industry positions such as camera operator, boom operator, assistant directing, assistant editor, sound recordist, light technician, special effects, and motion graphic artist.

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 and physically demanding and often involves long hours but is highly rewarding. 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.

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.

Total Program/Course Fees
Average $150.00 per semester, plus materials.

Estimated Cost for Students

Estimated Time to Completion
If students follow the suggested semester schedule, time to completion is four semesters.

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
1. 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
2. Apply the art, aesthetics, and technique of visual storytelling. Including: screenwriting, directing, cinematography, lighting, editing, and sound design. 1, 2, 3, 4
3. Knowledge of the history and criticism of Film and their artistic and technological development. 1, 2, 3, 4
4. Understand the basic aesthetic and narrative principles of Film, and basic cinematic historical, theoretical, and critical models. 1, 2, 3, 4
5. Develop the skill set to find gainful employment. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

General Education Requirements

Core Skills:

Composition (EN) 3 Credits

Quantitative Studies (QS) 3 Credits

Human Relations (HR) 2-3 Credits

  • Any approved HR course

Distribution Areas: (3 Credits)

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

Life Sciences (LS)   3-4
Fine Arts (FA)   3-4
Humanities (HU)   3
Interdisciplinary (ID)   3
Physical Science (PS)   3
Social Science (SS)   3

Sample Schedule

Advising Notes:

It is the student’s responsibility to examine each course description for details of prerequisite classes. Those prerequisites must be satisfied before the designated class may be taken. Students who need to take preparatory classes to meet the requirements of first semester courses should plan on extra time to complete the program.

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