Film & Television, AA

Room: C-Building, C-745

Phone: (718) 482-5690


The Film and Television program introduces students to the arts, crafts, and skills of film and television production, including screenwriting, cinematography, editing, computer graphics, and effects. Students will learn about the history of film and mass media, and how the Internet, mobile media, and social networks have transformed the entertainment industry. Students will also analyze films by great directors for the lessons they offer in the expressive arts of cinema: storytelling, composition, lighting, editing, and special effects.

Field trips, visits from entertainment and media industry professionals, and internships are designed to take advantage of LaGuardia’s prime location in a leading center of film, television and video production.

Are You Interested In...

  • Creating original film and entertainment content?
  • Visual storytelling?
  • Collaborating with other creative people?
  • Communicating through forms of media?
  • Working on a film set?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Video Camera Operation
  • Lighting
  • Video Editing
  • Visual Effects & Color Correction
  • Sound Editing & Recording
  • Screenwriting

What makes this major unique?

Students practice the crafts of writing and directing through classroom training and creative workshops. Students collaborate on developing and producing several short video projects in program courses.

Our Film and Television Program also provides courses in film history, theory, criticism, and aesthetics as a crucial foundation for aspiring filmmakers. Another course focuses on New York City as a major center of media production.

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Career Possibilities

The Film and Television Program at LaGuardia Community College encourages students to transfer to a four-year college upon graduation. While this is not necessary to begin a career in the film and entertainment industry, moving on to a BA or BFA will enhance and develop the arts, crafts, and skills required for working in the film and television industry.

The Film and Television Program recognizes that many students begin their education with a goal of becoming a director or screenwriter. While this may be possible, the program encourages its majors to also explore some of the many other job opportunities that exist in the world of entertainment media.

When setting career goals, it’s good to keep in mind that there are many rewarding careers outside the major motion picture and broadcast industries. Graduates with media degrees have found jobs in educational institutions and corporations. There are secure careers in the legal and government sectors for producers, videographers, and individuals trained in digital asset management. Video for the Web, social media, and other digital media offer many and varied types of career opportunities.

The Film and Television Program takes advantage of its location in New York City by providing classroom visits by working professionals, field trips, and internship opportunities.

  • Production or Post-production Assistant (PA) for
    • Broadcast networks
    • Cable stations
    • Film companies
    • Major or independent motion picture studios (including those located in New York City)
  • Line Producer
  • Assistant Director
  • Camera Assistant
  • Camera Operator
  • Sound Recordist
  • Sound Mixer
  • Foley Artist
  • Boom Operator
  • Grip
  • Gaffer
  • Assistant Editor
  • Animator
  • Media Librarian
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Professor of Film Production or Cinema Studies
  • Screenwriter
  • Editor
  • Director of Photography

Transfer Possibilities

  • Brooklyn College – BA in Film
  • City College – Film and Video Production, Cinema Studies
  • Hunter College – Film & Media
  • Lehman College – Film & TV Studies
  • Queens College – Film Studies
  • Columbia University – Film
  • New York University – Undergraduate Film & Television, Dramatic Writing
  • Pratt Institute – Film/Video
  • Purchase College – Film

Degree Requirements

*For a list of approved courses, go to:


English: 6 credits

  • ENG101/ENA101 English Composition I 3
    (depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature 3

Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits*

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits*

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any flexible core category.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are required to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 3 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
English: 3 Credits
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Film and Television: 12 Credits
HUV150 Art of Film 3
HUV238 Screenwriting 3
HUV240 Video Production Workshop I 3
HUV270 American Film 3
Select two of the following: 6 Credits
HUN196 Film and New York City
HUV151 Television Studies
HUV241 Video Production Workshop II
HUV242 Postproduction: Effects, Color, Audio
HUV243 Television Production Workshop (Note: Permission of program director required)
HUV244 Experiential Learning for Film and Television
Social Science: 6 Credits
Select one of the following:
SSA100 Introduction to Anthropology
SSA101 Cultural Anthropology
SSE103 Introduction to Microeconomics
SSE104 Introduction to Macroeconomics
SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics
SSP250 Political Ideas and Ideologies
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology
SSY101 General Psychology
Select one of the following:
SSH101 Themes in American History to 1865
SSH102 Themes in American History since 1865
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
SSH231 Afro-American History
SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
SSP220 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean

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