Skip to main content

Film Option

General Studies Associates of Arts Degree


Camerawoman at a basketball game.

Review the academic map for recommended course selections and sequencing for a Film focus (PDF, Get Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader - Link opens in new window) .

Are you someone who thinks about how movies are made? Are you interested in the stories they tell? Do you want to develop or enhance skills in video, photography and film?

In a rapidly growing global, visual, and digital culture, moving images and storytelling through film and electronic media are shaping the way we experience the world. From documentary, to television, web series and apps, today there is an increasing demand for innovative ways to capture and explore the personal, the cultural, identity, and more through the camera lens. The General Studies film option will not only introduce you to the foundations of production and screenwriting, but you will also understand film and its wider, global relationship to culture, race, identity, and aesthetics, giving you a strong historical and theoretical foundation in the field of film and film studies.

Program Advising

Academic advising helps students reach their educational and career goals. Meet with your academic advisor regularly to discuss your academic plans and make sure you are on track to graduate and/or transfer. See the academic map for a suggested course sequence for this discipline.  


Transfer Opportunities

As you create your academic plan for transferring into related programs, keep in mind transfer institution requirements can differ greatly among institutions, particularly in math and science, world languages proficiency and psychology course requirements.


Career Options

For some positions listed, a bachelor's degree or higher may be required. Use the Career and Program Explorer to see a full report for this career field. See links below chart for further guidance and/or connect with a Program Advisor to discuss career goals.

Film majors will gain a series of highly specialized skills in filmmaking and storytelling, giving them a wide range of career options in areas as diverse as animation, graphic design, broadcasting, creative advertising, and fine arts, to name a few. Students will be prepared to be directors, screenwriters, cinematographers, editors, and new media artists in this rapidly growing field where experienced storytellers are in demand. A General Studies degree with a film focus provides opportunities for students to be competitive in the job market by developing and refining their skills in critical analysis, research, communication, creative analysis, and independent thinking. Students might also advance their existing career by combining a focus on film with another degree, transferring their skills in production, visual literacy and creative content creation to diverse job fields from non-profit to for-profit industries.

  • MC Student Employment Services: Speak with the Student Employment Specialist for help with resume writing, interviewing, setting up a College Central Network (CCN)new window account and other job search topics.
  • Career Coach: Explore Career Coach to learn more about this career and/or discover related majors and in-demand careers based on your current interests! Take a Career Assessment and then browse careers and job opportunities in the area.

Related Programs and Courses

General Studies Degree

Students who major in general studies explore personal, professional, and academic areas of interest within a flexible framework supporting transfer.

Workforce Development and Continuing Education

MC offers a wide variety of noncredit classes. These courses are designed to help you upgrade your skills, pursue career training, or learn something new.