Digital Filmmaking, Writing/Directing (AAS)

Degree: Associate of Applied Science
Major: Digital Filmmaking
Emphasis: Writing/Directing
Program Code: 1304

About This Major...

The Digital Filmmaking: Writing/Directing emphasis prepares and develops students for entry-level jobs in the film, broadcast, and commercial video industries. Digital Filmmaking: Writing/Directing is all about storytelling with production to relay facets of their experiences to audiences. During this program, you'll cover the in-depth fundamentals of screenwriting, plan and shoot your productions, and implement essential postproduction to present your story. You will also use common research skills, collaboration, actors, lighting and sound, and non-linear editors and video/graphic compositors. Plus, students learn not only the filmmaking business but information they can use if they want to become freelancers.

For more information on what you can do with this major, visit WCCC's Programs of Study page.

All CMU/WCCC associate graduates are expected to demonstrate proficiency in specialized knowledge/applied learning, quantitative fluency, communication fluency, critical thinking, personal and social responsibility, and information literacy. In addition to these campus‐wide student learning outcomes, graduates of this major will be able to:

  1. Apply business communication using listening, verbal, written, and electronic forms that are needed for entry-level employment. (Communications Fluency)
  2. Apply math and applied physics concepts for industry to meet job requirements. (Quantitative Fluency)
  3. Research, evaluate, synthesize, and apply information/data relevant to business, the sciences, and technical careers. (Critical Thinking)
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of terminology, symbols, business practices, principles, and application of technical skills. (Specialized Knowledge)
  5. Perform the applied skill sets to fulfill the needs of entry-level employment. (Specialized Knowledge)
  6. Demonstrate ethical, civic, and workplace responsibility as part of professional behavior. (Applied Learning)

Each section below contains details about the requirements for this program. Select a header to expand the information/requirements for that particular section of the program's requirements. 

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Institutional Degree Requirements

The following institutional degree requirements apply to all CMU and WCCC Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees. Specific programs may have different requirements that must be met in addition to institutional requirements.

  • 60 semester hours minimum.
  • Students must complete a minimum of 15 of the final 30 semester hours of credit at CMU/WCCC.
  • 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher in all CMU/WCCC coursework.
  • A course may only be used to fulfill one requirement for each degree/certificate.
  • No more than six semester hours of independent study courses can be used toward the degree.
  • Non-traditional credit, such as advanced placement, credit by examination, credit for prior learning, cooperative education and internships, cannot exceed 20 semester credit hours for an AAS degree.
  • Pre-collegiate courses (usually numbered below 100) cannot be used for graduation.
  • Capstone exit assessment/projects (e.g., Major Field Achievement Test) requirements are identified under Program-Specific Degree Requirements.
  • The Catalog Year determines which program sheet and degree requirements a student must fulfill in order to graduate. Visit with your advisor or academic department to determine which catalog year and program requirements you should follow.
  • See “Requirements for Undergraduate Degrees and Certificates” in the catalog for a complete list of graduation requirements.

Essential Learning Requirements

(15 semester hours)

See the current catalog for a list of courses that fulfill the requirements below.  If a course is an Essential Learning option and a requirement for your major, you must use it to fulfill the major requirement and make a different selection for the Essential Learning requirement.

ENGL 111English Composition I-GTCO13
Select one of the following courses:3
English Composition II-GTCO2
Interpersonal Communications
MATH 110College Mathematics-GTMA1 (or higher)3
Other Essential Learning Core Courses
ENGL 222Mythology-GTAH23
THEA 141Theatre Appreciation-GTAH13
Total Semester Credit Hours15

Other Lower Division Requirements

(2 semester hours) 

Wellness Requirement
KINE 100Health and Wellness1
Select one Activity course1
Total Semester Credit Hours2

Program Specific Degree Requirements

(42 semester hours, must pass all courses with a grade of “C” or higher.) 

FILM 110Film Expression3
FILM 120Film Script Analysis3
FILM 130Short-Form Screenwriting3
FILM 140Commercial & Corporate Production3
FILM 143Cinema Lighting3
FILM 150Episodic Screenwriting3
FILM 155Commercial Audio Design3
FILM 170Short-Form Production4
FILM 210Cinema Production Management3
FILM 225Cinema Capstone I3
FILM 230Episodic Production4
FILM 260Freelancing for Creatives3
FILM 270Cinema Capstone II4
Total Semester Credit Hours42
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterSemester Credit Hours
FILM 110 Film Expression 3
FILM 120 Film Script Analysis 3
FILM 130 Short-Form Screenwriting 3
FILM 140 Commercial & Corporate Production 3
ENGL 111 English Composition I-GTCO1 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
FILM 143 Cinema Lighting 3
FILM 150 Episodic Screenwriting 3
FILM 155 Commercial Audio Design 3
FILM 170 Short-Form Production 4
MATH 110 College Mathematics-GTMA1 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall Semester
FILM 210 Cinema Production Management 3
FILM 225 Cinema Capstone I 3
FILM 230 Episodic Production 4
Select one of the following: 3
English Composition II-GTCO2  
Interpersonal Communications  
KINE 100 Health and Wellness 1
Select one Activity course 1
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring Semester
FILM 260 Freelancing for Creatives 3
FILM 270 Cinema Capstone II 4
THEA 141 Theatre Appreciation-GTAH1 3
ENGL 222 Mythology-GTAH2 3
General Elective 1
 Semester Credit Hours14
 Total Semester Credit Hours60

Advising Process and DegreeWorks

Documentation on the pages related to this program is intended for informational purposes to help determine what courses and associated requirements are needed to earn a degree. The suggested course sequencing outlines how students could finish degree requirements. Some courses are critical to complete in specific semesters, while others may be moved around. Meeting with an academic advisor is essential in planning courses and altering the suggested course sequencing. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to understand and fulfill the requirements for her/his intended degree(s).

DegreeWorks is an online degree audit tool available in MAVzone. It is the official record used by the Registrar’s Office to evaluate progress towards a degree and determine eligibility for graduation. Students are responsible for reviewing their DegreeWorks audit on a regular basis and should discuss questions or concerns with their advisor or academic department head. Discrepancies in requirements should be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

Graduation Process

Students must complete the following in the first two months of the semester prior to completing their degree requirements:

  • Review their DegreeWorks audit and create a plan that outlines how unmet requirements will be met in the final semester.
  • Meet with their advisor and modify their plan as needed. The advisor must approve the final plan.
  • Submit the “Intent to Graduate” form to the Registrar’s Office to officially declare the intended graduation date and commencement ceremony plans.
  • Register for all needed courses and complete all requirements for each degree sought.

Submission deadlines and commencement details can be found at

If a student’s petition for graduation is denied, it will be her/his responsibility to consult the Registrar’s Office regarding next steps.