Welcome to Cinema

*Please also see Media Arts

Cinema/Media Arts students on a dolly shooting a student film on campus.

Welcome to the Los Angeles Valley College Cinema discipline (please also see Media Arts). We are excited to announce that we will soon be moving to a new home, the Valley Academic and Cultural Center, expected to be completed in the mid-2020s!

Our Cinema and Media Arts curriculum focuses on training students to hone their storytelling skills through screenwriting classes and visual media classes in production and postproduction. It is our mission to prepare students to develop a broad understanding of the many facets of California’s ever-changing entertainment industry, and to learn appropriate skills to obtain internships, transfers to universities,  and to be employed in entry-level positions in a variety of production venues.

Cinema and Media Arts students at Valley College often find that their course load fosters strong bonds as they work and study together to meet tight production schedules and master the concepts introduced in their academic coursework. Students often rely upon one another to perform mutual crew duties on the many student productions each semester.

To learn more about Cinema and Media Arts, please enjoy this website, or call us!

Contact
Chairperson
Eric Swelstad
Phone
(818) 778-5503
Email
swelstej@lavc.edu
Office Location
Campus Center
Office Hours
email for availability

Department

Media Arts

Pathway

Arts, Media, and Design CAP

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Programs

Cinema & Media Arts Degrees and Certificates

Click the tabs below to find out about the Cinema and Media Arts degrees and certificates.

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough background in the aesthetics and history of cinema, experience in cinema picture and sound pre-production, production, and post production, and advanced filmmaking experience as well as the possibility of an internship in the entertainment field.

Cinema Production (AA Degree)

Cinema Production (Certificate of Achievement)

 

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough understanding of the aesthetics and history of cinema.

Cinema Theory & Criticism (AA Degree)

Cinema Theory & Criticism (Certificate of Achievement)

 

  • The successful completion of this certificate will give students a basic foundation in the aesthetics of film and media, with some experience directing a cast and crew in the production of a short motion picture or episodic project.

Media Arts: Core Studies (Certificate of Achievement)

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough background in the aesthetics of film and media, and experience directing a cast and crew in the production of a short motion picture or episodic project.

Media Arts: Directing (AA Degree)

Media Arts: Directing (Certificate of Achievement)

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough background in the aesthetics of film and media, and experience writing various screenplays from short and feature length motion pictures to episodic projects.

    Media Arts: Screenwriting (AA Degree)

Media Arts: Screenwriting (Certificate of Achievement)

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough background in the aesthetics of film and media, and experience organizing, budgeting, scheduling, marketing, promoting, and pitching motion picture and episodic projects.

Media Arts: Producing (AA Degree)

Media Arts: Producing (Certificate of Achievement)

  • The successful completion of this degree or certificate will give students a thorough background in the aesthetics of film and media, and experience in titling, 3D modeling, color grading/correction, and various other visual effects for motion picture and episodic projects.

Media Arts: Visual Effects (AA Degree)

Media Arts: Visual Effects (Certificate of Achievement)

 

Media Arts: Post Production (Certificate of Achievement)

    • The successful completion of the Film, Television, and Electronic Media degree will give students the training and education needed for employment in the entertainment industry as well as transfer to a university. Depending on the track taken, students will learn theories, methods, and concepts for various paths in the entertainment field from film and television to broadcast and internet radio. Students will participate in hands-on work utilizing professional, state-of-the-art, on-campus laboratories

    Film, Television, and Electronic Media (AS-T Degree)

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    Faculty

    Full-time Faculty

    Name Contact Information
    Eric Swelstad (Chair) swelstej@lavc.edu
    Chad Sustin sustinca@lavc.edu
    Jonathan Burnett burnetjs@lavc.edu

    Adjunct Faculty

    Name Contact Information
    Arantxa Rodriguez rodrigueza@lavc.edu
    Jon Stout stoutj@lavc.edu
    Chris Childs childsc@lavc.edu
    Dan Watanabe watanads@lavc.edu
    Linda Beal beallf@laccd.edu

     

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    Faculty Profiles

    Cinema Faculty

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    Learn About Cinema & Media Arts

    Media Arts 105: Visual Effects & Color Grading - AA/CA in Media Arts: Visual Effects

    LAVC Cinema & Media Arts

     

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