Digital Cinema Production Technician (AA)
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Digital Cinema Production Technician (AA)

Associate in Arts

Minimum of 64 credit hours
This degree provides students the opportunity to become trained in the technical aspects of film and video production providing the community with a trained workforce of technicians. This strong technical foundation is appropriate for students wishing a career in acting, directing, screenplay writing, or other film and video areas. This program prepares students to transfer to a four-year institution.

  • Course Sequence
    Course ID Course name Credits Type Min Gd
    Suggested Freshman 1st Semester
    SCL 1001 Success in College and Life 1 Life Skills  
    ENGL 1113 English Composition I 3 Gen Ed  
    POLSC 1113 American Federal Government 3 Gen Ed  
    MATH 1513 College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences  OR Gen Ed  
    MATH 1503 Contemporary Mathematics  OR Gen Ed  
    MATH 2013 Introduction to Statistics 3 Gen Ed  
    DCP 1214 Cinematography I 4 Major
    DCP 2323 Film Editing and Digital Effects I 3 Major
    Suggested Freshman 2nd Semester
    ENGL 1213 English Composition II 3 Gen Ed  
    HIST 1483 U.S. History to The Civil War  OR Gen Ed  
    HIST 1493 U.S. History Since The Civil War 3 Gen Ed  
    DCP 2214 Cinematography II 4 Major C
    PHYS SC Any Physical Science Chosen From Astr, Phys, Chem, Or Geol Subject Areas  3-4 Gen Ed  
    DCP 2253 Film Sound 3 Major
    Suggested Sophomore 1st Semester
    BIO Biological Science  3-4 Gen Ed  
    GEN ED Gen Ed Elective 6 Gen Ed  
    DCP 1133 Production Design 3 Major
    DCP 2273 Documentary Filmmaking  OR Major
    DCP 1713 Screenwriting 3 Major C
    Suggested Sophomore 2nd Semester
    DCP 2123 Film Production and Business 3 Major C
    DCP 2713 Capstone Project 3 Major C
    HUM Humanities Elective 6 Gen Ed  
    GEN ED Gen Ed Elective 3 Gen Ed  
  • Course Grouping

    Major Courses: (26 credit hours) (C) Digital Cinema Production: DCP 1133; DCP 1214; DCP 2123; DCP 2214; DCP 2253; DCP 2273 or DCP 1713; DCP 2323; DCP 2713

    General Education Courses: (37 credit hours) English: ENGL 1113; ENGL 1213; Political Science: POLSC 1113; *Any Physical Science taken from ASTR, CHEM, GEOL, or PHYS subjects; *Any General Education Biology; History: HIST 1483 or HIST 1493; Mathematics: MATH 1503 or MATH 1513 or MATH 2013; 6 general education credit hours Humanities electives. 

    *One of these courses must a have a lab component.

    **General Education Electives: 9 credit hours chosen from the following courses: PSY 1113; SOC 1113; SOC 2213; ECON 2123; any General Education Foreign Language course

    (C) A grade of "C" or higher must be achieved in Major Courses.

    Life Skills Courses: (1 credit hour) Life Skills: SCL 1001

    Support Courses: None

  • Program Notes

    Notes: This program is designed for students planning to continue their education at a four-year college or university. See University Parallel/Transfer Programs in the general information section of the catalog.

  • Course Descriptions

    Biological Science

    BIO - Biological Science
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Biological Science

    Digital Cinema Production

    DCP 1133 - Production Design
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of location design, exterior and interior art direction and construction, stage sets, props, signage, costume and set decoration, makeup, and hair dressing.

    DCP 1214 - Cinematography I
    Prerequisites: None
    4CREDITS

    Students will be introduced to the equipment and technical aspects used for films and television. They will demonstrate an understanding of terms and procedures in selecting equipment for specific scenes. They will demonstrate a basic understanding of how to use lights, sound and camera devices. They will demonstrate a technical understanding of the workflow utilized in preproduction, production and post production process of motion pictures. Laboratory experience is a required component of this course.

    DCP 1713 - Screenwriting
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Students will be given basic instruction in the skills of writing and analyzing screenplays. Students will produce examples of the type of writing on which the instruction is focused. This course will include the analytical breakdown of screenplay elements through script analysis of feature-length screenplays and short-form screenplays. Students will synthesize their knowledge and skills learned in class, and problem-solve by writing "coverage" of student class projects--and by writing multiple short-form screenplays, culminating in a screenplay for a Capstone Project. They will also create a step-outline for a feature-length motion picture.

    DCP 2123 - Film Production and Business
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Students will study the film-making process from concept to completion with special emphasis on the relationship between key staff members such as the producers, editors, directors, and cinematographers. They will demonstrate a basic understanding of film production technology and terminology. They will also analyze publicity, marketing techniques and materials, distribution plans, contracts, labor relations, business plans, copyright, chain of title, and negotiating with management and representation. As part of this course students will develop an entire plan for the production of a film which may become their Capstone project. The plan will include the selection of a script, a detailed schedule, budget, and possible contracts for staff and talent.

    DCP 2214 - Cinematography II
    Prerequisites: DCP 1214 and DCP 2323 or by evaluation. § Criteria for evaluation is in division office.
    4CREDITS

    Students will be introduced to the composition of film and television. They will demonstrate an understanding of picture and sound techniques to produce a meaningful and cohesive visual and aural story. They will demonstrate a basic understanding of utilizing lights, sound and camera locations and movements relative to the visual and aural story. Laboratory experience is a required component of this course.

    DCP 2253 - Film Sound
    Prerequisites: DCP 1214
    3CREDITS

    Students will demonstrate the use of microphones, microphone placement, sound enhancements, volume, and the recording techniques used on location and in a studio. They will produce a full sound mix, including dialogue, score, source music, sound effects, and a variety of digital technologies.

    DCP 2273 - Documentary Filmmaking
    Prerequisites: DCP 1214 and DCP 2323
    3CREDITS

    Students will analyze the techniques and resources for the successful development and completion of filmed documentary productions. They will examine the duties of the documentary filmmaker from the perspective of the various craft categories. Students will synthesize their knowledge and skills learned in class, and problem-solve by producing examples of the type of filmmaking on which the instruction is focused.

    DCP 2323 - Film Editing and Digital Effects I
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Students will learn the digital environment of the non-linear AVID editing system, mastering the basics of multiple video and audio tracks, scenes assembly, time line structure and maintenance. Basic transitions such as dissolves, fades, wipes, and others will be introduced. Students will learn the process of commercial digital film editing and become familiar with story line and plot development through basic post-production techniques of picture and sound juxtaposition. Students will also be introduced to the mechanics and methods of digital effects. They will demonstrate a proficiency in the manipulation of single images, resulting in digitally enhanced composite shots and scenes. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    DCP 2713 - Capstone Project
    Prerequisites: Students are required to complete all required major DCP courses before taking DCP 2713. Prerequisite: DCP 2273 or DCP 1713
    3CREDITS

    Individually or in groups, students will produce a short 10 to 20 minute, completely edited, finished film, demonstrating their mastery of the various film craft categories and the entire film making process. in some cases, students may work on a professional production in a capacity which demonstrates the skills they have learned.

    Electives

    GEN ED - Gen Ed Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    General Education elective

    HUM - Humanities Elective
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Humanities elective

    PHYS SC - Any Physical Science Chosen From Astr, Phys, Chem, Or Geol Subject Areas
    Prerequisites: None
    3CREDITS

    Any Physical Science chosen from ASTR, PHYS, CHEM, or GEOL subject areas

    English

    ENGL 1113 - English Composition I
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will write well-developed compositions which demonstrate the principles of unity, coherence, and organization and which contain specific details and vivid language. The students will locate library material and incorporate researched materials into compositions.

    ENGL 1213 - English Composition II
    Prerequisites: ENGL 1103 or ENGL 1113 taken within the last year, with strong encouragement for immediate continuation.
    3CREDITS

    In this advanced writing course, students will create essays that explore and evaluate a variety of issues and perspectives suggested by fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and other types of cultural texts. Students will refine and augment the writing techniques they learned in ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103 to develop well- reasoned, well-structured arguments in a clear, fluid, and engaging prose style.

    History

    HIST 1483 - U.S. History to The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1400 to 1870 in such areas as revolution, geographic and social mobility, political reform, government precedents and war, the student will be able to identify patterns of present day mobility, describe governmental operations in his society and help resolve conflict in society based on the students search for change, precedents, and conflict in the American past.

    HIST 1493 - U.S. History Since The Civil War
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    After analyzing events in American history from 1870 to the present in such areas as political reform, industrialization, urbanization, ethnic acculturation and war, the student will be able to identify meaningful changes in his society, identify equal rights in that society, and help resolve conflict in this society based on the students search for change, equal rights and conflicts in the American past.

    Mathematics

    MATH 1503 - Contemporary Mathematics
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score. Pre or Co-requisite ENGL 1113 or ENGL 1103
    3CREDITS

    A study of the mathematics needed for critical evaluation of quantitative information and arguments (including logic, critical appraisal of graphs and tables); use of simple mathematical models, and an introduction to elementary statistics. This course satisfies the computer proficiency requirement.

    MATH 1513 - College Algebra for Business, Life Sciences and Social Sciences
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will demonstrate an understanding of the general concepts of relation and function and specifically of polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions; the ability to solve systems of equations by utilizing matrices and determinants; and the ability to solve practical problems using algebra.

    MATH 2013 - Introduction to Statistics
    Prerequisites: MATH 0403 or adequate math placement test score; ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    The student will solve problems applying the concepts of random sampling, elementary probability, testing hypotheses, descriptive measures, chi-square, regression and correlation, and analysis of variance.

    Political Science

    POLSC 1113 - American Federal Government
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0203, adequate placement score, or by meeting determined placement measures
    3CREDITS

    A study of the principles, structure, processes and functions of the United States federal government.

    Success in College and Life

    SCL 1001 - Success in College and Life
    Prerequisites: ENGL 0106 or adequate reading/writing assessment scores
    1 CREDIT

    Students will learn best practices for academic, career, and personal success. Students will discover their individual strengths, interests, and values to create a personalized plan; select and utilize resources that are applicable to their growth and success; and engage as active and responsible members of the academic community. This course should be taken during a student's first semester of college work at Oklahoma City Community College and is a required course in degree plans to satisfy the Life Skills requirement.

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