Film & Television

Movies. TV. Commercial Production. YouTube. If you are interested in a career in the entertainment field, the OCC Career Advantage Film & Television program will give you the skills you need to enter or grow your skills and opportunities in the industry. OCC’s Film & Television labs include current industry-standard equipment and technology to prepare you to enter the working world immediately, or transfer to a bachelor’s degree program for further study if that is your goal. OCC graduates with skills and a strong drive to work in this competitive field are in demand and earn good wages. Broadcast technicians in California earn a median annual income of $52,216; camera operators in the television and motion picture industry earn a median annual income of $72,425. Whether you want to become a camera operator, videographer, director or producer of your own video content, the OCC Career Advantage program in Film & Television can give you a head start on that path. Read on to learn more about the programs we offer.

A sampling of courses for these careers

Film and Video Sound
Directing
Cinematography

Television Production
Digital Cinema
Story Developing

Did you know?

Employment of producers and directors is projected to grow 12 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Program Details

Complete one of our certificate programs, and you’ll be well-prepared to enter a career in film and television, and earn an associate degree for even greater advancement opportunities.

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In less than 2 years
you can earn:
Certificate of Achievement

Prepare for an entry-level position in the film, video, television, multi-media and entertainment industries in the areas of producing, directing, camera operation, lighting, sound and editing. This program is designed to give you two years of extensive theory and technical training in the basic skills required for employment in the film and television industries. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for an entry-level position in the entertainment industry. Learn the skills necessary to create your own recorded-media projects and gain an understanding and appreciation of the various artistic and technical aspects of camera and narrative production. Learn performing, directing, storytelling, camera operation, event documentation, lighting, sound, post-production, and business practices. View program detail in course catalog.

Build on your certificate
of achievement with a:
Certificate of Specialization

Or earn your
associate degree
in under 4 years

Complete the Film & Television Certificate of Achievement and the Associate in Science graduation requirements to earn an associate degree. This program prepares you for an entry-level position in the film, video, television, multi-media and entertainment industries in the areas of producing, directing, camera operation, lighting, sound and editing. View program detail in course catalog.

Prepare for a bachelor’s program in a similar major within the California State University system by completing this associate-degree-for-transfer program, which will give you extensive theory and technical training in the basic skills. Students who complete this program are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. View program detail in course catalog.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

To enroll in a Career Advantage program, you must first apply for admission to Orange Coast College. To apply, go to the Admissions Application Information webpage and review the information and requirements for admission. A link at the bottom of that page will take you to the CCCApply website, where you will be prompted to create an account so you can begin the application process.

Classes cost $46 per unit for residents of California. Classes vary in their unit value, but an average 3-unit class costs $138. There are additional fees required to register and additional costs associated with each program. Click here to view the estimated total costs of the program in this career cluster.

View this chart for the length of the core program.

This program offers online, evening and weekend courses. For details about offerings in this program, speak to a counselor or consult the class schedule. The class schedule tool searches through all Orange Coast College course offerings and includes a filter for online classes.

You can make an appointment in person, online or by phone.  Click here for more information about Counseling Services and how to make an appointment.

For general questions about enrollment, availability of classes and other services for prospective and current OCC students, call The Answer Center at 714-432-5772. For answers to specific questions you can speak to a counselor or to the faculty member listed on this program page.

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Did you know?

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, people who have a certificate as
their highest level of education earned, on average, 20 percent more than
those whose highest education level is a high school diploma.

Our Team

Jordan Clark

Jordan Clark, M.S.

Career Technical Education & Career Services Outreach Specialist

Katie Ottoson

Katie Ottoson, M.S.

Counselor, CTE and
Career Services

Will Thai

Counselor, Visual and Performing
Arts Programs

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