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2019-2020 College Catalog 
2019-2020 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cinema, Film and Media Studies Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Cinema, Film and/or Media Studies.

Cinema, Film and/or Media Studies are excellent majors for graduate studies in Film, Fine Arts, Humanities, Gender and Women’s Studies, International/Global Studies, History and Social Sciences, Business and Education.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education - 20 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: ART 234 , Art History, Communications, Drama, Literature, Philospophy, World Languages. Strongly recommended: CINEM 201 .

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select courses from the Social Sciences  course list. Recommended: Anthropology, Equity and Social Justice, Gender and Women’s Studies, History, International studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology. Strongly recommended: CMST& 102 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Select courses from distribution areas above. 15 credits of Film/Video courses can apply toward the AA degree. Recommended: ART 234  (if not used above), Anthropology, Communication, Drama, Equity and Social Justice, Gender and Women’s Studies, International Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and World Languages. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives and Elective Courses (Non-restricted).

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Faculty Advisors

Tony Doupé
206-546-5829 tdoupé@shoreline.edu Rm 4108

Duygu Monson
206-546-4640 dmonson@shoreline.edu Rm 4109

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Central Washington University http://www.cwu.edu/admissions/transfer-admission-criteria
Cornish College of the Arts https://www.cornish.edu/admission/apply/transfer/
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Seattle University https://www.seattleu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/transfer/
The Evergreen State College http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Washington - Bothell https://www.uwb.edu/admissions/apply/transfer
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
University of Washington - Tacoma https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/admissions/transfer-admission
Whitman College http://tinyurl.com/z8vuwn9

What is Cinema, Film and Media Studies?

From silent and black and white films to color, animation, and digital imagery, Cinema and Media Studies explores the history, theory and impact of media around the world. Through the study of film and mass media, students examine the role of media in society within historical, social and cultural contexts. Students have an opportunity to learn film and media production including screenwriting, journalism, directing, cinematography, photography, lighting and editing.
Contemporary issues in Cinema, Film and Media Studies: Film as an Art Form, Cultural Imperialism, Racial and Gender Stereotyping, Media Conglomeration, Philosophical and Ethical Issues, Social Justice and Responsibility, International and Independent Films, Historical Interpretation, Film critique, Documentary Film, and Film Conservation.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cinema, Film and Media Studies?

Graduates of Cinema, Film and Media Studies develop knowledge and skills to work in all aspects of the film industry to include film and video production, television studio production, screenwriting, directing, casting, lighting, editing, film analysis, storytelling, marketing and sales, public relations, conservation, research and development, photography, journalism and publishing.

Potential employers include: Film Studios, television studios, museums, historical societies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, publishing and media companies, businesses, public interest groups and non-profit organizations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx

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