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* State Board approves SCC Digital Film Production Program

Shoreline Community College has a reputation for stellar faculty.  They have earned this distinction because of the many ways they demonstrate their commitment to their students.  Most recently, thanks to the hard work of film and video instructors, Ruth Gregory and Kris Boustedt, now Shoreline video and film students have the option to earn transfer credits while completing a professional-technical degree in digital film production.

 

The college received a message from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges on October 20, 2010 that approval had been granted for a new Applied Associate of Arts degree in Digital Film Production, which replaces the former Digital Filmmaking Technology certificate program.

 

Gregory and Boustedt had talked many times about offering students more than a stand-alone professional-technical degree, noting that other film and video programs at colleges and universities across the state were very prof-tech oriented. 

 

We wanted students to leave not only loving film and video but also having a good, strong academic background. Kris and I believe that to make really good films, students need a strong academic foundation,” Gregory said.  Students who enroll in the program will be required to

We want students to leave not only loving film and video but also to have a good, strong academic background.  Ruth Gregory, Film and Video Instructor

complete 15 credits of electives outside the department. For example,” Gregory said, “if students are interested in history, they can take specific classes in the history department and then incorporate that knowledge into a film they are producing.  To make great films, filmmakers need to have experience and knowledge about what to make them about.  The out-of-program electives will help to facilitate that.”  

 

The two instructors put their heads together and rewrote the former program as a unique hybrid degree where students would be required to complete general education courses as well as digital film courses to ensure that students would get the academic background not only to produce great films, but also to be

in a position to transfer those credits if they wish.  Students are required to complete not only English 101, but 102, two quantitative reasoning courses, and two multicultural understanding courses to ensure that they have a command of good writing and critical thinking skills. 

 

“It’s really wonderful that our faculty care enough about our students that they invest the time and energy to take a prof-tech program and develop it into a program that offers students a foundation in general education courses, too,” Norma Goldstein, Dean, Humanities, said about Gregory and Boustedt.  “These faculty have been working hard for a long time to prepare for this degree, and its fabulous that it can lead directly into film baccalaureate programs in the state.”

 

The new degree was made possible by three grants written by Goldstein, Boustedt, and Gregory.  “Both Kris and I came into the program in Fall of 2008 with the same goal of seeing the program expand into a degree,” Gregory said.  “Our certificate programs were already so big they were almost degrees anyway.  Dean Goldstein really helped us to find grants to support that development and soon enough we were on our way.” 

 

The degree is already up on the college web site and interested students have already begun to contact Gregory about it.  “We may see a couple students graduate this spring at the very earliest,” she said, “It is incredibly exciting.”

 

Students who complete the degree path with a 2.4 GPA or better can apply to transfer to Central Washington University and enter their Film and Video Studies program as a junior.  “Part of the degree creation process for us was making sure that it not only offered professional opportunities for our students, but also transfer options,” Gregory said, “Having options is always important.” 

 

The AAAS and AAS-T (transfer) program was approved at 97 credits.  The Performance Arts and Digital Filmmaking department also offers two certificate options.  The existing certificate option, Acting for Stage and Camera was approved to be grandfathered in as a primary program with the existing option program, Writing and Directing for the Camera as its option. 

 

Lights.  Camera.  Transfer.  A kick-off event is scheduled for Tuesday, November 16 at 11am in PUB 9202.  Interested students will have the opportunity to learn more about the program, pick up planning sheets, talk about upcoming classes, professional opportunities, college clubs and academic transfer options.  The event is being held before registration for Winter Quarter begins.  “We wanted to get the word out as soon as possible,” Gregory said, “We know that there are students who have been cheering the process on from the sidelines and we are excited to officially be able to share the degree with them after two years of hard work.” 

 

“If they’re going to be high caliber filmmakers, they should also be high caliber critical thinkers.”  Kris Boustedt, Film and Video Instructor

 

                                                                           Donna Myers, PIO

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