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Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

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The Basics of Filmmaking (FLM 310)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

June 2023 - Present. 

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion, students will be able to: describe developments in film history, from its origins to the present across an all time periods and national contexts; discuss ideas and values represented in film that reflect the diverse and global society in which we live today; understand how film is an art form, and an industrial, theatrical, and non-theatrical medium; demonstrate understanding of film as a national, international and global medium; and analyze the interaction of film and media with its historical and cultural contexts.


This course will introduce students to the art and technique of filmmaking. Students are expected to learn basic principles of film design and the four foundational elements of film style (e.g. mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound) and be able to visualize a basic story idea  Students will become familiar with the ideas and materials needed for  the technical skills used for creative expression in this film production.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in Filmmaking (6/23).