Associate of Applied Science in Digital Filmmaking


Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm

The San Francisco Film School was founded by filmmakers with the core philosophy – “the best way to learn the art and craft of filmmaking is to make films!”  Our unique production-based curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with practical, hands-on instruction. Students study core areas of filmmaking including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing, editing & post-production, and audio for film.  During the course of each program, students make their own films, collaborate on classmates’ projects, make industry contacts, and create a body of work that will help them launch their career.  

The AAS degree program is four (4) semesters and can be completed in 16 months.  It teaches every aspect of filmmaking and is designed for students wishing to pursue careers as writers, directors, producers, cinematographers and editors in the motion picture and television industries.

In addition to their core filmmaking classes, students will be taught in general education; history of film, psychology and the creative mind, computer programming, statistics, and business of film. See the complete list of classes below.

Every semester students write, produce, direct and edit their own films, as well as, crew on each others’ projects.  Over the course of four (4) semesters, students will make six (6) short films, each project becoming progressively more challenging.  

Students produce the following films for the AAS degree:

Semester 1 – Visual Montage & Short Fiction Film

Semester 2 – Documentary

Semester 3 – Web Commercial & VR/360 Short Film

Semester 4 – Thesis Film

This project-based curriculum means that students learn filmmaking both in the classroom and hands-on, producing creative work that will help them develop their artistic voice and launch their career.

Schedule


Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm

Length: 16 Months

Requirements


  • Completed Admissions Application
  • Personal Profile (1-2 pages containing a personal history, and motivation for attending)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • High School Diploma (or GED)
  • Copy of DD Form 214 and Most Recent VA Certificate of Eligibility (Veterans Only)

Tuition & Fees


Tuition: $41,650
Application Fee: $45

How to Apply


Step 1:

Application Form

 

Step 2: Submit the complete application packet

  • Completed Admissions Application
  • Personal Profile (1-2 pages containing a personal history, and motivation for attending)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • High School Diploma (or GED)
  • Copy of DD Form 214 and Most Recent VA Certificate of Eligibility (Veterans Only)

Mail to:

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
Attn: Admissions Department
155 Sansome Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
94104

~OR~

Email to:

admissions@filmschoolsf.com

Please note there is a non-refundable $45 application fee

Syllabus


Semester 1
101 - Introduction to Producing & Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 1
102 - Creative Writing: Intro to Screenwriting
3 Credits
Semester 1
103 - Introduction to Digital Cinematography
2 Credits
Semester 1
104 - Introduction to the Craft of Editing
2 Credits
Semester 1
105 - Introduction to Audio for Film
2 Credits
Semester 2
201 - Documentary Producing and Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 2
202 - Advanced Creative Writing
2 Credits
Semester 2
204 - Motion Graphics
2 Credits
Semester 2
106 - Psychology and the Creative Mind
3 Credits
Semester 2
206 - History of Film
2 Credits
Semester 3
301 - Commercial Producing and Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 3
302 - Advanced Screenwriting
2 Credits
Semester 3
116 - Introduction to Computer Programming
3 Credits
Semester 3
303 - Intermediate Digital Cinematography
2 Credits
Semester 3
305 - Advanced Audio for Film
2 Credits
Semester 4
401 - Advanced Producing and Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 4
126 - Introduction to Statistics
3 Credits
Semester 4
402 - Business of Film
2 Credits
Semester 4
403 - Advanced Digital Cinematography
2 Credits
Semester 4
404 - Advanced Editing
2 Credits

Total: 4 Semesters, 70 Credits