A certificate from MCTC’s Cinema Studies program provides you with a foundation in the aesthetics, history and critical theory of moving pictures, which can be a springboard for many different careers and options for further study. The program focuses on the study of narrative, documentary and experimental cinema and explores film from around the world and across time periods.
Program start and location
You may begin this program in the fall or spring semesters. Courses are taught on MCTC’s main campus.
Degree options and requirements
Please select the award below to view the degree options and requirements in the college catalog.
Cinema Studies Certificate—24 credits
What you will learn
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- You will learn the features of and differences between narrative, documentary, and experimental cinema
- You will learn how cinema varies around the world and across time periods.
- You will develop skills to analyze film art and images.
Points of pride
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- MCTC’s Cinema programs are amongst the very few two-year degree programs offered in cinema production in the U.S. The MCTC Cinema Division is the only comprehensive cinema production institution of its kind in the upper Midwest.
- MCTC’s cinema programs are some of the most affordable programs in the U.S. and cover almost all production costs for students. Since the Cinema Studies program is open to all MCTC students, not just those admitted to the Cinema Division, students do not pay the higher rates charged for most Cinema Division courses.
- Thanks to a low student-to-teacher ratio, you will receive personal attention from qualified, passionate faculty members who are working professionals and hold MFA or Ph.D. degrees.
Where you could work
- Universities and colleges
- Museums and Art Centers
- K-12 and high schools
- Self employment
Potential job titles
- Movie reviewer
- Blog writer
- Community education teacher
In 2005, the New York Times declared a degree in Cinema Studies “the new MBA,” as moving pictures are the professional language of the future. Indeed, foundation in cinema studies gives you critical thinking and analytical skills that prepare you for further study in any number of disciplines, including a continued education at a four-year institution.
Strong relationships with the local film industry position MCTC students as sought-after candidates for internships and on-location work. These community collaborations also produce myriad programs, events and guest speakers, most of which are hosted on the MCTC campus. The Cinema Division partners with: Minnesota Film and TV Board, IFP Minnesota, Screenwriter’s Workshop of Minnesota, the Jerome Foundation and the Walker Art Center.
This program is part of the Academy of Media and Technology. Click here for more information.
Common Course Outlines
Gainful employment reports
Why We're Here
In the spring and summer of 2010, Adam Olson worked with sevenandsixty, in conjunction with the Minnesota Culture Club, to create this “collective love poem to the Twin Cities.” Adam is a member of the MCTC Cinema Division faculty.Watch Video
2014 Cinema Execllence Awards
The winners of the 2014 Cinema Excellence Awards.Read more!
Feeling dissatisfied in his pursuit of becoming a professional musician, Dan Huiting enrolled in the cinematography program at MCTC after discovering a passion for film while producing a music video with friends. Now he is living his dream.Read More
Cinematography and Screenwriting Alumni Make Short Film Together
Kevin Horn and John Karsko have worked on ten projects together since graduating from MCTC. Their latest project is a short film titled "Panhandler." Based on true events in Horn's life, the film centers around a man he met while on vacation and how he inspired him.Learn More