Motion Pictures & Television (AA)

Motion Pictures & Television (AA)

The AA degree offers an overview of the key film production skills (visual storytelling, directing, producing, production design, editing, and cinematography) and an introduction to the creative world of entertainment. The AA prepares students for a seamless transition into the BFA program.


Associate of Arts (AA) Degree

Available Online

Core Classes

MPT 105 Cinematic Storytelling Core/3
MPT 106 Edit 1: The Art of Editing Core/3
MPT 140 Lighting 1: The Art of Seeing Light Core/3
MPT 159 Cinematography 1 Core/3
MPT 204 Breaking through the Noise of Social Media Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
MPT 205 Introduction to Producing Core/3
MPT 225 Sound Design for Film 1: Basic Concepts Core / 3 / Recommended for Summer
MPT 234 Scene Production Laboratory Core/3
MPT 285 Production Design Foundations Core/3
MPT 330 Directing Actors for Film and TV Core/3
WRI 188 Characters and Backstory Core/3


Unit Requirements

Major Coursework Units
Core 33
Major 9
Liberal Arts 18
Total 60

Degree Requirements


  • Minimum grade of C- in all core courses, major courses, and LA 107 Writing for the Multilingual Artist or LA 108 Composition for the Artist.
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA and the following general education requirements:
    2 Art Historical Awareness courses
    1 Written Communication: Composition course
    1 Written Communication: Critical Thinking course
    1 Employment Communications & Practices course

After above general education requirements are met, take Liberal Arts electives as needed to fulfill the Liberal Arts unit requirement.

Additional Information

Program Learning Outcomes

Undergraduate students will meet the following student performance criteria:

General Filmmaking Skills

  • Demonstrate basic understanding of the process of creating a film in collaboration with multidisciplinary teams

Technical Skills

  • Demonstrate basic technical skills in editing, lighting, and cinematography

Professional Readiness

  • Produce basic materials suitable for seeking entry-level employment

Academy of Art University Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Academy of Art University will demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Produce a body of work suitable for seeking professional opportunities in their chosen field of art and design.
  2. Solve creative problems within their field of art and design, including research and synthesis of technical, aesthetic, and conceptual knowledge.
  3. Communicate their ideas professionally and connect with their intended audience using visual, oral, and written presentation skills relevant to their field.
  4. Execute technical, aesthetic, and conceptual decisions based on an understanding of art and design principles.
  5. Evaluate work in their field, including their own work, using professional terminology.
  6. Recognize the influence of major cultural and aesthetic trends, both historical and contemporary, on art and design products.
  7. Learn the professional skills and behaviors necessary to compete in the global marketplace for art and design.
  8. Engage with a variety of communities beyond the classroom through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, athletics, student interest clubs as well as collaborative, civic and pro bono projects.

*Semester plans are subject to change at any time. Semester breakdowns displayed are suggested and additional options are available to help customize your educational experience. Speak to an admissions or student services representative for more information. Please see our catalog for more details at:

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