Student at Filming Class


Welcome to the LACC Cinema/TV Department

LACC has an internationally recognized reputation as a comprehensive world-class training program. With the low enrollment fee, you can use your money for your film and television projects instead of costly tuition. You will have completed projects that you can show potential employers.  Our partnerships with local universities also offer you the opportunity to transfer and continue your film education.  

Enrollment for Summer and Fall is happening now.  

Summer begins June 10!

Descriptions of: All Cinema Courses
Descriptions of: All Television Courses

Areas of Focus

As you pursue a career in film and television you will focus on one or more specific aspects of the filmmaking process.  Los Angeles City College offers courses to help you develop the skills you need to advance your career. 


An open computer with a screenplay being typed on it.

Movies, short films, and television series begin with an idea.  Screenwriting classes provide students with the skills for writing a feature film, television series, or short film project. Students will be guided from the initial stage of their ideas, ‘breaking' their stories, outlining them, and then, writing their scripts, beginning with "FADE IN," and ending with "FADE OUT." 

Our faculty bring their professional experience to the classroom to help you realize your dreams of writing for film and television.  

Cinema Certificate: Screenwriting

If you love the idea of finding stories, developing them, and working on the project until it is released,  producing might be for you.  There are many types of producers and our program helps you to understand the different roles while developing the skills to become a producer.  Students will develop skills in writing, pre-production, production, and knowledge of the business of motion picture and television, including new media platforms.

Cinema Certificate: Producing

Students setup a camera for a shot.

The Cinematography courses are designed to provide students with advanced skills in below-the-line supervising, single-camera cinematography, production and post-production. Technical skills are emphasized for the jobs of cinematographer, camera operator, camera assistant, and data manager, as well as coloring and post-production processes.

Cinema Certificate: Cinematography

Post Production competency prepares students for careers in film, video, audio and special effects editing, as well as post-production management. Cinema and television students master procedures and techniques for picture and audio editing using non-linear software and other elements of sound design to create final soundtracks for media production. 

Students will learn Adobe Premiere Pro and Avid Media Composer. 

Cinema Certificate: Post Production

The director is the lead creative vision for the film. Directing students are trained in the craft of directing primarily for single-camera film production. Students learn a broad array of directorial skills with emphasis on the role of the director as storyteller, visualization of the script, and rehearsing and directing scenes with actors. Directing skills also prepare individuals for careers as producers, especially in episodic television productions. 

Cinema Certificate: Directing

A student holds a boom mic on a pole over actors at a table.

Students earning the Sound for Film certificate of achievement will have received the hands-on training, technical competence, historical context, and principles needed to enter the entertainment work force and launch a career in audio post-production. The classes offered prepare students for a number of industry careers including audio and video technician, sound engineering technician, film and video editor, dialogue editor, ADR recorder/mixer, foley recorder/mixer, re-recording mixer, and sound designer.

Cinema Certificate: Sound for Film

A director points to the camera monitor.  A newsperson in the background.

The Television Production certificate of achievement provides students with hands-on skills in multiple-camera studio pre-production, production, and post-production. Students may successfully transition into the entertainment industry with this certificate, both in scripted television sitcom and drama series, and in reality programming. The careers for which LACC helps its students prepare include producers, writers, directors, camera operators, lighting directors, grips and electricians, picture and sound editors, colorists, sound engineers, and production assistants.

Associate Degree: Television Production

Television Certificate: Production

As you prepare for your area of focus, you will take a group of core courses. 

  • Cinema 001: 
  • Cinema 002: 
  • Cinema 003:
  • Cinema 004:


  • Cinema 018:


(no prerequisites required)


(no prerequisites required)

If you have questions about individual classes, contact the instructor of the class via email: Faculty & Staff
Use the student portal to login to your online class.

 See a short tour of our Cinema/TV Department and Facilitites

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Congratulations on the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) Center for Cinema and Television at LACC!

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The new state-of-the-art Dick Clark Television Studio thanks to a donation from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association

Music Editor Console
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Mission Statement

The LACC Cinema and Television Department is dedicated to providing students with the technical skills and creative guidance to prepare them for professions in the entertainment industry.

Certificates Offered by the LACC Cinema/TV Department

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Course Descriptions

Academic Programs: Cinema / TV
College Catalog
Class Schedules
Calendar of Classes & Events
List of Certificates and Degrees in Entertainment

Cinema Television Department


Cinema Television Department
Los Angeles City College
Communications Building (map)
855 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles CA 90029


Jen Vaughn
Department Chair
Associate Professor of Cinema
Email: @email
Phone: (323) 953-4000 ext. 2631