traditional undergraduate on campus

Film Production

Trevecca’s Associate of Science in film production is a two-year degree that equips you for a variety of jobs in film, television and media arts. You’ll acquire the skills to write, edit and produce media for the exciting industry of film production, or continue with your education to earn a Bachelor of Science in media arts and studies.


Program Benefits

  • Graduate with the skills you need to be competitive in the job market. 
  • Work with professional camera, lighting, audio and video editing equipment and technology.
  • Learn from faculty who possess high degrees in their fields, who have relevant and valuable real-world experience and who make an effort to know you personally.
  • Enjoy our small class sizes and supportive campus community.
  • Take advantage of incredible internships and jobs available in the exciting Nashville market.


What to Expect

As a student in Trevecca’s Associate of Science in film production program, you’ll get the knowledge, training and experience you need to pursue a career in the film or television industry. This program prepares you to write, edit and produce media like feature films, documentaries, training videos, short films, audio promotions and webcasts. 

Core classes cover topics like film and video production, scriptwriting, communication theory, storytelling in digital media and audio technology. In addition, you can tailor your education by choosing specialized courses like corporate video production, camera acting and directing, and special effects and animation so that your coursework matches your interests and goals. 

Our professors have professional experience in screenwriting and film production and work hard to help you gain the hands-on experience you need to be successful. You’ll use state-of-the-art camera, lighting, audio and video editing equipment and technology from your first semester in the program.

This associate degree is perfect if you are hoping to take advantage of the Tennessee Promise scholarship. Instead of attending a two-year school and then transferring to Trevecca, this program allows you to complete your associate degree in two years (as required by the state) and then to transition seamlessly into our Bachelor of Science in media arts and studies program so you can continue your studies and complete your degree at Trevecca.

Why Choose Trevecca?

Founded in 1901 and a leader in online education for more than two decades, Trevecca helps students discover and pursue an individual calling by providing innovative instruction; cultivating a supportive, Christ-centered community; and establishing relationships that open doors.

Recognized nationally and locally for academic quality, Trevecca has earned a reputation for providing the world with servant leaders, problem solvers and difference makers. Trevecca’s holistic approach to education encompasses intellectual, social, emotional, physical and spiritual growth.

As a Christian university, we offer programs that explore the ways faith intersects with your field of study. This means you can gain your film production degree in a supportive, Christian community with small classroom sizes and engaged faculty members who care about you and your goals.


Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

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Financial Aid & Costs

Financial Aid & Costs

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Career Opportunities

Upon completing this degree, students will be equipped with the necessary critical thinking, communication and technical skills for a variety of jobs in film, television and media arts. Students are prepared to write, edit and produce media products such as feature films, documentaries, training videos, short films, audio promotions and webcasts. They also receive foundational training for the following fields:

  • Screenwriting
  • Directing
  • Producing
  • Lighting
  • Visual/special effects
  • Acting
  • Editing
  • Casting
  • Cinematography

With a degree in film production, students can expect to achieve career success. Film and video editors can make on average $59,040 a year as well as camera operators. A producer or director can earn $70,950 a year. If you become well-known in your field, your earning potential can grow significantly. Industry jobs are expected to increase by as much as 9 percent throughout the next few years, resulting in expanding opportunities for students with a film degree.*

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Course Descriptions

Get details on all the courses you’ll complete as you work toward this degree at Trevecca.

Life, Calling, and Purpose
INT 1100
Students will begin a journey of self-awareness where they can identify their individual gifts and talents while considering how God can use their uniqueness within their field of interest. Goals of the course include building community, understanding leadership and service, and evaluating God's calling. Required of all first-time freshmen (those enrolling with less than 24 hours) who are younger than 24 years of age and have not taken a similar course at another accredited institution.
Basic Concepts of Audio Technology
MCM 1050

Designed to familiarize the student with the basic concepts of real-time and recorded audio. Topics covered include: a brief history of recording, wave propagation, signal flow, analog and digital console operation, monitoring and amplification, cables, connectors, microphones, and a hands-on approach to mixing for live sound reinforcement, digital theory, and basic DAW operations.

Theories of Communication
COM 3010

Surveys the major theories of human communication. The study will focus on the origins, usefulness, and limitations of each theory for understanding communication events. This course will help prepare students to analyze and interpret human communication in all its forms (intrapersonal communication, interpersonal communication, small group transactions, organizational communication, public speaking, drama, and mass communication).

Introduction to Mass Media
COM 2210

Founded upon an historical overview of the persons and technological discoveries that contributed to the origins of mass media, this course examines the advances, roles, and impact of mass media in a changing world. The contemporary convergence, contexts, and controversies of mass media are examined within print, electronic, information, and persuasion industries.

Introduction to Film and Video Production
COM 2215/ITI 2215

An introduction to the use of digital cameras for professional or personal digital filming. Training includes introduction to camera capabilities, movement, control, lighting, sound, and scene composition. Essential editing skills also introduced.

Foundations of Media Writing
COM 2620

Will teach mass communication students, regardless of their concentration, basic media writing skills. Emphasis is placed on a journalistic style of writing using AP style that is required by all media industries including radio, television, newspaper, internet, and public relations.

Film Criticism
COM 2720

Students will learn several basic ways to "read" a film and how to respond to it descriptively, evaluatively, and interpretively through the writing of film reviews. Students will engage in the responsible, competent, critical evaluation/judgment of actual films. Some attention also will be given to generic influences, filmic literacy, and artistic accountability.

Advanced Film and Video Production
COM 3020

Advanced instruction in the concepts and technique of video design and production.

Scriptwriting for TV/Film
COM 3025

An introduction to basic storytelling and screenwriting techniques. Students will research and develop multiple fictional screenplays. An on-going dialogue will be encouraged in the investigation of one's Christian faith and how it works itself out through creative endeavors.

Short Film Production
COM 3100

Collaborative development and production of a short film(s) as a member of a film crew. The course offers students the opportunity to make a short film(s) using locations, resources, and protocol. The course operates as a team building experience where all students participate in at least one role in the production process. The workshop environment is specifically designed to prepare students for a move into motion picture or long-form video production.

Visual Effects & Animation for Film & Television I
COM 3110
An introduction to the concepts & creation of visual effects and animation for use in film, television, and other visual mediums. Training includes essential techniques & technology used in shooting for, creating, and editing special and visual effects and animated film projects. Training also includes an introduction to essential visual special effects software.
Directing for Film and Television
COM 3640
Focuses on the application of acting and performance skills for single-camera film and video presentations. Development of "commercial" and on-camera spokesperson performances are presented and analyzed in a workshop environment. Students also examine the process of evaluating, coaching and directing actors for the camera. Intensive work in auditions, cold readings, blocking, and improvisations for both film and television performance is prepared.
Visual Effects & Animation for Film & Television II
COM 4090

Advanced study of the concepts & creation of visual effects and animation for use in film, television, and other visual mediums. Training includes advanced techniques & technology used in shooting for, creating, and editing visual effects and animated film projects.

Organizational and Corporate Video Production
COM 4190/ ITI 4190

A study of the roles and points of view of the writer, producer, director and client and the dynamic relationship these participants share in the field of organizational and corporate video production. Students will produce videos for a variety of "clients" throughout the semester. Students will be working individually as well as in production groups (teams). Students will alternate roles (i.e., producer, director, PA, etc.) with each new group project. In addition to projects, assignments and specified readings, students will be required to participate in group activities both on and off campus occasionally on their own time.

COM 4500

Designed to have students to research, produce, direct, write, and edit a documentary project. Story structure and creative approach to the documentary will be emphasized as well as the key stages of producing a documentary including pre-production, production, and post-production. One of the goals of the class is to have a student festival ready documentary worthy of a resume reel.

Audio for Digital Cinema
MCM 4210

Designed to teach the student skills in recording, editing and mixing sound for video and film. During the course, students gain hands-on experience through projects implementing key aspects in audio for the digital cinema. Aspects covered include: microphone techniques for recording on-location, sound design, automatic dialogue replacement, Foley, special effects, editing dialogue, sound effects, music score, and mixing in both stereo and surround.

General Education — 23-25 hours

General Elective — 1-3 hours

*For a complete list of courses, tracks and other relevant information, view the program's course catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I apply the Tennessee Promise scholarship toward this program?
Yes, Trevecca is an eligible institution for this scholarship. Tennessee Promise provides students a last-dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and mandatory fees not covered by the Pell Grant, the Tennessee HOPE scholarship or the Tennessee Student Assistance Award.
What kind of classes will I take as part of this program?
You’ll take an introduction to mass media and film and video production, while also receiving foundational instruction in media writing and film criticism. As you progress through the curriculum you’ll take more advanced classes on film and video production, scriptwriting and audio technology. Based on your interests, a variety of electives are also offered in short film production, special effects and animation, acting and directing, corporate video production, documentary filmmaking and audio for digital cinema.
Can I transition into a bachelor’s degree after I complete my associate degree?
Yes, classes completed as part of a student’s associate degree in film production can be applied toward a Bachelor of Science in media arts. Upon completion of the associate degree, students can discuss their course plan with an academic advisor and formulate a continued, seamless path of study.