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The Film and Media Studies program at Johnson County Community College allows you to explore your passion of creating, editing, and producing in the filmmaking industry.

What will I learn in JCCC’s Film and Media Studies Program?

Time-based media is an artistic tool that conveys strong emotion and powerful imagery. In JCCC’s Film and Media Studies program, you will learn to think critically about the media you consume and create. You’ll assess art in terms of its cultural, political, social, and historical impact. You will also learn to use and recognize techniques that will evoke the intended viewer’s response to your work.

You will start by studying the techniques, theories, and methodologies used in filmmaking. You will learn to interpret the signs, syntaxes, and structures of cinematic language. See how time-based media is used in fine arts, entertainment, and business.

Use the concepts of time, space, composition, light, color, and sound to express your conceptual ideas. Apply your skills to create films using single-camera techniques. Showcase your work in gallery exhibitions, film festivals, or on your own YouTube channel.

Deepen your learning with classes in:

  • Fine Arts
  • Photography
  • Digital Imaging
  • Journalism
  • Recording Arts
  • Animation
  • Art History
  • Theatre

You may have the opportunity exhibit your work through these outlets:

  • Student Gallery: Located on the third floor of the Student Center, this gallery showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye: A literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art Competitions and Exhibitions: Take advantage of these events at local, regional, and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College. Put your work in front of industry professionals and give your pieces a wider community audience.

Why JCCC for Film and Media Studies Courses?

The Film and Media studies program at JCCC allows you to get hands-on experience making films with guidance from professors who are experts in their fields. You’ll create in studios fully equipped with industry-standard equipment and technology, including:

  • The full suite of Adobe software, including Bridge, Camera Raw, PhotoShop, Lightroom, Premier Pro, InDesign, Animate, DreamWeaver, and Prelude
  • Black Magic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera kits
  • Panasonic LUMIX 4K camera kits
  • Sony PXW X1 camcorder systems
  • Rode and Audio-Technica microphones
  • Fully equipped lighting and shooting studios

You can get inspired at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art. This world-class museum is located on campus and is home to permanent works as well as traveling exhibitions.

For more fun and professional fine arts opportunities while at JCCC, get involved in the JCCC Art Club. Check out Get Involved@JCCC  to learn more about the club – or any group that fits your interests.


We offer scholarships especially for students in Fine Arts (including Film and Media Studies). Search for the following scholarships in our easy scholarship application, then fill out the form to apply. You may also qualify for and be matched with non-art scholarships using this simple application.

  • James Fennel Fine Arts
  • Kirk Foundation
  • Larry Thomas Memorial Art
  • S A Art
  • S A Photography

Portfolio Review for High School Students

The department hosts free portfolio review days to help high school students prepare to apply for first-year scholarships and transition into college art classes. Contact department co-chairs Tonia Hughes at or Mark Cowardin at for dates and details.

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Many liberal arts and fine arts credits will transfer to competitive art programs at area four-year schools, including Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Wichita State University. Make an appointment with an Academic Counselor specializing in the creative arts for details.

Popular careers in the field include:

  • Producer
  • Director
  • Lighting technician
  • Screenwriter
  • Camera operator
  • Videographer
  • Project coordinator

The cost of attending college can be a huge burden for many students. To avoid stress and the feeling of being hampered academically due to insufficient financing, JCCC is always working to make tuition rates more affordable for you.

At JCCC, we can offer:

Additional fees may be required for textbooks and other supplies. The cost of these items will vary depending on which Film and Media Studies Courses at JCCC that you are enrolled in.

There are several things to consider when budgeting for college. Visit our Cost of Attendance page for detailed information.

Resources and Tools at JCCC

JCCC offers many different resources and tools for all students. We also offer small class sizes, tutoring services, and one-on-one learning experiences. We want your time at Johnson County Community College to be both educational and memorable.

The Financial Aid office at JCCC is here for you if you need to discuss loan and/or scholarship opportunities. We can help you find financial aid options available to you to help lower your out-of-pocket costs each semester.

The Career Development Center and Academic Counseling services are great for students who are unsure of their plans post-graduation. Our counselors can help you find a career path that you are passionate about.

If you’re thinking about transferring your credits to another school, JCCC’s transfer process is easy for all students looking to continue their education at another institution.