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What will I learn?

Time-based media is an artistic tool that conveys strong emotion and powerful imagery. In this 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 and Theatre.

You may also exhibit your work through these outlets:

  • Student Gallery, located on third floor of the Student Center, showcases some of the best work by JCCC student artists.
  • Mind’s Eye is a literary magazine produced yearly and features students’ artistic works.
  • Art competitions and exhibitions at local, regional and national levels, such as those sponsored by League for Innovation in the Community College, putting your work in front of industry professionals and giving your works a wider community audience.


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, Prelude
  • Black Magic URSA Mini Pro 4.6K camera kits
  • Panasonic LUMIX 4K camera kits
  • Sony PXW X1 camcorder systems
  • Rode and Audio Technika microphones
  • Fully equipped lighting and shooting studios

Join JCCC’s Community of Visual Professionals (CVP). This student organization encourages artistic expression through group critiques, student film festivals, workshops, gallery visits, film screenings, visiting artist presentations, and more.

Expand your network of artists by sharing and studying artist on the Fine Arts, Photography and Film & Media Studies blog.  You can also 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

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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, University of Kansas, 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

Need help with career decisions? Visit the Career Development Center.

Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.