Cinematic Arts

Cinematic Arts

The OCC Cinematic Arts program has been designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the nature of film as an art form. 

OCC's Cinematic Arts program provides an in-depth understanding of the entire filmmaking process, and prepares students to excel in many areas, including: film studies, editing, directing, animation, screenwriting, sound design and digital cinematography. 

Transfer to a university: the Cinematic Arts curriculum has been created with transferring in mind. Most credits will be accepted for entry into film programs at universities including Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan Oakland University and Wayne State.

Did you know? Film and video editors and camera operators typically work in studios or in office settings. Camera operators and videographers often shoot raw footage on location.

Overall employment of film and video editors and camera operators is projected to grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations. The number of Internet-only platforms, such as streaming services, is likely to increase, along with the number of shows produced for these platforms. This growth may lead to more work for editors and camera operators.
*Bureau of Labor Statistics


Eligibility Information

Prospective students must meet standard OCC eligibility requirements – there is an open admissions policy and placement tests and new student orientation are required in most cases. Students should meet with an counselor before attempting this plan of study.

Student Video

Watch awarding winning videos produced by OCC Cinematic Arts students.


Degree Program

OCC's Cinematic Arts degree program (CIN.AA) includes both production and film studies, giving you a foundation to take your career in the direction you choose. From producing your own films, to pursuing film studies or production at a university - OCC gives you the right start. 

Program Plan

Madeline K

“The Cinematic Arts program helped me discover my skills as a filmmaker, and realize what I find important. The teamwork, production work, and homework, all strengthened me to be my most confident self to move on to the next step in my career.” - Madeline K., Farmington Hills, MI