Information Communication Technologies & Digital Media Sector Team

Entertainment

The California Community Colleges may be the best kept secret for students from all walks of life looking to break into entertainment. To showcase the variety of courses offered by our expert faculty, the ICT-DM sector created a website for students interested in a career in this exciting industry.

The Entertainment-EDGE website provides a searchable database of the community college entertainment courses offered statewide and features bios of the talented faculty who teach them. Well-researched career advice is also offered on the site to help students understand the most viable entry points in entertainment and how they can best prepare for the demands of the industry.

Resources for instructors include a series of video interviews with industry professionals including directors, editors, cinematographers, and more. These video clips can be used in class or as otherwise needed.

Labor Market Assessment

(Entertainment and Digital Media combined)

Finding employment in the entertainment industry can be challenging.

Job postings represent just a small percentage of openings, often less than 20%, and most open jobs are filled through referrals from others, which makes traditional job search methods ineffective.

Demand Statewide (Job Openings):

8,665 (without a Bachelor’s degree)

Estimated Headcount in Digital Media & Entertainment Courses:

95,156

North/Sacramento Region

Bay Region

Central Region

Los Angeles Region

Orange County Region

South Central Coast Region

San Diego Region

Inland Empire/Desert Region

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ENTERTAINMENT BOOTCAMPS

Specialized bootcamps for students interested in exploring the entertainment industry can be held on campus and in connection with local high schools. This best practice is a key activity to connect high school students to their local colleges for entertainment training. Instructors interested in developing a bootcamp are encouraged to call their Regional Director for assistance.

REPORTS AND RESEARCH

The ICT-DM Sector conducted research to uncover the most viable entry points in entertainment, how community college students can best prepare the enter the industry and distinct pathways into entertainment for workers with experience in other fields.

Interviews conducted with entertainment employment and talent agencies, entertainment industry unions, job training program representatives, and industry experts revealed:

 

  • Job-seekers without prior work experience may find work as an entertainment assistant, such as a Production Assistant or Executive Assistant. One-on-one interviews revealed seven distinct skills that are critical to getting hired and performing well in these capacities.
  • Students planning to pursue a Bachelor’s degree are advised to complete an Associate Degree for Transfer (AA-T or AS-T) in Film, Television and Electronic Media or Theatre Arts, for guaranteed admission to a California State University (CSU).
  • Job candidates with prior work experience in a field other than entertainment (“Career Transformer” persona) should obtain a like position within an entertainment company and begin to network.

ENTERTAINMENT MODEL CURRICULUM

There are 8 final C-ID descriptors for
Film, Television & Electronic Media:

FTVE 100:

Introduction to Electronic Media

FTVE 105:

Introduction to Media Aesthetics and Cinematic Arts

FTVE 110:

Introduction to Media Writing

FTVE 120:

Beginning Audio Production

FTVE 125:

Beginning Radio Production

FTVE 130:

Beginning Single Camera Production

FTVE 135:

Beginning TV Studio Production

FTVE 150:

Beginning Motion Picture Production

View all final
descriptors here

The Transfer Model Curriculum (TMC) for Film, Televison & Electronic Media can be viewed here.

TMC

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

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Contact the ICT-DM Regional Director in your region for customized support and regional expertise.

 

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