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What will I learn?

Studying film provides a solid foundation to enrich your experience of cinema. You'll learn the differences between film as an industry and film as an art, as well as the differences between film as a pleasurable experience and film as an ideological undertaking. Explore the process of creating film artistically and technically. HCC film courses will help you consider the impact of the cultural and the historical backdrops against which motion pictures are constructed.

Film courses offered at HCC include Introduction to Film Studies, History of Film and Studies in Film.

A background in film studies provides the opportunity to pursue many exciting career choices in technical and artistic areas. Possible careers in film include:

  • Acting/Casting/Directing
  • Camera Operation
  • Documentary Filmmaking
  • Film Critique/Editing/Production
  • Lighting Design
  • Photography
  • Scriptwriting/Storyboarding
  • Voiceovers

If you plan to complete the first two years of study at Heartland and then continue your studies as a film major at a four-year institution in Illinois, the Associate in Arts (AA) transfer preparation program is the path for you.

Which department am I in?

Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division

Study options

Full Time (60 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$12,660.00 per year
Start date

Expected January 2022


Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Division

ICB 2000 & 2100,

1500 W Raab Road,



61761, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must be High school graduates.

For international students

Students must have completion of the equivalent of secondary school.

English Language Requirement:

TOEFL paper based - 550; Computer based - 213; Internet based – 79

IELTS - 6.5

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.