Santa Monica College film studies program offers classes in motion picture critical studies (film aesthetics/theory, film history, genres,leading filmmakers, gender/cultural film studies, as well as classes in screenwriting (beginning through advanced level) and digital film making (pre-production, production, and post production).  The program fosters successful preparation for student transfer to four-year colleges, including major film schools. It also prepares students for future careers in the multi-faceted and lucrative motion picture industry. Students learn to apply critical thinking and aesthetic judgment skills, both verbally and in writing, to the analysis of film as an art form, entertainment medium and cultural text. They also learn to express themselves creatively by developing the skills and applying the techniques necessary to communicate effectively using the specialized language of cinematic communication which is common to the work of all film makers worldwide.