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Continuing Education

Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Digital Cinema 

Digital Cinema

Digital Cinema is ideal if you want to gain professional-level skills in the use of digital filmmaking, sound, motion, and sequence-generated content.

A still of a Pre-College student's film on the big screen in CIA's screening room.


In this course you will learn to meet standards for work in digital cinema, documentary, installation, or experimental video work. Digital Cinema emphasizes the importance of the image and visual storytelling within time-based work, incorporating a solid foundation in photographic essentials. Your focus will be on creative thinking and problem solving as you work on both individual and group projects. In addition, the class will focus on the fundamental rules of composition, contemporary concepts, and examples of historical and contemporary video works of art. Students will engage in a collaborative studio environment; contribute to and receive constructive critique; and establish critical thinking skills while developing personal projects.

No previous video experience required. It is strongly recommended that students bring their own digital SLR camera with video functions and an external hard drive or large USB flash drive (64GB) for digital file storage.


We are accepting online applications through May 1, 2019. View the checklist to make sure you have everything you need for your application. Questions? Email us at or call 216.421.7460.

Our 2019 application is currently closed.


Simone Barros began in New York working on the production and editing staff for various film and television productions including, A&E Television Networks, Comedy Central’s "Chappelle's Show," Spike Lee’s film, "25th Hour," VH-1’s "Say It Loud: Black Music in America," PBS documentary "New York: A Documentary Film"  Judith Helfand’s HBO documentary, “Blue Vinyl: A Toxic Comedy” and "Reading Rainbow."

Simone received the 2016 CPAC Creative Workforce Fellow, for her film Freedom Runners, a poetic and experimental documentary examining the connectivity of body, landscape and ancestral memory. In 2000, she graduated from Tisch School of the Arts at New York University receiving the Martin Scorsese Filmmaker Grant and Tisch Dean Craft Award.

In recent years she has taught digital cinema arts, documentary and experimental filmmaking at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and screenwriting and film production at Cuyahoga Community College.