by Joe Wyatt Published December 11, 2020 Amarillo College Regents on Dec. 1 unanimously approved the addition of six new academic programs in cinematic arts to prepare students for careers at all levels of the film industry. The programs – two associate degrees and four certificate programs – have been developed and will be delivered in collaboration with Sharpened Iron Studios through AC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Pending approval from both the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and AC’s accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the new programs will be offered in fall of 2021. The new programs, all of which were approved by AC’s Curriculum Committee on Sept. 30, include 60-hour AAS degrees in Motion Picture Production and Film and Film & Media Performance. Additionally, four certificate programs that can be taken independently and/or sequentially stacked to count toward AAS degrees are: Film Production, Screen Writing, Film Performance and Broadcast Media Performance. The certificates also will be offered through the College’s Continuing Education program.