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Certificate in Film & Video Production

Direct and Produce Impactful Film and Video Projects


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $4,725

Next start date:

September 2022

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About this Program

The digital revolution has transformed filmmaking, making it possible to produce independent movies and video projects without huge budgets, expensive cameras or large crews. This change means that many different organizations and companies today use film and video as part of their work. Whether the goal is to fulfill a personal artistic vision, market a product or advance a cause, the fundamental need to tell a story remains paramount, and film is a powerful means to do it.

In this three-course certificate program, you’ll receive direct, hands-on experience creating visual stories that are intelligent, emotional, compelling, succinct and informative. We’ll cover the primary aspects of film production, including scripting, camera and lighting, sound, directing and editing. You’ll emerge with your own short film for your personal or professional portfolio.

Designed For

Current and aspiring filmmakers and video production specialists.

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Video Overview

Maria Gargiulo, an instructor in the Certificate in Film and Video Production, gives you an in-depth look into the program and shares the relevance of storytelling to a variety of professions.

Duration: 03:20

What You’ll Learn

  • Visual storytelling, script and story development, principles of cinematography and lighting
  • Directing: camera placement, staging a scene, directing actors, documentary interviewing and casting
  • Editing skills: montage and mise-en-scène, editing techniques to advance your storytelling, and editing software and workflows
  • The fundamentals of audio recording, sound editing and final mix
  • The keys to production leadership: collaboration, crew and resource management, and visioning your film

Get Hands-On Experience

You'll write, shoot and edit your own film with guidance and instruction from professional filmmakers.

Career Stats


Projected job growth for producers and directors in Washington state (2018-2028)


Average salary for producers and directors in Washington state

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format


Attend classes part time at one of our convenient locations in the Puget Sound region. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. Learn More »

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