Certificate in Film & Video Production

Direct and Produce Impactful Film and Video Projects


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $4,095

Next start date

October 4, 2017

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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 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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What You’ll Learn

  • Visual storytelling concepts, including script/story development, film vocabulary, tools and workflow
  • Directing techniques: camera placement, lighting, staging a scene and communicating with an artistic team
  • Editing skills, such as how to shoot with the edit in mind, using visual effects and executing your vision in the edit room 
  • The fundamentals of professional audio recording and sound sweetening
  • Keys to filmmaking leadership: collaboration, crew management, directing on-camera performers and documentary interviewing

Get Hands-On Experience

You will write, shoot and edit your own film, either individually or with a class partner.

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.

Program Sessions


Learning Formats


Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.


Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.

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Enjoy the flexibility of online learning, which allows you to participate in class activities, assignments and discussions on your schedule, from anywhere. Experience cutting-edge technology and a supportive, diverse learning community.

Not available for this program