About this Program
The digital revolution has transformed filmmaking, and now it's 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. By making films, you will learn and practice 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.
Current and aspiring filmmakers and video production specialists.
To apply, you must have either:
Two years of college in film, video, theater or scriptwriting
Two years of work experience in film, video, theater or scriptwriting
You should be able to work in a diverse team environment to complete assignments and projects
In addition to the weekly class and assigned online tutorials, you’ll need to spend time outside class producing your film projects, and most shoots are on weekends. The number of hours will vary greatly depending on individual student goals. For more details on time commitment,
talk to an enrollment coach. English Proficiency
If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see
English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs. International Students
To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see
Admission Requirements for International Students. Technology Requirements
Access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection
External hard drive (2 terabyte minimum) for media storage
Video camera (a professional video camera, DSLR and mobile phone camera are all OK)
If you’re unable to provide your own computer or video equipment, you can borrow what you need from the
UW Student Technology Loan Program. To access the STLP program, you’ll need to show your Husky Card and pay a quarterly $55 computer account fee to Registration Services. Earning the Certificate
You earn a certificate of completion by adhering to the program's
attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.
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.
What You’ll Learn
Visual storytelling techniques, script and story development strategies, and the principles of cinematography and lighting
Directorial skills such as camera placement, staging a scene, directing actors, documentary interviewing and casting
Production design processes such as montage and mise-en-scène, and editing techniques that will advance your storytelling
The fundamentals of audio recording, sound editing and final mix
Production leadership strategies for collaboration and crew and resource management
Get Hands-On Experience
You'll write, shoot and edit your own film with guidance and instruction from professional filmmakers.
APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP
You may be eligible to apply for a UW Certificate Scholarship or Rotary Scholarship to cover most of the costs of this program. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and the potential of the program to positively impact your career. For more information, see the
Scholarships page. OUR ENROLLMENT COACHES ARE HERE TO HELP
Connect with an enrollment coach to learn more about this offering. Or if you need help finding the right certificate, specialization or course for you, reach out to explore your options.