Certificate in Film & Video Production

Direct and Produce Impactful Film and Video Projects


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 8 months
  • Times: Evenings
  • Cost: $5,775

Next start date:

September 2024

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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.

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 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.


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.

Career Stats


Alumni working in field

Top Employers

Casual Films, Data Science Dojo, Echox, Edelman, Formosa Group, Seattle Latino Film Festival


Projected job growth for producers and directors in Washington state (2020–2030)


Average salary for producers and directors in Washington state (2022)


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.

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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