Certificate in Film & Video Production

Direct and Produce Impactful Film and Video Projects


Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost: TBD

Next start date:

January 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 concepts, including script and 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
  • The keys to filmmaking leadership: collaboration, crew management, directing on-camera performers and documentary interviewing

Get Hands-On Experience

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

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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