Advanced Film Production Certificate of Achievement

Digital film and video technology has transformed filmmaking, making it possible to produce independent movies and video projects without huge budgets, expensive cameras or large crews. This development allows many different organizations today to 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 certificate program, students receive direct, hands-on experience creating visual stories that are intelligent, emotional, compelling, succinct and informative. The program covers the primary aspects of film production, including scripting, camera, sound, directing, editing and broadcasting.
Students will learn:

  • Visual storytelling concepts, including story development, script format, film vocabulary, production tools, filmmaking protocol and workflow,
  • Directing and producing techniques including camera placement, blocking scenes, directing on-camera performers, documentary interviewing, communicating with collaborators and crew management,
  • Camera skills including basic camera angles, moving image composition and lighting,
  • Audio recording fundamentals, basic sound editing and mixing,
  • Editing skills including how to write and shoot with the edit in mind, and creating visual effects and graphics.

The Advanced Film Production Certificate of Achievement builds on the foundation offered by the Basic Film Production certificate to provide a platform from which to launch further study of film production as well as necessary industry skills, processes and practices to work on a film crew, produce an independent film, create and run a small film/video business and moneitize video in the many social media outlets available today. This certificate also gives students crucial communication and storytelling tools they may apply in almost any area of study where film and video are utilized today. Students emerge with short films and other film project materials for their personal or professional portfolio.

Required Courses
RTV 012Film Production III: Capstone3
RTV 013Cinematography3
RTV 095ARadio & TV Work Experience1
DDP 020New Media I3
TA 010Introduction to Design & Production3
Select 9 units from the following:9
Small Business/Entrepreneurship
New Media II
Digital Audio I
On-Camera Acting & Voice Over
Radio & TV Work Experience (1 - 3 units in addition to required)