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Top Certificate Programs in Film Studies

A certificate is designed to either help a student qualify for a degree program or become more professionally marketable by adding to his or her skill set. This program usually takes from two weeks to one year to complete. Students who receive a certificate have an added advantage in the professional marketplace.

What is a certificate in film studies? This credential can provide students with specialized training in the different aspects of filmmaking. It can also teach the latest technology and trends that are being used in the industry. Students may focus on topics like film criticism, theory and analysis. Others may study screenwriting, directing, digital animation or how to operate equipment during film production. Some programs offer instruction by an experienced filmmaker who shares his or her skills with students.

Students who earn this certificate have an opportunity to learn how to develop or fine-tune their writing skills, break down a film for discussion by applying critical analysis skills and enhance their ability to communicate effectively. These abilities can help advance a career in film or in other fields.

The cost of a certificate program varies. It depends on tuition rates and other fees at the school of choice.

Students who successfully complete this certificate program have a range of jobs to choose from and can bring a wide range of skills from the training they receive. The types of jobs available include production assistant, runner, video editor, film critic or script consultant. A certificate program sometimes offers opportunities to network with members of the filmmaking industry, which is an added advantage for students seeking jobs that match their skills and interest.

A certificate in film studies is offered at institutions worldwide. For those who want more flexibility and prefer to study remotely, there are many online options. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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10 Results in Film Studies

The Open Window Institute for Arts and Digital Sciences

The National Certificate course in Film and Television Production is aimed at providing a solid foundation for intrepid independent filmmakers looking to gain the knowled ... [+]

The National Certificate course in Film and Television Production is aimed at providing a solid foundation for intrepid independent filmmakers looking to gain the knowledge to initiate their own film projects as well as those looking for a skill-set with which to enter the film industry in a practical capacity. You will acquire the skills necessary to handle DSLR camera equipment, solve basic lighting, sound, production and post-production processes, and gain the experience to realise basic ideas on screen.

Minimum entry requirements: Pass on National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) and basic computer literacy

DSLR Cinematography Since DSLR cameras have been established as viable alternatives to expensive and inaccessible high-end film (video) cameras for creating and capturing beautiful images on screen, very specific techniques and approaches have developed in order to get the most out of this type of equipment – this course will look at the considerations necessary for creating an awareness of the DSLR filmmaking process and the specific approach relevant to it.... [-]

South Africa Pretoria
February 2020
Full-time
1 year
Campus
Polk State College

The Video Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in audiovi ... [+]

The Video Production Certificate Program provides students with a strong foundation in digital media that empowers them to adapt and respond to changing trends in audiovisual communications. This program allows students to engage in practical, hands-on, realistic projects using the latest technologies, software, and equipment to produce cutting-edge projects that communicate effectively and persuasively.

The curriculum required for the Video Production Certificate may be completed in one or two semesters and is composed of four three-credit courses.

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USA Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
1 - 2 semesters
Campus
College of du Page

The best film, TV, animation, or audio programs start as dreams. Through the use of art, craft and technology, these dreams are turned into moving images and sound. The M ... [+]

The best film, TV, animation, or audio programs start as dreams. Through the use of art, craft and technology, these dreams are turned into moving images and sound. The Motion Picture/Television (MPTV) program at College of DuPage is dedicated to helping students learn the art, craft and technology behind the media of moving images, and to transform dreams into work that moves.

Here are some of the many reasons to choose the MPTV program:

Passionate faculty with award-winning, national production credits, and degrees from top programs (USC, UCLA, Northwestern) Smaller classes with hands-on work Film and television studio with multi-camera control room, lighting grid, chromakey screen, green room, and more. Computer labs with the latest professional, cross-platform software Audio studios with computers, professional software, mixers, and professional microphones Individual computer editing suites for advanced students Professional HD/SD digital video cameras and extensive support equipment Internship and employment opportunities with a broad range of employers in Chicago and the suburbs Career Opportunities ... [-]
USA Glen Ellyn
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Central Film School

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience ... [+]

Designed for the independent filmmaker, this course is ideal for individuals wishing to write, direct and produce their own films, but with little or no prior experience in filmmaking. While developing your skills in these key areas on your own film projects, you will also gain valuable hands-on experience working on-set as crew members for your fellow classmates. In doing so, you will gain practical skills and knowledge in assistant directing, production management, production design, cinematography and sound recording. In order to finish your films, you will also learn how to edit picture and sound and gain a thorough appreciation of all aspects of postproduction.

By the end of this course you will be able to:... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
6 months
Campus
Central Film School

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmm ... [+]

During this one-month intensive filmmaking course, you will get hands-on training in professional filmmaking working under the guidance of internationally respected filmmakers and tutors, often including directing Master Tutor, Patrick Tucker.

From the first day you arrive at the school in the heart of central London there are practical workshops and training exercises that provide a well-balanced introduction to the technical craft of filmmaking and the art of visual storytelling.

The quality of the final work speaks for itself and we always encourage prospective students to go online and compare the quality of this work with that of other short courses anywhere in the world.... [-]

United Kingdom London
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Full-time
1 month
Campus
London Film Academy

If you have an idea for a documentary and want to turn your dream into reality, this intensive, 6-week course will provide the grounding you need to transform your initia ... [+]

If you have an idea for a documentary and want to turn your dream into reality, this intensive, 6-week course will provide the grounding you need to transform your initial concept into a gripping factual film. With hands-on training from practising documentary professionals, you will gain all the skills you need and make your own collaborative documentary ready to pitch and package to the industry.

You'll work with broadcast quality digital cameras and learn and develop your skills in cinematography and sound. Hone your editing skills with Adobe Premiere Pro before you pitch your final project to a panel of documentary industry professionals.

Promote your documentary projects through pitching and writing treatments. Gain practical and paper-based skills and experience to apply to your own future documentaries. Targeted exercises develop new and existing camera and sound abilities. Learn documentary research methodologies and how to apply them. Gain an understanding of the different sectors of the documentary industry. Receive hands-on training by practising documentary industry professionals. Work in small groups with excellent tutor-to-student ratios. Group feedback sessions, mentoring and technical support enhance your learning and your individual project needs. Work with broadcast-quality digital cameras and edit using Adobe Premiere Pro. Pitch final projects to a panel of documentary industry professionals. All final documentary film projects are screened, and you leave the course with an HD link of your work. Benefit from studying and networking within a top professional film academy to increase your contacts and knowledge of the filmmaking process.... [-]
United Kingdom London
October 2019
Full-time
6 weeks
Campus
London Film Academy

Our Screenwriting Certificate is the perfect platform for aspiring writers or writer-directors who have lots of ideas and are looking to make a film. Through a series of ... [+]

Best Certificate Programs in Film Studies 2019.

Ever dreamt of becoming a writer, but you don’t know where to start? This course is for aspiring writers or writer-directors who have lots of ideas and are looking to make a film. You have the chance to see how writing for the screen is different from writing a novel or play, and to learn the knack for getting past writer’s block. You are taught about film narrative, character-driven storytelling, action and dialogue. Attention is given to screenplay formatting and presentation skills (pitching). You write and rewrite a short film script with script-editing input and guidance from professional film & TV screenwriters, script editors and producers. The course culminates in performed readings of the short film scripts by professional actors.... [-]

United Kingdom London
October 2019
Full-time
2 weeks
Campus
London Film Academy

Are you a filmmaker looking to produce and possibly direct or write your first feature or a more ambitious short film? If so, this is the course for you. Gain a firm grou ... [+]

Are you a filmmaker looking to produce and possibly direct or write your first feature or a more ambitious short film? If so, this is the course for you.

The producing foundation is imperative for individuals and production teams with expertise in a specific area of filmmaking who are looking to gear up and prepare themselves for bigger-budget projects.

Furthermore, this course is ideal for individuals who are working on a script and want to gain a realistic overview of the complete development process.

Gain an intensive overview of practical producing and the film & TV industry, including paperwork, talent and budgets. Learn about pitching projects to financiers, commissioning editors and talent. Explore the intricacies of starting your own production company. Learn how to find, recruit and manage key crew members. Expert advice on the methods of delivery, how to find sales agents and distributors, and negotiate the deal. Learn in an interactive environment where the tutor uses examples and case studies. Seminars are delivered by experienced producers and also feature guest speakers who are experts in their own field. Your own projects can be used as examples in class for comparison and direct feedback. What Type Of Students Are We Looking For? ... [-]
United Kingdom London
October 2019
Full-time
5 days
Campus
AFDA

The Higher Certificate (HC) Courses serve a dual function. First and foremost it is a one-year foundation course designed to offer students access into the first year of ... [+]

Overview

The Higher Certificate (HC) Courses serve a dual function. First and foremost it is a one-year foundation course designed to offer students access into the first year of undergraduate degree studies at AFDA. In addition, it is an exit level higher certificate equipping students with skills allowing them to be placed in the entertainment (film/ tv/ radio/ events/ theatre etc.) industry in assistant-type positions to key crew.

BENEFITS OF THE COURSE:

Gives you access to the AFDA Undergraduate degree programme as well as enhancing your access to other tertiary learning institutions. Learn to collaborate, build your social skills, learning capacity and self-confidence. Gain insight into the various disciplines and career options in the entertainment arts. Discover and test your aptitude for a potential career in the entertainment arts. Prepare yourself for the rigors of tertiary degree experience ... [-]
South Africa Johannesburg Cape Town Durban
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Full-time
1 year
Campus
London Film Academy

Are you new to filmmaking? This intensive short course is the only one of its kind to provide the opportunity to shoot on either Super 16mm film (‘Carol’, ‘The Hurt Locke ... [+]

Get a practical, inspirational and gratifying introduction to filmmaking and make with your own film in just four weeks! Ideal for people new to filmmaking, this intensive short course offers students a broad and invaluable grounding in the basic filmmaking principles. Over four weeks you will learn a range of industry-relevant skills from working film and TV professionals and get the opportunity to take a project from concept to script to screen. Working in small groups, you will produce a number of non-sync visual narrative short films, shooting exclusively on professional Super 16mm camera equipment (Arriflex) or Arri Alexa Digital. Collaborating with fellow students, actors and tutors build confidence while concurrently offering networking opportunities and access to industry training on productions within LFA. Our knowledgeable tutors are here to help, advise, support and encourage you throughout your time a London Film Academy, equipping students with the skills required to gain successful entry-level jobs in the film and TV industry. Filmmaking Certificate students are introduced to essential filmmaking disciplines including:... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
4 weeks
Campus