Additional Required Materials: Cinematography students must have access to a digital video camera, light meter, and other photographic equipment. Students are responsible for their own production costs.
This program is perfect for...
- Aspiring Cinematographers/Directors of Photography
- Individuals pursuing careers as camera operators
- Entertainment professionals looking to expand their filmmaking expertise
- Learners interested in delving into the technical craft involved in shooting films
What you can learn.
- Fundamental principles of cinematography
- Utilizing lighting, composition, camera movement, and other tools to effectively tell a visual story
- Understanding digital camera formats and selecting the right one for your project
- Adapting to different film genres and developing a personal aesthetic and visual style
About this program.
The Cinematography Certificate is designed for those who want to become cinematographers or camera operators. After taking a series of foundation courses, students build skills in camera techniques and digital technologies while developing an individual aesthetic and artistic point of view. Through this certificate, students gain a strong foundation in the practical theory and tools of cinematography and have many opportunities for hands-on experience.
Courses are taught by industry experts who combine real world experience with the latest techniques and technology.
What our certificates have done for our students.
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1 in 4
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Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.
Estimated Cost Breakdown
All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.
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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.
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An internship in film and television can provide you with practical experience in a variety of job functions. Certificate students must complete a minimum of 12 units of program curriculum (3 courses) before completing the application for approval to enroll in an internship.
The Certificate in Cinematography is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).
International students may begin the certificate program in fall or spring quarters only.
International applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting test scores from either TOEFL, IELTS or iTEP. Some applicants may be exempt from this requirement if certain criteria are met.
English language proficiency (minimum*):
- TOEFL iBT: 83
- IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall
- iTEP Academic-Plus: 4.5