This program is perfect for...
- Aspiring cinematographers/directors of photography
- Individuals pursuing careers as camera operators
- Entertainment professionals interested in expanding their filmmaking expertise
- Students seeking insights about the technical craft of shooting films
What you can learn.
- Fundamental principles of cinematography
- Learn how to effectively tell a visual story by utilizing tools such as lighting, composition and camera movements
- Understand digital camera formats and how to select the right one for your project
- Develop a personal aesthetic and visual style across film genres
Become a visual storyteller.
The UCLA Extension Cinematography Certificate program is designed for aspiring cinematographers or camera operators. The curriculum includes foundation courses, camera techniques and digital technology skill-building and the space to develop an individual aesthetics and artistic points of view. Certificate program students will gain a strong foundation in the theory and tools of cinematography, and have many opportunities for hands-on experiences.
Courses are taught by industry experts who combine real-world experience with the latest techniques and technology.
Duration: 9 months (full-time) to 3 years
Unit Requirement: 36
GPA Requirement: Minimum 3.0 for certificate completion
Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.
Cinematography students must have access to a digital video camera, light meter, and other photographic equipment. Students are responsible for their own production costs.
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.
Application & Candidacy Fee
Estimated Program Tuition
Estimated program textbook/materials
*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.
This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).
International students may only start this certificate program in fall or spring quarter only.
Students participating in courses offered solely by UCLA Extension must meet the English Language Requirements outlined below. Any international student interested in taking classes on UCLA’s main campus must adhere to the English Requirements outlined for UCLA courses.
Acceptable tests and minimum scores
Scores that are equal to or higher than the listed minimum scores from the following tests, taken within the past two years, can satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
- TOEFL: 80 (iBT)
- IELTS: 6.5
- iTEP: 4.5
- CAE: B (CEFR C1)
- CPE: C (CEFR C2)
- TOEIC: 685
- DUOLINGO (DET): 105
While no other type of test score is accepted in general, students who are affected by test center closures may request an exception to submit an alternate test score.
International Baccalaureates (IB) students or students currently enrolled in an academic institution where the primary language of instruction is English may submit an official academic transcript or verification of enrollment from their school as proof of English proficiency.