certificate

Cinematography

Develop essential tools for working as a cinematographer. This program will provide a thorough understanding of current cinematography and camera techniques.

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.

camera operator

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 students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.

85%

feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program

50%

switched careers after completing a certificate program

85%

recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey

Courses

Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Foundation Courses
FILM TV X 476.581
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 404
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Required Cinematography Courses
FILM TV X 478.27A
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.27B
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.282
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.283
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 478.301
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 479.302
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
Electives
Students must complete 1 elective (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 from Cinematography, Directing, Post-Production, Producing, Film and TV Development, Business and Management of Entertainment, Acting, or Music. New electives are added regularly.
MGMT X 452.3
Typically Offered: Spring
THEATER X 407.42
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
THEATER X 407.78
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
THEATER X 422.12
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
FILM TV X 478.301
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.733
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 479.088
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 479.302
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 479.613
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.13A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.27A
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.27B
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.27C
FILM TV X 478.282
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.283
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 476.581
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.894
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 476.95
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.95B
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 438.40
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 475.44
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.022
Typically Offered: Spring
FILM TV X 476.12B
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 476.22
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.242
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
FILM TV X 476.243
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.244
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.271
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 407.45
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
THEATER X 410.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
THEATER X 419.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
THEATER X 433
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
THEATER X 438
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
THEATER X 407.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
THEATER X 409
Typically Offered: Summer
THEATER X 410.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 484.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 484.931
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 485
Typically Offered: Fall
MUSC X 498
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 499
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 447.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 448.14B
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 482.8
Typically Offered: Fall
MUSC X 448.17
Typically Offered: Fall
MUSC X 483.1
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 448.171
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 483.12
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 401.5
Typically Offered: Summer
MUSC X 448.35
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 483.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 403.51
Typically Offered: Summer
MUSC X 448.6
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 483.3
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 403.52
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 448.80
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring
MUSC X 483.43
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 403.53
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 448.81
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring
MUSC X 404.1
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 448.86
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 404.4
Typically Offered: Spring
MUSC X 449.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 449.41
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 415.3
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 449.91
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 440
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MUSC X 451
Typically Offered: Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 441.3
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 441.5
Typically Offered: Winter
MUSC X 479.12
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 446.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MUSC X 480
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 476.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 448.84
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MGMT X 404.2
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
MGMT X 402.32
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 403.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.33
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 403.34
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 499.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 499.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 475
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 476.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 431
Typically Offered: Winter
FILM TV X 404
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 404A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 408
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Domestic students may begin the program in any quarter. International students (F-1 student visa) are only eligible for entry in the fall or spring

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.

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

200.00

Estimated Program Tuition

7800.00

Estimated program textbook/materials

550.00

*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.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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.

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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
*Admitted international students whose test scores are below 100 on TOEFL iBT, 7.0 on the IELTS Academic, or 5.1 on the iTEP Academic-Plus will be required to take 1-2 supplemental English as a Second Language courses.

 

Learn more:

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

International Students: How to Apply

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