certificate

Directing

Master the art of filmmaking. This program will teach the craft of directing through producing an original short film.

This program is perfect for...

  • Aspiring directors looking for a hands-on education to learn the art of making movies
  • Self-taught filmmakers who want to build upon their skills with formal training and mentorship
  • Entertainment professionals looking for a career transition into directing
  • Individuals passionate about storytelling and independent filmmaking

What you can learn.

  • A comprehensive understanding of the filmmaking process, including image composition and lighting, camera movements, editing, sound, budgeting, and scheduling
  • Responsibilities of the director in relationship to pre-production, production, and post-production
  • How to work with actors, and the directorial skills required for a successful artistic collaboration
  • How to combine key elements to communicate the themes, conflict, and story arcs that create compelling narrative for a visual medium
  • How to prepare a film for shooting, such as script analysis, casting, camera blocking, planning the shot list, photographing the subtext, film grammar, visual composition, the role of music, and sound effects

About this certificate.

With a focus on independent filmmaking, the Directing Certificate teaches the essential principles of the art and craft of directing. Our instructors mentor students in the role of story, directing actors, and the aesthetics of filmmaking, as well as the practical responsibilities of the director in relationship to key positions on a production. Using the student’s own equipment, directing workshops offer a comprehensive hands-on component. Beginning with simple exercises, students progress to directing an original short film that is screened for an invited audience.

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

Courses

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

Required Courses
FILM TV X 476.243
FILM TV X 476.581
FILM TV X 478.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 404
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 404A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
see all courses
Electives

Students must complete 1 elective (4 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Directing, Cinematography, Entertainment Development, Producing, Business and Management of Entertainment, Post-Production, Acting, Writers' Program/Feature Film, Writers' Program/Television, Writers' Program/Special Topics in Film & TV, or Music. New electives are added regularly.

SCRIPT X 451.1
SCRIPT X 462.1E
SCRIPT X 421.5
FILM TV X 433.91
FILM TV X 433.77
FILM TV X 437.99
FILM TV X 432.888
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 478.13A
FILM TV X 478.27B
FILM TV X 478.27C
FILM TV X 478.39
FILM TV X 478.733
FILM TV X 479.088
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.223
FILM TV X 476.243
FILM TV X 476.581
FILM TV X 435.85WS
FILM TV X 438.40
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 407.45
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
WRITING X 471.1
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
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
MUSC X 448.14B
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 476.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 403.31
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 499.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.6
FILM TV X 404
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 404A
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
see all courses

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

8800.00

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.

Please Note

Directing students must have access to a digital video camera and computer with editing software. Editing software and hardware is available at a discount for UCLA Extension certificate students at the UCLA Store.

Certificate completion requires the production of several five-minute scenes and a short, thesis film. Students are responsible for their own production costs.

Contact Us

Speak to a program representative. Hours: Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm.
Keep up to date on the latest news and offerings in Film & TV

vector icon of building

Corporate Education

Learn how we can help your organization meet its professional development goals and corporate training needs.

Learn More

vector icon of building

Donate to UCLA Extension

Support our many efforts to reach communities in need.

Innovation Programs

Student Scholarships

Coding Boot Camp

Lifelong Learning