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

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals pursuing a career in directing
  • Independent filmmakers
  • Entertainment professionals looking to transition into directing
  • Individuals with a passion for directing

What you can learn.

  • Essential principles of directing
  • Understanding of the role of director and the story
  • Aesthetics of filmmaking
  • Responsibilities of the director in relationship to key positions of a production

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 out of 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others


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


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.

FILM TV X 433.77
FILM TV X 478.733
FILM TV X 479.088
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.13A
FILM TV X 478.27B
FILM TV X 478.27C
FILM TV X 478.39
FILM TV X 476.223
FILM TV X 476.243
FILM TV X 476.321
FILM TV X 476.581
FILM TV X 435.85WS
MGMT X 476.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 403.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.31
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 478.9
FILM TV X 499.5
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually. 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.

**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.

Additional Required Materials: 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.

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