Independent Producing

Gain the in-depth knowledge you need to produce your passion project. This certificate can be completed online or in the classroom. 

This program is perfect for...

  • Individuals who want to become independent producers
  • Filmmakers
  • Entertainment professionals who already understand the production process and want to expand their knowledge
  • Individuals interested in filmmaking who already understand the production process

What you can learn.

  • What it takes to produce a film
  • How to market and distribute movies independently
  • How to leverage new technologies and the Internet
  • How maximize production values on a lower budget
Independent Producing

About this program.

The Independent Producing Certificate is designed for those who want to become independent producers and are already versed in filmmaking. Students will be taught the skills of marketing and distributing movies themselves, harnessing the power of new technologies and the Internet. Students will also learn to develop cost-effective and innovative digital marketing plans presenting unique campaign elements and opportunities for lower budget films, including the use of social media to build awareness and engage audiences. This short but comprehensive program will prepare students in all aspects of producing, from story development to marketing. The program curriculum does not cover the actual making of a film. A prerequisite understanding of the production and post-production process is recommended prior to start.

Courses in this certificate can be offered both online or in the classroom. The program can be completed 100% online. 

What our students say about our certificates.

What our certificates have done for our students.


feel a certificate helped them enhance their careers

1 in 4

received a salary increase after starting a certificate program


switched careers after completing a certificate program


recommend a certificate program to others

Source: UCLA Extension Certificate Graduates Survey


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

Required Courses
MGMT X 403.01
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.6
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MGMT X 403.61
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.244
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Elective Courses
Complete 2 electives (8 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Producing, Film and TV Development, or Business and Management of Entertainment. Below is a list of suggested electives.
Suggested Electives
FILM TV X 476.022
Typically Offered: Spring
MGMT X 403.33
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 476.22
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.581
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 476.894
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 499.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

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.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

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