Prepare for a career as an editor or post-production professional in film, television, and documentaries. Gain hands-on training taught by Hollywood professionals.

This program is perfect for...

  • Creative learners pursuing career transition/advancement, or aiming to edit their own entertainment project
  • Specialists interested in the post-production workflow and film finishing
  • Past and current students in film editing classes or other UCLA Extension Entertainment certificate programs
  • International students seeking to enhance their creative/professional skill set

What you can learn.

  • Learn the basics of film color correction and visual effects
  • Develop image and audio post-production skills
  • Practice video post-production techniques for all types of content
  • Train in industry standard software, film post-production workflow, and processes
  • Gain foundational skills and guidance on finding work as an assistant editor or related below-the-line position
  • Cultivate key industry connections through post-production internships

Get on the fast track to a career in entertainment.

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Accessible content creation tools, the power of social media, and the expansion of media platforms have created a need for professionals with film and video editing skills, VFX talent, and the capacity to use the latest post-production techniques for feature, TV and documentary projects of all budgets. 

The UCLA Extension Post-Production Certificate offers training in industry-standard software, practical project experience, and exposure to networking/internship opportunities for students wishing to begin, advance, or transition into editing, VFX, sound, or similar specialties.

Hands-on and in-person.

Learn the art and craft through in-person classes taught by executives from a variety of studios, as well as from professional editors, colorists, and sound designers on projects at Netflix, Amazon Studios, Vice, MTV, and other prominent services.  

A DIY ethos.

The certificate offers students a quick path to breaking into the business as an assistant editor. All participants are required to have their own computing resources; upon successful program completion, you will have the basic tools and personal equipment necessary for stepping into a related below-the-line position.

Format: In-Person, some courses offered online
Duration: 9 months (full-time pace) to 3 years
Unit Requirement: 40
GPA Requirement: minimum 3.0 for certificate completion


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

Required Courses
FILM TV X 479.613
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
FILM TV X 477.84
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Elective Courses
Complete 2 electives (8 units) from courses numbered X 400-499 in Directing, Producing, Film Scoring, and Cinematography. New electives are added regularly. Below is a list of suggested electives. 
Suggested Electives
FILM TV X 476.581
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 479.12
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
MUSC X 482.8
Typically Offered: Spring
FILM TV X 478.301
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 478.9
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
MGMT X 476.99
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
FILM TV X 476.95
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
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Prerequisites & Courses 

To fulfill certificate requirements, students must complete a total of 36 units—including seven required classes and two electives–with a grade of “C” or better in each course.

Additionally, Post-Production Certificate students must have access to a computer with editing software. Editing software and hardware is available at a discount for UCLA Extension students at the UCLA Store online or on software vendor websites. Students are responsible for their own computer and software costs. 

Computer specs:
RAM: Minimum 16GB 
CPU: Intel i7, i9 or newer
Hard Drive: Minimum 250GB 
VRAM: Minimum 2GB for graphics 

MacBook Pro, iMac and Mac Studio models, ideally purchased in the last 2-3 years. 
OS: Catalina (10.15) or newer. 
Note: Avoid MacBook Air, Mac Minis and iPads/tablets, as they lack the processing power necessary for the required software.

A “gaming” machine is recommended. 
OS: Windows 10 or newer
Note: Avoid Chromebooks, “hybrid” machines, and any other PC with a sub-$1K price point, as they lack the power necessary for running required software. 

Portable External Hard Drive: 
All students should have an external hard drive for storing media. 
A 4TB+ external hard drive is recommended. Ideally, it should utilize the fastest connection on your machine, typically Thunderbolt 3 / 4 for Macs and USC-C for Windows.

Courses in this program are open enrollment, and each class is paid for individually. You may take courses without committing to the program; however, establishing candidacy provides many benefits exclusive to our certificate students. To establish candidacy, click 'Apply Now' below. 

When enrolling in courses, we recommend taking them in the order listed above, starting with FILM TV X 479.613 The Art and Craft of Film Editing

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

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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This certificate is approved for international students (F-1 student visa).

International students may begin the certificate program in fall or spring quarters 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.

Learn more:

International Students: How to Apply

Academic Requirements & English Language Proficiency

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