12 Courses Required

The Cinematography Certificate is designed for those who want to become cinematographers or camera operators. After taking a series of foundation courses, students gain skills in camera techniques and digital technologies while developing an individual aesthetic and artistic point of view. Students have the opportunity to learn to shoot both in film and video.


Students must complete a total of 12 courses (48 units) for the award. 10 courses (40 units) are required and the remaining 2 electives (8 units) are comprised of other courses numbered X 400-499 in Cinematography, Directing, Post-Production, Producing, Entertainment Development, Business and Management of Entertainment, Acting, or Music. New electives are added regularly.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 must be achieved for successful completion of the certificate program.

For course scheduling information and quarter by quarter enrollment recommendations, please visit the Entertainment Studies website: entertainment.uclaextension.edu/certificates/cinematography

Drew Conrad
(310) 825-9064

Estimated Cost
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $10,800.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $550.00**
Estimated Total Cost: $11,550.00

*This program is open admission. The Application & Candidacy fee establishes your candidacy in the certificate for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and allows you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Estimated Textbook/Materials costs do not include purchase or rental costs for a digital video camera, light meter, and other photographic equipment students must provide. Students are responsible for their own production costs.

Domestic students may begin the program in any quarter. F-1 Visa students are only eligible for entry in the fall or spring.
Estimated Duration (Full-Time pace): 4 quarters
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): Up to 12 quarters
Internships Available: Yes 

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Certificate in Cinematography