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.
The program can be completed entirely online. However, additional in-the-classroom sections are also scheduled.
Students must complete a total of 6 courses (24 units) for the award. 4 courses (16 units) are required and the remaining 2 electives (8 units) are comprised of other courses numbered X 400-499 in Producing, Entertainment Development, or Business and Management of Entertainment. 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, please visit the Entertainment Studies website: entertainment.uclaextension.edu/certificates/independent-producing
Application & Candidacy Fee: $200.00*
Estimated Program Tuition: $4,200.00
Estimated Program Textbook/Materials: $250.00
Estimated Total Cost: $4,650.00
*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 Duration (Full-Time pace): 2 quarters
Estimated Duration (Half-Time pace): Up to 8 quarters
Internships Available: No