Film Production Curriculum | School of Media Studies


  • The Certificate in Film Production is awarded for completion of a minimum of eight approved courses, including a sequence of five production courses (using 16mm film and/or digital media) leading to completion of a film project. The production sequence is supported by classes in which students explore technical and aesthetic aspects of motion picture production and a range of cinematic practices, including directing, cinematography, screenwriting, acting, and producing.

    The certificate curriculum offers two tracks. The short track combines six core courses and two electives and can be completed in four semesters of part-time study. The second track combines six core courses and six electives and can also be completed in four semesters as a full-time course load. The second track is required for students attending on an international student visa, who must enroll full-time as a condition of the visa, but it is recommended for all students, whether studying full-time or part-time. The following six courses must be taken either sequentially or concurrently, as indicated.

    Core Courses
    The Art of Film (or concurrently with Filmmaking Studio 1)
    Filmmaking Studio 1
    Film 2: Intermediate Film Lab (or concurrently with Film 3: Advanced Pre-Production and Development)
    Film 3: Advanced Pre-Production and Development
    Film 4: Advanced Film Production
    Film 5: Advanced Post-Production Workshop*

    Two elective courses complete the certificate curriculum. Electives can be taken at any time during course of study. Two elective courses complete the certificate curriculum. Electives can be taken at any time during the course of study. We recommend that you complete Cinematography and Lighting and Digital Editing: Fundamentals before or during the semester you are enrolled in Film 4. The following elective courses are recommended; however, students can choose from other film courses offered each semester.

    Cinematography and Lighting: Film and Digital
    Digital Editing: Fundamentals
    The Aesthetics of Directing
    Audio Production
    Script Analysis
    The Innovative Camera: Experiments in 16mm Filmmaking
    Recycled Images and Non-Camera Filmmaking

    Early registration is strongly advised. Enrollment is strictly limited to maintain the quality of our courses.

    The certificate curriculum may be taken for credit or on a noncredit basis. Minimum grades of B (or Approved-AP for noncredit students) must be received for all courses taken to fulfill certificate requirements.

    Taking Individual Courses

    All film production courses are open for individual undergraduate credit or noncredit registration. Students are not required to be enrolled in the certificate program to register. Not all the film production courses offered are approved for the certificate. Visit The New School for Public Engagement continuing education registration website to view current film production courses and to register online.