Film Production Certificate | The New School Media Studies

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    The New School awards a Certificate in Film Production for the successful completion of a sequence of courses that guides the student through the art and craft of filmmaking. Taught by our faculty of experienced teachers and working professionals, the courses explore all aspects of filmmaking and professional development including pre-production planning, directing, writing, cinematography, editing, and producing. The certificate program is designed for the committed student with any level of experience.

    -Carol Wilder, Dean, School of Media Studies
    -Lana Lin, Director of Undergraduate Studies

    New School Student Film Shows

    Students have opportunities to exhibit their works-in-progress at the student-produced RUFF CUTS series of screening sessions held several times every semester. They may also submit their finished work for consideration to the FINE CUTS Annual Invitational Film Show, for which finalists are selected by an external jury of film professionals. The screening is followed by a faculty-led Q&A session with the student media makers; an awards ceremony, including a prize for Best in Show and Audience Favorite; and a reception for students, guests, and faculty.


    You may start our program in fall, spring, or summer. There is no formal admissions process for the Certificate in Film Production, but students must meet eligibility requirements and international students needing a visa must submit form - see [link]. Once eligibility requirements are met, you simply register for certificate status and pay the certificate registration fee. Please note that certificate approval cannot be awarded for any course retroactively; you must register as a certificate student. Before registering, have your certificate courses approved in the School of Media Studies office. For more information or to schedule an advising appointment, call 212.229.8903 or email the Film Program Advisor.


    The following students are eligible to register for the Film Production Certificate:

    • High school graduates who have earned a high school diploma or equivalent
    • Post-graduate students who already have their bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university and wish to take additional courses in a concentrated program of study focused on film production


    International students must submit the International Student Application for Certificate in Film Production (PDF) to the Office of Admission, which will then give directions for obtaining a student visa to enter the United States. If you are an international student, please visit link for more information.

    Students in undergraduate degree programs for which minors are not available (Liberal Arts majors in BPATS/SPE and Lang) may be able earn a noncredit Certificate in Film Production concurrently with their bachelor's degree. Go to the NSPE Undergraduate Program for more information.