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Media, Writing, and Communications Certificate in TV and Film Producing

Diploma Description

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The Certificate in TV and Film Producing, which can be completed fully online, prepares you to gain a competitive advantage in today’s rapidly evolving landscape of ever-changing technologies, shifting markets, and daring new approaches to storytelling. Through five foundational courses, acquire a grounded and comprehensive understanding of the essential roles, approaches, expectations, and responsibilities involved in producing films, TV series, and related media. Core fundamentals include securing intellectual property rights to adapt work to a visual narrative; developing original screenplays; pitching, selling, and navigating the market; understanding the business logic for raising investor and public funds; casting and packaging; preselling film rights; recruiting crew and talent; handling the logistical challenges of mounting a film production; and managing preproduction, principal photography, postproduction, delivery, festival strategy, and distribution. You will also choose one elective that will give you in-depth and hands-on exposure to the work of either writers and directors, or cinematographers. Through lectures, demonstrations, hands-on exercises, and real-world examples—as well as evaluations of creative projects—you will learn the professional standards and procedures from successful and award-winning TV and film producers, and experts in the field of filmmaking.

 

The Certificate in TV and Film Producing is awarded after successful completion of the five core courses and one elective course. The program can be completed in as little as a year and a half and must be completed within three years of taking the first certificate-eligible course.

Must be completed within

3 years

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT GIVE YOU THE SKILLS AND TRAINING YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW CAREER

Program Curriculum

COURSES THAT PROVIDE FOUNDATIONAL INFORMATION IN THE FIELD WITH OPTIONS TO SPECIALIZE IN AN AREA RELEVANT TO YOUR NEEDS

REQUIRED COURSES

All Courses Required

Building a Career as a TV or Film Producer

In this hands-on workshop, explore the numerous facets of a producer’s role by producing a real or hypothetical film or TV project of your own.

2020 Fall
1 section

Film and TV Development as a Producer

Learn the mechanics of developing new film or TV projects by using a work of your own or by optioning and acquiring existing intellectual property.

Budgeting, Financing, and Casting for Film and TV

Gain an understanding of film budgets and the casting process from a creative as well as a practical, boots-on-the-ground perspective.

The Producer on Set: Principal Photography and Production

Gain a detailed understanding of the requirements, role, and expectations of a producer when preparing for and embarking on a film or TV shoot.

Fix It, Sell It, Deliver It: A Producer's Survival Tactics for Postproduction, Distribution, Sales, and Marketing a Film

Gain a comprehensive understanding, from a producer’s perspective, of all the essential elements of postproduction.

ELECTIVE COURSES

Complete 1

Digital Cinematography: Camera Techniques and Lighting

This remote workshop introduces the work of the director of photography, who is the coauthor of the visual look and feel of a motion picture.

2020 Fall
1 section

Writing and Directing the Short Film

Learn the fundamentals of screenwriting and preproduction by writing and preparing to direct a five-minute short film.

2020 Fall
1 section

General Admission Requirements

For those who have completed some college Completion of 32 credits with at least 2 years work experience OR 60 credits with no work experience required