Certificate in Film and Media Studies - Southern States University - Study in California (San Diego, Irvine) and Nevada (Las Vegas)

Certificate in Film and Media Studies

The Certificate in Film and Media Studies program, at the undergraduate-level, is designed to give participants the knowledge, skills, and abilities to begin a career in a film studies related field. This certificate program provides a foundation of technical, entrepreneurial, and management principles for professionals working or expecting to find work in the ever-changing global media landscape. The curriculum includes courses in film industry perspectives, media production and management, media economics, story formation, and specialized courses devoted to the businesses of film, TV and Trans-media. Courses are packaged to target specific areas of development that will augment depth of knowledge or skills, help students remain competitive in the job market, advance their careers, or help them pursue personal enrichment. A total of seven courses build strong foundation skills in core subject areas and develop analytical, critical, and creative thinking. Elective courses guide students into optional and advanced areas in film and media studies. Students who join the program should expect to acquire the core knowledge and skills needed to understand and assist in the implementation of film production.

(Domestic students only, not yet available for international students)


To receive the Certificate in Film and Media Studies from Southern States University, students must successfully complete the five (7) required core courses and two (2) electives for a total of 40.5 credit hours, which is equivalent to 405 contact hours. Students must complete the requirements within a five (5) quarter period.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:

Program Learning Outcome 1. Analyze the major processes and roles in film production.

Program Learning Outcome 2. Apply the techniques and requirements for creating a video.

Program Learning Outcome 3. Explain the history of film and basic film theories and how to recognize them in different types of films in the modern film era.

Program Learning Outcome 4. Analyze the economics and business-aspects of the film industry. Develop the overall structure of a screenplay.


Admission Requirements

Tuition & Fees



Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Courses


Required Courses (7 courses)                                                  32.5 Quarter Credits


FIL 101The Filmmakers4.5Quarter Credits
FIL 102Introduction to Film Theory and History4.5Quarter Credits
FIL 220Production Management and Planning4.5Quarter Credits
FIL 250TV/Film Post Production Processes5.5Quarter Credits
FIL 301Story Analysis and Development4.5Quarter Credits
FIL 411Film Directing4.5Quarter Credits
FIL 433Producing4.5Quarter Credits

Electives (2 Required from graduate certificate)        12 Quarter Credits

FIL 510Entertainment Law4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 520Transmedia4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 540Hollywood4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 550Advanced Film Theory and History4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 560The Business Of TV/Film4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 570Entrepreneurship in Media4.0Quarter Credits
FIL 597Professional Internship4.0Quarter Credits



Certificate in Film and Media Studies requirements

Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Required Courses732.5
Certificate in Film and Media Studies – Elective Courses28
Total for Certificate in Film and Media Studies940.5