Film & Media Studies Online { College of Extended Learning }

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Film & Media Studies
Academic Credit Certificate (Online)

Presented by SF State Department of Cinema &
SF State Extended Learning

Expand your appreciation and understanding of classical cinema, contemporary independent and documentary film, media convergence, and the politics of popular culture. Study film and media style, from the language of editing to the art of cinematography. Learn about the history and culture of both Hollywood and national film movements. The Certificate in Film and Media Studies prepares you for a variety of careers, from film scholar and critic to film management and producing.

Film & Media Studies Curriculum

Offered during Spring & Fall Semesters

The Film & Media Studies curriculum is made up of the following courses. All courses are three (3) units and are offered online in 15-week sessions. Not all courses are offered every semester.

  • CINE 200 Intro to Cinema Studies
  • CINE 211 Film History I
  • CINE 212 Film History II
  • CINE 306 Chinese Documentary Film
  • CINE 331 Hollywood Representation of Race & Ethnicity
  • CINE 344 Horror Film
  • CINE 356 Fundamentals of Screenwriting
  • CINE 373 Film & Society: 1950s Film
  • CINE 441 Signs of Aliens: Semiotics of Film and Popular Culture
  • CINE 456 Feature Screenwriting I
  • CINE 541 Race, Sex, & Identity Online

To qualify for the certificate of completion, the following courses are required:

  • CINE 200 Intro to Cinema Studies
  • CINE 211 Film History I
  • CINE 212 Film History II
  • And two upper-division cinema studies courses
    (300 series courses or above)

Certificate of Completion

Students may take one or any combination of the courses in the curriculum. To be eligible for the Certificate you must complete all the required courses and then an application for the certificate of completion must be submitted. Applications for the certification are due, along with a $50 non-refundable fee and your unofficial SF State transcripts, after all grades have been submitted.

Classes & Program Structure

All courses are offered online in fifteen week sessions. Students need a total of 15 units to complete the Certificate, although you may take individual courses according to your interests. All courses are transferable to the B.A. in Cinema program on the main campus, as well as other universities across the country.

The fee for each course is $1,170, making the total cost of the certificate $5,850.

Students who plan to apply units earned for completion of certificate courses toward the B.A. in Cinema must follow the prerequisites for each course that are published in the SF State Bulletin.

How to Begin Taking Classes

1) No application process to begin
2) Obtain SF State ID and password
3) Register for classes based on individual goals
4) Apply for Certificate of Completion after all classes are completed
For SF State ID and registration questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 415.405.7700 [press 5] to speak with a staff person.

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