Film & Media Studies Online { College of Extended Learning }

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Film & Media Studies (Online Courses)
Academic Credit Certificate

Presented by SF State School 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 Online Certificate in Film and Media Studies prepares you for a variety of careers, from film scholar and critic to film management and producing.


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Film & Media Studies Online Curriculum

To qualify for the Certificate of Completion, the following courses must be completed within five years.

Required Courses

  • CINE 200 Intro to Cinema Studies (Online)
  • CINE 202 Intro to Filmmaking (Online)
  • CINE 212 Film History II (Online)

Elective Courses

  • Two upper-division cinema courses (Online)
    (300 series courses or above)


Certificate Graduation Application

To be eligible for the Certificate you must complete all the required courses, and then a graduation application must be submitted. To review instructions on how to apply to graduate, please see the Certificate Approved Program form (PDF).

Online 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.

Transfer Credit

All online courses are transferable to the B.A. in Cinema program on the main campus, as well as other universities across the country.

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.


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

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