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Digital Filmmaking Certificate

The purpose of the Digital Filmmaking Certificate Program is to provide students with a comprehensive overview of a broad range of the technical and creative disciplines at play in Digital Film production, and to lead the student to develop competencies in these disciplines and help students prepare to pursue work in the field.

Next Start Date:
October 25, 2023
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Digital Filmmaking Program Details

Digital Filmmaking Program Outline

AIU®’s Certificate in Digital Filmmaking is designed to provide an introduction to the technical and creative skills needed in the digital film and video editing industries.

Through this certificate program, students will have the opportunity to receive an introduction to the skill sets and knowledge common to digital film and production, including how to:

  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of the three phases of the motion picture production process (preproduction, production and postproduction) and the contributions of technical specialists at each
  • Appropriately apply various industry-standard software, hardware, and techniques in a practical setting
  • Demonstrate appropriate protocol, behavior and professionalism as applicable in field, studio and postproduction environments
  • Contribute appropriately in a variety of positions to the production of motion picture projects

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Degree Requirements

Certificate Courses
DFAP 101 Production Techniques I


DFAP 201 Screenwriting I


DFAP 202 Postproduction I


DFAP 211 Camera & Lighting I


DFAP 300 Field Recording Techniques


DFAP 318 Producing I


Total Credit Hours: 27

Total Credit Hours: 27

Digital Filmmaking Classes Overview

In this Certificate program, students will explore a variety of film and video production areas such as production management, screenwriting, camera operation, lighting, audio recording and video editing. Along the way, students may have an opportunity to earn third-party certification in various industry standard software applications.

Production Techniques I: This course introduces students to the basic concepts, practices and equipment of motion picture production. Students will learn to organize a shoot, put together a crew, shoot out of sequence and finish a variety of video productions.

Screenwriting I: In this class, students will examine the screenplay development process. Through the course, students will learn the elements of narrative form, professional formatting, and character development.

Postproduction I: This course introduces the student to the theory and practice of nonlinear editing including capture, creation, manipulation, and output of digital video. Through a series of hands-on assignments, students will begin to develop storytelling and technical proficiency using industry-standard software.

Camera & Lighting I: Through a series of hands on exercises, students develop skills in the basics of lighting for the camera. Particular attention will be paid to the various roles and responsibilities of the camera and lighting departments and developing an understanding of proper set protocols.

Field Recording Techniques: Students will explore the role of the sound recordist in film and video production and examine how to record sound for picture. Microphone selection, boom operation, stereo recording, live mixing, and use of radio mics are all essential elements of the course.

Producing I: In this course, students explore the preproduction process underpinning the creation of a work of media. Scheduling, budgeting, rights acquisition and packaging of the finished product will be of particular focus.

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