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About the Online Certificate in Film Studies

The Certificate Program in Film Studies offers undergraduates a comprehensive course of study in the history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, and production of the moving image in the unique context of an interdisciplinary program.

Since the Program began in 1991, Film Studies graduates have used the Certificate to compete successfully for admission to prestigious film schools and graduate programs; for positions in film and video production; for employment in film and video distribution and exhibition, digital and new media, and as editors, producers, actors and independent filmmakers.

As of 2018 Film Studies offers an online version of our face-to-face certificate.

Whether you want to complete the 18-credit certificate or take a single class, this online program offers you the opportunity to study with award-winning professors and national or international professional filmmakers at the top of their field. You’ll find classes in general and specialized filmmaking, screenwriting, film theory, film criticism, and other subjects.

Admission to all classes is open, and anyone can enroll. You do not have to be a UMass Amherst student. There is no admission procedure. Students may register for courses up until the course begins, but we strongly suggest you enroll at least two weeks before the class starts because many classes fill up quickly. Regular Umass Students register through Spire. Non UMass students should use this link instead or email Lori Knapp
Program Information Specialist, 413-545-6811 lknapp@oe.umass.edu for assistance.

All courses are offered online through Continuing & Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Classes in the online program are designed to be the online equivalent of undergraduate courses and serve diverse student needs. Students who complete the requirements listed below will earn a Certificate of Film Studies. 

University of Massachusetts Amherst students are welcome to enroll in online classes. The online courses earned through the Certificate count fully toward the face-to-face UMass Films Studies Certificate and will satisfy the GenEds and Global Eds their in-the-classrom versions normally satisfy. Online courses are not, however, covered by regular UMass tuition. Limited financial aid applies.

Requirements for earning the Certificate

How to Enroll

Admission to all classes is open, and anyone can enroll. You do not have to be a UMass Amherst student. There is no admission procedure. Students may register for courses up until the course begins, but we strongly suggest you enroll at least two weeks before the class starts because many classes fill up quickly. Regular Umass Students register through Spire. Non UMass students should contact Lori Knapp Program Information Specialist, 413-545-6811 lknapp@oe.umass.edu for assistance with enrollment.

All courses are offered online through Continuing & Professional Education at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Classes in the online program are designed to be the online equivalent of undergraduate courses and serve diverse student needs. Students who complete the requirements listed below will earn a Certificate of Film Studies. Please also check our Frequently Asked Questions

Requirements

Minimum course requirements to obtain the Certificate: 6 courses (of 3 credits or more), in the following 5 Categories (each course counts for only one category):

I. Introduction Course (1 required)
II. Film History/Theory (1 required)
III. Genre/Director/National Cinema (1 required)
IV. Upper Level Course - 400 level or above (1 required)
V. Elective/Production (2 required)

Cost (summer 2019- this is just orientative) ​

The fee is $402/credit, which makes it $1,206 for a 3-credit course. There is an additional non-refundable registration fee of $47 per term. The registration fee is paid only once each term, regardless of how many courses a student enrolls in. Summer counts as one term. Please note that CPE limits number of credits in Summer to a maximum of 15.

The total cost for the entire Certificate depends on which courses you take and how many terms you take to complete the courses. If you were to take the 6 courses (18 credits) over 2 terms (for instance Summer and Fall), you would have to pay a total of $7,330.

Continuing and Professional Education course costs and class information

Financial Aid ​

The Certificate of Film Studies is not a degree-granting program. That means that if you are not otherwise enrolled in a matriculating degree program at a university or college, you cannot use federal financial aid, such as Pell Grants, toward individual Certificate of Film Studies classes.

If you are currently enrolled at UMass Amherst, including the University Without Walls program, please contact the University of Massachusetts Amherst Financial Aid Office to determine your eligibility. If you are a student at another university, please contact your financial aid officer there for information.

If you are not currently a student, you can also explore personal loans.

If you are a veteran, the GI Bill might pay for your online credits, but you will need to verify that before you enroll. Please get in touch with the UMass Veteran Services Offices to discuss eligibility.