FILM STUDIES CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Undergraduate Certificate Program enrolls over 250 undergraduate students from twenty-eight different majors, with over a thousand students successfully completing the program since 1991. The Program has received national recognition from independent sources such as the Eastman-Kodak Corporation (1993, 1995, and 1999) for "academic excellence in support of the future generation of filmmakers."
Undgraduate Film Certificate students are eligible for interships in the Film Studies office and with the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, and only certificate students may be nominated for the prestigious Michael S. Roif Award in Film Studies. Students in the program gain access to film events at UMass, in the Five Colleges, and in the wider community and are invited to meet with filmmakers, festival organizers, and representatives from film schools as resources for advancing their careers as scholars, writers, filmmakers, and producers.
The fall of 2008 saw the inauguration of the Graduate Certificate Program, with students from a broad range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences accepted into the program and doctoral students graduating with the certificate.
Graduate Certificate students participate in a community of filmmakers and scholars with access to film events, festivals, and colloquia with writers, scholars, directors and other professionals in the fields of film and television. The first annual Graduate Essay prize, a cash award for outstanding, publication-ready scholarship, was awarded in the spring of 2011.
EARNING THE CERTIFICATE
Our graduates, both those earning the undergraduate certificate in film studies and those with the graduate certificate, go on to distinguish themselves as scholars, artists, and professionals in the demanding and competitive areas of film and video. Recently, members of our faculty have received grants from foundations such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities, the Getty Foundation and AMC Cinemas, as well as numerous Faculty Research Grants, Distinguished Teaching Awards, and other distinctions.