Online Certificate in Film Studies

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Break into film

Earn your online certificate in film studies.

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Take your love of cinema to the next level with the Online Certificate in Film Studies. Whether you’re already working in the business, aspire to, or just want to deepen your understanding of “the seventh art,” this six-course, 18-credit program provides a flexible, affordable way to expand your knowledge of how films are made, how the industry evolved, where it’s headed, and much more.

Offered through the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s respected College of Humanities & Fine Arts, the program explores a wide array of topics from the history, criticism, theory, genres, and aesthetics of film to the whole production process from pre to post. You’ll experience the same rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college within a vibrant, collaborative online environment led by national or international scholars and filmmakers at the top of their field.


Our online program keeps pace with trends in the film industry. Elective courses cover the topics of the day from gender roles to race, anime to new media.


The Film Studies program has prepared students for film school, jobs in film and video production, or work as editors, producers, actors, and independent filmmakers since 1991.


Our online programs are accessible and customizable to fit your interests and your life. Take more credits per semester and finish faster.