Film, Certificate

School of Visual, Media and Performing Arts

Program Overview

When enrolling in the film certificate program, you choose between two tracks—screenwriting or production—and gain invaluable, hands-on experience in film, from the aesthetic to the technical, as well as the day-to-day practicalities of working in the industry.

Film, Certificate

Where You'll Go

With training in film, you could go on to become a post-production coordinator, script supervisor, script writer, content strategy coordinator, videographer, producer, publicist, or any number of related professions.

Certificate Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Certificate Requirements

The department chair or designee may allow substitutions consistent with the educational goals of the program for one or more requirements in either track.

Students must complete each required course with a grade of C or higher except in specific instances in which a grade of B or higher is stipulated. Certificate students who have received transfer credits from other colleges must complete a minimum of 21 credits in the Department of Film at Brooklyn College.

The Department of Film will permit certificate students, on request, to enroll in some prerequisite courses as corequisites.

Students who desire full-time enrollment status in the certificate program must have a plan of study approved by the chair of the Department of Film before registering for classes.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • comprehend the principles of cinematic narrative (screenwriting),
  • express ideas through image or sound or a combination of the two (directing), and
  • achieve competence in an aspect of production technique (cinematography, sound, editing).

Admissions Requirements

Those students who do not have a baccalaureate degree must have received a high school diploma or the equivalent for admission to this program and must successfully complete the CUNY Basic Skills Assessment Tests.


Annette Danto, Department Chair

203 West End Building
P: 718.951.5000, ext. 5664

Judith Kenny, Director of Academic Affairs and Operations

201 West End Building
P: 718.951.5664

Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210

To make an appointment with an undergraduate admissions counselor, visit:

Virtual Admissions Counselor Appointments


Screenwriting (30 Credits)

Students must complete a program consisting of FILM 1101, 2115, 2116, 2901, 1201, 1301, 2301, 3301, 4301, and any three-credit film studies course numbered 2100 or higher.

Production (30 Credits)

Students must complete a program consisting of FILM 1101, 1201, 2501, 2401, 3300W, 3200, 3700, 2601, 2701, and 1301.

Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the film certificate program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • Deluxe
  • Netflix
  • River Road Entertainment, LLC
  • San Francisco Film School
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc.
  • Streamland Media
  • University of California, Berkeley
  • WarnerMedia
  • Whitney Museum of American Art
  • WWE

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