Film and Media Studies

Program Scope

The certificate in Film and Media Studies (Online) is an online program of courses designed to provide academic training for those who are interested in advancing their educational and/or career goals in the popular and growing field of film and media studies. Courses are taught by faculty in the School of Cinema at San Francisco State University and, on occasion, by adjunct faculty (lecturers, visiting faculty, etc.) in cinema studies.

Admissions Requirements and Application Process

To be admitted to this program, students should have a high school diploma or equivalency. High school students that qualify for the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) will be admitted conditionally. Normally, applying to the program is not required in order to take the individual courses that make up the certificate. Hence, students can take all the courses one by one and, after they complete them all, are eligible to apply for the certificate. Matriculated SF State Cinema majors and minors are not eligible to apply for the certificate.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Academic certificate program courses require good writing skills. Students enrolled in certificate programs who do not have baccalaureate degrees from an English-speaking country are asked to demonstrate their writing ability soon after admission by doing one of the following:

  • Provide evidence of completion of SF State’s ENG 214 or equivalent.
  • Internet-based TOEFL (IBT) score of 95, with an essay rating of 24.

To apply, complete the College of Extended Learning’s Certificate Application Form.

A $50 fee is charged for processing the application. An additional fee of $50 per course will be added to CEL’s usual registration fees for technology-related costs.

For information about the program, upcoming schedule of classes, and registration deadlines, visit the website for the College of Extended Learning.

Certificate Curriculum
Course Title Units
CINE 200 Introduction to Cinema Studies [online] 3
CINE 211 Film History I [online] 3
CINE 212 Film History II [online] 3
Two upper-division online courses in Cinema Studies   6
Total   15

*These courses are transferable to the B.A. in Cinema


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