Professional Certificate in Digital Filmmaking


Day: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm
Evening: Monday – Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, and every other Saturday, 10am – 5pm

 

The San Francisco Film School was founded by filmmakers with the core philosophy – “the best way to learn the art and craft of filmmaking is to make films!”  Our unique production-based curriculum combines traditional classroom learning with practical, hands-on instruction. Students study core areas of filmmaking including directing, screenwriting, cinematography, producing, editing & post-production, and audio for film (see list of classes below).  During the course of each program, students make their own films, collaborate on classmates’ projects, make industry contacts, and create a body of work that will help them launch their career.  

The Professional Certificate program can be completed in either three (3) semesters (day schedule) or four (4) semesters (evening/weekend schedule).  It focuses on creative expression and is designed for students wishing to pursue careers in corporate and web-based production. See the complete list of classes below.

Every semester students write, produce, direct and edit their own films, as well as, crew on each others’ projects.  Over the course of the program, students will make five (5) short films, each project becoming progressively more challenging.  

Visual Montage (2-3 mins)

Short Fiction Film (4-6 mins)

Documentary (5-7 mins)

Web Commercial (:30 sec)

VR/360 Short Film (2-4 mins)

This production-based curriculum means that students learn filmmaking both in the classroom and on-set, producing creative work that will help them develop their artistic voice and launch their career.

This was easily the most productive and transformative 12 months of my adult life.

Randy Hall
Digital Filmmaking Program graduate

Schedule


Day: Monday – Thursday, 10am – 5pm
Evening: Monday – Thursday, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, and every other Saturday, 10am – 5pm

 

Length: 12 Months (Day) and 16 Months (Eve)

Requirements


  • Completed Admissions Application
  • Personal Profile (1-2 pages containing a personal history, and motivation for attending)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • High School Diploma (or GED)
  • Copy of DD Form 214 and Most Recent VA Certificate of Eligibility (Veterans Only)

Tuition & Fees


Tuition: $27,667.50
Application Fee: $45

How to Apply


Step 1:

Application Form

 

Step 2: Submit the complete application packet

  • Completed Admissions Application
  • Personal Profile (1-2 pages containing a personal history, and motivation for attending)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • High School Diploma (or GED)
  • Copy of DD Form 214 and Most Recent VA Certificate of Eligibility (Veterans Only)

Mail to:

San Francisco School of Digital Filmmaking
Attn: Admissions Department
155 Sansome Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA
94104

~OR~

Email to:

admissions@filmschoolsf.com

Please note there is a non-refundable $45 application fee

Syllabus


Semester 1
101 - Introduction to Producing & Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 1
102 - Creative Writing: Intro to Screenwriting
3 Credits
Semester 1
103 - Introduction to Digital Cinematography
2 Credits
Semester 1
104 - Introduction to the Craft of Editing
2 Credits
Semester 1
105 - Introduction to Audio for Film
2 Credits
Semester 2
201 - Documentary Producing and Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 2
202 - Advanced Creative Writing
2 Credits
Semester 2
204 - Motion Graphics
2 Credits
Semester 2
206 - History of Film
2 Credits
Semester 3
301 - Commercial Producing and Directing
8.5 Credits
Semester 3
302 - Advanced Screenwriting
2 Credits
Semester 3
303 - Intermediate Digital Cinematography
2 Credits
Semester 3
305 - Advanced Audio for Film
2 Credits

Total: 3 Semesters, 46.5 Credits