Explore the fundamentals of storytelling through the digital cinema production certificate. Certificate students complete coursework in screenwriting, producing, directing, cinematography and sound, editing, and related fields. They master the aesthetic and technical tools of moving-image storytelling, learn creative decision making, employ collaborative work skills, and apply industry standards. The digital cinema production certificate is relevant to undergraduates across campus who are considering careers in film, television, documentary, and internet-based media.
Prior to declaration, students must complete COM ARTS 355 for a grade of B or higher. In addition, students must earn a grade of B or higher in their first attempt of one of the following courses:
|COM ARTS 465||Editing and Post-production for Video and Film||4|
|COM ARTS 466||Writing for Television and Film||3|
|COM ARTS 467||Cinematography and Sound Recording||4|
|COM ARTS 468||Producing for Internet TV and Video||3|
|COM ARTS 609||Special Topics in Production||3|
|COM ARTS 651||Advanced Video Production and Direction||3|
Students who meet the Admission criteria should speak with the advisor to declare the certificate.
requirements for the certificate
Four courses and at least 13 credits are required.
|COM ARTS 355||Introduction to Media Production||4|
|Electives (complete three):||9|
|Editing and Post-production for Video and Film|
|Writing for Television and Film|
|Cinematography and Sound Recording|
|Producing for Internet TV and Video|
|Special Topics in Production|
|Advanced Video Production and Direction|
|Advanced Motion Picture Production Workshop|
Residence & Quality of Work
- Minimum 2.000 GPA on all certificate courses.
- At least 7 certificate credits must be completed in residence.
Certificate Completion Requirement
This undergraduate certificate must be completed concurrently with the student’s undergraduate degree. Students cannot delay degree completion to complete the certificate.
- Demonstrate mastery of the aesthetic and technical tools of moving-image story telling.
- Analyze story structure and illustrate how their creative decisions support their interpretation of story.
- Employ collaborative work skills to perform in the role of leaders or members of production crews/groups.
- Analyze the meaning, form, and process of cinematic work with the goal of providing honest, critical, and instructive feedback.
- Reproduce and apply industry standard methods for media pre-production, production and post-production, and explain the rationale for these methods.
The Department of Communication Arts academic advisors serve as the advisors for the digital cinema production certificate. Contact an advisor to learn more about the certificate, discuss eligibility, declare, or review certificate requirements. Please see the Communication Arts website for advising options.
Steffie Halverson, 6114 Vilas Hall, 608-262-2285, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Rossa, 6068 Vilas Hall, 608-262-0992, email@example.com
The communications, arts & entertainment career community advisor assists students with career preparation, such as exploring career options, strategies for the internship/job search, and networking opportunities.
Digital Cinema Production Courses
The selection of courses varies by semester. Please check Course Search and Enroll for current offerings.
Career Exploration and Preparation
The Department of Communication Arts encourages students to apply the knowledge and skills they attain through coursework to professional settings. Internships and part-time jobs at television networks, nonprofit organizations, talent agencies, magazines, radio stations, advertising agencies, production companies, government agencies, and other communication-related businesses help students gain work-related experience and explore career options. Emails and and postings provide certificate students with information on opportunities across the country.
Throughout the academic year, students have the opportunity to participate in several communication-focused, career-related events.
Join a Student Organization
Learn more about the entertainment industry and career opportunities by joining the Hollywood Badgers, a Communication Arts Department affiliated student organization.
L&S career resources
Every L&S major opens a world of possibilities. SuccessWorks at the College of Letters & Science helps students turn the academic skills learned in their major, certificates, and other coursework into fulfilling lives after graduation, whether that means jobs, public service, graduate school or other career pursuits.
In addition to providing basic support like resume reviews and interview practice, SuccessWorks offers ways to explore interests and build career skills from their very first semester/term at UW all the way through graduation and beyond.
Students can explore careers in one-on-one advising, try out different career paths, complete internships, prepare for the job search and/or graduate school applications, and connect with supportive alumni and even employers in the fields that inspire them.
- Set up a career advising appointment
- Enroll in a Career Course - a great idea for first- and second-year students:
- INTER-LS 210 L&S Career Development: Taking Initiative (1 credit)
- INTER-LS 215 Communicating About Careers (3 credits, fulfills Comm B General Education Requirement)
- Learn about internships and internship funding
- Activate your Handshake account to apply for jobs and internships from 200,000+ employers recruiting UW-Madison students
- Learn about the impact SuccessWorks has on students' lives
Aaron Greer, Associate Professor
Eric Hoyt, Professor
Erik Gunneson, Teaching Faculty II; Lisa Ellis, Lecturer
Steffie Halverson, Academic Advisor; Mary Rossa, Academic Advising Manager
Communications, Arts & Entertainment Career Community Advisor
Communication Arts Instructional media center
The Instructional Media Center (IMC), located in 3160 Vilas Hall, provides state-of-the art equipment for communication arts media-production courses. The IMC circulates industry-standard camera, lighting, grip, and sound equipment for use on set. The Hamel Family Digital Media Lab's 70 editing stations and the department's two sound stages are also managed by the Instructional Media staff.