The Professional Certificate program in Filmmaking at Maine Media College is a one-year, intensive, hands-on learning experience for emerging filmmakers. Guided by film industry professionals, students study all facets of the filmmaking process for both documentary and narrative work. The 30-week program is comprised of 48 quarter-hour credits in the areas of writing and directing, cinematography, editing and film history. This program is for those with a strong interest in making their own films, seeking a professional career in filmmaking. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate school or as an alternative for graduate school for individuals changing careers.

Application is by review of an applicant’s reel that must demonstrate a basic understanding of the filmmaking process.


Fall Term
The objective of the fall term is to introduce and familiarize students in the fundamentals of filmmaking in the four core areas: Writing and Story Structure in visual storytelling; the Camera and visual storytelling; the Language of Editing; and the History of film. This term provides a foundation in filmmaking through lectures, practical fieldwork, and critique by the faculty and technical staff. Coaching of each student’s process takes place during the writing, preproduction, production and editing phases of each assignment. Extensive technical training on standard and HD formats as well as 16 mm is included. Students are introduced to the entire filmmaking process, rotating and sharing the roles of producer, writer, director, cinematographer, grip, gaffer, assistant director, and editor. At the end of the fall term, students are prepared to advance their skills in the filmmaking process in the winter term and hone in on a final project for the spring term.

Principles of Storytelling 4 credits
Principles of Cinematography 4 credits
Film History 4 credits
The Language of Editing I 2 credits
The Language of Editing II 2 credits


Winter Term
The winter term immerses students in advanced skill levels of all aspects of the filmmaking process - from writing the screenplay to drafting a treatment for a documentary or multimedia project, to the use of the camera in all variations of storytelling, to directing actors, and finally to the post production process of editing into a cohesive dramatic film. The method of instruction in this term is through hands-on experiential learning. Through four major assignments, each taking two weeks from conception to completion, students are then prepared for the of the third term that culminates in the production of a final film project of quality for entry into a film festival, a valid broadcast or web outlet. 

Advanced Screenwriting & Script Development 4 credits
Pre-Production & the Art of Directing 4 credits
Film Production 8 credits


Spring Term
The final spring term is dedicated to a production project by each student, whether based in fiction or non-fiction storytelling, of ten to fifteen minutes and of significant quality allowing it to be entered into a film festival, or aired on a valid broadcast outlet, or submitted to a major website for distribution. This final project is the result of 10 weeks of intense and concentrated preproduction, writing, production, and competent skilled editing in the post-production phase. Throughout the production of the final project, faculty guide and supervise each student through the process. In addition, during this term, students complete a course in Professional Development which focuses on preparation for the marketplace.

Professional Development 4 credits
Final Film Productions 8 credits
Advanced Post-Production 4 credits



Courses with fewer than five students are subject to cancellation.


2010-2011 Professional Certificate Course Catalog