Film and Media Studies

College of Extended Learning 

Dean: Dr. Alex Hwu 

SF State Downtown Center
835 Market Street, 6th Floor
San Francisco, CA  94103
Phone: (415) 817-4223
Fax: (415) 817-4299

Program Scope

The Certificate in Film and Media Studies (Online) is an online program of courses designed to provide academic training for those interested in advancing their educational and/or career goals in the popular and growing field of film and media studies. Courses will be taught by faculty in the Cinema Department 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 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, a student can take all the courses one by one and, should they complete them all, are then 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 submitting an 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, available at

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, please visit

Film and Media Studies Certificate — 15 units

Certificate Curriculum

CINE 200Introduction to Cinema Studies (online)3
CINE 211Film History I (online)3
CINE 212Film History II (online)3
Two upper-division online courses in Cinema Studies6