Minors & Certificates

Directing Film & Television

What is Directing Film & Television?

Now more than ever, the world needs content creators. This certificate will help students ranging from those who want to be film and television directors to students of of any major gain media production skills. For the aspiring filmmaker, they will leave having developed a body of work to begin their artistic career. For those looking to go into marketing, you will have the ability to produce commercials and media for advertising. For those going into other fields, media production skills will make you more employable in the professional world as media becomes an increasing part of all disciplines. 

Every piece of digital media that you watch, whether it is a film, series, commercial, web content, news article or more is the product of a director with a vision who saw it through! Look around you; you are surrounded by success stories every time you see a piece of digital media. Steven Spielberg was born in Cincinnati! There is no reason the next big director cannot be you!

Career Possibilities

  • Film Director
  • Television Director
  • Commercial / Advertising Production
  • Film & Television Production
  • Social Media Production
  • A more employable member of any industry!



DMC 2050 Film Structures

DMC 2130 Introduction to Filmmaking


DMC 3130 Advanced Film & Television Production

DMC 3175 Directing for Film & Television


Select 9 credit hours of DMC electives from the following list (at least 1 must be 2000 level or above):

  • DMC 1120 Introduction to Sound Production
  • DMC 1126 Introduction to Cinematography
  • DMC 1186 Introduction to Film Editing
  • DMC 1055 Television Genres
  • DMC 2002 Creativity and Ideation
  • DMC 2015 Intro to Writing for Film and Television
  • DMC 2071 Award Winning Film & Television
  • DMC 2075 Filmmaking: Evolution & Impact
  • DMC 2111 Topics in Digital Media
  • DMC 2112 Philosophy of Filmmaking
  • DMC 2130 Intro to Filmmaking
  • DMC 2131 Creating the Web Series
  • DMC 2133 Music Video Production
  • DMC 2134 Experimental Filmmaking
  • DMC 2150 Design Skills for Film & Media 
  • DMC 3071 Cinema for Social Change
  • DMC 3072 Diversity in Film and Television
  • DMC 3085 Filmmaking Abroad
  • DMC 3020 Commercial Production
  • DMC 3111 Advanced Topics in Digital Media
  • DMC 3166 Documentary Production
  • DMC 3174 Topics in Directing
  • DMC 4080 Internship in Digital Media
  • DMC 4099 On Set: A Professional Film or Television Production 

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the certificate to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the certificate program using our online form.

In addition, you must meet with the program director so that they are aware that you are pursuing the certificate and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your certificate.

Students not currently pursuing a degree may declare the certificate after establishing non-matriculated status.


The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quick Facts

Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Directing Film & Television

Full-Time Program Duration

2 Years


Uptown Campus West


CCM Building
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Phone: (773) 791-7177
Matt Irvine