The Certificate in Film Studies offers undergraduates a comprehensive course of study in the history, criticism, theory, aesthetics, and production of the moving image in the unique context of an interdisciplinary program.


Whether you want to complete the 18-credit certificate or take a single class, this online program offers you the opportunity to study with award-winning professors and national or international professional filmmakers at the top of their field. You’ll find classes in general and specialized filmmaking, screenwriting, film theory, film criticism, and other subjects.

Credits earned may be applied to the BA, Film and Media Studies degree completion program through the University Without Walls UMass Amherst.

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Registration is administered through UMass Amherst University Without Walls. Please see Fee Schedule below.

Type of Fee Amount
Summer Fee per credit $445
Fall Fee per credit $482
Registration Fee per semester $60
Returned Check Fee per semester** $30

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*applicable when you register after deadline; non-refundable unless course has been cancelled

** applicable when checks returned unpaid

*** Courses can vary from one to six credits; this total represents a standard 3 credit course


The University of Massachusetts is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE).


Admission to all classes is open, and anyone can enroll. You do not have to be a UMass Amherst student. There is no admission procedure.

Financial Aid: 

Funding is available for military personnel through the GI Bill. We encourage you to visit the Veteran Educational Benefits page for more information or contact vetbenefits@umass.edu or 413-545-5792 for more information.

If you are currently enrolled at UMass Amherst, including the University Without Walls program, please contact Marianna McKim at 413-545-3353 in the UMass Amherst Financial Aid office to determine your eligibility.

If you are a student at another university, please contact your financial aid officer at that institution for information.

Students may also explore private loans.