Screen Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Gain an introduction to film studies with the Screen Studies Undergraduate Certificate in Temple’s School of Theater, Film and Media Arts. The 13- or 14-credit hour certificate provides a stepping-stone for undergraduate students looking to enter a career in film study.

In this four-course certificate, you will explore experimental film, film history and media arts. Through your studies, you will learn the development and role of film, media arts and video in the larger American culture.

By the end of the program, you will understand how to

  • analyze film, television and video;
  • contextualize personal work in larger aesthetic theories; and
  • translate concepts and ideas into audio and video projects.

Assessment is based on creative audio, blogs, media arts and video projects, as well as critical papers and examinations.  

Classes & Curriculum

In this 13- to 14-credit certificate, required courses include

  • Media Arts I,
  • Media and Culture, and  
  • Introduction to Film and Video Analysis.

You can choose your fourth class in

  • Film History I,
  • Film History II,
  • History of Experimental Film and Video Art, or
  • Survey of New Media.

Learn more about the Screen Studies Undergraduate Certificate courses

Related Graduate Degrees

Students learning to use a video camera in a film and media arts class.

Internships & Opportunities

Internships are crucial to gaining entry to the film, television and media industries. Acquire hands-on production experience that will deepen your technical abilities and make you a more attractive candidate to potential employers. 

You can earn up to six credits while interning locally or in Los Angeles as part of the Los Angeles Study Away Program. The program in Los Angeles provides direct learning insights and professional work experiences in the media and entertainment industries.

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Students who complete the Certificate in Screen Studies will have a base knowledge that allows them to pursue a wide variety of careers within the audio and visual arts industry. Career paths include

  • advertising artist,
  • director,
  • film historian,
  • playwright,
  • video editor,
  • videographer and
  • video technician.

Career Services

The Film and Media Arts Department encourages students to find job opportunities by checking the information boards in Annenberg Hall, consulting with faculty, and visiting the Career Center for guidance on career direction and job search strategies.

Tuition & Fees

The tuition for this Certificate Program is based on school or college of your major, program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. You can view the full Cost of Attendance breakdown on the Student Financial Services website.