The Certificate Program in Film: Now accepting applications for Fall term

The Northwest Film Center School of Film is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for its Certificate Program in Film–a non-degree track for individuals aspiring to make films. Applications for the Program can be downloaded from the School of Film’s website,

The hands-on Certificate Program in Film provides a structure within which individuals can advance from the beginning to advanced level of filmmaking, while creating works that showcase them as emerging filmmaker. Through a Core Sequence, the program teaches the concepts and techniques of cinematic storytelling, while developing the vision of participants as media artists. The Core Sequence is supplemented by Topic Classes and Workshops in the general curriculum, based on interest. The track concludes with a public screening of a final film project in the Northwest Film Center’s state-of-the-art Whitsell Auditorium, inside the Portland Art Museum.

Individuals are accepted at any stage of education, from pre-college to pre-graduate school. A Certificate in Film may be earned in as little as two years, or over as long as six years, depending on the needs of the individual.

Certificate students receive on-going advising and mentorship from faculty and staff, have access to state-of-the-art digital film and 16mm film equipment, and receive free admission to the Film Center’s year-round film exhibition program.

Now celebrating its 20th year, the Certificate Program has served as an entry point into film practice for its participants. Past graduates have gone on to become professional filmmakers, media arts teachers, as well as other professional integrating media into their work in business, fine arts, social service, and communications.


The Northwest Film Center is a regional media arts resource and service organization founded to encourage the study, appreciation and utilization of the moving image arts, foster their artistic and professional excellence, and to help create a climate in which they may flourish. The Center provides a variety of film and video exhibition, education through the School of Film and information programs primarily directed to the residents of Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. The School of Film helps individuals find and cultivate their personal voice as storytellers, helping to advance cultural understanding, reflect the human experience, and fuel social change. For information on exhibitions and programs, call 503-221-1156 or visit

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