Program Description

The two-year, 30 credit-hour certificate in Film Technician offers specialized training in film industry pre-production, production, and post-production for students to gain experience and knowledge of the film industry. The certificate is designed to develop hands-on skills by using and experimenting with equipment covering all aspects of filmmaking, better preparing students for employment on film and television sets as production assistants and other film crew positions. This certificate is fully transferrable to the Bachelor of Art/Fine Art in Film & Digital Arts at the UNM Albuquerque Campus.


Total credit hours: 30

Career and Educational Advancement Opportunities

Film and television productions that often shoot in the area need reliable, trained crew members. Film technician graduates will be prepared for entry-level crew positions in the area of film and television production.

Contact and Advising Information

Information about the Film Technician certificate is available from Advisement and Counseling at 505.925.8560 or, or the Humanities Division at 505.925.8600.

Course Prerequisites

Courses: ENGL 100 and FYEX 1110 or equivalent – or place into ENGL 1110 (ACCUPLACER/ACT minimum score of 263+/19+)

Degree Requirements

Certificate in Film Technician (30 credits)
FDMA 1210 (Digital Video Production)  3
FDMA 2520 (Introduction to Cinematography)  3
FDMA 2525 (Video Production II)  3
FDMA 1520 (Introduction to Film & Digital Media)  3
FDMA 2110 (Introduction to Film Studies)  3
FDMA 2610 (Directing I)  3
FDMA 2286 (Activating Digital Space)  3
FDMA 1996 (T: Post Production Editing)  3
FDMA 2280 (T: Film Crew Internship)  3
FDMA 2280 (T: Capstone: Creating a Portfolio)  3
FDMA 1996 Topics (optional - encouraged but not required)  3
Total required (30)