Film Production Guide: Education



The Art Institute of Seattle

2323 Elliott Avenue

Seattle, WA 98121-1642

(800) 275-2471

[email protected]

Programs include Video Production, Audio Production, Media Arts & Animation and Interactive Media Design.

Bellevue College

Digital Media Arts Associates Degree

3000 Landerholm Circle SE

Bellevue, WA 98007-6406

(425) 564-1000

The Digital Media Arts program at Bellevue College offers an Associate of Arts degree that features flexible courses of study intended to better meet the individual educational and occupational goals of our students. The degree consist of three main elements:

  • a set of required fundamental or core courses that develop cross-discipline awareness and skills,
  • a series of employment and portfolio courses designed to increase understanding of industry and preparation for entering the workplace and/or applying to four-year colleges, and
  • a cluster of electives chosen to strengthen skills and produce portfolio materials that match student-specific goals.

Bellevue College students find entry-level jobs in a variety of industries including graphic and game design studios, film and video production houses, marketing and advertising firms, and as freelance contract designers and artists working with a variety of businesses inside and outside the design sector.

Cornish College of the Arts

Main Campus Center

1000 Lenora St

Seattle, WA 98121

(800) 726-ARTS

The Cornish BFA Film program builds students’ skills, portfolio, and connections needed to thrive as a filmmaker. Program helps students pursue both the art and business of filmmaking across a wide variety of platforms.

The Film School

Seattle International Film Festival

Film Center

305 Harrison St.

Seattle, WA 98109

(206) 812-8711

[email protected]

The Film School offers a range of classes, contests and programs. Founders and faculty include Stewart Stern, Tom Skerritt, Rick Stevenson, John Jacobsen, and Warren Etheredge.

Highline College

Film Studies

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 98000

2400 S. 240th St.

Des Moines, WA 98198

Campus Location:

Building 5

Mailstop: 5-1

2400 S. 240th St.

Des Moines, WA 98198

(206) 592-3425

Web: Film Studies Courses

Click the link to see their current course offerings and descriptions.

Northwest Film Forum

1515 12th Ave

Seattle WA 98122

(206) 329-2629

Founded in 1985, Northwest Film Forum is a member-based, nonprofit film and arts center located in Seattle. It presents hundreds of films, festivals, community events, multidisciplinary performances, and public discussions each year.

NWFF offers educational workshops and artist services for film and media makers at all stages of their development. Members’ artist services include access to space, gear, fiscal sponsorship, and an edit lab.

Seattle Central College

Creative Arts Design

1701 Broadway, Room BE4128

Seattle, WA 98122


[email protected]

Seattle Central College offers an Visual Media Associate of Applied Arts (AAS) degree in Visual Media. Instruction includes artistic theory, the skills and business behind effective digital storytelling, and using modern photo and video technologies.

Seattle Film Institute

3210 16th Ave W

Seattle WA 98119

(800) 882-4734

(206) 568-4387

[email protected]

Founded in 1994, Seattle Film Institute prepares students for successful careers in the film industry. SFI’s faculty is comprised of experienced, working professional filmmakers, actors, writers, editors, composers, cinematographers, agents and other specialists.

Seattle Film Institute is the Northwest’s only fully accredited (ACICS) independent film school. It offers an accelerated certificate, undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as professional internships and career assistance.

Seattle University

College of Arts and Sciences

901 12th Ave, PO Box 222000

Seattle, WA 98122


Web: Fim Studies, BA

Seattle University’s Bachelor of Arts in film studies gives students a disciplinary knowledge of this art form—its history, aesthetics, craft, technologies and theories. The program it situates film in its international and transnational contexts with studies of national cinemas and international co-productions and crosscurrents. Students especially inter­ested in filmmaking can study screenwriting and film production, and complete off-campus film projects and internships in the regional film community and through study abroad.

Shoreline Community College

Performance Arts/Digital Film – Shoreline Productions

16101 Greenwood Avenue North

Shoreline, WA 98133-5696

(206) 546-4101

Film and Media studies develop knowledge and skills to work in all areas of the film industry including film and video production, television studio production, screenwriting, directing, casting, lighting, editing, film analysis, storytelling, marketing and sales, public relations, conservation, research and development, photography, journalism and publishing.

Shoreline offers three degree options, with varying emphases—Digital Film Production, Drama/Theatre Arts and Cinema, Film and Media Studies. In addition, Shoreline offers short term professional certificates: Acting for Stage & Camera plus Writing & Directing for the Camera.

University of Washington

Professional and Continuing Education

Certificate Programs

Registration Office:

4311 11th Avenue N.E., Suite 100

Seattle, WA 98105-4608



[email protected]

Web: Film and Video Production Certificate

In this three-course certificate program, students receive direct, hands-on experience creating visual stories that are intelligent, emotional, compelling, succinct and informative. Coursework covers the primary aspects of film production, including scripting, camera and lighting, sound, directing and editing. Students finish short films for their personal or professional portfolio.

Web: Audio Production Certificate

In this three-course certificate program, students explore the technical principles and creative skills required to complete professional sound projects. Course includes the basics of editing, mixing, storage media and the mastering process. Students get experience with acoustics, microphones and analog and digital recording, and apply this knowledge to create a pro-quality audio project for music or film.

Related courses include:


The Evergreen State College

Visual and Media Arts

2700 Evergreen Parkway NW

Olympia, Washington 98505

(360) 867-6000

Studying visual and media arts at Evergreen is different than attending an arts school. By setting study within the context of an interdisciplinary liberal arts education, students expand their skills in analytical thinking, critical reading, and writing as well as discover themes and ideas that support and refine their artistic practice.

Students apply the theoretical and critical concepts they are learning to a range of artistic practices, from solving design problems to the production of full-scale independent projects.


Central Washington University

Film & Video Studies Program

400 E. University Way

Ellensburg, WA 98926

(509) 963-1111

(509) 963-1067

The Film Program is an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts program with a curriculum drawn from departments located within the College of Arts and Humanities. The Film Program employs a scholarly, creative, and professional approach to the study of both film and television and seeks to help each student discover his or her own vision as an independent critic, artist, and filmmaker.

Foundation courses are combined with specialized courses that allow each student to pursue the specific area of the entertainment business that interests them the most. Film students will explore the language of cinema and the techniques for effective visual storytelling. Students will learn the craft of filmmaking and combine it with their unique artistic world view and they will be challenged to prepare stories that resonate and linger.


Eastern Washington University

Theatre & Film Department

Film Program

RTV 104

Cheney, WA 99004

(509) 359-6390

[email protected]

Contact: Annie Hudson, Program Secretary

Majors: Bachelor of Arts in Film

Minors: Film Minors: Film General, Film Studies, and Screenwriting

The Film program prepares students for creative roles in the filmic arts. The 81-credit program provides intensive experience in production and screenwriting as well as film history, theory and criticism. Graduates write a classically structured, feature-length screenplay and complete an advanced production project or a theory/criticism project. A faculty-student panel reviews both the screenplay and the project as a part of the Senior Capstone experience during Spring quarter.

The Department of Theatre and Film operates KEWU-FM (89.5) as a broadcast service for Eastern Washington University and the community. Students may take internships or pursue employment at KEWU.

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