〰️ OVERVIEW 〰️
The Digital Video Certificate Program at the Austin School of Film provides an affordable series of classes in film & video production, post-production, and creative software that prepare students to work in the industry. Our certificate offers hands-on classroom training led by industry professionals in such areas as HD & DSLR camera, lighting, sound recording, production management, and editing with industry standard software platforms. Students in the certificate program are eligible for placement in internships with a wide variety of Central Texas companies, organizations, and independent productions.
Our classes run year-round and are paid for individually upon registration. The program can be completed in under 2 years, for a fraction of the cost of similar training from the Art Institute. If filmmaking is your passion, the Digital Video Certificate Program is the fastest way to get your foot in the door - from creating your first short film to becoming a proficient editor.
Our iMac editing lab is open to all Digital Video Certificate students at any time. All lab computers feature the latest versions of the Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut Pro, Cinema4D, and more. Students also have access to our creative coworking spaces, room reservations, gear rentals and in-house supplies & resources.
There are no registration deadlines or any prerequisites for Certificate Program enrollment. There is a one-time, non-refundable registration fee of $75, but enrolling in the certificate program entitles students to a 10% discount on all applicable classes.
We believe everyone should have the right to participate in our Digital Video Certificate Program, ASoF also offers a wide variety of payment plan options.
Complete a series of courses to develop a strong filmmaking knowledge base
Develop technical skills in production & post-production
Address all phases of production, from inception through distribution
Learn skills that meet industry standards
Get real-world experience & apply acquired knowledge
Build a portfolio to get work on set
Network with professionals & artist mentors
Benefit from ASoF's affordable classes & unique learning environment
WHY CHOOSE OUR PROGRAM?
The Austin School of Film's Digital Video Certificate Program (DVCP) will provide the technical foundation you need to prepare for work with individual clients, independent production companies, or commercial post-production houses, & how to develop your reel to attract future freelance contracts. Though the focus of the program is acquisition of technical skills such as sound, camera, lighting, & editing, our DVCP students are given the flexibility to choose electives that either add extra depth to their creative experience, or augment their growing technical skill set for a competitive edge. Electives include screenwriting, directing, experimental filmmaking, software, & more!
Classes are taught by Austin-based professionals who are active within the film & creative industries. Based in East Austin for over 15 years, we continue to be— first and foremost —a community-focused arts & technology school that offers affordable accessible classes in film, animation & digital media arts in an intimate setting. The Digital Video Certificate Program caters to individual students, offering small classes & affordable training.
Total of 14 required classes + 2 electives of your choice
2D Paper Animation (12 hours)
Intro to Experimental Video Art (8 hours)
Intro to Super 8 Filmmaking (12 hours)
Super 8 & 16mm Workshop (8 hours)
Intro to Cinema4D (12 hours)
Intro to Audio Post-Production (12 hours)
Online Video Marketing (12 hours)
Advanced Adobe After Effects (12 hours)
Advanced Adobe Photoshop (12 hours)
MMAC Internship (limited space)
Austin School of Film requires a minimum of 1 lab (15 hours) to qualify for the DVCP Certificate.
* Upon meeting the 2-class Creative Core minimum, students may opt to enroll in additional offerings FROM that category for elective credit; even more options are provided in the detailed course guide!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How long does it take to get a certificate?
Training usually takes 9 to 12 months depending on scheduling; students have up to 3 years (from registration date) to complete DVCP.
What are the training costs?
Certificates generally range from $3000 - $4500. This range is depends on what elective you choose. Electives range from $50-1,000. Students may also opt to train in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X (Option A or B in outline) - this also contributes to the overall cost of the program.
Will ASoF's DVCP Certificate help me get a job?
ASoF's reputation as a training center is astonishing and earning one of our certificates is regarded as exceedingly valuable but it's really up to you and your goal-set. When you come to class, be fully involved, ask applicable questions and push yourself afterwards to practice and create work samples. Take time to understand how software applications relate to each other and learn the practical workflows that will make your skills outstanding. Then, build a great resume and portfolio, keep your spirits up and network, network, network! The number one way to get a job is through someone you know. Don't sit back and wait---make it happen for yourself!
What makes ASoF’s different?
Our curriculum is informed by the media arts industry, is taught by media arts industry professionals and includes the very skills training that employees need to work in the field and continue on their career paths. Classes are small, intensive and utilize real-world examples. We are not a traditional college. We are not a for-profit business. We are not a private entity. We are a non-profit media arts center & school here to provide affordable training course for both youth and adults in Central, Texas. We will work with any budget and offer scholarships to those who qualify. In addition to our class schedule, ASoF offers free fall, spring and summer screening series, artist events, artist exhibits and much more.