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Certificate Program

Digital Media Production

Program Description

The Digital Media Production Certificate Program offers participants a practical introduction to digital media with a core curriculum that exposes participants to the practice of the media arts. Through the curriculum, individuals are given the opportunity to develop hands-on production skills, achieve technical proficiency, and make sophisticated choices in the creation of digital media art.

Who Should Enroll

The Digital Media Production Certificate Program is intended for individuals who would like to gain knowledge and training through non-credit multimedia courses, hands-on labs, and workshops. The program is ideal for participants seeking to build digital media production skills, which participants will showcase through a final capstone of their work completed in the program.

Certificate Program Completion Requirements

The following guidelines apply to all non-credit, non-degree individuals seeking to earn the Digital Media Production Certificate at Emerson College:

  • Individuals must satisfy the certificate program requirement published for the term in which they register for the first course toward the certificate; all prerequisite coursework must be completed, and program courses must be taken in the prescribed sequence.

  • All individuals must complete coursework for the certificate program within a period of three years from their initial date of registration.
  • Only learning activities offered by Emerson College's Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs may be applied to fulfill the requirements of the certificate program.
  • Enrollment in non-credit, non-degree certificate programs is open to all individuals who have a high school diploma or GED. Prerequisite requirements apply in some instances. To receive a certificate, individuals must submit a Request for Certificate Form to the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs within one year of program completion. Request for Certificate (PDF)

Digital Media Production Courses and Workshops

The Digital Media Production Certificate Program consists of progressive non-credit evening courses and workshops typically offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Successful completion of the following core courses is required for certificate candidates.

CE0403 Digital Media Production I
(Required for certificate candidates)
Non-credit course, fall semester, $1,095.00
Through lectures and hands-on projects, students learn the equipment and techniques used in high definition single-camera video production. Participants write and produce a variety of projects that they see through from preproduction to postproduction. Using a variety of applications, indlucing Photoshop and Final Cut X, participants will gain competency in digital imaging and video editing. Emphasis will be placed on professional workflows and high quality productions..

CE0404 Digital Media Production II
(Required for certificate candidates)
Non-credit course, spring semester, $1,095.00
In Digital Media Production II, participants will explore more advanced production techniques including animation for the web and video, title design, special effects, color correction, and data compression. Participants will be introduced to a host of new applications including Motion and After Effects, and they will continue to do more advanced work in Photoshop and Final Cut X. (Prerequisite: Digital Media Production I)

CE0412 Web and New Media Animation
(Required for certificate candidates)
Non-credit course, Summer
Building upon the skills developed in Digital Media Production I and II, participants will learn techniques for creating animation for the web. Participants will explore ways of integrating animation and video, while incorporating skills including vector graphic design with Adobe Illustrator, cartooning basics, interactive animation, and publishing for the web. (Prerequisites: Digital Media Production I and II)

CE0413 Video Animation and Advanced Effects
(Required for certificate candidates)
Non-credit course, Summer
Building upon the skills developed in Digital Media Production I and II, Video Animation and Advanced Effects is designed to help participants develop advanced post-production skills. In this course, participants will work on complex compositing and motion effects for 2D animation in After Effects. The course will also introduce a workflow for compositing 3D computer graphics and animation with video, using software including Maya to work with 3D1objects and environments. (Prerequisites: Digital Media Production I and II)

CE0490 The Capstone Project
(Required for certificate candidates)
Non-credit course
The Capstone course is required of all students intending to complete the Certificate Program in full. Here you will develop a final web or DVD-based portfolio for the work you completed over the course of the Certificate Program. Pre-existing projects may be revised or updated with the goal of producing a website that best showcases your creative talent and technical expertise. Emphasis also will be placed on distribution and marketing of final projects with a range of options addressed, from broadcasting to podcasting, from film festivals to video streaming.

How to Register

Head to our Registration and Payment page to learn more about registration and payment.

Participating in the Digital Media Certificate Program

Tuition is due upon registration for all Digital Media Production Certificate Program courses and workshops, and for all courses and workshops offered through the Department of Professional Studies and Special Programs. Tuition is calculated per course and individuals must pay tuition in full prior to participating in courses.

Participants may incur additional course-related expenses. Such additional expenses are separate from tuition costs and payments.

At the present time, Emerson College is not authorized to issue I-20s for study in its Professional Studies and Special Projects (“PSSP”) courses. Depending on an international student’s immigration status and personal circumstances, enrollment in a PSSP course may be permissible or may result in an immigration status violation. Maintaining valid immigration status while in the United States is the responsibility of the individual, not Emerson College. PSSP staff cannot advise individuals about their immigration status. If you have any questions about the requirements for maintenance of your specific immigration status, please contact the U.S. Consulate in your home country prior to enrolling in a PSSP program.

Emerson College reserves the right to change any provision of its programs and courses at any time. The College specifically reserves the right to change its tuition rates and any other financial charges. The College also reserves the right to rearrange its courses and class hours, to drop courses for which registration falls below the minimum enrollment, and to change instructor assignments.

Key Faculty

Peter Flynn is a faculty member of Emerson College's Visual and Media Arts Department, where he teaches media history, theory, and production. Peter is co-founder of the Boston Irish Film Festival and was its director from 1999 to 2009. He is the writer/director of the feature documentary, Blazing the Trail: The O'Kalems in Ireland and co-producer of the The O'Kalem Collection DVD, a collection of silent American films produced in Ireland in the early 1910s. Peter earned his PhD from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is currently at work on a feature documentary about the art house film industry.


David Kelleher is a freelance web developer and multimedia artist. His projects include Internet application development for Intel and technology startup companies, 3D animation for National Geographic television, radio advertisements and trade show video productions, and experimental art for Spiral Light, a local multimedia collective.


Allyson Sherlock is a freelance editor and documentary filmmaker based in Boston. She received an M.A. in Documentary Production and an M.F.A. in Media Arts from Emerson College. Allyson teaches media production at several different schools in the Boston area, including Emerson College, Harvard University Extension School and Boston University Center for Digital Imaging Arts. She received the Petra T. Shattuck Excellence in Teaching Award from Harvard University in 2011.