International Cinema (Certificate)

At a Glance: program details

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Movies provide powerful insight into diverse cultures and viewpoints that can help shape thinking. Studying international cinema gives you a global perspective that will help you become a culturally literate and engaged citizen.

Program Description

The certificate program in international cinema provides undergraduates with the means to explore and understand the role that international film plays in highlighting cultural diversity; reflecting the sociocultural, political and economic currents of the period and cultural setting depicted; and calling into question an accepted idea of the dominance of Hollywood film.

Following an integrated pathway through the variety of international film courses, the program explores facets of international film history and production not often covered by American programs in film studies. Students majoring in a second language can explore a particular culture's filmic heritage and traverse avenues for comparative analysis between the filmic heritage of two or more cultures. Students majoring in other areas can encounter visual narratives different from their own and connect international cinema to their own respective experiences.

Program Requirements

The certificate requires 18 credit hours of upper-division coursework. Each course must be completed with a grade of "C" (2.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better.
Required Core Course -- 3 credit hours
Electives (choose five) -- 15 credit hours
Prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this certificate.

Enrollment Requirements

ASU students in sophomore standing or above with a GPA of at least 2.50 in any degree program are eligible for the international cinema certificate program. Admission to the certificate program is approved by the certificate coordinator in consultation with advisors.

A student pursuing an undergraduate certificate must be enrolled as a degree-seeking student at ASU. Undergraduate certificates are not awarded prior to the award of an undergraduate degree. A student already holding an undergraduate degree may pursue an undergraduate certificate as a nondegree-seeking graduate student.

Career Outlook

Graduates who have combined the certificate in international cinema with their major program of study may be more marketable to employers. They often decide to pursue employment in education, tourism, the arts or the humanities.

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions.


  • Growth: 3.2%
  • Median Salary*: 0

Special Effects Artists and Animators

  • Growth: 8.2%
  • Median Salary*: 98950
  Bright Outlook

Audio and Video Technicians

  • Growth: 4.7%
  • Median Salary*: 50660
  Bright Outlook

Area, Ethnic, and Cultural Studies Teachers, Postsecondary

  • Growth: 3.9%
  • Median Salary*: 80910

Producers and Directors

  • Growth: 6.7%
  • Median Salary*: 85320
  Bright Outlook

Film and Video Editors

  • Growth: 9.4%
  • Median Salary*: 63520
  Bright Outlook

Advertising and Promotions Managers

  • Growth: 1.9%
  • Median Salary*: 127830

Marketing Managers

  • Growth: 6.6%
  • Median Salary*: 140040
  Bright Outlook

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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