Free Online Cinematic Arts Courses

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You can find courses online in cinematic arts that delve into philosophy, literature, production and storytelling in film. Find out about a few courses offered for free in several cinematic arts topics.
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Free Cinematic Arts Courses

While free online courses in cinematic arts might not offer college credit, they can be used to help you understand the field better for a degree program, career or just for personal interest.

Tufts University

The free course on film production offered at Tufts University isn't complete, but does provide several resources to teach you about creating films that involve social change. Readings used in the course are listed and must be found independently. Projects required in the original class are included in the syllabus, though the free course doesn't include significant detail, necessary equipment to complete the projects or the opportunity to submit projects for review.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT is a common source for OpenCourseWare, and the school offers many free courses in cinematic arts. The courses may include links to textual resources available online or for purchase, and some provide a few video lectures from the original course. A few courses include project outlines and examples, though these are offered for your own use and can't be submitted for review.

Free Online Cinematic Arts Courses at a Glance

Course & SchoolProgram LevelFormatAssignmentsQuizzes & ExamsDownloadable
Producing Films for Social Change at Tufts UniversityUndergraduateExternal resourcesYesNoNo
Philosophy of Film at MITUndergraduateText & VideoYesNoYes
Special Topics in Cinematic StorytellingGraduateExternal reading resourcesYesNoYes
Philosophy in Film and Other MediaUndergraduateText & VideoYesNoYes
Introduction to VideoUndergraduateExternal reading resourcesYesNoYes
Advanced Projects in the Visual Arts: Personal NarrativeUndergraduateExternal reading resourcesYesNoYes
Topics in the Avant-Garde in Literature and CinemaUndergrad/GraduateExternal reading resources & lecture notesYesNoYes

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
      • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Winthrop University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
      • Master of Arts in Arts Administration
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Indiana Wesleyan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
      • B.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
    Associate's
      • A.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
      • A.S. General Studies - Fine Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Penn Foster High School

    Program Options

    High School Diploma
      • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
      • HS Diploma
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    Harvard University

  • Athens, GA

    University of Georgia

  • Nashville, TN

    Vanderbilt University

  • Stanford, CA

    Stanford University

  • Online Programs Available
    9. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA Graphic Design and Media Arts/ 3-D Modeling & Animation
      • BA in Game Art and Development

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

The George Washington University

  • Graduate Certificate in Multimedia Development

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Winthrop University

  • Master of Arts in Arts Administration

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Indiana Wesleyan University

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  • A.S. General Studies - Fine Arts

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Penn Foster High School

  • Penn Foster High School with Early College Courses
  • HS Diploma

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