Certificate Programme

The Certificate programme is a media foundational course. It is a twenty six (26) week preparatory course for school-leavers who want to experiment their interest in the media as well as those who want to qualify for a place on the NAFTI Diploma and Bachelor’s degree course in Film Directing, Television Production, Animation, Production Design, Editing Cinematography, Sound Production, Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia Production.  The programme is almost practical in nature, although increasingly elements of theoretical aspects are introduced.  The Certificate Programme teaches basic versions of film and video productions as well as broadcast journalism practices. Students are introduced more to the general practices in media industry and thus focuses on the core skills that are perceived to be common to all filmmaking, video production and broadcast journalism practices

At the Certificate level, students learn digital media, film/video and television production principles through practical studio projects and workshops, led by teaching and industry professionals. Students will experiment with ideas with industry standard equipment in order to create a unique portfolio of work that defines their prospects for the industry. They will also gain practical design and media skills which will help them develop work and study skills that will set them on the right track for higher educational training in media studies. The Certificate programme at NAFTI give students the advantage of studying in a higher educational environment with access to industry standard equipment and software.

The Certificate course is aimed at people returning to education as well as those with an interest in Film/Video and Television Production, Broadcast Journalism and Multimedia. It is also targeted at people who have broad interests in film, video production, animation broadcast journalism and multimedia. It is also aimed at students who have the view to further their studies to Diploma and First degree at NAFTI.  The programme gives students the opportunity to consider their creative interests and develop the skills, techniques and confidence they will need for Diploma/Degree level study.

Candidates for the Certificate Programmes must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours of required elective courses and a project.

Entry Requirements for the Certificate Programmes

A minimum of BECESSSCE WASSCE holders

Programmes Segments

 First Segment Lectures on Generic Specialization 6 Weeks 15
 Second Segment Rotational Exercise 4 Weeks 10
 Third Segment Lectures on Core Specialization 8 Weeks 15
 Fourth Segment Production 1 Week (Pre-Production)  20
 6 Weeks
 Fifth Segment Assessment 1 Week –

The first segment is the Generic Specialisation stage. This stage focuses on the core disciplines of the specialisation of Film and Video Production (directing, television, editing, sound, cinematography, production design and animation), Multimedia and Broadcast Journalism. At this stage students are introduced to the basic concepts in their area of interest and serves as the introductory stage of their learning experience at the Diploma level. This stage has a duration of 6 weeks.

The second segment is the Rotational Exercises Stage. At this stage, all students are required to experiment in all areas of the film making process and disciplines as well as media production processes. Students get to have hands on experience which prepares them for their production projects. This stage also helps students to develop a sense of where their skills and interests lie so that they can confidently choose the next stage of the course. This stage has a duration of 4 weeks.

The third segment is the Core Specialisation Stage. At this stage, students are referred to their respective areas of specialisation where they are taken through the specific training in their preferred area of specialization. The duration of this stage is 8 weeks.

At the 4th week students are assessed through an interim examination. This is done departmentally.

The fourth segment is the Production Stage. At this stage, students are assigned into teams and scheduled for productions.  During this stage, students are made to under-take and complete a major seven-week project, reflecting on their chosen specialist area. This project culminate in the final project for assessment in the first module. The duration for this stage is 7 weeks.

The fifth and final segment is the Assessment of Productions. At this stage, students meet a panel to defend their projects. The duration for this stage is 1 week.

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