Teacher Professional Development

Utah Film Center’s Teacher Professional Development changes how educators teach and students learn.

Utah Film Center Teacher Professional Development offers immersive, high-quality courses for educators. All training is comprehensive, based on Utah Core Standards, and supports the integration of the filmmaking process into educational settings. Through workshops and instructional materials, educators learn how to teach the creation of documentaries, public service announcements (PSAs), instructional videos, personal narratives, and other short film projects with their students. UTFC’s educator training strengthens teacher practices, increases student achievement, and develops critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills.

Teachers can receive USBE credits, re-licensure hours, hours toward an Educational Technology Endorsement, or a Media Arts Endorsement by completing our Filmmaking in the Classroom professional development.

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Filmmaking in the Classroom

Please join Utah Film Center for our Filmmaking in the Classroom professional development. This program trains educators how to integrate technology into classroom instruction.

Participants learn the step-by-step fundamentals of filmmaking and learn how to use the process of filmmaking as an effective learning tool that motivates and inspires students. All educators complete the course with a full standards-linked filmmaking curriculum manual that includes online resources and support.

There are two options on how to take the professional development training:


WHAT: FREE in-person Professional Development for Teachers Grades 4-12

TOPIC: Filmmaking in the Classroom


a. June 20-21, 2024 from 9am-4pm daily at the Utah Film Center offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

b. August 1-2, 2024 from 9am-4pm daily at the Utah Film Center offices in Salt Lake City, Utah. 


WHAT: FREE online, self-paced Professional Development for Teachers Grades 4-12

TOPIC: Filmmaking in the Classroom

WHEN: February 6 – May 17, 2024. 

LOCATION: via Teachable

Educators select how they want to receive their credits. The professional development can count toward the following credits:

a) 1.0 USBE Credit,
b) 15 re-licensure credit,
c) Credit hours toward an Educational Technology Endorsement, OR
d) 1 Credit hour toward a Media Arts Endorsement

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Utah Film Center Media Education programs are supported by POPS

About POPS
POPS (Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools) is an educational outreach program in the fine arts that provides a mechanism for Utah’s professional art organizations to assist in teaching the Utah’s fine art core curriculum in the public schools. Professional organizations match state revenues to support and enhance the delivery of art education through demonstrations, performances, presentations, and educational activities in the schools. The program ensures that each of the 41 school districts have the opportunity to receive services in a balanced and comprehensive manner over three years.

Utah Film Center POPS 2019-20 Final Annual Report

For more information contact Utah Film Center’s Media Education team at edu@utahfilmcenter.org

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