University Marketing & Communications

Filming and photography guidelines

Thank you for your interest in using the University of Washington for your upcoming film, video or photography production. Our campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell present a wide variety of location possibilities. To get started, please fill out the Filming Request Form.

A signed location agreement is required to commercially film or photograph on campus. This includes commercial videos, student films, festival or independent films, advertising, TV and movies. The agreement may be approved when all the following requirements have been met.

  • The Filming Request Form is submitted at least three (3) weeks prior to your filming or photo date.
  • Specific dates and locations are confirmed and approved by the University’s Director of Brand Management.
  • A Certificate of Insurance is received by the University’s Director of Brand Management no less than three (3) business days prior to filming.
  • UW Transportation Services approves a parking plan for both production vehicles and private cars.

Prior approval from University Marketing is required to conduct commercial filming or photography on the UW campuses. Filming cannot interfere with normal University business and/or previously scheduled University events. Please contact Alanya Cannon at 206-616-5535 for more detailed information.

Fees for commercial filming and photography

Filming
up to 6 hours $700
up to 12 hours $1,200
up to 24 hours $2,400

Photography
1–2 hours $200
up to 6 hours $400
up to 12 hours $600