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Film and Video Production

Waitlisted for Fall 2017

Length: 2 Years
Credential: Diploma
Available: Full Time Classroom

Program Highlights

Build a career in film and television working on feature films, commercials, documentaries or television series by learning the fundamentals of film and video production, from scriptwriting and directing to filming and editing.

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Tuition and Fees Per Year*

Year 1: $5,007
Year 2: $5,007
Year 1 (International): $15,541
Year 2 (International): $15,541

*Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program if you meet the admission requirements and qualify through competitive entry. Competitive entry is based on a two-step process: review of your submission package (career and program investigation report, resumé, and references) and a selection session. 

When can you apply?

 Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 15, 2017.

Program Details

Program description

The Film and video industry entertains, challenges, impacts our understanding of current events, heightens our awareness of social issues, and even influences our buying decisions. Be a part of this cultural phenomenon, and enroll in the Film and Video Production (FVP) program.

The FVP program prepares you for a career in one of Canada's evolving media industries. You will learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, editing as well as the business aspects of the film and video industries.

FVP is delivered in a unique environment that combines traditional teaching methods with hands-on production and project models. In the second year, students have the opportunity to specialize, and are further assisted in finding a practicum opportunity to obtain firsthand experience and establish additional contacts in the industry. The program is two years in length with each academic year divided into two 15-week semesters.

All Film and Video Production students participate in e-learning based curriculum. Students lease PC laptop computers from SAIT, which are equipped with various software applications. Internet access, training and technical support are provided throughout the program.

Your career

Upon graduation, you may find employment on productions such as: movies of the week, feature films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, specialty channel programming, television series, and public service or corporate productions. Most entry-level work is available on a freelance or contract basis. Some entrepreneurial graduates start their own businesses and employ others. This industry is always seeking innovative new talent. Graduates of this program tend to work primarily on term specific projects as well as with smaller "boutique" type production companies.

  • Graduates of the Film and Video Production program have a 92% employment rate

Student success

Applicants with previous academic success are usually more successful in SAIT's programs.

Credential

Upon successfully completing this program, graduates will receive a SAIT diploma in Film and Video Production.

Accreditation

There are no formal accreditation arrangements at this time. Please contact the School of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) for more information.

Transfer options

Once completed, this SAIT credential may be eligible for transfer credit at another post-secondary institution. Visit Transfer Options to learn more about the transfer agreements currently available to SAIT graduates and incoming students.

Have questions? Write to us at transfer.options@sait.ca.

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2017 start: applications are accepted Oct. 19, 2016 to April 15, 2017.

Admission Requirements

  • At least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2 or equivalents.
  • All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission. If you don't meet the requirements, consider Academic Upgrading.

Competitive Entry: Seven Step Process

Step 1: Read the program information to see the qualities needed for student success.

Step 2: Ensure that you meet all of the admission requirements listed above.

Step 3: Review the selection information to understand the process and deadlines 

Applications and proof of the admission requirements (transcripts and/or anticipated final grades) along with all supporting documents must be submitted by April 15 to be included in selection. Once the program is full, qualified applicants will be placed on a waitlist.

If you meet the admission requirements, you'll be invited to a selection session.  Selection will begin in January and sessions will be scheduled every six to eight weeks. If you are located more than 300 km from Calgary and can't attend a selection session without hardship, alternative arrangements for submission will be considered.

  • You must bring a completed submission package to the selection session.
  • You will be asked to give a brief personal introduction and provide specific written information. You will have an opportunity to ask questions and to do a tour. 
  • You will be advised of your status within four weeks of the selection session.

The submission package will consist of the following:

Please wait until you have received an invitation by email to attend a selection session from the School of Information and Communication Technologies before generating these items. You will be given detailed information in the email as to what is required.

Applicants will be offered a seat or waitlisted, based on an evaluation of the submission package and the applicant's suitability as determined during the selection session.

Step 4: Apply to Film and Video Production and submit your transcripts.

Step 5: Log in to mySAIT.ca to check your admission status. If eligible, your status will indicate that you're "In Selection."

Step 6: Complete your submission package and attend a selection session. 

Step 7: Continue to monitor changes to your application status through mySAIT.ca.

Failure to meet anticipated final grades will result in offers being rescinded.

Communication During Selection

Email is the primary source of communication during the selection process. Ensure your personal email account is managed appropriately to receive our emails, files and communications.

We recommend you add fvp.info@sait.ca and the sait.ca domain to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

Courses

Program Outline

To find the course description for a course shown below please go to our Course Finder.

First Year

Semester 1

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
FVDO-200 Film Production I 3.0
FVDO-202 Film Post-Production I 3.0
FVDO-203 Film Directing and Producing I 3.0
FVDO-204 Story Writing for Film I 3.0
FVDO-208 Introduction to Film 1.5
LDSH-243 Leadership 1.5
Semester 1 Total 15.0

 

Semester 2

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
FVDO-250 Film Production II 3.0
FVDO-252 Film Post-Production II 3.0
FVDO-256 Film and Video Direction I 3.0
FVDO-254 Story Writing for Film II 3.0
FVDO-258 Business of Film I 3.0
Semester 2 Total 15.0
First Year Total 30.0

Second Year

Semester 3

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
FVDO-300 Film Production III 3.0
FVDO-302 Film Post-Production III 3.0
FVDO-303 Film and Video Direction II 3.0
FVDO-304 Story Writing for Film III 3.0
FVDO-308 Business of Film II 3.0
Semester 3 Total 15

 

Semester 4

Course CodeCourse NameCredit
FVDO-350 Film Production IV 6.0
FVDO-353 Film and Video Direction III 3.0
FVDO-357 Business of Film III 3.0
PROJ-352 Film Capstone Project 1.5
SCPT-351 Script Writing for Film 1.5
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30
Program Total 60.0

Progression

Students must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better in each semester and pass the necessary prerequisite courses to progress through the program. To qualify for graduation, students must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Costs

Domestic tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $4,044 $440 $523 $5,007
2 $4,044 $440 $523 $5,007

International tuition and fees*

YearTuition feesSAIT feesSAITSA fees2017/18 total
1 $14,578 $440 $523 $15,541
2 $14,578 $440 $523 $15,541

SAIT fees

Campus athletic and recreation fee: $160
Universal Transit Pass (UPass): $280

SAIT Students' Association fees

Health Plan: $110**
Dental Plan: $125**
SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA): $288

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,500 per year.
  • A $400 security deposit to use a SAIT issued laptop.


Find out about tuition and financial aid.

* Tuition, fees, books and supply costs are subject to change.
** For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the SAITSA website for information on opting out.

Contact Information

School of Information and Communications Technologies
403.284.8543
ict.info@sait.ca

Inspiring Stories

For Justin, the instructors made taking the program enjoyable and rewarding, but he also appreciated that classes use industry-standard equipment, which will help him when working on productions.

After only one year of instruction, Aaron was able to take the skills he learned and put them to use in the film and television industry, working on the set of the award-winning production of Fargo, filmed here in Calgary.

After getting an education he says was exactly what he was looking for from SAIT, Matt now gives back to the school that helped him launch a career in the world of film and video production through practicums for current students.

Justin Banda
Film and Video Production | 2016

"We have access to great resources," he says. "The education I received is very practical and beneficial with what I want to do in my career."

Aaron Berlot
Film and Video Production | 2016

"The knowledge from professors was much appreciated."

Matt Watterworth
Film and Video Production | 2015

“I can’t say enough about how effective the instruction at SAIT was,” he says. “The quality of gear and the industry-standard software we used, as an example, gave us an edge.”