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Film and Video Production

Open for Fall 2022

Open for Spring 2022

Waitlisted for Spring 2022 (International)

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format (OA, OS, OR and OF/CLAS) for the Fall 2021 semester.
Some courses will be delivered online while others occur on-campus.
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Overview

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.

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 are 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.

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Credential

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

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Career opportunities

Graduates may pursue job opportunities on productions including feature films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, specialty channel programming, television series and public service or corporate productions. Potential positions include: 

  • video technician 
  • videographer 
  • editor 
  • production assistant 

Most entry-level work is available on a freelance or contract basis. Some entrepreneurial graduates begin their own business.  
 
Related careers: 

  • filmographer 

Tuition and fees per year*

Year 1: $4,758
Year 2: $4,758

Year 1 (International): $18,519
Year 2 (International): $19,688

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

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Tuition and financial aid

Requirements

You will be offered admission to this program through direct entry if you meet the admission requirements and space is available.

Admission Requirements

When can you apply?

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Applications for spring 2022 open June 14, 2021.
  • Applications for fall 2022 open on Oct. 6, 2021.
Classes begin Year start date Year end date
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021 April 29, 2022
Spring 2022* May 9, 2022 Dec. 16, 2022
Fall 2022 Sept. 6, 2022 April 28, 2023

*Students will complete four semesters consecutively without a winter break

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

Applications are accepted until the program start date but are subject to change.

  • Spring 2022 start: applications open June 14, 2021.
  • Fall 2022 start: applications are open Oct. 6, 2021.

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.

SAIT evaluates international documents for admissions. After you've applied, consider our  international document assessment service if your education is from outside of Canada. 

Direct entry: four 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: Apply to Film and Video Production and submit your  transcripts and/or anticipated final grades 

  • Admission will be extended on a first-qualified, first-offered basis until the program is full.

Step 4: Continue to monitor changes to your  application status through  mySAIT.ca.

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 ict.mediastudents@sait.ca to your safe senders list or you risk missing critical email messages.

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Courses

Program Outline

Looking for course descriptions and requisites? Visit the course catalogue

First Year

Semester 1

Course Code Course Name Credit
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 Code Course Name Credit
FVDO-250 Film Production II 3.0
FVDO-252 Film Post-Production II 3.0
FVDO-254 Story Writing for Film II 3.0
FVDO-256 Film and Video Direction I 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 Code Course Name Credit
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 15.0

Semester 4

Course Code Course Name Credit
FVDO-350 Film Production IV 3.0
FVDO-353 Film and Video Direction III 3.0
FVDO-357 Business of Film III 3.0
PROJ-309 Film Capstone Project 3.0
SCPT-351 Script Writing for Film 3.0
Semester 4 Total 15.0
Second Year Total 30.0
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.

Transfer Options

The opportunity to advance your education through transfer to, within or from SAIT is available with the following universities and colleges:

  • Athabasca University
  • Royal Roads University
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Alberta
  • University of Gloucestershire, UK

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.

Costs

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $4,758 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $6,092
2 $4,758 $792.20 $288.77 $252 $6,092

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,186 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $18,519
2 $18,354 $793.20 $288.77 $252 $19,688

*Fees and tuition are based on a two-semester full course load structure. There may be additional fees for practicums and terms held outside this time frame. 

SAIT Fees

Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $183.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $150
Student technology fee: $150

Health and Dental Fees

Domestic Students 

  • Health Plan: $122
  • Dental Plan: $130
  • For students with existing health and/or dental plans, please refer to the Saitsa website for information on opting out.

International Students 

  • Health and Dental Plan: $252
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

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

Next steps for incoming students

Have you been accepted to this program? Here's what you'll need for your first day of classes.

Fall 2021

Orientation

Your program orientation will take place Aug. 30 online. Check your schedule in mySAIT for the time and location details.

Learn more about your orientation.

How to register for classes

You'll follow a fixed block registration process to enrol in your classes. Learn how to register on our registration and schedules page.

Computers and laptops

This program requires custom hardware and software requirements

All computers must meet the following minimum specifications:

Mac Specifications
  • Processor: i7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Video card: AMD Radeon Pro
  • Screen size: 15"
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • OS version: Mac OS Catalina or newer
  • Approximate price (CAD): $2,750
  • Suggested model: 16" Macbook Pro case model
PC Specifications
  • Processor: i7
  • RAM: 32GB
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Video card: Nvidia Quadro T1000
  • Screen size: 15"
  • Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • OS version: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
  • Other software: Antivirus/Malware protection
  • Approximate price (CAD): $3,000
  • Suggested model: Lenovo ThinkPad P1 Gen 3

Students must also supply the following peripherals and software:

Preparation courses

To support your success, you’ll be automatically registered in two short courses to prepare you for the academic year:

PERS 050: Student Rights and Responsibilities

This course is designed to introduce you to student rights and responsibilities at SAIT. You will learn about SAIT's rich and diverse community, become familiar with guidelines and procedures that create a safe, respectful learning experience for you, and gain practical tips for how you can engage in the SAIT community in a positive and responsible way. PRES-050 must be completed within 30 days from the start of the semester.

PREP 100: The SAIT Experience

Get tips and insider information on time management, exam preparation, effective notetaking and more through this free, online short course for new students. Plus, learn about discussion boards, online communication and submitting assignments online. Course completion is recommended by the end of your first semester.

Both courses can be accessed through Brightspace D2L before the first day of classes.

Required textbooks

This program does not require any textbooks.

Contact 

Phone: 403.284.8543
ict.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

Gerald Flim, Academic Chair
gerald.flim@sait.ca

Next steps for all students

Here's what else you'll need to do to get ready!

Next steps for all students

Important dates and deadlines

Find important dates applicable to all students, including your transcript and tuition payment deadlines on our Important Dates page.

Important Dates

Student Guidelines

Review the student guidelines to learn about the School of Information and Communications Technologies' expectations before you start your studies. 

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Have questions about this program?

Contact us at

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

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