Are you passionate about the power of film and video to entertain, inform and inspire? Do you want to be part of an industry that shapes our understanding of the world and captivates audiences? If so, our Film and Video Production program is your gateway to a career in the world of media.

In this program, you will learn:

  • understand how to convey compelling narratives and visual experiences through creative storytelling
  • to explore the creative process of scriptwriting, developing stories that resonate with viewers on both emotional and intellectual levels
  • gain hands-on experience in all aspects of production, from producing and directing to cinematography and sound recording.
  • how to bring your creative vision to life through practical training and real-world projects
  • the skills necessary for editing and post-production work.
  • the art of editing, sound design and visual effects to elevate your storytelling and filmmaking;
  • to understand the business aspects of the film and video industry, from, navigating the industry landscape, securing funding, getting tax credits, marketing your work and turning your passion into a sustainable career.

Our program is designed to prepare you for a career in Canada’s evolving media industries. Stay current with the latest industry trends and technologies taught in film school.

Immerse yourself in a unique learning environment that combines traditional teaching methods with hands-on production and project models. Experience the thrill of creating your own films and videos from start to finish.

Whether you aspire to be a filmmaker, cinematographer, editor or television producer, our program will equip you with the knowledge and experience to thrive in this dynamic field.

People in film and video production tend to be innovative, directive and social.

You need:

  • creativity
  • adaptability and perseverance
  • good judgement for hiring key people
  • passion for their work
  • an entrepreneurial spirit
  • a comprehensive network of industry talent
  • critical thinking skills
  • financial and time management skills
  • leadership and communication skills
  • the ability to work with a wide variety of people
  • the ability to give and take constructive criticism
  • the ability to identify what makes a great story and know how to tell it effectively
  • the ability to deal with stress
  • a willingness to attend festivals, awards shows and industry workshops to network and form partnerships
  • a willingness to be held accountable for all decisions made.

To do well in this field, you should enjoy having variety in your work, finding innovative solutions to problems, coordinating productions and negotiating with people.

The opportunity to advance your education by transferring into this program or gain credit for previous postsecondary courses may be available.

There may also be opportunities to further your education once you graduate.

Learn more about program and institution transfer options.

This program includes an optional work term between the first and second year.

The work placement includes full-time paid employment.

Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a SAIT Film and Video Production diploma.

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Careers and opportunities

Each year, SAIT conducts a survey between February and April to determine the employment rate, salary and satisfaction of our newest SAIT alumni. 

people icon86% graduate employment rate

salary icon $40,000 average starting salary

Find out more about our graduate employment statistics >

Our graduates may work in the following occupations. Some careers require additional experience and education.

Associated National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes: 51120, 52110, 52113, 52119, 53111, 50011.


Career counselling and support

Unsure which career path is for you? SAIT offers career planning services to help you decide your future.

You can also get started by taking our online career finder quiz, which can help you narrow down your search based on your current skills and interests.

Finally, you can also head to Alberta alis for various tools and resources, including additional quizzes and labour market information to help you narrow down a career path.


The Film and Video Production course diploma 60 credits (21 courses) to complete.

The program spans two years, with two semesters in year one and two semesters in year two.

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Course Credits

This course introduces image formation, exposure, film and video camera and lens operation, location lighting equipment, and location sound recording equipment operation. The principles of electrical safety with lighting equipment are also examined.

Learners then work in teams to practice visual and sound narrative techniques by producing short film and video projects — using cameras, lighting, sound equipment and related production techniques and processes.


This course introduces the creative and technical side of picture and sound editing. Students are introduced to the core terminology and basic skills required for non-linear digital editing, including media management workflows, using media from the Film Production course. Basic image manipulation, text creation and compositing techniques will be explored. Technical aspects of the audio signal and its relationship to other production elements will be examined.


This hands-on course introduces specific instruction for learners in the Film and Video Production program relevant to developing their organizational, creative, and technical skills. It supports learners in completing production projects by providing instruction, demonstrations and problem-solving exercises.


This course provides the essential tools to envision, plan and write effective concepts and scripts for Film and Video. You will study what makes a screenplay unique from other forms of writing by its formats and software. You will investigate ways to develop story ideas, concepts and the elements of writing concepts, treatments and pitches. You will develop a process to write vetted, proofed and edited master scene scripts by applying the techniques of re-writing, editing and polishing.


This course examines the nature of film and video production work, including the industry's origins, structure, job descriptions, and set etiquette traditions. Learners develop an appreciation for the fundamentals of the pre-production, production, and post-production phases of film and video projects.


This course explores the principles and procedures of cinematography, lighting, three-phase electricity, grip, and sound and their use in production in more detail. Learners will develop proficiency with related production equipment and support accessories.

Working in teams, learners will participate in producing short films and video projects on location, practicing production roles and specific tasks related to those roles. They will apply their knowledge of principles and procedures using related production equipment, all while practicing teamwork and professionalism.

  • FVDO 200

This course introduces learners to an intermediate level of industry-based editing concepts, procedures and aesthetics. It is a continuation of FVP Post-Production I. Learners will develop the intermediate skills required for non-linear digital editing, including media management, using audio and video media from the Film Production II course. Compositing techniques utilizing various applications of image and text manipulation will also be explored.

  • FVDO 202

The focus of this course is Composition. The learner will investigate the finer points of story design, such as movement, point of view, continuity and contrast. Learners can compose concepts and scripts for various subjects such as documentaries, advertising, corporate videos, music videos and longer-form drama. The learner will investigate the classic struggle between hero and villain and develop a method for critiquing and analyzing films and screenplays as they relate to the story. This course also introduces the learner to the business side of screenwriting, such as writing for production, pitching, marketing and collaborating.

  • FVDO 204

This course introduces learners to creating content for film and video projects from a Directors perspective. Learners examine various techniques and processes a director or content creator uses when planning and realizing a digital video or film project.

  • FVDO 203

This course examines the motion picture industry. It introduces learners to the business culture, from negotiating script rights and financing to production, editing and distribution.

  • FVDO 208

In this course, learners work as members of a production crew. They will perform the job and role functions of a crew while producing short film and video projects on location.

Learners are introduced to advanced-level creative and technical principles, procedures, techniques and skills. They will examine advanced technical concepts related to pre-production, production and post-production workflow and technologies.

  • FVDO 250

Continue building post-production skills for industrial, commercial and conceptual use. Learners can apply their skills to real-world cinematic challenges while learning styles, techniques, syntax and approaches for effective storytelling.

  • FVDO 252

This course examines advanced techniques used by directors of film and video projects to develop and create both fictional and non-fictional content. It will provide practical study combined with project development designed to prepare learners interested in developing their skills as directors and content creators.

  • FVDO 256

This course further advances your screenwriting and pitching skillset. Original creative works will be developed into outlines, treatments, first drafts, and production-ready drafts. You will develop scripts from adapted sources and story edit previously existing work.

  • FVDO 254

This course examines the process of packaging and monetizing motion picture intellectual properties (IP) for new digital distribution. It introduces learners to the various distribution venues and platforms now available to content creators and how to build distribution multi-platform strategies for their IP.

  • FVDO 258

Perform the various jobs within a film crew to plan and produce short film and video projects on location, using advanced-level creative and technical principles, procedures, techniques and skills.

  • FVDO 300
  • FVDO 302
  • FVDO 303

Integrate skills acquired over the preceding three semesters to direct and create content for films and videos. Practice directing skills throughout the stages of a project: development, pre-production, production and post-production.

  • FVDO 303
  • FVDO 350
  • FVDO 357
  • PROJ 309
  • SCPT 351

This course will bring together skills learned over the preceding two semesters. It will provide practical study combined with project development designed to prepare learners interested in developing an IP (a project) for delivery over the growing number of delivery systems, including broadcast, online and mobile. This course prepares entrepreneurial individuals for careers as or with producers in independent Transmedia and multiplatform production. It will direct new producers through the paperwork and packaging surrounding a creative project, including transmedia planning, the multiplatform IP extension, funding, budgeting, staffing and roll-out schedule.

  • FVDO 308

This course allows emerging and existing leaders to explore the concept of leadership and develop and improve their leadership skills. The participant gains an understanding of leadership, articulates a personal philosophy of leadership, and applies various leadership skills. Involvement is accomplished through assigned readings, discussion, role-playing, experiential activity, use of multimedia, journal writing, extracurricular projects and leader shadowing.


In this capstone course, you will investigate issues across many different subject areas or domains of knowledge, connect with community issues or problems, and create a solution. Your project should demonstrate the technical and professional skills learned in the program and beyond. You must apply your creativity and problem-solving abilities to a real-world context.

  • FVDO 300
  • FVDO 302
  • FVDO 303
  • FVDO 304
  • FVDO 308

This course delves into advanced-level screenwriting exercises and assignments designed to sharpen overall storytelling craft. You will develop a feature-length screenplay project throughout the semester, learn intermediate-level story editing techniques, pitch a short documentary project, and discover writing for film is similar to and different from writing for television and web series.

  • FVDO 304

Course Credits

This cooperative work term course provides the opportunity to apply your classroom learning in a practical workplace setting and gain valuable industry experience.

  • FVDO 250
  • FVDO 252
  • FVDO 254
  • FVDO 256
  • FVDO 258


You must attain a PGPA and/or a CGPA of 2.0 or better each semester and pass the prerequisite courses to progress through the program.

To qualify for graduation, you must pass all courses, attain a CGPA of 2.0 or better and complete course requirements within the prescribed timelines.

Review our grading and progression procedure >

Admission requirements

Applicants educated in Canada

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency and meet the following requirements or equivalents.

  • at least 60% in English Language Arts 30-1 or English Language Arts 30-2.

SAIT accepts high school course equivalents for admission for applicants educated outside Alberta.

All applicants who were educated outside of Canada must demonstrate English Language proficiency and provide proof they meet the program admission requirements with an international document assessment. Find out what educational documents are accepted and assessment options.

SAIT may also accept courses completed at certain international post-secondary institutions.


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English language proficiency

All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency prior to admission, including students educated in Canada.

Transfer agreements

At SAIT, we evaluate post-secondary credit you have previously earned and apply it to your SAIT credential. Explore our formal transfer agreements available for this program.

We can evaluate your prior education, even if we don't have a formal agreement in place.

Submit a transfer credit application

There are no formal transfer agreements currently in place for this program.

Transfer options for graduates

Build on the knowledge you’ve learned at SAIT. The opportunity to advance your education at an accredited post-secondary institution may be available.

🔗 Visit Transfer Alberta search tool for a full list of transfer opportunities within the province.

Available intakes

Fall 2024

Start dates:

Domestic students: Closed
  • Application deadline: June 28, 2024
International students: Closed
  • Application deadline: May 29, 2024

Winter 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Waitlisted
  • Application deadline: Oct. 25, 2024
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: Sept. 30, 2024

Spring 2025

Start dates:

Domestic students: Open
  • Application deadline: April 30, 2025
International students: Open
  • Application deadline: March 28, 2025


2024/25 tuition and fees

The following costs are effective as of July 1, 2024.

Domestic students

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for domestic students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $5,400 $1,608 $7,008
2 2 $5,400 $1,608 $7,008
Total cost:

The estimated total cost of tuition and fees for international students is based on the recommended course load per year. 
Year Number of semesters Tuition fees Additional fees Total per year
1 2 $18,930 $1,608 $20,538
2 2 $18,930 $1,608 $20,538
Total cost:

There are no required textbooks in this program.

This is a bring-your-own-device program with a custom computer hardware and software requirement.

All computers must meet the following minimum specifications:

Recommended specifications for Windows  Recommended specifications for Mac
Processor Intel 7th Gen or newer CPU with Quick Sync – or AMD Ryzen™ 3000 Series/Threadripper2000 series or newer CPU Intel® 7thGen or newer CPU or Apple silicon M1 or newer
Operating system Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit) version V20H2 or later macOS 11.0 (Big Sur) or later
Memory Dual channel memory: 16 GB of RAM or HD media Apple silicon: 16 GB of unified memory
Intel: 16 GB of RAM
GPU 4GB of GPU memory for HD and some 4K media
For a list of supported graphic cards and drivers, see Adobe specs
Apple silicon: 16 GB of unified memory
Intel: 4 GB of GPU Memory for HD and some 4K workflows
Storage Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache 512GB or greater
Additional high-speed external drive for media - 1TB Minimum
Fast internal SSD for app installation and cache 512GB or greater
Additional high-speed external drive for media - 1TB Minimum
Display 1920 x 1080 or greater 1920 x 1080 or greater
Sound card ASIO compatible or Microsoft Windows Driver Model Default Mac OS Apple sound drivers

Students must also supply the following peripherals and software:


Financial aid

Paying for your education may feel overwhelming, but we have resources and programs that can help, including information about payment options, student loans, grants and scholarships.

Application process

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Ensure you have a valid Visa or Mastercard to pay the non-refundable application fee of $120 for domestic applicants or $150 for international applicants. 

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  • What sets SAIT apart
  • An introduction to the program and area of study
  • Admission requirements
  • Future career paths
  • Information on the earning potential and graduate employment rates.

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SAIT is located on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi (Blackfoot) and the people of Treaty 7 which includes the Siksika, the Piikani, the Kainai, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyârhe Nakoda of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Goodstoney.

We are situated in an area the Blackfoot tribes traditionally called Moh’kinsstis, where the Bow River meets the Elbow River. We now call it the city of Calgary, which is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.