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Film and Video Production

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Waitlisted for Spring 2021

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

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This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Winter 2021 term. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus. Learn more


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.


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: $5,548  
Year 2: $5,548

Year 1 (International): $17,998
Year 2 (International): $17,998

Year 1: TBA 
Year 2: TBA

Year 1 (International): $17,186 (+fees TBD)
Year 2 (International): $18,389 (+fees TBD)

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

Full costs

Tuition and financial aid


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 for spring and fall 2021 open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date.
Term Program start
Spring 2021* May 10, 2021
Fall 2021 Sept. 7, 2021

*Students will complete four semesters consecutively without a winter break

How to apply

Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Spring and fall 2021 start: applications are open Oct. 7, 2020, until the program start date but are subject to change.

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.


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 6.0
FVDO-353 Film and Video Direction III 3.0
FVDO-357 Business of Film III 3.0
PROJ-352 Film Capstone Project 3.0
SCPT-351 Script Writing for Film 1.5
Semester 4 Total 16.5
Second Year Total 31.5
Program Total 61.5


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.


2020/21 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $4,326 $682 $288 $252 $5,548
2 $4,326 $682 $288 $252 $5,548

2020/21 International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,685 $682 $288 $344 $17,998
2 $16,685 $682 $288 $344 $17,998

2021/22 Domestic Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 domestic tuition and fees. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 TBA $- $- $- TBA
2 TBA $- $- $- TBA

2021/22 International Tuition and Fees*

Check back for updates on the 2021/22 fees and program total. 

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2021/22 total
1 $17,186 $- $- $- TBA
2 $18,389 $- $- $- TBA

*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. 


Campus athletic and recreation Fee: $171.20
Universal transit pass (UPass): $310 - Check eligibility here.
Student support fee: $100
Student technology fee: $100

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: $344
  • For more information on Health and Dental Benefits for International students please contact the International Centre.

Books and supplies*

  • Books and supplies are approximately $1,000 - $1,500 per full-time year

Find out about  tuition and financial aid.

*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.

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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Fall 2020


Orientation for new students will take place online on Sept. 4, 2020.

To find the time and platform, visit our orientation page.


This program will be delivered in a blended format for the Fall 2020 term due to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated health and safety guidelines. The majority of courses will take place online, with certain labs and hands-on learning scheduled on campus.

How to register for classes

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

Computers and laptops

This is a bring your own device program. See additional information on our computers and laptops page

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

Preparation courses

To support your success, SAIT offers some short courses before classes start, including PREP 100: The SAIT Experience and ETHI 110: SAIT Ethical Practices. 

Required textbooks

The  booklist will be available about two weeks before classes start.

Can’t find your program or course? The bookstore didn't receive a textbook list. Contact your program directly to determine if they’re still refining course details or if you're in luck, no textbook purchase required this term.


Email:  ICT.mediastudents@sait.ca

Academic chair

"Thank you for choosing the SAIT School of Information and Communications Technologies! As your academic chair for the Film and Video Production diploma program, it’s my pleasure to welcome the newest members of our innovative learning community on behalf of the entire program. We look forward to seeing the impact you’ll make and to supporting your academic journey."

Gerald Flim, Academic Chair


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