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Film and Video Production

Closed for Fall 2020

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: $5,548  
Year 2: $5,548

Year 1 (International): $18,115
Year 2 (International): $18,115

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

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This is a competitive program. If applicants meet the admission requirements they will be assessed based on additional criteria. Applicants will be offered admission to this program if they’re qualified through the competitive process and space is available.

When can you apply?

  • Applications for fall 2020 are accepted until March 31, 2020.
Term Program start
Fall 2020 Sept. 8, 2020
Spring 2021 May 10, 2021

*Students will complete four semesters consecutively without a winter break

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 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.

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 89% employment rate.

Student Success

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

Credentials and Accreditation

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

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

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 Gloucestershire, UK
  • University of South Wales

To learn more, visit Transfer Options.


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Admission Requirements

Admission and Selection

  • Fall 2020 start: applications are accepted Oct. 2, 2019 until March 31, 2020.

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. 

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 March 31 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 sent selection information by the School of Information and Communications Technologies, including a link to an online career and program investigation report form. 

Applicants will be offered a seat or waitlisted, based on an evaluation of the selection package.

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. 

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


Program Outline

View additional Film and Video Production program information including course-specific descriptions and requisites.

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.


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

International Tuition and Fees*

Year Tuition fees SAIT fees Saitsa fees Health & Dental Plan 2020/21 total
1 $16,685 $682 $288 $460 $18,115
2 $16,685 $682 $288 $460 $18,115


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: $460
  • 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


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 an e-learning program, which means you will be provided with a laptop with all the necessary software required. Find instructions on how to pick-up your e-learning laptop

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

You’ll receive more details about your textbooks on your first day of classes.


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


Inspiring Stories

Corey has always been a storyteller. He felt SAIT would help him turn that passion into a career.

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.

Corey Breithaupt
Film and Video Production | 2018

"It's a good technical school and film is a very technical art," he says. "I felt I had an OK grasp of the art side, I just needed more of the technical knowledge and SAIT was a good place to learn that." 

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 Belot
Film and Video Production | 2016

"The knowledge from professors was much appreciated."

Matt Watterworth
Film and Video Production | 2008

“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.”

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