Location
Start Dates

  • September 03, 2024
  • January 09, 2025
Duration

6Terms

Program Delivery

  • In Class
Tuition & Fees

Domestic: CAD $38,472
International: CAD $67,764

 

Program Description

Advanced Film Production is a full time, two-year program comprising the five principle domains of live action film development: Directing, Producing, Production Design, Cinematography and Postproduction. Students of the Advanced Film Production program will build in-depth knowledge around these core principle areas of filmmaking and learn the rich history of each area as well as emergent technology driving these fundamentals in filmmaking today.


Admission Requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent 

Or

  • English 30-1, English 30-2 or equivalent

Or

And

  • Portfolio submission which should include a written submission (maximum 500 words) or a short video (maximum 5 minutes) based on the following:
    - A short essay about a film you like and why (what makes you enjoy it)
    - A short essay about the film you want to make
    - A short essay about a film you saw and how you would change it
    - A highlight reel or portfolio of work that you have created (maximum 5 minutes) and this video should be hosted on an online platform like Youtube or Vimeo (through a link)

    If you have questions or would like an informal pre-assessment of your portfolio, please email ceaportfolio@bowvalleycollege.caWatch this video for more information. 

Learners who do not have adequate samples for the portfolio submission may wish to enroll in the Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate before pursuing a diploma.

English language proficiency requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.


Domestic Applicants

Welcome Centre
South Campus – Main Floor
info@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-1402


International Learner Applicants

International Education
South Campus – Main Floor
international@bowvalleycollege.ca
403-410-3476

Course Listing


Full course outlines are available here.

Curriculum subject to change.

Term 1

Required CoursesCredit

Students explore the history and power of filmmaking and technological advances throughout the century. By researching the earliest forms of filmmaking, students will discover how the medium became the most powerful form of storytelling.

Students learn about the departments in film production and how they interact with one another. Through hands-on learning, students will explore the different roles to better understand how they all come together to function as an integral part of a film production crew.

Students will learn the roles and duties of the Director and Producer from pre-production all the way to the final product. This study will examine the most influential films and how the director would have approached their production. Students will use this study to develop an understanding of film through a director's lens.

To understand the art of Cinematography the student must understand the tools of the craft and how they are utilized to create film. Students will work directly with the camera to learn fundamentals as well as understand the on-set procedures for professional filmmakers.

Term 2

Required CoursesCredit

Students build upon their skills and apply fundamental techniques of camera movement, lighting a set, and the basic methods of visual storytelling. Students will learn the role of the Director of Photography and learn how to create a new world through the lens.

Students build upon their knowledge of the directing role and dive into how to interact with the production crew. This will include creating and visualizing scripts, blocking for scenes, and guiding actors.

Students will analyze and break down scripts for commercial potential as well as initial budgeting for filming. This course will allow students to work on creating concise pitch documents needed in order to successfully create and plan a film project.

Students will analyze the screenwriting process to help understand the power of a script and how it is created from start to finish. This will include looking at different types of scripts and understanding how to measure potential viability in scripting and how to receive, give and utilize feedback. Students have the opportunity to work on pitching scripts and understanding that portion of the screenwriting process.

Term 3

Required CoursesCredit

Students focus on a more in-depth study of lighting techniques that focus on aiding the director to convey the emotion and feeling the directors intend. Additionally, there will be a hands-on focus with the other positions on set.

Students examine the Director and Producer collaboration which can make or break a film production. Students gain hands-on experience in learning interpersonal skills and techniques to ensure a successful partnership.

Building on knowledge learned in previous post-production courses, students will focus on the elements of color grading and picture delivery as they work to understand the final delivery of a film. The tools and theory around this will be explored deeper to allow students to be work ready in this field.

Students will examine the film design process starting at the pre-production phase. Students will go through the design process starting by sketching and researching elements to create production designs that communicate mood, texture, etc., from the initial script phase.

Term 4

Required CoursesCredit

Students will work in a studio setting to learn and develop their skills within a film crew. These students will understand how the set is built in order to develop and plan for the shoot. This will give students the opportunity to achieve the shots and effects needed during production and for it to be ready for post-production.

Students will work in a studio setting to learn and develop their skills within a film crew. These students will understand the electrical setup needed when building and planning for a film shoot. Learning through hands-on experience students will understand the electrical department on a professional set.

Students will work in a studio setting to learn and develop their skills within a film crew. These students will understand the sound setup needed when building and planning for a film shoot. Learning through hands-on experience students will understand the sound department on a professional set.

Students will work in a studio setting to learn and develop their skills within a film crew. These students will understand camera setup and techniques needed when building and planning for a film shoot. Learning through hands-on experience students will understand the camera department on a professional set.

Term 5

Required CoursesCredit

Students work with the camera and lighting crew to understand how to use and acquire real-time feedback to make decisions on set about the VFX and animation in the production. Students are able to further enhance the director's vision through new ideas and concepts only available through the mix of live footage and computer graphics. Students understand how to make decisions in real-time and become better filmmakers.

Students will work with industry professionals to hone resumes, cover letters, demo reels, scripts, and pitch materials. Students will have support in deciding on a career path and be supported through thoughtful preparation.

Students will incorporate visual effects, sound, and colour correction to push toward final delivery. Students learn the tools within post-production and how they can deeply enrich the story being told. Students develop the technical knowledge essential for the modern filmmaker.

Building on knowledge learned in previous post-production courses, students will focus on the elements of color grading and picture delivery as they work to understand the final delivery of a film. The tools and theory around this will be explored deeper to allow students to be work ready in this field.

Term 6

Required CoursesCredit

The first of four sequential final project courses for film production, the goal of this class is to begin developing a professionally marketable reel comprised of the student's best work. The student will select an appropriate framework for their assembly and will work with the instructor to tailor their portfolio toward employment opportunities. As in all final project courses, the student will hone client/artist relationships by practicing the art of presentation and behavioral skills and will develop consistent identity, resumé, reel packaging, and stationary systems. Students will lock their shooting script, create storyboards, secure locations, select teams, rehearse and cast talent and create schedules.

The second of four sequential final project courses for film production, the goal of this class is to establish and adhere to a portfolio production schedule akin to industry standards. In the continued aim of developing a professionally marketable reel, the student will create effective employment outreach and promotional materials. As in all final project courses, the student will hone client/artist relationships by practicing the art of presentation and behavioral skills and will develop consistent identity, resumé, reel packaging, and stationary systems. Students will begin principle photography for their production project.

The third of four sequential final project courses for film production, the goal of this class is to enhance the student's professional communication skills with a particular focus on resumés, networking, and giving presentations. As in all final project courses, the student will hone client/artist relationships by practicing the art of presentation and behavioral skills, and will develop consistent identity, resumé, reel packaging and stationary systems. Students will assemble their initial edit, re-edit, picture lock, add sound, music, VFX, colour, QC and export their final film.

The last of four sequential final project-based courses for film production, the goals of this class are to synthesize outcomes from the previous final project courses to create their final version of a professionally marketable reel and to finalize preparations for job applications. Students work on the final stage of the film production. Students focus on presentation and cutting a promotional to their industry partners. They will produce a "trailer" and other marketing materials that will make it into their personal demo reel along with other pieces created during their time at the CEA.

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