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Diploma in Film Production

The Department of Theatre and Film offers the Diploma in Film Production consisting of two years of concentrated study, with an option to do an additional year.

In this program, students learn the techniques, practices, and theory of filmmaking. There are options to study more deeply in the areas of documentary filmmaking, alternative cinema, and screenwriting.

Applicants must have completed a bachelor's degree.

The number of available places is strictly limited: application and submission of supporting materials is required. Preference will be given to students with strong evidence of creative ability. Prospective applicants should consult the Film Program for admission requirements, application deadline, and current course offerings.

All students enrolled in the Diploma in Film Production program will be reviewed annually to determine whether they should continue in their course of study.

Diploma Requirements

The program will normally take two years of study however students may elect to take three years to access a greater range of courses. 60 credits of coursework are required as follows:

First Year

Required courses are FIST 100, FIPR 230, 233, 234, CRWR 206, 207, and 6 credits from FIST courses at the 200-level or higher.

Second Year

Required courses are FIPR 333, 337, plus 15 credits from FIPR 330, 399, 434, 435, 436, 437, and 439 and at least 6 Film Studies credits chosen from FIST 300, 331, 332, 334, 336, 338, 430, 432, 434, 436, 438; ASIA 354, 355, 356; ITST 432; MUSC 345; SCAN 411; SLAV 307; SPAN 404; THTR 443.

Additional courses may be approved on a year-to-year basis.

Third Year

Students have an option to complete 9 of their 15 FIPR elective credits by taking FIPR 433 in a third year.

Additional courses may be approved on a year-to-year basis.

A minimum of 60 credits are required for the Diploma, at least 30 of which must be 300-level or above. Students must achieve a minimum grade average of 67% for these 60 credits.

It is highly recommended that students complete at least 12 credits in Fine and Performing Arts outside of the main curriculum.

Recommended courses are: CRWR 406, 409, 414; FIPR 235, 299, 399; THTR 230, 299, 301, 308, 399, 408, 417; VISA 110, 240, 310, 340; MUSC 328, 319, 321, 326, 417, 469.

Screenwriting Option

Diploma students wishing to specialize in screenwriting may apply via portfolio to complete 6-12 additional credits in CRWR 406, 409 and 414.

Page last updated: October 13, 2022

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