Jun 25, 2024  
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog 
PUBLISHED 2023-2024 Credit Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Film and Video Production

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Program Description

The film and video industry entertains, challenges, and 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 by developing the skills to create compelling stories and visual experiences that resonate with audiences.

Get career ready and prepare to work in one of Canada’s evolving media industries. This program is delivered in a unique environment that combines traditional teaching methods with hands-on production and project models. You’ll learn the fundamentals of scriptwriting, producing, directing, cinematography, sound recording, and editing, as well as the business aspects of the film and video industries.

Program Overview

Fast Facts

  • This program includes an optional work term between year one and year two. The work placement includes full-time paid employment with a member of industry
  • Students participate in e-learning based curriculum, leasing a SAIT laptop computer that comes equipped with a variety of required software applications
  • Internet access, training, and technical support are provided throughout the program

Your Career

Graduates may find employment working on productions that include but are not limited to: movies of the week, feature films, commercials, music videos, documentaries, specialty channel programming, television series’, and public service or corporate productions.

This industry is always seeking innovative new talent. Opportunities exist with public, private, and community based organizations and businesses, and some entrepreneurial graduates start their own businesses and employ others. Most entry-level work is available on a freelance or contract basis, and graduates tend to primarily work on term specific projects, as well as with smaller ‘boutique’ type production companies.

Student Success

Students who experience success in this program and profession:

  • Have higher secondary and/or post-secondary grades
  • Embody creativity and a genuine interest in the film and entertainment industry
  • Are dedicated to the lifelong learning that is critical to professional success


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


The progression requirement for students taking credit courses is a Term GPA and Total Institutional GPA of 2.0, with the exception of English Language Foundations and Academic Upgrading programs.

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.

Program Outline

Total Credits 60.0

Program Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills
  2. Demonstrate proficient employability skills
  3. Demonstrate entrepreneurial and management skills
  4. Demonstrate proficient computer skills
  5. Use story development techniques, concepts, and tools effectively
  6. Apply elements of graphic design effectively
  7. Apply principles of art direction
  8. Apply principles of cinematography
  9. Apply production management principles
  10. Perform producing tasks
  11. Perform post-production tasks
  12. Perform film and video sound tasks
  13. Critique process and product
  14. Demonstrate film appreciation and theory
  15. Work safely

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