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Film Production Diploma

Intake: January, April, July and October each year
Program Length: 18 months

Program Description

With the explosion of growth in independent film, the Canadian entertainment industry, digital filmmaking and specialty channels on television, graduates of the Film Production program are in demand. Right from the start, highly skilled and adaptive film production graduates are well positioned for many creative and exciting career opportunities.

The Film Production program at Toronto Film School blends both creative and technical skills training to prepare graduates for work as:

  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Cinematographers
  • Editors
  • Cameramen and more

Specific courses explore every area of production, from storyboards to studio practices, and include writing, editing, lighting and cinematography, audio, video formats and video production.

In this program, students have the opportunity to collaborate closely with other Toronto Film School students in Writing for Film & TV and Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre. Students are trained with hands-on camera work starting from the beginning of Term 1. Students also benefit from the support and mentorship of faculty who are successful working professionals in their respective fields.

Learning Outcomes

After completing the Film Production program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand the history of the cinema from 1895 to the present day and the history and theory behind audio and video shooting and editing.
  • Explain the difference between various digital video cameras and how they work.
  • Create scripts and storyboards.
  • Understand the art, craft and science of set design. They will know how to build, shoot and strike film sets, including in outdoor environments, with emphasis on planning, camera use and lighting.
  • Understand the importance of working as a team.
  • Use ProTools and Adobe AfterEffects.
  • Use an ARRI camera and an editing package of choice.
  • Display advanced editing, audio, cinematography and lighting skills.
  • Develop and pitch a factual entertainment concept, including creating a short sizzler promo.
  • Understand the latest developments in the new media environment.
  • Explain story structure and know how to write strong dialogue and create characters that work.
  • Direct actors effectively, after gaining knowledge about the role of the actor, including character preparation, dialogue analysis and how and when to use improvisation and script study.
  • Fully understand how to navigate the domestic and international business landscape of TV and film, including emerging markets in mobile, web and video on demand.
  • Understand the legal aspects of their business including copyright law.
  • Understand different avenues and techniques for funding a project, from government and private institutions to raising their own capital.
  • Market themselves and succeed in the industry, including landing job interviews.
  • Display a portfolio of their own work (complete projects from development to post-production), including one short documentary, one narrative film and a final-term capstone project that is festival and distribution ready.
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