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Digital Filmmaking
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12-18 month Professional Filmmaking Program

If you’ve always loved movies, and the idea of telling stories through the magic of filmmaking, then the Centre for Arts and Technology digital film school could be the right fit for you. You know that a successful film production relies on much more than the director and talent under the spotlight. You understand that every crew member, from grips to set decorators, plays an important role in the final product that hits the screen.

British Columbia has one of the largest film industries in North America, which continues to expand yearly. Centre for Arts and Technology’s campus in Kelowna puts our film students in a central location with access to film sets in both the Okanagan and the Lower Mainland. At one of the leading digital film schools in Canada, our college has established its reputation as “the filmmaker’s film school” allowing students to work with our industry pros while gaining valuable knowledge and industry insights.

Launch your career as a:

  • Professional Filmmaker
  • Independent or Documentary Filmmaker
  • Camera Operator
  • Director of Photography (DOP)
  • Lighting Technician
  • Production Assistant
  • Locations Audio
  • Screenwriter, Producer
  • Director/Assistant Director
  • Grip/Gaffer
  • Production Designer

In just 18 months, this accelerated program will teach you: Production Planning—Budgeting—Screenwriting for Narrative Films—Cinematography—Lighting, Composition and Framing—Film Blocking and Staging Casting and Directing—Digital Technology—Post Production and Editing with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Pro Tools—Proposal Writing, Financial Backing, Marketing and Distribution—Promotion and Film Festival Submission.

Key Information:

  • Delivery: In-class
  • Duration: 72 weeks
  • Starts: October
  • Credential: Fundamentals Certificate or Advanced Diploma

You have two options in launching your film career: A 12-month Professional Filmmaking Fundamentals certificate program that will give you the foundation in all technical areas of filmmaking, or an accelerated 18-month diploma program that incorporates all of the technical aspects of filmmaking plus an understanding of the narrative process that will ensure your success.

This accelerated program places an emphasis on the technical development of filmmaking to prepare the student for joining the workforce in the video and film production industry. Whether the interest is narrative fiction, broadcast television, or corporate and commercial productions, this program prepares graduates for entry-level positions.

The skills learned are based on the foundational needs of key positions in production, and include Production Planning-Budgeting—Screenwriting for Narrative Films—Cinematography-Lighting, Composition and Framing—Film Blocking and Staging Casting and Directing—Digital Technology—Post Production and Editing with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Pro Tools—Proposal Writing, Financial Backing, Marketing, and Distribution—Promotion and Film Festival Submission.

In addition to small independent film shoots and larger budget production industry projects, all of our students get the chance to direct at least one of their own short films.

If Professional Filmmaking is in your future, the Centre for Arts and Technology – one of the leading creative and technical schools in Canada – will help take you there.

Tell stories through the magic of filmmaking.
Create your future.


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Centre for Arts & Technology courses are taught by respected industry professionals, dedicated to helping others get their start. Instructors all have years of experience working in the field and know what it takes to make it in today’s workplace. Centre for Arts & Technology schools are more than hallways and classrooms, instructors and students. We’re a community that will nurture you along your educational journey, provide challenges and opportunities, mentorship and motivation, and will foster a collaborative environment where you can reach your full potential.

Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have also partnered to create the CAT-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling CAT graduates entry into BCIT’s School of Business.

The heart of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna, BC is known for its unique climate offering students a virtual four-season playground. Our campus facilities include:

  • Contemporary audio recording studios
  • Photography and film studio outfitted with wall and lighting grid
  • State-of-the-art interior design, veterinary, animation, and technical labs
  • Numerous edit suites and computer labs with industry-standard software and hardware
  • Students lounges where we host numerous events throughout the year
  • Over 10,000 square feet of learning space

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