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Professional Filmmaking

Your premier film school in Kelowna

18 Months

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Professional Filmmaking Diploma Program

If you’ve always loved movies, and the idea of telling stories through the magic of filmmaking, then Centre for Arts and Technology Professional Filmmaking program 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.

Start your learning journey about digital filmmaking at Centre for Arts and Technology. Our Professional Filmmaking program offers students the opportunity to work with our industry pros while gaining valuable knowledge and industry insights.

You have two options in launching your film career: A 12-month Professional Filmmaking Fundamentals diploma 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.

You could launch your career as a:

  • Camera Operator/Director of Photography (DOP)
  • Lighting Technician
  • Location Audio
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Independent or Documentary Filmmaker
  • Editor
  • Grip/Gaffer
  • Production Assistant

The skills learned are based on the foundational needs of key positions in production, and include: Production Planning-BudgetingScreenwriting for Narrative FilmsCinematography-Lighting, Composition and FramingFilm Blocking and Staging Casting and DirectingDigital TechnologyPost Production and Editing with Final Cut Pro, After Effects and Pro ToolsProposal Writing, Financial Backing, Marketing, and DistributionPromotion and Film Festival Submission.

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. 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, Centre for Arts and Technology – one of the leading creative and technical schools in Canada – will help take you there.

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Evolution Presentation Technologies, script logo black background.
Global TV, 2 tone script logo.
Hiilite Marketing Centre for Arts and Technology
IATSE Local 212, maple leaf logo.
IATSE Local 669, line art eye design.
Kelowna Rockers WHL hockey team
Mastermind Studios, capital M logo.
Mind's Eye Media, continent logo.
Panavision, line art "p" design with squared border.
Shaw TV, script logo split by line art.
SIM studios, script logo featuring a leaf on the "I".
SW Audio Visual, tilted SW inside squared border.
Partners In Motion, motion logo.


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