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. Are you ready to dive into one of these exciting roles and say “Action!” to your career in film?

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

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

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.

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 • 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.

CAT graduates go on to work with some of the largest blockbuster titles, brands, companies and artists around the world.

“Centre for Arts and Technology is a world-class education facility, playing an important role in developing the next generation of filmmakers.” – Mark Vonesch, Director of Reel Youth Canada

“Centre for Arts and Technology had everything I hoped for: a small class size, one-on-one attention, and dedicated instructors. I get to make art every day and it never feels like work. For all, you potential students—be prepared to make something awesome out of your life. Anyone who takes this course is in for a real treat.” –     Carly Sappier

Program Length
18 Months
Delivery Type

Course Flow

Quarter 1
Quarter 2
Quarter 3
Quarter 4
Quarter 5
Quarter 6
Tab 1

In your first quarter, you will be introduced to nonlinear editing, basic camera operation, gripology and lighting from both a video as well as still photography basis. Each course has been designed to dovetail into the next and offer the student a thorough understanding of the basic operation of the camera from a DSLR perspective. You will be introduced to digital compositing techniques, three and four point editing,  computer graphics, file management and format conversion. You will also be immersed into the world of visual storytelling by examining individual components, aspects and concepts concerned with the visual medium. Specific detail is paid to the relationship between the writer, director, and the audience. Emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of narrative, aesthetics, and the practical application of the techniques behind these theories.

Tab 2

In your second quarter, you will push forward into intermediate post production techniques and practices using the Adobe CS suite of software. In Location Audio, you will learn about the equipment, techniques, protocols and procedures used in on-site recording for film and TV, including the usage of shotgun mics, lavalier mics, field mixers and recorders. Your second term will also move into intermediate camera and lighting techniques, including studio and location lighting. You will continue to be immersed into the world of visual interpretation through intermediate camera techniques and advanced lighting scenarios. You will commence your writing education in term two with your first screenwriting class which will breakdown and clarify the requirements of good a script. Each student will complete a short film script by the end of term with a competition to determine which students script will be produced in the following term with a mentor director and a small budget in place.

Tab 3

In your third quarter, you will start to explore some of the specializations in the film industry, including Broadcast News and Television Production, music video and short form documentary.  Production Management and the role of the Producer will be further examined in order to take control over the organizational and business requirements of running a set and or an independent production company. One student’s script from the previous term will be chosen to go into production in this term; this will be a mentored shoot with an industry professional guiding the production forward as the director. All other positions will be held by students, including director in training. The term will also see you develop skills at camera movement through the use of cranes, motorized heads and sliders, 3 AXIS gimbal rigs, handheld rigs more.

Tab 4

In Cinematography, you explore a wide range of topics that allow the lighting cameraperson to control their medium using a small crew, which includes an overview of the camera department with job descriptions of the director of photography, camera assistants and camera operator. You will produce a short Biopic documentary and write the film script for your personal narrative that you will produce in the next term. You will be set up with a live client through a regional technology incubator in an effort to complete a commercial corporate production that meets the requirements of your client. You will continue to work compositing and VFX software, taking on more complex tasks and applying colour correction and grading techniques.

Tab 5

In your fifth quarter, you will use all the expertise and knowledge that you’ve gathered in the first half of the program, to complete a major narrative film project. You will continue to dive deeper into visual effects and motion graphics, which are used in creating motion graphics and special effects in film and television. You and your class in a group effort will complete a half hour factual  television production which includes the development of the project, the casting of a presenter for the TV show, the production and post production of the program for final delivery on the local Shaw network.

Tab 6

In your sixth and final quarter of the program, you will explore the history, processes, technologies, theory, and business of film and TV production from multiple perspectives, including aesthetic and critical socio-cultural perspectives, in your Media Studies course. You will design and build a personal /business website which will include your Demo reel, client pages and a blog in preparation of your job search and or business startup. You will research, develop and produce a long form factual documentary as a final major project in the program and prepare for your final show which will be held at a local venue.



Victor’s interest in film started at age 17 when he had the opportunity to work as a PA on the documentary film A Life, by the late award-winning Canadian documentary filmmaker Frank Cole. After his work on the film (described by Andrienne Mancia of New York’s Museum of Modern Art as doing “some of the things that Scorsese does in The Last Temptation of Christ, but perhaps better”) Victor moved into photography, studying for a BFA at the University of Ottawa.

Post university, Victor worked as a set photographer, gaffer, camera assistant and camera operator in the Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal film industries; he then opened Erebus Productions, a facilities house which serviced the Eastern corridor with grip, electric, 16 mm and 35 mm film cameras. After a period directing music videos for Canadian bands,  he moved to producing and directing under the banner Panfilms, where he won several awards in various categories, including documentary, national PSA’s, and animation, for a variety of networks, including CTVOLN TVO and CBC.

In 2001, Victor moved to the UK where he became the director of BBC Scotland’s longest serving episodic television series The Beechgrove as well as several series for ITV and BBC Gaelic. Over the course of eight years he directed and produced over 150 episodes of primetime, from documentary, to lifestyle to reality. Victor also acted as Executive Producer on the BBC series, The Food Trail. Victor gained national recognition for his role as producer/director on the ITV series The Woman Who Ate Scotland, which broke established viewing figures and gained a Scottish Thistle nomination.

After moving back to Canada in 2008, he worked as director of development at Ocean Entertainment in Halifax, Nova Scotia before relocating to the Okanagan.. Victor now lives in Kelowna and works at the Center for Arts and Technology managing the Digital Filmmaking, and Digital Photography departments.

To learn more about working in the Filmmaking Industry, you can listen to our PODCAST  with Victor on our Soundcloud Stream. 


Don Ferguson has 36 years of experience in the broadcast industry, spanning from the end of the film days to the digital age of today. Don has had the privilege of working as a Studio Cameraman for the Evening Newscast, worked in Master Control on commercials and TV shows and from there progressed to producing for ENG (Electronic News Gathering). There he worked in the field with reporters and anchors, producing the news. Don also has experience as a Production Switcher for live broadcasts of the news and has worked as a News Director, responsible for the audio and video for live newscasts. Don is versed in all the software used for live productions and non-linear editing techniques.  Don is a partner in the film production company Techyoumedia and has produced several documentaries and TV pilots through this partnership, including “The Force” hosted by Leslie Nielsen and The KVR Diaries with TV host Mike Roberts. A full length sci-fi motion picture from Techyoumedia is in the final stages of effects and sound design.

Don brings his diverse experience with him to Centre for Arts and Technology as an instructor in the Digital Video Fusion Production Program and the Digital Filmmaking Program.


Growing up between Glasgow’s inner-city grit and the rugged isolation of the Isle of Skye on Scotland’s west coast, Henrietta’s world view has been shaped by local folklore and fairytales of travel and adventure. She traveled extensively on her own with little more than a backpack and a pair of sandals, volunteering in India’s southern regions, smoking with sadhus in the Himalayas, traveling by camel through the Gobi Desert, and teaching English in Cairo; wherever she went, Henrietta immersed herself in the culture, stories, and language of the region. From studying Hebrew in Israel, working in France, Greece, and Turkey to living out of a VW van in Mexico and the US, Henrietta’s love for story has been inspired by many cultures.

Educated in both the broadcast and media arts and cultural studies across two continents, she now makes her home in Kelowna BC, where she lives with her husband of 28 years.

Henrietta has worked at the Centre as a part-time contract instructor for ten years, bringing lively and informed instruction across a number of programs, including Photography, Film, and Events and Planning Management. Her love for the written word, warm presence, and dedication to her craft have been both a valuable asset and well-loved addition to our students’ education here at the college.

She is passionate about giving her students informed and insightful feedback and working with them to explore story and improve their writing skills.

With 20+ years writing for film, television, and commercial productions, her writing career has crossed platforms from business to entertainment. She has had short films shortlisted, sold a feature on the Hutus and Tutsis to World Changer Productions; she was the creator/writer of a television series optioned by TVO, and wrote the script for an award-winning documentary aired on OLN.

Additionally, her treatments and proposals have secured development funding from CTV, TVO, and Bell Media.

Henrietta works as a freelance writer both locally and internationally with ongoing contracts in marketing and media production industries. She has had poetry published in three anthologies, and four books published as a ghostwriter. Henrietta is currently working on the adaptation of a novel into a television series set in Neolithic Scotland.


Tamie Williams began her career as a broadcaster in 1999. During her time as a television producer, she hosted a variety of programming – including live broadcasts as well as long and short form recorded segments. Her technical skills include videography (for live and recorded programs), non-linear editing, Master Control (scheduling programs) and operating NewTek 3 play unit (for live replays during sporting events). As a producer, she worked with crews for live and recorded programming (including talent and crew coaching and scheduling). She’s also produced commercial video content. Tamie has written and produced news, community and commercial content for online media sources. As an anchor/host for radio, Tamie writes and edits news and community-based stories, does live story hits, and is a fill-in host for a 3 hour live talk show.

Tamie has been very active in local theatre for more than 15 years, as an actor, stage manager, producer and most recently, a director. She has also been involved in locally produced short movies.

Tamie has lived in Kelowna for 20+ years and has been a part-time instructor at Centre for Arts and Technology for three years. For Tamie, student success is paramount, and providing support, purpose-driven feedback and an opportunity to explore creativity is part of that journey.

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