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  • Objectives
    This two-term program is intended to build upon the knowledge and skills acquired in the second year of the Motion Picture Production Program. As well as further explorations in the subjects of film history, screenwriting, producing and directing, special emphasis will be placed on the business aspects of independent filmmaking, such as production accounting, budgeting and financing. This program will also familiarize students with the concept of visual aesthetics, as well as introducing them to the vast array of possibilities available though special and visual effects.
  • Academic Title
    Advanced Motion Picture Production Diploma
  • Course description
    Motion Picture Production Diploma    Course Credits
    Required:    69.00
    • FILM    Motion Picture Production Diploma    69.00
    Credits    69.00

    First Term    Course Credits
    Required:    15.00
    • FILM 307    History of World Cinema    3.00
    • FILM 311    Advanced Producing    1.50
    • FILM 313    Production Financing    1.50
    • FILM 330    Aesthetics of Filmmaking    9.00
    Credits    15.00

    Second Term    Course Credits

    Required:    12.00
    • FILM 320    Motion Picture Project #6    6.00
    • FILM 322    Entrepreneurship for Film and Television    3.00
    • FILM 325    Creative Direction in Post Production    3.00
    Credits    12.00
    Total Program Credits    96.00

    FILM 307    History of World Cinema
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course is designed to follow FILM 212, History of Canadian Film. It explores the history of cinema in a wide assortment of countries and investigates the relative international impact of those countries' filmmakers.

    FILM 309    Special and Visual Effects
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course provides an overview of the principles and practices of modern visual effects and special effects as used in film and television production. Special emphasis is given to developing the skills with which a filmmaker conceptualizes and communicates effects concepts to the production team, rather than teaching hands-on effects creation.

    FILM 311    Advanced Producing
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course is designed to expand upon the skills and knowledge gained in FILM 203, further exploring the role of the Producer in dramatic film production. Special emphasis is placed on project development and low-budget independent production.

    FILM 313    Production Financing
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of the various development and production funding models. This course addresses both governmental and non-governmental sources of financing, with an emphasis on low-budget indigenous production.

    FILM 315    Visual Aesthetics
    1.50 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    08 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course provides advanced management skills in the field of visual aesthetics. Specifically, it focuses on the components of visual imagery as it relates to film and television production and the conceptual, communication and management skills needed by the modern filmmaker to achieve visual aesthetic excellence within a professional team environment.

    FILM 320    Motion Picture Project #6
    6.00 credits    (8,2.27,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 18.00 300-level Film credits
    This course explores the art and practice of filmed dramatic entertainment. It is designed to provide mentored hands-on experience in the artistic disciplines as well as the industrial practices of entry-level dramatic film and video production.

    FILM 322    Entrepreneurship for Film and Television
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course provides students with an insight into the subject of entrepreneurship - owning and operating their own business associated with the motion picture and television industries. It provides an overview of small business in Canada (concentrating on motion pictures and television) and the process of a new business start-up. It also provides an understanding of the tasks required to develop a business plan, including market research, financing, accounting, marketing and human resource management. Students are required to formulate this plan and present it to their peers and faculty.

    FILM 325    Creative Direction in Post Production
    3.00 credits    (4,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 18.00 300-level Film credits
    This course explores the principles and practices of creative management of the post-production process in professional film and television. Special emphasis is placed on directing and managing the personnel and processes currently employed in the field.

    FILM 330    Aesthetics of Filmmaking
    9.00 credits    (12,0,0) hrs    15 wks
    Prerequisite: Successful completion of 63.00 Film credits
    This course is designed to provide practical opportunities for students to explore and develop fluency, aesthetic judgment and cinematic voice. Students are expected to integrate content with an articulate visual language. Each student will write and direct three of their own films, and take on many key creative and technical roles on all other films made by their group.

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