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Students in this program explore the nature of creative storytelling by writing, shooting and editing documentaries, short narratives and corporate videos. As you become technically proficient and critically informed, you’ll tap into the power of video to capture the compelling stories of our time, and create fictional stories in fictional worlds. Learn camera operation, composition, lighting, sound design, post-production, and the entrepreneurial skills needed to operate a small video production business.
NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific laptop and software requirements for this program click here. For specific camera requirements for this program click here.
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Year one domestic: $2,812 (CAD) Year one international: $13,412 (CAD)
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The Video Production program will prepare you for a career in the exciting world of film, video and television. You will be introduced to:
The program will also help you develop an editing practice that is technically proficient and critically informed in addition to learning how to:
Curriculum is based on creative theory and the practice of video image capture and manipulation through the use of state-of-the-art hardware and software. Courses are focused on a variety of techniques including the integration of digital imaging and production of still and motion images
A common first year with the Photography program will give you the opportunity to gain a second diploma by completing a third year of studies.
Each year,* the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) looks forward to hosting our annual MAD
48–hour Film Challenge where four participating programs (Broadcasting – Radio and Contemporary Media, Media Fundamentals, Photography and Video Production) suspend most classes for a four-day week of filming. Hundreds of students participate under guidance from MAD staff, faculty, and admin. Students are mixed into interdisciplinary groups and given 48-hours to produce, shoot, and edit their very own short film. Each group, typically comprising seven or eight students, is also given a line of dialogue, a genre, a prop and a character type, all of which must appear in their short film. MAD also runs a 48-hour Stop-motion Animation Challenge at the same time for students in the Animation – Digital Production program.
The finished films from both Challenges are juried by industry professionals at the Oshawa Cineplex Odeon (yes, there are prizes). The screening is free and open to the public.
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*Due to COVID-19 restrictions and public safety regulations, the 2020 event that would normally run in the first week of September has been postponed; MAD will make every effort to run the Challenge in spring 2021.
The courses listed below are for incoming students. If you are a current student, please refer to your program of study for the year you began your program. Your program of study can be found on MyCampus.
Courses and course descriptions are subject to change. Please note that as a result of COVID-19 the 2020-21 program of study may be modified to accommodate program delivery changes. Students should refer to their timetable for the most up-to-date course information.
Upon successful completion of the program, graduates can transfer to the second year of Durham College’s Photography program and complete the diploma in one academic year (two semesters). Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s Advanced Filmmaking graduate certificate program.
Durham College also offers degree completion opportunities with a number of Canadian and international institutions. Sample diploma-to-degree opportunities include:
Please visit our pathways page to learn more about how you can transfer your credits towards a degree.
A Mac notebook computer is recommended. Please see the hardware requirements document for details.
Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, Premiere Pro® and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.
Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes. Caution: To avoid malware, only download from the actual developer or using the links below):
NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed. For further information and FAQ click here.
Special pricing has been secured to give you the best possible value on your camera purchase. For details and participating locations please review the Canon Student Pricing webpage.
There are three recommended models of video-enabled DSLR camera that you may consider and each will meet the academic requirements of your program.
For more information or questions regarding program technical requirements, please contact Oliver Fernandez, Photo and Video Support Specialist @ Oliver.email@example.com, or 905.721.2000, ext. 2671.
Media Equipment Loans Office in the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) has an inventory of accessories available for students enrolled in the Digital Video Production program including tripods, flashes, studio lights and a variety of specialty lenses**. These are Canon accessories and best fit Canon camcorders so this should be a consideration when choosing your camcorder.
Please note: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change.
The Video Production program at Durham College partnered with Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO) to support SCIO in marketing, communications and membership efforts. Since telling the story is a key enabler to achieving SCIO’s ambitious plans for growth, students are asked to create compelling video content to draw stakeholders and clients to their website. Students get the opportunity to work directly in the field for one of SCIO’s major events - Ski and Snowboard day - where they are asked to capture the spirit of the day on film. This opportunity allows students to work directly with clients in the “real-world”, access real-time coaching and feedback from their professors, promote teamwork, and test those vital soft skills necessary to succeed.
See the action behind the scenes at SCIO Ski and Snowboard day below.
As part of their program, Video Production students work directly with real industry clients, including not-for-profit and community organizations, on a variety of projects. Doing so provides students with access to real-time coaching and feedback from their professors. The experiences also promote teamwork and help students to develop and test the vital soft skills necessary to succeed their chosen field.
Check out behind-the-scenes action from several recent student-client collaborations in the DC student-produced videos below:
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Many of the photos on this website were taken prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.