School of Media, Design and Dramatic Arts

Digital Cinematography

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

The film industry is thriving in Canada, and there is a growing need for skilled workers in this dynamic and exciting field.


Learn the art of filmmaking using new digital technologies like the RED EPIC camera used to shoot films like The Hobbit film series and Fast8. Start working on your own short film in your first year! This program is geared for the industry of today, where professionals must be able to understand all aspects of production including cinematography, screenwriting, editing and directing. You will gain a solid foundation to create visual stories and graduate with the tools you need to enter this rapidly-changing and evolving field.

Check out work from our Digital Cinematography program!

Your Future Career

  • Film and television technician
  • Directing and producing
  • Documentary and commercial productions

What You Learn

  • Scriptwriting, directing and producing
  • Cinematography, lighting and camera movement
  • Production processes and management
  • Motion graphics and compositing
  • Picture and sound editing
  • Working at Heights Certification

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

DCM 100 Digital Cinematography I
DCM 110 Writing Skills for Film and Media I
DCM 120 Post Production I
DCM170 Production Process and Management I
DCM 175 History of the Cinema
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 2

DCM 200 Digital Cinematography II
DCM 210 Writing Skills for Film and Media II
DCM 220 Post Production II
DCM 240 Sound Production I
DCM 250 Directing I
DCM 275 Production Design

Semester 3

DCM 260 Motion Graphics and Compositing I
DCM 320 Advanced Post Production III
DCM 350 Directing II
DCM 400 Advanced Digital Cinematography I
DCM 470 Producing a Short I

Semester 4

DCM 340 Sound Production II
DCM 410 Writing Skills for Film and Media III
DCM 420 Advanced Post Production and Composting
DCM 450 Directing III
DCM 390 Documentary Film Making I
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 5

DCM 500 Applied Filmmaking I
DCM 590 Portfolio Development
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 6

DCM 600 Applied Filmmaking II
DCM 640 Post Production Mastering
Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - 1 year to complete 
  • Broadcasting – Television and Video Production – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139