Digital Cinematography

3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Work on real film sets and make three short films in your first year.


Upcoming Intake: Fall 2021, College Drive – North Bay

The film industry is thriving in Canada and there is a growing need for skilled workers in this dynamic and exciting field. Learn hands-on the art of filmmaking using the latest digital technologies. This program is geared for the industry of today, and will immerse you in all aspects of production including cinematography, screenwriting, editing, post production techniques, lighting and sound, and directing. You will gain a solid foundation in cinematic storytelling 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

  • Director and producer
  • Director of photography
  • Picture editor
  • Camera assistant
  • Grip and lighting technician
  • Sound operator
  • Locations manager

What You Learn

  • Directing, assistant directing and casting
  • Scriptwriting and producing
  • Cinematography, lighting and camera movement
  • Production design and art direction
  • Production processes and management
  • Working at Heights Certification

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must provide proof of English competency. View current English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

DCM100 Digital Cinematography I
DCM110 Writing Skills for Film and Media I
DCM120 Post Production I
DCM170 Production Process and Management I
DCM175 History of the Cinema
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DC Sem 1)

Semester 2

DCM200 Digital Cinematography II
DCM210 Writing Skills for Film and Media II
DCM220 Post Production II
DCM240 Sound Production I
DCM250 Directing I
DCM275 Production Design

Semester 3

DCM260 Motion Graphics and Compositing I
DCM320 Advanced Post Production III
DCM350 Directing II
DCM400 Advanced Digital Cinematography I
DCM470 Producing a Short I

Semester 4

DCM340 Sound Production II
DCM410 Writing Skills for Film and Media III
DCM420 Advanced Post Production and Composite
DCM450 Directing III
DCM390 Documentary Film Making I
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DC Sem 4)

Semester 5

DCM500 Applied Filmmaking I
DCM590 Portfolio Development
GENED General Education Elective - Online (DC Sem 5)

Semester 6

DCM600 Applied Filmmaking II
DCM640 Post Production Mastering

Ancillary fees have been reviewed as a result of COVID-19 and alternative service and program delivery plans. For current ancillary fees details please see

2020-2021 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3615.3 $1234.09 $400 - $5249.39
2 $3615.3 $1094.09 - - $4709.39
3 $3615.3 $1094.09 - $300 $5009.39

2020-2021 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $16514.9 $1813.09 $400 - $18727.99
2 $16514.9 $1673.09 - - $18187.99
3 $16514.9 $1673.09 - $300 $18487.99

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

You will also need:

  • Headphones, over the ear - apx. $80.00
  • 2 SD cards (class 10 or better at 32 GB or greater) - apx. $100.00
  • Winter Boots- apx. 100.00
  • 2TB Portable Hard Drive (or 2x 1TB drives.  USB 3.0 connection. Lacie Rugged drives are recommended) - apx. $200.00
  • 36 AA Batteries - apx. $50.00
  • Outdoor Clothing for Winter and Spring
  • Computer with webcam and good internet connection (specifications coming)
  • Fade In professional screenwriting software – apx.USD $50 (student pricing
  • Criterion Channel – apx. CAD $14.63/mo
    Note: This is required in semester one for DCM175 - Film History course. Required for 4 months total - Sept - Dec 2020

Canadore College will implement Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in Fall 2020 to enhance students’ learning experience in and out of the classroom and to ensure student flexibility in learning. To learn more about BYOD and to find out what is required for your program, please visit

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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