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 2022, 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

DCM 100 Digital Cinematography I
DCM 110 Writing Skills for Film and Media I
DCM 120 Post Production I
DCM 170 Production Process and Management I
DCM 175 History of the Cinema
GENED General Education Elective - Online (Digi Sem 1)

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 Compositing
DCM 450 Directing III
DCM 390 Documentary Film Making I
GENED General Education Elective - Online (Digi Sem 4)

Semester 5

DCM 500 Applied Filmmaking I
DCM 590 Portfolio Development
GENED General Education Elective - Online (Digi Sem 5)

Semester 6

DCM 600 Applied Filmmaking II
DCM 640 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

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – Domestic
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $3615.3 $908 $400 - $4923.3
2 $3615.3 $758 - $550 $4923.3
3 $3615.3 $758 - - $4373.3

2021-2022 3 years Ontario College Advanced Diploma

College Drive Campus – International
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 $17010.34 $1488 - - $18498.34
2 $17010.34 $1338 $500 - $1884.34
3 $17010.34 $1338 - $300 $18648.34

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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