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Microprogram in Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking

Jump start your career in the film industry!

In the Microprogram in Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking, you will explore the fundamentals of film production from instructors with professional experience in the film industry. While producing your own short film, you will learn about filmmaking's creative and practical aspects and how to use various tools and technologies, including digital cameras, sound recorders, lighting and gripping equipment, and editing software. You will explore the different stages of filmmaking, from planning and aesthetics to post-production, and how the various roles within a production interact. The microprogram will also help you develop the skills to critique and evaluate the formal and contextual aspects of cinematic work. 

Program overview

The undergraduate Microprogram in Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking teaches students the essentials of professional film production. Over a 12-week semester, students will produce a five-minute film using digital cinema cameras and sound recorders. Through this capstone project, students will learn about the critical stages of film production, from idea development, planning and execution to post-production, distribution and critique.

Program structure

Degree requirements

Fully-qualified candidates are required to complete a total of 9 credits

9 credits – Core Courses

  • FMPR 231 – Filmmaking I (6 credits)
  • FMPR 338 – Image I (3 credits)

Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for the complete description of courses


FMPR 231 Filmmaking I
Tuesday and Thursday from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm
May 11 - August 10
FMPR 338 Image I
Wednesday from 8:45 am to 12:45 pm
May 10 - August 9

*Note that the course prerequisites as currently listed for these courses in the undergraduate calendar do not apply to students enrolled in the Microprogram in Fundamentals of Digital Filmmaking.

After your degree

You will gain core competencies and the skills required to get a foothold in the film industry. Upon successful completion, you will be able to explore possibilities for entry level roles in the film industry.

  • Trainee camera assistant
  • Camera operator
  • Junior electric
  • Junior grip 
  • Assistant sound editor
  • Assistant picture editor (video editor)
  • Audio and video recording technician
  • Trainee assistant director
  • Assistant producer

With a natural path leading to more advanced roles, including:

  • Gaffer/chief electric
  • Director of photography
  • Key grip
  • 1st Camera Assistant  

Admission requirements

This microprogram welcomes candidates with non-traditional career paths or those who do not necessarily possess a university or college degree. 

  • The microprogram is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents only.
  • Students already registered in an undergraduate program at Concordia are ineligible.
  • You do not need a previous degree or diploma to be accepted.

Application process

Applications are now closed for this microprogram.

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