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Screen Arts

Learn to write a script, design and construct a set, shoot and edit a film and manage a production.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Ivany Campus • Dartmouth Full time • In-class Seats available


In this intensive program, you cover the entire film production cycle. You take ideas from initial concept through to distribution, within a hands-on, creative, crew-centred learning environment.

You learn script development, set design and construction, film and video production, editing, set etiquette and more.

Upon successful completion of this program, you have a strong foundation in all aspects of film and video production and are able to contribute to the film industry as a reliable and competent crew member.

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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A portfolio is a significant factor in determining your admission into the program. For detailed information on what your portfolio needs to include, see the Screen Arts Portfolio Requirements (PDF 119KB). Drop your portfolio off at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end, or throughout the duration, of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside of the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid, full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities

Career options

  • This is a freelance industry with many opportunities for those who are interested and motivated. Historically, Nova Scotia has enjoyed a steady film industry, with many productions being shot and produced here. Graduates of the program work with both large- and small-scale producers and many have established their own production companies.

Choose NSCC

  • You graduate industry-ready. You have the opportunity to work directly with industry professionals.
  • Industry experts visit the classroom as guest speakers, covering a wide range of topics.
  • You collaborate with peers and professionals in related programs, including Music Production and Engineering, Music Arts, Graphic Design and Radio Television Journalism.
  • Continue your studies at university – This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
SART 1001   Drawing/Drafting for the Screen Arts
SART 1002   Computer Applications I
SART 1003   Basic Technology I
SART 1004   Moving Picture I
SART 1005   Technical Image I
SART 1006   Media Workshop I
SART 1007   Production Management I
SART 2000   Computer Applications II
SART 2003   Media Workshop II
SART 2004   Moving Picture II
SART 2005   Technical Image II
SART 2006   Production Management II
SART 2007   Art Department
SART 2012   Film Set Safety, Etiquette and Protocol
SART 2500   Practicum
SART 3000   Sound and Picture I
SART 3001   Production Design I
SART 3002   Media Workshop III
SART 3003   Post-Production I
SART 3004   Computer Applications III
SART 3005   Producing I
SART 4001   Post-Production II
SART 4002   Media Workshop IV
SART 4003   Production Design II
SART 4004   Computer Applications IV
SART 4005   Producing II
SART 4006   Sound and Picture II
SART 4500   Work Experience

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