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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:
September
Typical Length:
2 Years
Credential:
Diploma

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Overview

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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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

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.

September 2020

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Ivany Campus Dartmouth Full time In-class Seats available

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

Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.

Tuition (Domestic):
$3,515
Tuition (International):
$11,350

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.

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.

Courses may include

These are some of the courses offered in this program. It is not a complete list and courses are subject to change in advance of the academic year.

COMM 1227 - Communications I
This course provides the student with an overview of the communication skills required by business and industry. Students will learn to apply these communication skills to be successful in their selected workplace setting.

COMM 1228 - Communications II
This course further develops essential communications skills with a focus on basic writing. This course provides the student with the opportunity to develop written work typical of the industry related to their program of study.

SAFE 1000 - Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
This course offers learners basic overview of WHMIS principles and establishes a solid foundation to support workplace-specific training on the safe storage and handling of controlled/hazardous products. Upon successful completion of the course, students receive basic WHMIS certification.

SAFE 1001 - Introduction to NS OH&S Act
This course offers students an introduction to the Occupational Health & Safety (OH&S) Act of Nova Scotia, which is required by any person employed in a Nova Scotia workplace. This is a generic, introductory course that provides basic knowledge of the Act for students and is considered to be the basis from which more specific training can be given.

SART 1001 - Drawing/Drafting for the Screen Arts
This course will introduce learners to practical applications of manual sketching, drafting, and illustration for film production. Learning how to process visual and verbal information will accompany developing critical discourse and thinking. Importance will be placed on learning process and completion of each assignment as well as preparation of personal kit for course.

SART 1002 - Computer Applications I
This course introduces learners to the basic processes and procedures associated with operating a Mac computer, managing media files, editing video and creating graphics for the screen arts industry.

SART 1003 - Basic Technology I
This course provides learners with a basic technology foundation as a precursor for Building for the Screen Arts in the Winter term. With an emphasis on the safety concerns involved, the class takes a hands-on approach to such things as electrical theory and practice, hand tools, power tools and woodworking shop procedures. Learners will need safety footwear, eye and ear protection as well as a basic tool kit.

SART 1004 - Moving Picture I
This course will introduce learners to the fundamentals of the film industry focusing on crew structure, technical skills, set etiquette and protocol. The Moving Picture course will also introduce learners to the basics of film/video as a communicative art. This will include an overview of basic visual language. Through lectures and hands-on exercises, learners will learn about theme development, personal story telling, composition, film grammar and camera movement and editing. They will be introduced to basic video and sound technology. Visiting lecturers will be part of the course. Emphasis will be placed on creative growth and communication skills to enable learners to work effectively and responsibly with others.

SART 1005 - Technical Image I
This course teaches learners how to operate the technical tools required to create images for filmmaking. It covers basic procedures for operating filmmaking equipment from a hands-on perspective. These technical skills are integrated with the introduction of computer software and storytelling techniques delivered in other courses.

SART 1006 - Media Workshop I
This is a collaborative course and part of a suite of four. First and second years work as mentors and mentees in a discussion forum. These courses also include guest lecturers and film presentations, participation in the Atlantic film festival, events and workshops. The content is dynamic and requires active engagement in all four courses. In order to successfully graduate for the Screen Arts program you must participate and contribute to all four courses over the duration of the program. This is essentially a problem-solving course and although the outcomes are the same for all courses the content will be different. It’s mandatory to attend all four courses.

SART 1007 - Production Management I
This course provides a foundation for the business and management aspects of film and video production. Learners will develop essential skills for effectively planning, organizing and managing a production. The production process will be broken down from the initial idea to delivery of the finished product and concentrates on various aspects of the production manager and first assistant director roles.

SART 2000 - Computer Applications II
This course focuses on refining video editing skills. In addition, it introduces learners to the page layout tools used to create printed and on screen graphics that support screen art productions such as posters and screening programs.

SART 2003 - Media Workshop II
This is a collaborative course and part of a suite of four. First and second years' work as mentors and mentees in a discussion forum. These courses also include guest lecturers and film presentations, participation in the Atlantic film festival, events and workshops. The content is dynamic and requires active engagement in all four courses. In order to successfully graduate for the Screen Arts program you must participate and contribute to all four courses over the duration of the program. This is essentially a problem-solving course and although the outcomes are the same for all courses the content will be different. It’s mandatory to attend all four courses.

SART 2004 - Moving Picture II
Learners will continue to work with the basics of film/video as a communicative art. Through lectures and practical exercises learners will develop an understanding of film language, crew structure and responsibilities and technical expertise. Areas of study will include editing, camera movement, script development, script supervision, assistant directing and directing. They will be introduced to the field lighting, colour filtration and lens selection. They will examine narrative, documentary, and experimental film and video styles. Visiting lecturers will be part of the course.

SART 2005 - Technical Image II
Learners will build on the techniques and technical information from Technical Image I to strengthen and broaden their technical abilities and the range of industry-standard equipment that they are able to use. The technical aspects of camera operation, exposure, and lighting will be practiced to develop the skills to be an effective film technician.

SART 2006 - Production Management II
This course builds on the business and management skills of film and video production that you developed in Show Business I. Learners will effectively develop, plan, organize and manage a production. You will further your knowledge of the production process through the production manager and first assistant director roles through on-set experience and an increased emphasis on the production paperwork that is required.

SART 2007 - Art Department
This course builds up on the Basic Technology foundation to familiarize learners with basic film set construction methods. With an emphasis on the safety concerns involved, the class takes a hands-on approach to set building, set painting, and set dressing as well as the structure of the art department. Art Department is an important part of the production design component of the Screen Arts program and gives learners the opportunity to work on the design, building, painting and dressing of sets for both Year I and Year II productions. Learners will need safety footwear, eye and ear protection as well as their basic tool kit.

SART 2012 - Film Set Safety, Etiquette and Protocol
This workshop will introduce learners to the hierarchy of a film crew, the work environment, and set etiquette with a strong emphasis on set safety. Through discussion, guest speakers, and group exercises learners examine scenarios from past productions to understand and apply the principles of a safe and creative workplace to their own projects.

SART 2500 - Practicum
The Practicum (informally known as "Boot Camp") is an intensive hands-on production experience where learners work as a responsible crew member and collaborate with fellow learners in several crew roles. It provides an opportunity to work together in a production environment to produce short narrative films. Production, group collaborative and management skills developed over the previous terms are applied in a series of productions that are completed within limited time constraints.

SART 3000 - Sound and Picture I
This course is designed to provide learners with an opportunity to incorporate the technical, artistic and planning skills acquired from all courses in the Screen Arts Program. Learners will advance their scriptwriting and story editing skills by developing scripts for two short narrative films. Learners will be given the opportunity to learn specialized skills in the area of directing and casting actors and 16mm production. Learners will be required to make extensive use of the equipment, studio and editing facilities to complete assignments.

SART 3001 - Production Design I
The theory and practical aspects of this course explores the process of the Art Department and the affect the Designer and his/her team has on the look of a film. Responsibilities including budgeting, set designing, model making, construction supervising, buying/renting, scenic painting, set dressing will be reviewed by example. Supplementary readings, screenings, discussions with guest speakers and field trips will accompany projects.

SART 3002 - Media Workshop III
This is a collaborative course and part of a suite of four. First and second years work as mentors and mentees in a discussion forum. These courses also include guest lecturers and film presentations, participation in the Atlantic film festival, events and workshops. The content is dynamic and requires active engagement in all four courses. In order to successfully graduate for the Screen Arts program you must participate and contribute to all four courses over the duration of the program. This is essentially a problem-solving course and although the outcomes are the same for all courses the content will be different. It’s mandatory to attend all four courses.

SART 3003 - Post-Production I
This course is designed to introduce the post production management and editing aspects of film and video. Learners will use and understand the techniques of editing picture and sound tracks along with layering tracks into a complete work. Motion picture film, videotape and digital media are employed. Industry-standard software and hardware will be used to complete assignments. The post production process will be broken down from logging footage, to media management to delivery of the finished product and will concentrate on aspects of the editor and post production supervisor roles.

SART 3004 - Computer Applications III
This course focuses on developing motion graphics skills and applying them to projects associated with the Screen arts industry such as film credits and titles. Learners are also exposed to the tools used to create effects.

SART 3005 - Producing I
This course is designed to allow learners to develop their producing and production management skills in the completion of short projects. Managing, scheduling, planning, budgeting, developing and promoting projects will for the core of the course. The role of the producer will be explored from developing the idea to funding and completion of the project.

SART 4001 - Post-Production II
Learners will build on the techniques learned in Post-Production I to further develop their skills in cutting picture and sound tracks into a complete work. Videotape and digital media are employed. Industry-standard software and hardware will be used to complete assignments. The course also covers sound editing, sound design, sound mixing, colour-correction, and DVD production techniques as well as the distribution of video and audio via the world wide web.

SART 4002 - Media Workshop IV
This is a collaborative course and part of a suite of four. First and second years' work as mentors and mentees in a discussion forum. These courses also include guest lecturers and film presentations, participation in the Atlantic film festival, events and workshops. The content is dynamic and requires active engagement in all four courses. In order to successfully graduate for the Screen Arts program you must participate and contribute to all four courses over the duration of the program. This is essentially a problem-solving course and although the outcomes are the same for all courses the content will be different. It’s mandatory to attend all four courses.

SART 4003 - Production Design II
This will be a creative course. Learners will have the chance to both analysis and create work. Music video production will be discussed at length from the perspective of a Production Designer, to help learners with their own music video production projects. There will be a number of hands-on projects, including the creation of a large maquette and a photo-manipulation project. All learners will also be involved in a special interest project of their choosing."

SART 4004 - Computer Applications IV
This course covers the skills needed to create a portfolio website and the related knowledge and processes such as formats and platforms required to successfully manage and maintain a professional, self-promotional website.

SART 4005 - Producing II
This course is designed to allow learners to build upon their producing and production management skills from Producing I in the development, management and completion of short projects. Managing, budgeting, developing and promoting projects will form the core of the course. The role of the producer will be explored from developing the idea to funding and completion of the project as well as producing business plans for independent productions.

SART 4006 - Sound and Picture II
This course is designed to provide learners with an opportunity to incorporate the technical, artistic and planning skills acquired in the other courses. Learners will examine, develop and produce a variety of production genres including documentary and music videos. Through lecture and hands-on exercises, learners will learn the technical and theoretical skills required to professionally execute their productions. Learners will also be introduced to the theory and processes involved in the role of camera assistant.

SART 4500 - Work Experience
The work experience component provides the learner with an opportunity to apply new skills and concepts appropriate for entry-level positions within the occupation. Learners will assess their own performance and be evaluated by an industry partner. Learners will identify personal outcomes they wish to attain during the work experience and will keep an electronic journal. This is a course of 175 hours spread over five weeks.

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