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Earn a graduate certificate in filmmaking - 2021/2022

A hands-on filmmaking experience 

Advanced Filmmaking is a graduate certificate program that will build upon your prior technical, theoretical and creative knowledge, and introduce you to the wide range of possibilities available when working as a part of a filmmaking crew. You will be guided through the technical and artistic aspects of documentary and narrative filmmaking by industry professionals. 

Films will be produced in collaboration with your classmates, as well as with students from Fanshawe’s Theatre, Audio Post-Production and Visual Effects & Editing programs. 
You will also gain a strong understanding of the Canadian film industry, learn from many guest lecturers and have the option of taking on an internship with one of our many industry partners.

Brock University Articulation Agreement

Brock University and Fanshawe College have developed an articulation agreement to allow qualified students to obtain both a four-year Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Film Studies and an Ontario College Graduate Certificate in Advanced Filmmaking. Students can start at Brock or Fanshawe and receive credit transfer under this articulation agreement.

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Advanced Filmmaking gave me the freedom to explore my options within the field. Fanshawe gave me the chance to use all the tools in my industry and learn to hone my skills towards what I really wanted to do.

Matt Scott
Graduate 2013



Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

A College Diploma or College Advanced Diploma in:
    - Audio Post Production OR
    - Broadcasting - Television OR
    - Multi Media Design and Production OR
    - Interactive Media Design and Production OR
    - Interactive Media Design OR
    - Fine Art OR
    - Photography OR
    - Theatre Arts - Performance OR
    - Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media
General Arts and Science (Film Studies Major) College Diploma
A Degree in Film Studies, Communication Arts, Fine Arts, Media or Design 
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Advanced Filmmaking-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
FILM-6001Documentary Film History & Theory2
This course will introduce students to documentary history and critical methodology by looking at a range documentary films that have contested and expanded the documentary canon along with the conceptual debates and challenges to documentary filmmaking they have incited. The main focus will be on the Western canon; however, students will be given a short list of documentary films which they will be expected to view in the college library.
BUSI-6004The Business of Media2
This course introduces students to the business side of the film, TV and media industries. Topics, including; budgeting, contracts, copyright, funding, licensing, Canadian content, tax credits and union agreements are all covered during this class.
COMM-6012Writing for Media3
This course will introduce each student to the concept development process in the Film and Television industry. During the first part of this course the students will complete a variety of exercises such as researching, brainstorming and story development. Each student will pitch a documentary film concept to the class. In the second half of the course, students will be introduced to writing for narrative films, focusing on Screenplay formatting, character development and story structure. Each student will complete several script-writing exercises as well as write a short format screenplay that may be produced in the winter semester.
FILM-6019The People & the Process2
This course will explore the process and challenges involved in managing creative productions. Tasks such casting, sourcing crews, hiring talent, scheduling, arranging permits, site surveys and many others will be taught and discussed. A series of exercises and projects will be completed to improve the student's confidence in these areas.
FILM-6016Cinematography 12
This course is designed to teach the student about the fundamentals of the craft of cinematography. Through lectures, hands-on class work and in the field experience, the student will learn how to operate professional High Definition cameras, peripheral camera equipment and accessories and location lighting equipment. Aesthetic and technical aspects of the craft will be learnt, with an emphasis on how all of this applies to the creation of documentary films.
FILM-6004Editing 11.5
This project-based course will provide an opportunity for the students to learn the art and craft of editing using Avid Media Composer software as it relates to documentary and reality based productions. Creativity, organization, a comprehension of digital video technical issues, editing terminology and theory are the foundations of this course. Projects will utilize a combination of material shot by the students in Production 1 and Cinematography 1.
FILM-6020Production 15.5
This project-based course will provide an opportunity for the students to perform production tasks in studio and location environments. During the second half of this course the students will complete a documentary production and crew on a number of other studio and field related exercises.
FILM-6021Production Sound2
This course will introduce students to basic sound theory, and guide them towards developing listening skills and recording techniques to allow for the effective capture and use of sound in film and television productions. Students will also learn about the technical and creative aspects of integrating sound with picture during the post-production process. Professional sound recording techniques will be demonstrated and applied, providing students with the skills and knowledge to capture high quality sound in a wide variety of situations and environments. Students will practice production sound recording on digital recorders and cameras, and edit sound on a non-linear video editing workstation.
DEVL-6022Project Development 12
In this course, students will have the opportunity to take part in lectures featuring guest speakers and participate in special workshops that align with the program curriculum. Students will also work on various projects as well as on their major documentary film projects.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
FILM-6015Canadian Narrative Cinema2
This course is designed to develop a critical approach to Canadian cinema (English, French and multicultural) and to examine films (features and shorts) by important Canadian filmmakers. Emphasis will be on the historical development of Canadian cinema and the theoretical response to it. Students will learn to identify technical and thematic aspects dominant in Canadian cinema.
DEVL-6013Career Planning2
This course covers all the essential elements of preparing students to secure employment in the film and TV industry. The course will identify the broad spectrum of positions in the industry in all phases and sectors well beyond key crew. The course covers interview techniques, resume and cover letter writing and strategic career planning in preparation for internships and future employment. The subject of self-promotion will include business cards, demo reels and websites. Industry field trips, guest speakers and a focus on networking both with the industry and amongst student colleagues will complement the course.
MKTG-6014Marketing & Distribution2
Throughout this course students will explore the challenges of marketing and distributing independent films. A variety of marketing and distribution opportunities will be analyzed and critiqued as the students get ready to promote film productions that will be profitable and well received. Students will experience and understand how film festivals function through their participation in organizing and running the Advanced Filmmaking Programs Annual Film Festival.
FILM-6008Production Logistics2
This course will explore real world situations and problems that must be solved to complete a production. These are often referred to as the hurdles that must be overcome to have a successful production. A series of guest lecturers will share their experiences within the industry. Group exercises will explore the ramifications of many production issues and solutions that come up during all parts if the production process. Issues related to funding, revisions, test audiences, budget, weather, talent, equipment, crew, and deadlines will be discussed and examined.
FILM-6017Cinematography 22
This hands-on course is a continuation of Cinematography 1, and is designed to further the students understanding of art of cinematography through the operation of the High Definition video camera, camera accessories, grip gear and field lighting equipment. Theoretical and practical exercises will be completed throughout the semester to improve operational skills. Artificial and natural lighting sources will be utilized as the student experiments with lighting narrative scenes. Throughout the semester students will light and shoot a series of exercises and assignments in a variety of situations. Shot composition, optics and camera movements will be explored as well. The single camera (film style) approach to shooting scenes will be the focus of this course.
FILM-6010Editing 21.5
This project-based course will provide an opportunity for the students to perform non-linear editing using Avid Media Composer software while developing a skill set for editing narrative film projects. Creativity, organization, a comprehension of digital video technical issues, editing terminology and theory are the foundations of this course. Projects will utilize a combination of material shot by the students and provided by the instructor. Students will learn and gain practice of the editing process from the initial transfer and logging to the final output for various distribution outlets.
This course will explore people management, time management and production management skills as they relate to the directors role in a narrative film production. A series of team and written exercises will expose the students to a variety of production tasks, such as storyboarding, shot listing, shot blocking, casting, rehearsing, crew management and working to a deadline. Single-camera productions will help the student gain confidence in the directing position while 'calling the shots.'
FILM-6022Production 25.5
This project-based course will provide an opportunity for the students to perform production tasks in studio and location environments. During this course the students will work in teams to complete a narrative film.
DEVL-6023Project Development 22
This course is a continuation of Project Development 1. Throughout the semester, guest speakers will share valuable information about the film industry. Furthermore, special workshops will be held to enhance existing program curriculum, and the students will be able to work on various projects along with their major narrative film projects.

Level 3
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
FILM-6014Internship/Capstone Independent Study8.4
Students may obtain a placement with a film or television company, where they will complete duties as determined in a collaboratively-created learning contract with the employer. Alternatively, students may elect to create an independent 'capstone' media project in a team with other students who have selected this option.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 13 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program may go on to become an independent filmmaker, media content creator, director or producer, or work as a freelance crewmember in many of the fields that exist within the film and television industries.

More Information - 2021/2022

A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: AFM2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)
September Admission
15 week terms
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Program Description

The Advanced Filmmaking program is an Ontario College Graduate Certificate program which builds upon the students previous diploma/degree skills by providing opportunities to work in cross-functional teams to create both narrative and documentary films, television productions, and other media. All phases of digital filmmaking will be experienced, including pre-production, production, and post-production. Students will collaborate with students in other College programs (television, acting, fashion, multimedia, music industry arts) in the creation of digital media products.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Create narrative and documentary films, television productions, and other media (such as webcasts) that illustrate the application of aesthetic and theoretical principles of filmmaking;

2. Identify and develop stories and scripts for narrative and documentary films and other media, for both general and specific audiences;

3. Plan and apply appropriate pre-production techniques to prepare for the efficient and cost-effective production of narrative and documentary films and other media;

4. Produce and direct narrative and documentary films and other media to commercial, technical, legal and ethical standards by working independently or in a crew;

5. Operate digital cameras, audio, editing and lighting equipment during the creation of documentary and narrative films and other media.

6. Produce market-ready narrative and documentary films and other media by collaborating with post-production experts;

7. Plan media-marketing/distribution strategies for a variety of venues and formats;

8. Lead co-workers and others in all phases of film development, through the application of superior communication, interpersonal, organizational, and problem solving skills.

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2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

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2022 September

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
37 weeks