Film Production Major

Lights. Camera. Action!

The Film, Theatre, and Live Entertainment: Film Production major will provide you with the knowledge and experience to tell your stories to the world through film. Unique to film programs, we focus on collaborative learning and you will work closely with your acting student colleagues to bring your films to life. For many professions, having a great resume and cover letter are key to landing a job. For filmmakers, it’s all about the demo reel. Over the course of four years, you will develop a demo reel at an industry-accepted level. 

Film Production at RDC

  • View every stage of your films production in our 100 seat cinema, with 2K Christie Projector and full 5.1 Dolby surround sound.
  • Work in our full post-production facilities, which include a colour correction suit, 5.1 audio mixing facility and 3D editing system.
  • Shoot your films in our dedicated sound stage complete with green screen, professional 2K camera, Stedicam, LED film production lights, extensive grip equipment including dolly, track and camera jib, and a dedicated private Final Cut ProHD editing suite.
  • You will have full access to costuming facilities, as well as 24/7 access to equipment and facilities.
  • RDC's film program has a long history of support from industry leaders, including the Alberta Film Commission, the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Assocation, the National Film Board of Canada, Global Television Network, CBC, ACTRA, IATSE, joe:Media Group, Mind's Eye Pictures, Image Works Alberta Inc., Landmark Cinemas, Cresent Entertainment Ltd., White Iron Inc., Catalyst Distribution Inc., and many others.

Possible career opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Director
  • Writer
  • Producer
  • Cinematographer
  • Digital Editing
  • Sound Recording
  • Camera Operator
  • Production Designer
  • Production Manager
  • Special Effects Technician
  • With experience graduates may also persue entrepreneurial roles as directors, writers, and producers, supervising content creation in a wide variety of media.

Program at a glance

Year ONE

  • Creative Core *
  • Storytelling 1 *
  • Communications for Creative Arts *
  • Choice of Creative Arts History Option *
  • Choose one of: Art 231 (2D Visual Fundamentals) or Art 241 (Drawing 1) *
  • Choose two: School of Creative Arts (SCA) Electives *
  • Production Fundamentals 1 & 2
  • Film Production 1
  • Production Safety


  • Directing 1 *
  • Storytelling 2 *
  • Business for Stage and Screen *
  • Projects 1 *
  • Film Production 2 and 3
  • Choose one: Advanced Cinematography 1 or Post-Production 1
  • Documentary Fundamentals
  • Choose one: Production (PROD) or Acting (ACT) Elective
  • Choose one: School of Creative Arts Elective
  • Choose one: Breadth Elective (Non-School of Creative Arts)


  • Workshops 1 and 2 *
  • Film Projects 1 and 2
  • Film Production 4 and 5
  • Business for Film Production
  • Screenwriting
  • Directing for Film 1
  • Choose one: Production Elective (PROD)
  • Choose one: School of Creative Arts Elective
  • Choose one: Breadth Elective (Non-School of Creative Arts)


  • Applied Practicum*

* denotes a class that is common for students in all majors in the Film, Theatre and Live Entertainment program