Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts School of Motion Picture Arts


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

The Indigenous Digital Filmmaking programs at CapU offer high quality creative and technical training for Indigenous students interested in film and TV production.

Career opportunities in Indigenous film and TV production are growing. Our students come from all around the country to learn from experienced Indigenous instructors.

You'll study everything from scriptwriting to shooting and post-production — and leave ready to start work.

To earn your diploma, you'll need to complete both years of this program. Diploma students can apply to the third year of the Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts degree at CapU.

Graduates have gone on to crew across all production departments or work on their own productions.

  • Prove their creative and analytical storytelling ability by producing a treatment, outline and script for two short productions as well as an executed research plan for a fact based story.
  • Prove their leadership and management skills by developing and producing two final video productions complete with a production package for each and with the support of a crew made up of their peers.
  • Demonstrate introductory technical production skills in camera, lighting, sound, editing, sound tracks, graphics, credits and effects.
  • Develop and organize personal and professional components of their portfolio as well as present three different story ideas in classroom presentations and develop information for festival submissions and proposals.
  • Apply Aboriginal and professional practices and protocols during their productions.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Interview
  • Portfolio

Additional information

  • Applicants with sufficient work experience in the television, film or independent production industries may be admitted on a case by case basis to the second year of the program.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

IDF 103Production Design I1.50 credits
IDF 119Professional Development I1.50 credits
IDF 120Indigenous Cinema Studies3.00 credits
IDF 126Introduction to Screenwriting3.00 credits
IDF 127Introductory Documentary3.00 credits
IDF 139Technical Foundations3.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 16.00

CMNS 131Business Writing for Documentary3.00 credits
IDF 109Production Planning2.00 credits
IDF 110Production Project #12.00 credits
IDF 119Professional Development Icont’d
IDF 128Production Management3.00 credits
IDF 137Narrative Production3.00 credits
IDF 142Technical Directing3.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

IDF 207Technical Motion Picture Arts5.00 credits
IDF 208Line Producing and Production Management3.00 credits
IDF 209Advanced Digital Editing3.00 credits
IDF 233Screenwriting3.00 credits
IDF 243Production Development1.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.50

ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
IDF 213Production Design II1.00 credits
IDF 217Sound Design for Film and Video1.50 credits
IDF 235Indigenous World Cinema3.00 credits
IDF 239Advanced Technical Foundations1.50 credits
IDF 240Advanced Technical Directing1.50 credits
IDF 250Advanced Production Project5.00 credits


Total program credits: 62.50


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