The Diploma in Film Production program at UBC is available for students with a post-secondary degree interested in filmmaking, screenwriting and producing.

Program Overview

The Diploma in Film Production program consists of three years of concentrated study with the completion of 60 required credits. Interested applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree in either arts, science or commerce.


Students will learn theory and techniques of motion picture production with options to study more deeply in areas of documentary filmmaking, alternative cinema, screenwriting and producing. Additionally, students are expected to work collaboratively and create their own short films in their final year.

The Department will have production equipment and post-production platforms available for our students however, accepted students should have their own consumer-level camera and computer with an editing platform.

Due to the immersive and hands-on design of the program, students must be prepared to cover the costs of their productions required in certain classes. Specific costs for each production are dependent on the complexity of each students’ project. However, students must contribute a minimum of $2500 to their FIPR 333 project and $3500 for FIPR 433.

Diploma Program Format

Total Credits: 21

Required Courses:

  • FIPR 230: Introduction to Motion Picture Directing (3 credits)
  • FIPR 233: Introduction to Video Production (3 credits)
  • FIPR 234: Production Planning and Professional Practices (3 credits)
  • CRWR 206: Introduction to Screenplay (3 credits)
  • CRWR 216: Short Screenplay Workshop (3 credits)
  • 6 credits of 200 level FIST courses

Recommended Courses:

  • FIPR 235: Image Concepts for Filmmakers (3 credits)
  • FIPR 299: Directed Studies: On-campus Research (3 credits)

Total Credits: 21

Required Courses:

  • FIPR 330: Intermediate Motion Picture Directing (3 credits)
  • FIPR 333: Motion Picture Production I (6 credits)
  • FIPR 337: Cinematography and Lighting I (3 credits)
  • FIPR 338: Sound Recording for Film and Video (3 credits)
  • FIPR 339: Post Production Techniques I (3 credits)
  • 3 credits of FIST courses

Recommended courses:

  • FIPR 399: Directed Studies: Off-Campus research (3 credits)
  • THTR 308: Sound Design for Theatre (3 credits)

Total credits: 18

Required Courses:

  • FIPR 433: Motion Picture Production II (6 credits)
  • 9 credits from the following options:
    • FIPR 434: Producing for Film and Television (6 credits)
    • FIPR 435: Alternative Cinema Production (6 credits)
    • FIPR 436: Documentary Development and Production (6 credits)
    • FIPR 437: Cinematography and Lighting II (3 credits)
    • FIPR 439: Post Production Techniques II (3 credits)
  • 3 credits of FIST courses


Students wishing to apply to the Diploma in Film Production must complete the online UBC application by January 15 as well as the required supplemental material on this page by February 1.

You must have a UBC student number and a post-secondary undergraduate degree in order to apply. If you do not have a UBC student number and have not completed the UBC admissions application information your application will be rejected.

UBC Application Deadline

UBC applications must be submitted by January 15.

Students interested in the Diploma in Film Production program must complete include the following supplemental material as part of their application by February 1:

  • A letter of intent. This should describe your interest in film production and your goals in the program as well as university. The letter must include your student identification number and should be sent via email as a pdf.
  • A Director’s portfolio. The work should reflect your creative and artistic potential, based on original ideas or adaptations in which you were creatively responsible for the content and form. Your portfolio must be no longer than 5 minutes. Generally, technical factors are overlooked as long as they do not inhibit the viewer’s ability to understand the material. Portfolio films must be easily-accessible, we recommend they be posted on Youtube, Vimeo or another site. The link to the video must be provided. Any inaccessible content will not be reviewed and your application will be automatically rejected.
  • A background statement about your portfolio. This statement should include a short description of the films in your portfolio, i.e. the title, length and a one-line plot description. It should also include what role(s) you fulfilled in each film and your comments on the strong and weak points of each one.
  • A resume. This should list your experience in film and other relevant areas.
  • Current contact information. Including name, phone number and email address.

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