Program Overview

Program Brochure 2023-24
Film and New Media
Application deadline

March 1 for Fall Semester

Minimum admission requirements

Quebec Secondary School Diploma or a level of education that is deemed equivalent by the College.


High School Diploma

About the program

Film & New Media is one of two interconnecting Media profiles in the Arts, Literature and Communication program. This pre-university program is an exciting mix of theory and practice that gives you a chance to experiment and create using a variety of media.

You will learn

In the Film and New Media profile, you will progressively master the fundamentals of writing, shooting, recording sound, and editing, whether in fiction film, television, animation, radio or any number of multimedia platforms. Through written and visual communication, you will sharpen your creative abilities, critical thinking, and academic skills.

The courses take place in our exciting television studio, workshop spaces and digital lab. In the journalism and documentary courses you will apply your creative and technical skills to the telling of real-life stories that are important to you. In the filmmaking classes, you will invent your own stories and learn how to bring these ideas to screen. You will also have the chance to experiment in special effects and animation as well as develop your sense of critical thinking through subjects that vary from film history to the analysis of contemporary visual culture.

The possibilities

In our media saturated world, visual literacy is more important than ever. Our graduates are able to transfer their learning into almost any field requiring an understanding of the creative process, self-motivation, and project management abilities.

Our graduates have found careers in advertising, marketing, journalism, film production, television, radio, animation, app design, computer gaming, special effects design, education, music production, photography, acting, public relations and many other fields.

Join us and prepare to engage in exciting studies that will open doors to a world of possibilities.

Program Grid

Introduction to Media Production: TV Studio

This course introduces students to reality-based media through both production and theory. The course will show the important role the media plays in contemporary society. At the same time, it will explore using hands-on, simple exercises, the various methods of creating and delivering short projects using multiple techniques including sound recording, graphic design, green screen, “live-to-tape” video and web casting.

Introduction to Digital Creation: 2D Imaging

The semester will begin by introducing students to both a historical and practical survey of image manipulation, and creation on the computer. Students will learn to apply different methods of collage and composite imaging, using Photoshop. They will practice analysing and defining the characteristics of still images, as compared to sequences of motion. Finally, they will experiment with the tools of digital media for expressive purposes.

The Power of the Image

We are surrounded, inundated, overwhelmed by images. From art to advertising to Instagram the image is everywhere. In fact image has become its own language replete with nuance, form, story and emotion. This course aims to teach students to critically analyse the function and the aesthetics of the image as it pertains to the fields of culture and communications, and to understand its contemporary meaning and power. In short, this course will teach the student to “write” in the language of Image.

Sight, Sound, Motion

The course focuses on introducing the basics of digital image making. Using the terminology specific to photography,
sound recording, and video, students will explore digital image making from conception and research to evaluation and final analysis. Students will learn how the language of visual expression has developed over time, and apply that understanding in a series of media assignments. In addition to developing strong autonomy in their individual work,
students will also work cooperatively in teams where they will explore the technical and aesthetic tools of image making and discover how they can be used to communicate effectively, efficiently, but most of all, visually.




Expression in Visual Genres

Expression in Visual Genres will explore the power of narrative. Whether it’s an old black and white Hollywood film, a locally produced virtual reality game, or your favourite graphic novel designed abroad, the stories told through these various media share similar impulses and elements. Through the study of genre and narrative structure, this course will look at how artists tell their stories across different visual media. We’ll consider the similarities and distinct differences of these various forms of communication and analyze ways in which these stories and their storytelling could convey an artist’s observations about the world. By the end of the semester, students will be encouraged to envision their own stories to eventually develop into a visual genre of their choice.

Web & FX: From Theory to Practice

This course, common to both Media profiles, examines evolving media, art apps, and digital effects. This course will encourage students to take a hard look at the ways social media, video games, the Internet, and the expanding world of digital technologies are part of our lives. Through theory and practice, students will learn to make critical judgments about these ever-present screen technologies.

Mobile Journalism: Writing and Shooting

Mobile Journalism: Writing & Shooting builds upon the technical, creative, and critical skills acquired in the first semester. The focus will be on development and structuring of content, with emphasis on researching subjects, writing copy, mastering interview technique, and creatively developing ideas and style in promotional work. The power of traditional and social media to influence and manipulate public opinion will be considered, as students learn to critically analyze what they read and experience, while recognizing their own subjective ethical and moral perspectives.

Digital Filmmaking: Montage

This course studies the ways in which images have been combined to communicate ideas. From the early narratives of D.W. Griffith to Russian montage, to the high-impact world of contemporary applications in advertising, music videos, and multi-media, examples from a broad range will illustrate the power of editing. In creative exercises, students will apply their knowledge to match action in multiple shots and angles, manipulate time, create moods, and increase impact through better image composition, lighting, sound, and editing.




Physical Education

Multi-Media Animation

Animation is the art of giving soul to inanimate objects through visual and auditory movement. This course will teach
students the basic principles of the art of movement as well as a practical understanding of the language used in cinema, composition, and sound. Students will be taught the process of pre-production, production and post-production and will be introduced to various animation techniques including frame-by-frame animation, computer assisted animation, stop-motion animation and cut-out animation.

Film History

From its birth during the Industrial Revolution to today’s current digital revolution, the cinema has been, arguably, the dominant and most far-reaching art form of our times. This course details the evolution of the cinema, through its diverse production modes, artistic movements, nationalities, and individuals who have made contributions during nearly a hundred and twenty years of world moviemaking. Students will become aware of the technical, economic, political, social, and artistic forces that together have affected the cinema and for better or worse, brought it to where it is now. The course also has a strong research and writing component. Students will work to develop skills through individual research and essay-writing on particular topics within the historical context, and will be expected to contribute weekly to discussions based on this material.

Multi-Media Events & Documenting Reality

This course delivered in a workshop format will be the culmination of skills acquired in the reality-based courses. Using actual on-campus events as the subject matter, the class will work together as a large, multi-role team to handle
everything from conception through to actual production. Projects will incorporate journalistic techniques across a wide array of media. In this course, students will also study the history and practice of documenting reality. Working in smaller teams, they will develop a documentary film, interactive website, or extended photo project, while once again being responsible for all aspects from choice of content, research and development, to final editing.

Digital Filmmaking: From the Word to the Screen

This course encourages the student to envision more complex films than those produced in previous digital filmmaking
classes. Students create characters, learn how to express their ideas in screenplay form, and then translate those ideas into images and sounds for the screen. Through studying examples from local and international filmmakers, the universal importance of story structure, believable characters, and realistic dialogue is illuminated. Writing and shooting assignments allow students to experiment with storytelling skills and explore acting and directing for the screen.



Physical Education

Portfolio: Synthesis of Theory & Practice

The Portfolio: Synthesis of Theory & Practice course represents the coming together of techniques, artistic expression and critical thinking acquired throughout the four semesters of the Media program. Students design, plan, and create a final project that includes a written comprehensive assessment which accompanies the finished artistic creation. The final project demonstrates each student’s integration of critical and creative thinking skills and connects to each student’s personal and academic aspirations.

Looking Critically and Creatively at Media

This course, common to both Media profiles, seeks to develop an understanding of creativity and to improve creative problem-solving skills while learning about the nature and techniques of critical thought, viewed as a way to establish a reliable basis for our claims, beliefs, and attitudes about the world. Students participate in activities designed to help develop their own creativity and discuss the creative process from various theoretical perspectives while exploring
multiple perspectives, placing established facts, theories, and practices in tension with alternatives to see how things could be otherwise. The emphasis is on the creative process.

Graduating Integrative Project (Film)

This course will provide the opportunity for students to take all of the technical, creative, and critical skills they have
developed throughout the previous three semesters, and apply them to the production of a large-scale media project of their choice that demonstrates their capacity to synthesize the competencies acquired throughout the program. Students will link the development of their personal artistic language from previous semesters. The wide variety of artistic
approaches will include sculptural installation and multimedia projects using traditional and digital imaging, drawings and animation.




Physical Education

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