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Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Diploma




What will I learn?

Program Highlights

This program offers high quality creative and technical training for Indigenous students interested in film and TV production. Come and learn from respected Indigenous industry professionals at CapU’s state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.

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.

Learning Outcomes

  • 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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$25,427.00 (US$ 18,826) per year
Year 1: CAN $25,427; Year 2: CAN $25,235

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 August 2023

Start date

5 September 2023


Capilano University

2055 Purcell Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V7J 3H5, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

High school graduation; English Studies 12 (C-) or English 12 (C-) or English First Peoples 12 (C-); Pre-calculus 12 (A) or Calculus 12 (B) and Pre-calculus 12 (B) or Math 105 (C-) or BMTH 054 (B) or Math Placement Test (Calculus MPT) ; Physics 12 (B) or PHYS 104 (C) or BPHY 054 (B); Chemistry 12 (B) or CHEM 101 (B) or BCHM 054 (B)

For international students

High school graduation

English Language Requirements:

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 83 (internet-based score), 560 (paper-based score).
ELA (English Language Assessment Test): 145
Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 overall and no one scores less than 6
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test): 70
PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 56
Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum mark of B+.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Capilano University

A Capilano University degree is internationally respected, enabling graduates to pursue their career ambitions anywhere in the world.

  • One of Canada’s most populous and culturally diverse cities
  • 30 per cent international students
  • Globally renowned for excellence in teaching and support
  • 96 per cent of graduates are employed

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