The Certificate in Film Studies provides a good basic grounding in the principles,
contemporary theories, and techniques of the motion picture medium. Courses
range from an introduction to basic filmmaking to specialized courses such as
screen writing; cinematography and lighting workshops; directing screen performance;
production design; sound design; and the business of developing, producing, and
marketing motion pictures. It is an excellent starting point for people who
want to pursue a career in the film industry or satisfy their curiosity about
film and film production. The program will be of interest to various individuals:
- those working in the film industry who want to improve their qualifications
- those new to the industry, or others such as actors, who want to understand
more fully all aspects of production
- those working in other fields who want to make a career change
- those working in allied fields who seek a better understanding of film production
- elementary and secondary school teachers who will apply the theoretical
and practical knowledge they receive to their own teaching
The Chang School showcases the talents and recognizes the skill and dedication of continuing education film studies students at the annual Peter Gerretsen Film Awards.
For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/film.
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It is recommended that applicants have the following:
OSSD with six Grade 12 U or M credits (including English), or
equivalent, with a minimum average of 60 percent, or mature student status with
relevant professional experience.
Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.
Program Open House
Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like
to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times,
The successful completion of eight courses (five required courses and three electives (or
117 course hours)), with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required
for the certificate.
Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or
courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register
in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also
Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.
Requirements for Graduation
To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.
Note: Students who register in courses for which they do
not have the stated prerequisites will be withdrawn from those courses, unless
they have been given prior permission by the academic coordinator.
Please note that equipment and facilities use outside of class time will not be provided. Extra time may be purchased.
Please consult the course descriptions for prerequisites.
Film Technology I
Film and Sound Editing I
Motion Picture Production I
Film Technology II
Motion Picture Production II
Electives (select three courses or 117 hours)
Business of Film:
Business of Film - Producing
Digital Film Production I
Production Design for Film and Theatre
Art Direction for Film and Special Events
Business of Film:
Business of Film - Development
Business of Film:
Movie Marketing and Distribution
Short Filmmaking: On Location
Documentary Filmmaking in Cuba
Directing Screen Performance - Basic Principles
Cinematography and Lighting Design I
Cinematography and Lighting Design II
Visual Studies I
An intensive, integrated, 12-week program
Students have the opportunity to obtain the Certificate in Film Studies over 12 intensive, six-day weeks in the Spring/Summer term. This unique fast-track program covers all required motion picture production, technology, and digital editing courses, plus three electives.
Summer Film School