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Media Arts Production

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Media Arts Production

Program Overview

Today’s media is all about content—stories, ideas, words, sounds, images, designs. And with more media outlets than ever before, demand for people with abilities to conceive, produce and deliver content is growing. If you’d like to be one of them, Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Media Arts Production (MAP) program will appeal to you.

MAP offers cutting-edge training in the “how-to” of content creation. Learn how to bring ideas to life, how to operate production equipment, how to prepare presentations, how to produce media programs.

You’ll graduate with the skills you need to work behind the cameras, in sound, lighting, editing, live streaming, location production and more.

Media Arts Production is a two-year diploma program with an optional one-year certificate. The program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus. In the first-year of the program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of:

  • audio recording and production
  • basic video  acquisition and editing
  • designing strong, meaningful imagery
  • electronic publishing
  • formatting, manipulating and editing graphics
  • oral and written communication skills
  • presentation software and equipment
  • scriptwriting
  • still imaging

 In the second-year, you’ll build your skills through hands-on training in:

  • applied media aesthetics
  • digital audio and video post-production
  • lighting techniques and design
  • producing, post-production
  • project management and scheduling
  • sound recording and editing
  • two-week work  experience
  • videography
  • web and DVD authoring

Conceived, Written, Directed & Produced by ... You

In the second year, you’ll produce several original productions—a drama, a marketing/training piece and a documentary. Talk about a great start to your resume!

Cutting-edge

Media Arts Production takes you in-depth training into audio and video post-production. The program covers advanced production techniques and helps you develop management skills related to media production environments in video acquisition, post-production, sound recording and editing in computer based, digital, and HDTV formats.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

As a Media Arts Production graduate, you can take your career in many different directions. You could work as a media technician, recording technician, camera operator, video producer, editor, new media specialist, graphic editor, copywriter or producer.

Pursue a career in film and TV production, post-production, broadcasting or digital media. Go the corporate route and get involved in media production for large companies, education institutions, health organizations and government agencies. Use your experience to build a career as a freelancer or start your own production company.

For more information about career opportunities, contact Student Employment Services at a campus nearest you.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Producer / DirectorProducers, Directors, Choreographers and Related Occupations (5131)$32,200 - $81,100
Camera OperatorFilm and Video Camera Operators (5222)$30,000 - $87,400
Recording TechnicianAudio and Video Recording Technicians (5225)$26,000 - $85,100

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length: 35 weeks

Locations

  • Saskatchewan Polytechnic Prince Albert campus

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note

  • To succeed in the program, we strongly recommend you have basic computer literacy skills (word processing and spreadsheets).

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Reading
  • 75 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,100

International Students

Prince Albert

Year 1 (35 weeks) - $13,600 tuition only (estimated)

Courses

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Name/Description
Credits
 
AUDI 100
Introduction to Audio
3
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Your studies will provide an introduction to the fundamentals of audio production. You will cover basic sound theory and learn about audio acquisition equipment including mixing consoles, audio recorders, CD players, types of microphones and basic transducer technology.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 42.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
AUDI 101
Audio Recording
2
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Building on the knowledge you acquired from AUDI 100 (Introduction to Audio), you will develop skills in the practical use and operation of audio equipment and systems. You will practice recording a variety of sounds in various locations.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 33.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
AUDI 102
Audio Production 1
3
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You will combine the knowledge and skills you developed from AUDI 100 (Introduction to Audio) and AUDI 101 (Audio Recording). You will edit, master and package an audio project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 101, COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
AV 100
Media Hardware Operation and Maintenance
2
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You will develop the skills and knowledge needed to use a variety of presentation equipment. You will learn how to perform basic maintenance on the most commonly used equipment.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
BCOM 133
Oral and Interpersonal Communications
2
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You will practise listening skills as well as demonstrate effective verbal and non-verbal skills. You will apply professional conflict resolution and problem solving techniques.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120, BCOM 121, COMM 160, COMM 291
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Theory
BCOM 146
Written Communication Skills
2
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The course provides an introduction to the principles of effective business writing using emails, faxes, memos and letters. The course content includes a grammar review.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 24.0
Equivalent Course(s): BCOM 120
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Theory
CNET 140
Electronic Communications
1
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You will access the Internet, search for files on the World Wide Web, use Internet services such as e-mail and download files. You will explore different options and set preferences within each of these applications.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
COMP 102
Computer Foundations
3
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The course provides an introduction to computer operating platforms, hardware and software applications, file management and using peripherals (including scanners and digital cameras). You will also become familiar with computer related terminology, file types, file formats and basic file management.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
CRWT 101
Script Writing
3
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You will plan a production by writing project treatments, scripts and storyboards. You will learn how to choose a destination for your project and develop a map for the most efficient route.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 101
Design Principles
3
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You will study basic design theory in the context of visual communications. You will learn about design tools and materials, and design processes (including critiques and drawing). Using the formal elements of design, you will develop practical design skills. A basic understanding of computer terminology and operations is necessary for successful course completion.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): GAP 340, GRPH 125, GRPH 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 104
Media Aesthetics 1
3
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You will learn how to orient your visual expressions within the parameters of a particular media. Two-dimensional perceptions are critical to the production of screen media. You will develop a familiarity with this new field of aesthetic expression.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
DSGN 105
Media Aesthetics 2
3
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Building on the skills you developed in DSGN 104 (Media Aesthetics 1), you will continue to enhance the creative expression in the two-dimensional world. You will explore presentation within the unlimited depth of the screen.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
EMPS 106
Employability Skills
1
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You will learn good work habits, attitudes and behaviours commonly known as employability skills. You will apply these skills to all facets of your studies.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 14.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 102
Raster Graphics
3
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You will receive an introduction to basic concepts of raster graphics. You will study a variety of techniques used for graphic editing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 46.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
GRPH 103
Vector Graphics
3
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You will receive an introduction to basic concepts of vector graphics. You will study a variety of techniques for formatting, editing and manipulating graphics.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 40.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 131
Presentations
2
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You will focus on using presentation software to enhance information presented in formal and informal settings. Your studies will help you acquire skills in using tools to incorporate technology into everyday presentations and develop more creative approaches to presenting any topic.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): PHOT 100, COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
MULT 132
Electronic Publishing
3
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You will become familiar with desktop publishing software. After becoming familiar with the software, you will produce a variety of documents using desktop publishing techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 50.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 102, GRPH 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
PHOT 100
Still Imaging
3
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You will explore and develop techniques that will result in rich and meaningful images. Using a 35mm camera and digital imaging equipment, you will learn basic camera skills and gain an appreciation for image design and composition.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Prior Learning, Online, Lecture/Lab
PROJ 105
Media Project
3
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You will select a media project of interest to you and produce it using the knowledge and skills developed in the previous courses. You will gain insight into your future career through an actual production project.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 131, AUDI 102, VDEO 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
VDEO 100
Electronic Field Production Hardware
1
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Your studies will focus on the fundamental technical concepts of video production. Cameras and recording devices will be emphasized and you will study their components and care.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 16.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
VDEO 101
Videography 1
4
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Your studies will complement the knowledge you gained in VDEO 100 (Electronic Field Production Hardware). You will be exposed to production techniques and skills appropriate to single-camera electronic field production (EFP) and electronic news gathering (ENG).
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 56.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
VDEO 102
Sequence Creation
2
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You will learn how to compose shots and sequences and to present them in a way that has meaning and energy. You will develop the skills and techniques required to effectively communicate a message to the viewer.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 35.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 101, DSGN 105
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
VDEO 103
Introduction to Non-Linear Editing
3
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You will learn how to use a non-linear editing system. Your studies will familiarize you with the interface and help you attain skills in capturing, layout, mixing audio, editing video and applying filters and effects.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 44.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 104
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab
VDEO 104
Post-Production 1
3
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You will receive an introduction to post-production editing. You will study linear and non-linear post-production editing systems and learn basic techniques.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 38.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Lecture/Lab

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Transfer Credit

Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.

 


Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:

  • graduate entry into the Media Arts Production diploma program

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