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Media Production

Diploma

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 Production program will appeal to you.

Media Production 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 Production is a two-year diploma program. The program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon campus. In the first-year of the program, you’ll learn the fundamentals of:

  • still imaging
  • formatting, manipulating and editing graphics
  • audio recording and production
  • scriptwriting
  • electronic publishing
  • basic video acquisition and editing
  • lighting techniques and design
  • presentation software and equipment
  • web authoring

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

  • digital audio and video post-production
  • multi-camera video production
  • producing, post-production
  • project management and scheduling
  • live audio production
  • portrait and product photography
  • effective imagery
  • streaming media
  • motion graphics

Conceived, Written, Directed & Produced by … You

In the second year, you’ll produce several original productions, including dramatic, corporate and documentary projects. Talk about a great start to your portfolio!

Cutting-edge

Media Production takes your 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 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, educational 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.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September

Length:

68 to 71 weeks


Locations

  • Saskatoon

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note:

To success in the program, we strongly recommend you have basic computer 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©

  • 250 Reading
  • 245 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.

 

Year 1 - $6,000

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Courses

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Year 1 - Semester 1

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AUDI 103
Audio Recording
3
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You will develop skills in the practical use and operation of audio equipment and recording systems. You will practice recording a variety of sounds in various locations. 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 portable recorders, computer software recording, types of microphones, basic transducer technology and signal flow paths.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
COMP 102
Computer Foundations
2
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You will develop the foundation required for working in a networked, computerized media production environment. You will become familiar with common computer specifications and environments. You will use productivity software to produce work-related documents. You will manage files efficiently.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
CRWT 101
Introduction to Script Writing
3
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You will discuss script formats and writing techniques that will provide a basic understanding of script writing. Your studies will include the research process, content requirements and script revision.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102(concurrent), PROF 100(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
DSGN 101
Elements and Principles of Design 1
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.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Equivalent Course(s): DSGN 101CE, GAP 340, GRPH 125, GRPH 260
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
GRPH 102
Raster Graphics
3
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Your studies will include an introduction to the basic concepts of raster graphics. You will study a variety of techniques used for graphic editing. You will develop the skills required to use raster graphic applications, perform image editing, and execute raster graphic compositing.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
GRPH 103
Vector Graphics
3
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Your studies will provide 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: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
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 techniques to incorporate communication technology into presentations and develop more creative approaches to presenting information.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): GRPH 102(concurrent), PHOT 100(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PHOT 100
Still Imaging
3
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Your studies will focus on digital production techniques and processes for creating graphics and still images. Your studies will include content on capture, creation, manipulation, composition and digital delivery. You will create material which can be integrated into a project or digital portfolio.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 104(concurrent) or DSGN 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
PROF 100
Professional Practices 1
4
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You will study the principles of professional practices incorporating aspects of personal management, ethics, teamwork and time management. You will explore the development of an online professional presence and develop professional communication skills.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Year 1 - Semester 2

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AUDI 201
Introduction to Digital Audio Workstations
3
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You will learn how to use a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW). Your studies will familiarize you with the interface and help you attain skills in capturing, editing, layout and mixing. You will combine this knowledge and skills with those you developed in AUDI 103 Audio Recording.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
AV 200
Lighting
3
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You will learn about light and shadows and how they affect perception. You will learn about the deliberate use of lighting techniques for specific communication purposes. You will develop the skills to manipulate light and colour for both technical and aesthetic purposes. You will apply the techniques in a variety of situations.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 101(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
DSGN 105
Structuring Screen Space
3
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You will learn 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 familiarity with this field of aesthetic expression.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
GRPH 202
Electronic Publishing
3
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Using popular layout software, you will learn to create professionally-formatted documents for print and web. You will learn to optimize your production workflow and create interactive documents.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): (DSGN 204 or DSGN 101), GRPH 102, GRPH 103
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 202CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MULT 120
Web Authoring 1-Basic HTML/CSS
4
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You will learn the basics of web site authoring and publishing. You will create a web site using basic Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). You will use various software to create and manage a website. You will publish a website to your own domain service.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Equivalent Course(s): GRPH 260, MULT 120CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
VDEO 101
Electronic Field Production Equipment
3
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Your studies will expose you to production techniques and skills appropriate to single camera Electronic Field Production (EFP) and Electronic News Gathering (ENG).
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 103, MULT 131, PHOT 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 102
Videography
3
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You will learn to compose shots and sequences with meaning and energy. You will develop the skills and techniques required to effectively communicate a message to the viewer.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 101(concurrent), DSGN 105(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
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 importing, layout, mixing audio, editing video and applying pre-set effects and filters.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102, VDEO 102(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Year 2 - Semester 3

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AUDI 200
Audio Production
3
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Building on previous skills gained in other courses, you will create various audio projects. You will produce a variety of soundtracks that will help you become proficient in the creative use of sound.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 201(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
AUDI 202
Audio Processing and Mixing
3
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You will assimilate audio processing tools and techniques used to alter and shape sounds. You will use various filters and effects to alter audio signals to create clean and effective sound and validate what processor to use with corresponding audio. Your critical listening skills will improve through the mixing exercises.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 201
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
CRWT 200
Story Development
3
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You will examine dramatic writing techniques used to develop both fiction and non-fiction scripts. Your studies will focus on characterization, dialogue, visualization and the revision process in script writing. You will apply these skills to produce fictional and non-fictional scripts.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): CRWT 101
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
DSGN 201
Sound Design
3
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You will learn about the function of sound and various factors that contribute to designing sound for media. You studies will include methods and approaches to sound as implemented by prominent sound designers. You will learn to discern subtle details in your listening practices.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 202(concurrent)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PHOT 224
Portrait and Product Photography
3
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Your studies will focus on advanced Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera image capture and the use of off-camera lighting. You will learn about various lighting and composition techniques for capturing professional portraits and stock images. You will develop workflow procedures for sorting, preparing, and exporting your images.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): PHOT 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 200
Production Management
3
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You will examine various aspects of production management through the development of schedules and budgets. You will arrange for all the logistics of your projects.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102, PROF 100
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 200
Effective Imagery
3
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You will practice a variety of shooting techniques using the camera to define, enhance and control imagery. You will explore the limits and range of the video camera.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AV 200, VDEO 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 202
Video Titling and Graphics
3
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You will learn methods of preparing, selecting, and presenting titles in the context of a video production. Your studies will help you develop the skills needed to ensure graphics have the appropriate look and format.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 105, VDEO 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 203
Post-Production
3
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You will enhance presentations with increasingly complex editing techniques. You will study the relationship and the interaction among sequence, time and motion.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): DSGN 105, VDEO 103
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Year 2 - Semester 4

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
AUDI 203
Live Audio Production
3
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You will learn to assemble an audio production system, demonstrate operational techniques and evaluate sound system specifications and requirements for live events and productions.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MULT 124
Web Authoring 2-Intermediate HTML/CSS-CMS
3
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You will use intermediate HTML and CSS to design and create websites with a variety of layouts. You will incorporate interactivity along with audio and video into HTML pages. You will learn to install, configure, use, and manage Content Management Systems (CMS). You will develop the skills to apply themes and use modules.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 120
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 124CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MULT 201
Video Production Using Still Images
3
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You will learn the unique production techniques for bringing “life” to still images in a video production. These techniques are often used when a source video is not available or when still imagery better suits the communication of the message. These effective techniques are used in photo montages and presentations such as documentary, memorial and wedding programs in order to make the viewing experience more interesting and engaging.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 200, VDEO 200, VDEO 203
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MULT 202
Motion Graphics
3
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You will learn to use motion graphics software. You will create various compositions for use in digital signage. You will use compositing effects to enhance the visual impact of video projects.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 202, VDEO 203
Equivalent Course(s): MULT 202CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 204
Dramatic Production
3
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You will develop a short dramatic production idea from treatment through to finished presentation.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 200, VDEO 203, AUDI 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 205
Corporate Video Production
3
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Building on the skills you have acquired throughout this program, you will develop and present a finished corporate-style video production.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 200, VDEO 203, AUDI 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 206
Documentary Production
3
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You will develop and produce a documentary based on your own ideas and research.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): VDEO 200, VDEO 203, AUDI 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 207
Multi-Camera Video Production
3
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You will learn systems and use techniques for producing live multiple-camera events. You will learn to determine remote production requirements. You will participate in the system set up and perform various roles in a production crew.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102, VDEO 200
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
VDEO 208
Introduction to Streaming Media
2
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You will learn the fundamental concepts required to stream audio and video on the internet. You will discuss the technologies available for streaming and determine appropriate systems for the stream required.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Prerequisites(s): COMP 102
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

Year 2 - Semester 5

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
EMPS 200
Portfolio Development
3
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You will design your résumé and portfolio to feature the skills for successful employment. Your studies will involve practicing valuable employee traits while preparing for your profession.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MULT 124, PHOT 224, (VDEO 204 or VDEO 205 or VDEO 206)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
PROJ 207
Client Directed Project
3
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You will develop a project according to a client's specifications. You will demonstrate technical and soft skills as you develop a project to the client’s specifications and satisfaction. *Note: Students must complete either WORK 201-Work Experience or PROJ 207-Client Directed Project
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 203, VDEO 207, (VDEO 204 or VDEO 205 or VDEO 206)
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
WORK 201
Work Experience
0
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You will observe, practice and work in a media production environment. This experiential learning will complement your education and practical skills training. *Note: Students must complete either WORK 201-Work Experience or PROJ 207-Client Directed Project
Credit Units: 0
Course Hours: 120.0
Prerequisites(s): AUDI 203, VDEO 207, (VDEO 204 or VDEO 205 or VDEO 206)
Potential Learning Method(s): Online, Work Experience -Individual
Note: Students must complete one of the following electives: PROJ 207 or WORK 201.

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