Your degree in Film Production

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Film Production, you’ll learn the theory and techniques of motion picture production. You’ll develop important skills through class lectures, technical seminars, and working on collaborative digital film projects completed to professional standards.

These skills may include:

  • Techniques, practices, and theory of 16mm and digital filmmaking, inspiring creative independent films
  • Creative and innovative approaches to story-telling through visual media
  • Collaborating and working effectively with teammates on projects related to documentary filmmaking, alternative cinema, screenwriting, and producing
  • Preproduction, production, and post-production, writing and analyzing screenplays, developing storyboards, creating shot lists, and preparing budgets and schedules
  • Shooting, directing, blocking, and lighting scenes, as well as capturing audio
  • Assembling, cutting, and manipulating footage
  • Effective planning, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills applied to digital film projects

Career possibilities

Career opportunities vary across a range of fields including filmmaking, curating, policymaking, programming and distribution, preservation, writing, arts administration, teaching, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. Some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

  • Advertising specialist
  • Art director
  • Audiovisual technician
  • Camera operator
  • Casting agent
  • Cinematographer
  • Communications manager
  • Copywriter
  • Documentary maker
  • Editor
  • Event planner
  • Extra wrangler
  • Festival organizer
  • Film critic
  • Film director
  • Film editor
  • Film location manager
  • Film producer
  • Filmmaker
  • Fundraiser
  • Journalist
  • Lighting designer
  • Make-up/costume supervisor
  • Market research analyst
  • Marketing coordinator
  • Media relations manager
  • Motion picture musical director
  • News analyst
  • Production assistant
  • Production coordinator
  • Project manager
  • Public opinion interviewer
  • Public relations specialist
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter
  • Sound designer
  • Sound editor
  • Storyboard artist
  • Talent agent
  • Teacher/Professor
  • Trade show organizer
  • Video archivist
  • Video game producer
  • Videographer
  • Visual effects producer

Make the most of your program

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help you understand your values and interests.

Build your network

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you. You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors.

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and accessing job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Film Production graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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