Your degree in Film Production

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
  • Teamwork and collaboration 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
  • Ability to shoot, direct, block, and  light scenes, as well as capture audio
  • Ability to assemble, cut, and manipulate footage
  • Effective planning, time management, problem solving, and leadership skills applied to digital film projects

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely 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. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that 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

Script writer

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 clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Film Society
Meet other UBC students through events and programs. 

Departmental events
Network with Film Production students and faculty members at a variety of events.

Cinephile, UBC’s Film Journal
Submit research papers, book reviews, and reports that engage and debate issues within film, media, and cultural studies.

Theatre and Film alumni
Reach out to UBC graduates for informational interviews to learn about their experiences and seek out advice. 

National mentorship program
Discover mentorship programs for aspiring media producers with the Canadian Media Producers Association.

Film festivals
Check out volunteer and submission opportunities at film festivals across Canada.

Vancouver International Film Festival
Join other cinema enthusiasts by volunteering at the main festival or for various year-round events.

Vancouver Queer Film Festival
Volunteer to support marketing, fundraising, event services, or other opportunities.

Arts funding opportunities
Apply for grants from professional associations, corporations, non-profits, and government organizations.

Resources and funding
Learn about different film industry organizations and opportunities to apply for funding.

BC Alliance for Arts + Culture job board
Explore job opportunities in BC across a variety of fields in the arts.

National Film Board of Canada
Browse opportunities to direct or co-produce a documentary, animation, or interactive project.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations
Develop new skills and gain practical knowledge in a heritage field over the summer.

Make connections

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 exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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