Filmmaking Diploma Program

A full-time four month filmmaking and Television diploma program.

“APPROVED AS A VOCATIONAL PROGRAM UNDER THE PRIVATE CAREER COLLEGES ACT 2005”
NATIONAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSIFICATION  5131

Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television’s four-month Filmmaking and Television Production Diploma Program is designed as a revolutionary hands-on quick guide to the roots of film and television production, with a mission to help students easily find the area in which they will improve their creativity and artistic skills the best. Most importantly find what area is best suited for them, save time and money, give the students the opportunity to have them work as interns for production companies who may need our students for projects the production company is working on.

Demystifying the craft and techniques of creating and producing film and television projects, this “hands on” program prepares the students to react fast in real professional situations by helping them to articulate and deliver their ideas as final products in the most creative way. Throughout the film and television production, practical exercises will be given to film students using the film schools most current technology, including digital cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment. Four cameras in the system and a four channel full HD mobile video studio places the program ahead of other similar schools in North America. Film school students will be introduced to the foundations of film and television directing, screenwriting, cinematography, editing and vision mixing gaining knowledge in the production and post-production through application in individual exercises in film and television genres. Instruction is conducted through creative workshops – the method proven to be the most efficient.

  • Fast track career
    Complete 500 hours of training in 4 months. Portfolio consists of 14 edited assignments, one T.V. commercial, one music video, one documentary and one short narrative film. Build an amazing portfolio for any student to graduate with
  • Internships
    Students will have an opportunity to work as interns and or apprentices for various production companies who are already waiting for our film students to graduate
  • Hands-on experience
    At the end of the Film and Television Program each film student will come out with a DVD Film Reel containing fourteen edited assignments, including music video, TV commercial, documentary film and short narrative film
  • Top of the line equipment
    Film students will use the Academy’s most current technology digital cameras, lighting and sound recording equipment. Four cameras in the system and a four channel full HD mobile video studio places the program ahead of other similar schools in North America
  • Instructors 
    Our instructors are award winning Directors and Professional film & television actors who are active in the industry and up to date on industry standards
  • Easy Payment Plan
    Toronto Academy of Acting offers Interest free payment plans for our accepted students.

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Additional Information

Our full time four month Filmmaking and Television Production Program will introduce students to the foundations and structure of:

| Filmmaking | Cinematography – Film and Television Directing Craft | Single Camera Directing and Multi-camera Directing | Directing Actors | Film and Television Language |Screenwriting | Film Development : Pre-production, Production and Post-production | Television Formats : Drama, Entertainment, Music, Reality, Sitcom, Live Program, and so on | Film Set : Television Set and Television Studio | Writing and Directing Short Film, Documentary, Music Videos and Commercials | Editing | Vision Mixing

Film Directing Course
During this course the film schools students will present subjects for their future short feature films and documentaries and review the idea with the instructor, internationally awarded film director, producer, screenwriter and film music composer Andrej Acin. All the students will gain their experience in every stage of film directing, craft basic from the story to the screenplay through working with actors, directing and editing film projects to the screening of their final work.

Television Directing Course
In this program, students will receive practical hands-on exercises in a studio with a complete technical base and the use of the latest technical production TV equipment for television programming, live broad casts or recording for delayed broadcast. Film students will be introduced to the foundations of television directing, gaining knowledge in the production and post-production through application in individual exercises in television genres.

Screenwriting for Film & Television Course
This course is designed as a practical manual of storytelling throughout the moving pictures. Students are practicing all creative and technological aspects of writing for Film and Television and learn how to tell their stories visually. All the exercises are made in order to help students to find and enhance their own writing style. Students will come closer to basic understanding and familiarization with the elements of storytelling by finding a story which could be converted into a screenplay.

In Writing for Television part of the program, students will work under the same rules as in writing for film, but will have to deliver final screenplays and loglines in short deadlines, as they will have to do in a real life situations once they are ready to join some of the professional television production crew.

Cinematography course
The film school students will be given an overview of the craft of cinematography and duties of the Director of Photography – one of the most key creative positions in the field of Film and Television Production. Through practical exercises and intensive hands on training the students will be given an opportunity to understand and appreciate this very technical yet highly creative aspect of film making. During the program students will learn the basics of the camera and lighting, and will go through variety of hands-on exercises and assignments. Students will be provided with current technology digital cameras and lighting equipment and also will have special workshops with industry’s cutting edge cameras like Red Epic from red Digital Cinema.

One of the instructors well known Pasha Patriki who will be teaching cinematography course has an expansive body of work which includes over a dozen of dramatic feature films and numerous feature documentaries. He’s also framed up more than 50 shorts and countless music videos and commercial spots. Films composed in Pasha’s lens have screened internationally and won awards in the United States and Canada.

Digital Editing & Vision Mixing Course
The course covers the aesthetic and technical aspects of editing and vision mixing. Through this course the students are introduced to essentials of editing for films, documentary and television forms, advertising and music videos.

In the digital editing part of the course, understanding storytelling techniques is necessary in furthering the creative vision of the director. Along the program students also collaborate with other members of their team in such way to learn how to work as assisting editors, editors and post-production producers. There are two aspects to the Digital Editing Course, the storytelling aspect and the technical aspect. Students will learn both. Technical skills will be taught using Final Cut Pro editing tools, students will learn to organize source footage, edit sync and non-sync material, trim sequences, edit audio, add effects, titles and more. Vision Mixing part of the course, will provide an intensive practical experience of live mixing in a simulated television studio, and will assist students in learning how to work as vision mixers on different television contents.

Have a Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.

OR

The student must be 18 years or older and be able to pass the “Wonderlic Test”, a superintendent approved qualifying test. Students can contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do the Wonderlic test.

Student must provide the application form together with a written statement advising the Academy why they wish to train in film and television production together with their resume and a letter of reference.

Students will be called for an interview to meet with the Director for Film & Television. For students outside Ontario an interview will be set up on Skype. If students have a portfolio of any previous works Academy will ask student to upload to the internet for viewi

Specific Entrance Requirements: 

  • Have a Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
    Or
  • If student hasn’t completed high school, student needs to pass “Wonderlic Test”, a superintendent approved qualifying test. Contact the Academy to set up an appointment to do this test.
  • Film Academy Students must provide the Application Form (email admin@torontoacademyofacting.com for the application) together with a written Statement advising the Academy why they wish to train in Digital Filmmaking and Television Production program together with a Letter of Reference (not from a family member).
  • Film Academy students may be called for an interview to meet with the Director for Digital Filmmaking and Television Production program. For students outside Ontario an interview may be set up on SKYPE. If student has a portfolio of any previous film works Academy will ask student to upload to the internet for viewing and provide password to Youtube account or Vimeo account.

Please email admin@torontoacademyofacting.com and request the Canadian application for Filmmaking Diploma program. You mush also send a non-refundable application fee of $150.00 CDN to the Academy. Fee to be paid either by cheque, money order or credit card. If paying by credit card please contact the Academy with the credit card information after you have filled out the application form either online, by PDF or Word file.

Remember students must have payment of $150.00 CDN by way of money order mailed in with their application form, or you can call in with the credit card information to (416)536-8574 or our Toll Free Number: 1-866-420-4077
If emailing please send to: register@torontoacademyofacting.com or fax to 416 536-0227 with all other documents. If mailing please mail to:

1179 King Street West, Suite #215,
Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C5,
Attention: Admission Department

Each applicant who is applying for admission to the school is required to furnish the information necessary for the school’s records.

Canadian Student Tuition: $10,000.00 CDN

Film and Television Production Program Entrance Requirements

  1. Be 18 years of age and or have a Secondary School Diploma or equivalent from students’ country.
  2. Student must provide the application form together with a written statement advising the Academy why they wish to train in film and television production together with a letter of reference (must not from a family member).
  3. If student has a portfolio of any previous film work, the Academy will ask student to upload to the internet for viewing. Students can send to view on their Youtube account or Vimeo account.
  4. If English is not your first language, take TOEFL or IELTS to meet English Language Requirements for international students
  • Please email admin@torontoacademyofacting.com and request the international Film and Television Production Program application form. Once you have completed the form please submit the form to the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television with a non-refundable application fee of $150.00 CAD.
  • International applicants should arrange to have their transcripts (if not in English) officially translated. We will accept official notarized copies of some transcripts, depending on the country of origin.

If accepted
The Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television will email you a Letter of Acceptance, as well as mail you the original Letter of Acceptance together with the Enrollment Contract.
Students must complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and return the original signed Enrollment Contract by mail or courier. If emailing Enrollment Contract, student must bring the original Enrollment Contract to the administration on the first day of class.
  2. Pay the International Student Deposit Fee of 25% of the tuition fee.
    Example: if the tuition fee is $12,000 then $3,000 would go towards tuition fees. Payment can be made by Visa, MasterCard or a money order or bank draft payable to the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television. Film students who wish to wire funds contact the Academy as to the procedure to wire funds into the Academy’s trust account. The program is less than six months, therefore students should apply for a Visitor Visa only. Click on here to check the List of Countries and Territories that Require a Visa. If you fall in the category, then click to know Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) before traveling to Canada.

International students will need to present to the Canadian Visa Office:

  1. A valid passport
  2. Acceptance Letter from the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television
  3. Evidence of funds to be able to live and support in Canada (Should have minimum $8,000 CAD.)
  4. Mandatory proof of medical insurance coverage. If you wish the Academy to provide you with Health Insurance information please contact us at 1-866-420-4077 for more information, or please click here to know about student insurance.

Each International application must be accompanied with a $150 CAD non-refundable Application Fee.

If a student is admitted, and chooses to accept the terms in the Enrollment Contract, they must sign the Enrollment Contract and mail or courier in to the Academy the original Enrollment Contract, together with the required 25% of the tuition fee for international students before the Official Letter of Acceptance is mailed (if time allows) or couriered. The Deposit Fee can be paid by Visa or MasterCard by phoning in with the information, wiring funds into the Academy’s account or mailing the original enrollment contract together with a money order or bank draft payable to the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television.
25% of the International student’s deposit fee will be applied to students tuition fee.

Tuition Cost, Deposits, and Refund Information:

  • Film students who need to apply for a visa, the tuition fee is: $12,000.00 CAD = $3,000 CAD deposit

If an international student is not successful in obtaining a Visa to come to train at the Toronto Academy of Acting for Film and Television, please supply a copy of the Refusal Letter from the Embassy or Consulate, and the 25% International Student’s Deposit Fee will be refunded. Please note the application fee of $150.00 CAD is not refundable.

If an international student is successful in obtaining a Visa, the Academy will have housing in place for the film students on their arrival. The Academy will have students picked up from the Airport. On first day of training, students are to report to the administration office located at 1179 King Street West, Suite #215, Toronto, Ontario, M6K 3C5, with original signed Enrollment Contract together with balance of tuition fees.

If you require assistance, please call the Academy on its Tool Free Number: 1-866-420-4077 and speak to an Admission Advisor, or Email at: register@torontoacademyofacting.com

International Student Tuition: $12,000.00 CAD

Canadian students:
$10,000.00 CAD

American students:
$12,000.00 CAD

International students:
$12,000.00 CAD

Financial Aid

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Scholarships

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Second Career

Are you laid off, working less than 20 hours a week, unemployed or currently underemployed, Second Career can provide financial help up to $28,000.00 for tuition and living expenses. Additional support may be available to accommodate the needs of people with disabilities, dependent care, costs of living away from home and academic upgrading.

Second Career is a program offered by the Ontario government to fund eligible laid off workers with skills training to help them find jobs in high-demand occupations in Ontario such as the film & television industry in film & television production as camera operators, editors, writers, directors.

There is also a need for actors for t. v. commercial projects, webisodes, info commercials as the internet introduces more videos to small business websites to large corporate websites.

Second Career is a cost-sharing grant provided on the basis of need; therefore, applicants may be required to contribute to their training or education. There have been some recent changes to the Second Career program. Find out more at the Government of Ontario web site by clicking here. or call Toronto Academy of Acting for Film & Television Second Career: 416 536-8574.

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