• code: VIPR
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,860 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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Digital Video Production

Video Production

Digital Video Production

Video Production

Video Production

Students explore the nature of creative storytelling by writing, shooting and editing documentaries, short narratives and corporate videos. As you become technically proficient and critically informed, you’ll tap into the power of video to capture the compelling stories of our time, and create fictional stories in fictional worlds. Learn camera operation, composition, lighting, sound design, post-production, and the entrepreneurial skills needed to operate a small video production business.

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Program Description (Laptop program)

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program are required to purchase their own laptop. For specific hardware and software requirements for this program click here.

The Digital Video Production program will prepare you for a career in the exciting world of film, video and television. You will be introduced to:

  • Basic principles of electronic field production
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Principles of camera operation
  • Sound design
  • Studio production
  • Video editing

The program will also help you develop an editing practice that is technically proficient and critically informed in addition to learning how to:

  • Build and design a portfolio suitable for various markets
  • Price, estimate and invoice assignments
  • Protect your copyright
  • Register and operate a small video production business.

Curriculum is based on creative theory and the practice of video image capture and manipulation through the use of state-of-the-art hardware and software. Courses are focused on a variety of techniques including the integration of digital imaging and production of still and motion images

A common first year with the Digital Photography program will give you the opportunity to gain a second diploma by completing a third year of studies. Please note: This is based on available spaces, for further details please contact the Registrar’s office at

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Admission Requirements

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Career Options


  • Electronic news producer/field producer
  • Freelance videographer
  • Multimedia technician
  • Video and sound recording technician
  • Video editing and post-production technician
  • Corporate video production
  • Social media content designer
  • Video and new media artist
  • Web design video specialist
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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$287$287
Total Fees:$4,238$14,714

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Laptop Learning

Students enrolled in laptop programs will enjoy an exceptional learning experience through the use of technology. The advanced technical skills and knowledge that employers look for in graduates will provide students with a decided advantage when entering the workforce. Please pay close attention to the hardware and software requirements of your program as the requirements are not the same for all laptop programs.

How laptop learning works:

  • Review your specific program page for hardware and software requirements
  • Acquire your own laptop from a vendor of your choosing including all of the hardware and software components listed below

Please note: Some software may be included in tuition fees for some programs. Please ensure that you are required to buy software before making a purchase

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Laptop Requirements

Hardware recommendations

For a complete list of hardware recommendations please review the Hardware recommendations and FAQ document.

Software Requirements

NOTE: Membership in Adobe Creative Cloud™ is included in the Student Fees and will be available for new students in the first week of classes.


Creative Cloud brings together everything you need to create your greatest work. One simple membership gives you and your classmates to the very latest versions of all the Adobe professional creative desktop applications like Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and more — plus new features and upgrades as soon as they're available. And that's just the beginning. With Creative Cloud™, everything you need to create intuitively and collaboratively is included.

Free downloadable software (please download and install prior to the start of classes):


  • USB flash drive for storing smaller amounts of data
  • External hard disk USB or FireWire powered 1 TB or larger
  • Wacom Intuous 3 6×8 inch digital graphics tablet

All students should have a Cat 5e or Cat 6 Ethernet cable 2 meters long to connect to the campus network.

NOTE: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. Please be aware that hardware and software versions are subject to change and will be updated as needed.

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Hardware requirements

Important Notice

Special pricing has been secured to give you the best possible value on your camera purchase. For details and participating locations please review the Student Pricing document.

There are 3 recommended models of video-enabled DSLR camera that you may consider and each will meet the academic requirements of your program.

  1. Our professors have extensive professional experience and recommend the Canon 7D with 15-85 1S lens ($2,149 to $2,399.99) as the ideal camera for incoming students. Designed with advanced features and functions, this camera meets all the needs and expectations for this program. Students will seamlessly integrate into the workforce upon graduation, armed with the same tool used by many of our industry partners.

  2. Alternatively, students may wish to purchase a more professional camera with full frame capability and better low light performance. Our professors recommend the Canon 5D Mark III with 24-105L lens ($3,450 to $3,599.99). Although this camera costs more money, it will perform better, exceeding the demands of the program.

  3. Students with a limited budget will be able to complete the curriculum with the Canon 70D with 15-85 IS lens ($1,449.99 to $1,649.99), a high-end, consumer-grade camera. While this camera is adequate, it will limit students' ability to record images in low light or at a high-capture rate. Students will likely need to purchase a professional grade camera upon graduation if they intend to make videography their career.

Details of special manufacturer offers will be posted shortly.  For more information or questions regarding program technical requirements, please contact Oliver Fernandez, Photo and Video Support Specialist @, or 905.721.2000, ext. 2671.

Media Equipment Loans Office in the School of Media, Art & Design (MAD) has an inventory of accessories available for students enrolled in the Digital Video Production program including tripods, flashes, studio lights and a variety of specialty lenses**. These are Canon accessories and best fit Canon camcorders so this should be a consideration when choosing your camcorder.

Please note: These requirements were accurate at the time of posting and are subject to change. 

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates can apply to the second year of Durham College’s Photography program and complete the program in one academic year (two semesters). Qualified graduates can go on to take Durham College’s Advanced Filmmaking graduate program.

Graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities, including:

Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: VIPR
  • Program length: Four semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $2,860 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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