Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Film Arts offers an eight-month, post-accreditation Certificate in Film Arts in three areas: Acting for the Screen, Writing for the Screen, and Directing for the Screen. The program runs from January through August.

Courses in film studies, film principles, and film practice will overlap, resulting in a creative and collaborative environment in which students will practice their skills with the other key creators of each craft area. These overlapping courses are designed so students will develop a dynamic understanding of the film making process.

Nevertheless, each certificate will be a stand-alone program. The Film Arts Program is designed as three parallel paths, each one concentrating on its own area of expertise and resulting in a portfolio of work and a base of knowledge that will give the student a significant advantage when entering the workforce in the professional world of film production.

Students wishing to obtain a second certificate in another stream of the Film Arts Program must take the courses unique to that certificate.

Students accepted in the Certificate in Film Arts Program must take Term 1 (Spring) and Term 2 (Summer) consecutively.

CURRICULUM

Once admitted to Film Arts, students are required to take the Langara English Test (LET), or equivalent, to prove eligibility to take 3 credits of English necessary to complete the Film Arts Certificate or arrange for transfer credit of a university level English course acceptable to Langara.

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
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FLMA 1110 Techniques of Film Acting
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Using scripts from a variety of film and television styles, students will be introduced to working with the camera. Students will study script analysis and choice-making. Basic techniques such as "hitting their mark", finding and working in key light, camera awareness, and movement on camera will be covered.

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FLMA 1120 Voice I
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Preparatory and advanced work on dialects, including study of the International Phonetic Alphabet: Speech work with particular reference to working on microphone; Additional Dialogue Recording (ADR); voice-over techniques; and WALLA (background sounds).

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FLMA 1170 Principles of Production
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

From development through pre-production, post-production, and distribution, this course will cover every aspect of filmmaking from the Producer's perspective.

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FLMA 1180 Collaboration: The Actor
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 4.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will concentrate on narrative/dramatic elements of cinematic storytelling for the actor. Actors will practice their rehearsing and acting skills in collaboration with the writers and directors, adjusting their performances to the needs of the scripts and the directors' visions. In a collaborative atmosphere, actors will have input into the creative process through feedback to the writers and directors. All three streams of students will work together to produce short films and film scenarios. FLMA 1180, 1181, and 1182 are taught concurrently, and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

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ENGL 1100 Reading and Writing about Literature
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1100 is writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies. Students will examine three or four literary texts in their critical and scholarly contexts in regard to a single interdisciplinary topic and from the perspectives of at least three sub-disciplines of literary studies, such as narratology, historiography, psychoanalytic criticism, eco-criticism etc.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum "C-" in CMNS 1118; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or LPI exempt essay standing (LPXE 25 - determined by Registrar and Enrolment Services).

Note: Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100. Students entering other faculties at UBC or planning to transfer to other institutions should take ENGL 1127 or 1128 instead of ENGL 1100.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
FLMA 1210 Advanced Techniques and the Signature Tape
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

On-camera blocking, rehearsals and final taping will be practiced, including heightened and more sophisticated camera awareness. Physical and emotional continuity will be added, including work on the arc of a character within scenes, from scene to scene, and working out of sequence. A demo signature (or 'hit') tape of each student will be prepared as the final component of this course.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1110

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FLMA 1220 Voice II
2

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Techniques for narration, commercial slots and animation.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1120 with minimum "C-" grade.

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FLMA 1222 Audition Lab
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

The on-camera interview and audition process, learning how to prepare and audition quickly and effectively, how to handle cold readings and call backs. Through filmed mock auditions and directorial adjustment, students will acquire a specific and effective approach to auditioning for film and television.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1110

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FLMA 1270 Career Development for the Film Craftsperson
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Focusing on the film industry in North America, students will develop a career action plan, including how to get an agent, which associations to join, festival planning, writers' groups, grant writing for film and television, and film-related internships. This course will also cover preparation of a resume, interview skills, personal marketing skills, financial management, and tax information for the entrepreneur.

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FLMA 1280 Production Practicum for the Actor
6

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 8.0 | Lab: 0.0

Building on the skills learned and developed in FLMA 1170 and FLMA 1180, this intensive class will involve all three streams of students producing, writing, directing, acting and editing short presentation quality narrative dramatic videos. FLMA 1280, 1281, and 1282 are taught concurrently and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1170 and 1180

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15 Credits

CURRICULUM

Once admitted to Film Arts, students are required to take the Langara English Test (LET), or equivalent, to prove eligibility to take 3 credits of English necessary to complete the Film Arts Certificate or arrange for transfer credit of a university level English course acceptable to Langara.

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
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FLMA 1150 Editing Techniques, Styles and Digital Camera
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Through lectures and labs, students will learn Final Cut Pro post-production picture-editing theory and techniques, including logging, off-line assembly, structure, and locking picture. Students will learn the operation of digital cameras, including options and aspect ratios for full-application production techniques and the exploration of lighting set-ups.

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FLMA 1160 Visualization
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Fundamentals of film directing with an emphasis on effective storytelling. Studies in script analysis, mise-en-scene, cinematic motion, form and style, and coverage.

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FLMA 1170 Principles of Production
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

From development through pre-production, post-production, and distribution, this course will cover every aspect of filmmaking from the Producer's perspective.

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FLMA 1182 Collaboration: The Director
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 4.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will concentrate on narrative/dramatic elements of cinematic storytelling for the director. Directors will practice pitching projects and receiving pitches from writers. Directors will work closely with actors in the rehearsal process to practice effective communication of objectives and obstacles. Directors will work closely with writers to define acts and character arcs. FLMA 1180, 1181, and 1182 are taught concurrently, and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

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ENGL 1100 Reading and Writing about Literature
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1100 is writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies. Students will examine three or four literary texts in their critical and scholarly contexts in regard to a single interdisciplinary topic and from the perspectives of at least three sub-disciplines of literary studies, such as narratology, historiography, psychoanalytic criticism, eco-criticism etc.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum "C-" in CMNS 1118; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or LPI exempt essay standing (LPXE 25 - determined by Registrar and Enrolment Services).

Note: Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100. Students entering other faculties at UBC or planning to transfer to other institutions should take ENGL 1127 or 1128 instead of ENGL 1100.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
FLMA 1250 Case Studies
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

From script to screen: lectures and seminars on produced films with emphasis on scene construction. Beginning with the films original screenplays, students will apply their knowledge to visualize the films by way of design materials, storyboards and short lists prior to viewing films. They will follow up with an analysis of what the director of the actual film did and why.

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FLMA 1260 Advanced Directing Seminar
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Directing techniques and aesthetics. Production design. Blocking and rehearsing, with an emphasis on working with actors. Further studies in picture and sound editing on Final Cut Pro.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1160 with a minimum "C-" grade.

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FLMA 1270 Career Development for the Film Craftsperson
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Focusing on the film industry in North America, students will develop a career action plan, including how to get an agent, which associations to join, festival planning, writers' groups, grant writing for film and television, and film-related internships. This course will also cover preparation of a resume, interview skills, personal marketing skills, financial management, and tax information for the entrepreneur.

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FLMA 1282 Production Practicum for the Director
6

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 8.0 | Lab: 0.0

Building on the skills learned and developed in FLMA 1170 and FLMA 1182, this intensive class will involve all three streams of students producing, writing, directing, acting and editing short presentation quality narrative dramatic videos. FLMA 1280, 1281, and 1282 are taught concurrently and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1170 and 1182

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15 Credits

CURRICULUM

Once admitted to Film Arts, students are required to take the Langara English Test (LET), or equivalent, to prove eligibility to take 3 credits of English necessary to complete the Film Arts Certificate or arrange for transfer credit of a university level English course acceptable to Langara.

TERM ONE

Courses Credits
All of
FLMA 1130 Feature Film Lab
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Through a combination of lectures and workshops, students will complete a treatment for a feature film and a minimum first draft of the first act. Emphasis will be on structure, plot and character development. Students may complete a screenplay that they began in an introductory course or begin with an original concept. Minimum output 60 pages.

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FLMA 1140 The Short Film
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Students will study the characteristics of a good short film, script treatments, screenplay format, scene construction, structure, character development, plot and dialogue. They will develop outlines for three short films and complete two drafts and a polish for at least one of them. Minimum output 40 pages.

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FLMA 1170 Principles of Production
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

From development through pre-production, post-production, and distribution, this course will cover every aspect of filmmaking from the Producer's perspective.

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FLMA 1181 Collaboration: the Writer
3

Lecture Hours: 1.0 | Seminar: 4.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course will concentrate on narrative/dramatic elements of cinematic storytelling for the writer. Writers will practice their pitching, writing, and rewriting skills in collaboration with the actors and directors. Writers will create original concepts and be teamed up with the directors and actors to produce their short films and film scenarios. FLMA 1180, 1181, and 1182 are taught concurrently, and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

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One of
ENGL 1100 Reading and Writing about Literature
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1100 is writing-intensive introduction to the disciplines of literary studies. Students will examine three or four literary texts in their critical and scholarly contexts in regard to a single interdisciplinary topic and from the perspectives of at least three sub-disciplines of literary studies, such as narratology, historiography, psychoanalytic criticism, eco-criticism etc.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum "C-" in CMNS 1118; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or LPI exempt essay standing (LPXE 25 - determined by Registrar and Enrolment Services).

Note: Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100. Students entering other faculties at UBC or planning to transfer to other institutions should take ENGL 1127 or 1128 instead of ENGL 1100.

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ENGL 1127 Essay Writing and Short Prose Selections
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course emphasizes the principles of composition through the study and writing of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. As a secondary aim, it encourages an appreciation of modern literature through a study of the short story.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1126, 1127, and 1128.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 4 (or LET 3 with strong recommendation of concurrent registration in ENGL 1121) or LPI equivalent; a minimum 80% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or an "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110.

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ENGL 1128 Short Prose Selections and Composition
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 1.0 | Lab: 0.0

ENGL 1128 introduces students to the principles of composition through the study of various kinds of essays, including the research essay. It also emphasizes an appreciation of modern prose writing through the study of both short stories and essays. Most writing assignments are related to the literature studied. Because this course is designed for students with superior writing skills, more intensive reading will be required.

Students will receive credit for only one of ENGL 1127 or 1128.

Students intending to pursue studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of British Columbia should choose ENGL 1100.

Prerequisite(s): One of LET 5 (or LPI equivalent) or a minimum 85% in one of BC English 12 or BC English Literature 12 or BC English First Peoples 12.

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15 Credits

TERM TWO

Courses Credits
All of
FLMA 1230 Series Television Lab: Pilots and Bibles; Story Editing
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course will start with the pitch: and learning about what makes a good idea for a series. Students will develop a one-hour pilot script along with character biographies, character arcs and brief outlines for a further twelve episodes to complete their series bible. Students may choose to complete a spec script for an existing series. Minimum output 60 pages.

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FLMA 1240 Adaptations, Animation & Children's Television
3

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Using examples of literary works, plays and their adaptations as films, students will learn the principal differences between the forms, learn to abstract the visual from the literary and adapt a short story or play for filming. The course will include a study on writing for children's television and/or animation, and students may choose to write a spec script for an existing children's/animation series. Minimum output 40 pages.

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FLMA 1270 Career Development for the Film Craftsperson
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Focusing on the film industry in North America, students will develop a career action plan, including how to get an agent, which associations to join, festival planning, writers' groups, grant writing for film and television, and film-related internships. This course will also cover preparation of a resume, interview skills, personal marketing skills, financial management, and tax information for the entrepreneur.

More Information »

FLMA 1281 Production Practicum for the Writer
6

Lecture Hours: 2.0 | Seminar: 8.0 | Lab: 0.0

Building on the skills learned and developed in FLMA 1170 and FLMA 1181, this intensive class will involve all three streams of students producing, writing, directing, acting and editing short presentation-quality narrative dramatic videos. FLMA 1280, 1281, and 1282, are taught concurrently and students work collaboratively to complete the required course assignments.

Prerequisite(s): FLMA 1170 and 1181

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15 Credits