FULL-TIME | WINNIPEG LOCATIONS DIGFF-PG Digital Film and Media Production

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  • One-year post-graduate diploma
  • September entry date
  • Innovation Centre, Exchange District Campus, Winnipeg
  • Special selection program

Digital Film and Media Production is a post-graduate diploma program that has been developed to provide students the necessary practical and theoretical skills to start a career in film and media production. It has been designed for graduates of post-secondary media programs, as well as industry professionals who wish to improve their skills as a producer, videographer, editor, and freelancer.
This program is specifically designed to help bridge students from post-secondary to the local film production industry, but also to give them practical business and administrative skills as a freelance producer.

For information about the program contact Kelly Stifora at rstifora@rrc.ca

Admission Requirements

Your Academic History
If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit My Education for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College Polytechnic; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling; international secondary (high school) studies.


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Submission of required documentation indicating proof of completion of admission requirements is due within 30 days of applying unless otherwise noted in the program's admission requirements.
Regular Admission Requirements
  1. Post-Secondary Education or High School Graduation and Demonstrated Competence
    • Submit proof of graduation from or enrolment in the final year of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree in creative communications, media production, film studies, or a related program (no demo reel required).
    • Submit:
      • Proof of graduation from or enrolment in Grade 12
      • An acceptable demonstration reel/sample of your previous work. This requirement must be submitted in the form of a video link.
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter.
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Answer this question to determine if you meet this program’s ELRs:
      Have I successfully completed 3 years of full-time high school (secondary) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction?
      • If YES, you meet English language requirements.  Apply and then submit your transcripts* for review
      • If NO, submit proof of meeting an ELRs option.  If you choose the English language assessment option, review this program's approved assessments and required levels.
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but you did not graduate high school, submit your transcripts* for review. 
    • * If your transcripts are from the USA or an ELR exempt country, we will assess an International Credentials Assessment Fee to be paid before your transcripts will be reviewed.

Mature Student Admission Requirements
If you are 19 years of age or older and have been out of high school for a minimum of one year at time of application, and you do not meet the regular admission requirements, you may apply under the Mature Student admission requirements.

  1. Demonstrated Competence
    • High school graduation is not required
    • Submit an acceptable demonstration reel/sample of your work.  This requirement must be submitted in the form of a video link.
  2. Meet Regular Admission Requirement 2

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
Requirement: Submission of a parchment (certificate) indicating successful completion of the AEPUCE program, including language levels achieved if available.
CAEL and CAEL Online (Canadian Academic English Language)
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark - Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada)
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
The Official CanTEST was discontinued in 2021, and as of October 20, 2021 the RRC CanTEST is no longer offered at RRC Polytechnic. CanTEST results dated within 2 years of your application date will still be accepted to meet English language proficiency requirements. Please note the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program requires the Official CanTEST (The RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
Duolingo (Duolingo English Test)


There are no minimum required levels for L,S,R,W.

Only Duolingo English Test scores that have been verified through the Duolingo English Test Portal will be accepted.

IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
PTE - Academic Online Assessment (Pearson Test of English)
Password Skills ()
Password Skills Plus ()
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
To meet the needs of students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT® test at a test center due to public health concerns, ETS is temporarily offering the TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test in selected areas.

Who Should Enrol?

Do you love creating media? Do you have experience in videography, editing, and sound recording, and want to take your skills to the next level? The Digital Film and Media Production program will give you the necessary skills to enter the film and media production industries for a variety of different jobs. From camera operators, video editors, and visual effects designers, to being a crew member on a feature film or documentary, this program is for anyone who loves to create media! The program will also teach you about running your own business as a freelance entrepreneur and producer, along with hands-on experience working on livestream productions in a studio and on location.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
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Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
Other Fees
Year 1
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
1Full-size headphones (ear bud type not recommended) $150, Minimum 1TB External Hard Drive (Samsung SSD T5 1TB model recommended) $180, and Sony Tough High Performance 64 GB SDXC Uhs-II Class 10 U3 SD Memory Card $160

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Polytech Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College Polytechnic is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

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Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMM-1288Communication for Film and Media 1
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COMM-2288Communication for Film and Media 2
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Using the skills taught in Communication Strategies, students will write for corporate video, broadcast commercials, and documentary production.  Students will brainstorm and develop story ideas for the creation of short narrative scripts and screenplays. The focus will be on writing proposals and scripts for clients, along with pitches, outlines, and budgets for non-fiction documentary projects.  Students will write clear, concise documents including effective grant applications for government and private funding.

DMMT-3014Film Production 1
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In this foundational course, students will be introduced to different jobs, crew positions, and the management structure of the film industry. The focus of the course will give students real-life experience with the technical and creative aspects of videography, audio, lighting, and post-production leading up to the final project of writing and producing a short film. Guest speakers from the film and media industry will provide valuable insights to media production and the local digital entertainment industry.

DMMT-3015Freelance Video 1
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In this foundational course, students will learn how to shoot and edit various types of corporate video examples to use in a demonstration reel.  Using specialty equipment, along with other advanced production equipment and emersion technology, students will produce numerous “real-world” videos commonly used in corporate, broadcast, and web-video environments. The goal of this course is to give students experience creating real-world video samples to prepare them for what they will be producing in a corporate environment. 

DMMT-3016Compositing and Visual Effects 1
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In this foundational course, students will learn the fundamentals of compositing using industry specific software. The course will address differences between footage formats, manipulating, combining layers, and color correcting. Working with 3D renders will further give students a more thorough understanding of compositing for film or television. Students will also work with a green screen in a studio setting and learn how to use specific effects in different situations.

DMMT-3017Online Content Creation
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In this foundational course, students will learn how to become content creators by applying media production skills on social media. Students will learn about social media platforms and strategies, including how to write, produce, and choose appropriate content for a variety of platforms and audiences. Students will also learn how to increase audience and monetize brand/content. Students will use analytics to inform and evaluate choices, and will use social media to market freelance productions and special events for themselves and clients.

DMMT-3019Media Entrepreneurship 1
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This foundational course will give students theoretical and practical skills on how to start and run a freelance business in the corporate video production, broadcast, and film industries. Emphasis will be placed on the steps involved in starting a business, learning how to write a business plan, identifying government resources, tax considerations, and legal and regulatory processes that are integral to the media industry. Marketing, finding work, and working with clients will also be covered.   

DMMT-4014Film Production 2
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This course builds on what students learned in Film Production 1. In this production-oriented, hands-on course, students will expand and refine their range of filmmaking techniques and knowledge including sound, lighting, special effects, make-up, location scouting, set design, and cinematography. Working in teams, students will write, produce, edit, and market their own short film or documentary. Students will examine detailed production budgets, legal issues, regulations and standards, marketing and distribution, union vs. non-union settings, and production management. 

DMMT-4015Freelance Video 2
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Students will build on their knowledge and experience and practice their skills learned in Freelance Video 1 by running their own production company. Students will explore and learn what equipment is needed to specialize in a corporate-focused production company. (e.g. flying drones). Students will use immersive video for corporate, broadcast, and web production. Students will also learn how to use specialized equipment to expand their skills for an ever-changing industry.  

DMMT-4016Compositing and Visual Effects 2
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Strengthening their experience from Compositing and Visual Effects 1, students will learn advanced techniques of compositing using industry specific software. In this second level course, students will be focused on creating larger, more complicated builds for film and television, including immersive video. Students will have the opportunity to work with 3D renders which will further enhance learning through a more thorough understanding of compositing for a variety of media applications.

DMMT-4019Media Entrepreneurship 2
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This course builds on the foundations from Media Entrepreneurship 1 and focuses on the day-to-day responsibilities of running a freelance media production business. Emphasis will be placed on finding, working with and building relationships with clients. Pre-production, proposal and script writing, directing talent, and an owner/producer’s role during production will also be covered.  Applying real-world case studies and industry speakers, students will learn how to successfully manage corporate and broadcast video projects. Students will learn to market themselves in the video production and film industries.

INDP-4001Industry Project: Remote Digital Production
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This course integrates student learning from all other courses within the program and culminates in a major live project. Students will learn about producing and live-streaming various types of productions from single camera events to larger remotes, and directing a crew and talent in a live environment. The technical aspects of streaming, including equipment workflow, network considerations, and how to operate a video switcher will also be covered. Students will learn about the roles and responsibilities of crew members, and the importance of good communication in a live production setting.


Computer/Laptop Requirements

Each student will be assigned their own classroom desktop computer. (Note: Students should still have off-campus access to their own computer).


  • Full-size headphones (ear bud type not recommended) - $150
  • Minimum 1TB External Hard Drive (Samsung SSD T5 1TB model recommended) - $180
  • Sony Tough High Performance 64 GB SDXC Uhs-II Class 10 U3 SD Memory Card - $160

Transfer Credit Opportunities

Contact Kelly Stifora at rstifora@rrc.ca

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Other Information

Acceptable Demonstration Reel Requirements

Think of a demonstration reel like a video resume.  It’s a short collection of video/film/photography projects you have worked on or have been a part of producing in the past.

Most “demo reels” just include a short segment from each of your video samples (usually 10 to 20 seconds), so you don’t necessarily need to include the entire film or video. These are then edited together, back-to-back, or in a creative way to showcase your experience as a videographer, editor, producer, or another crew position.

Start your demonstration reel with a title graphic that includes your name, e-mail address, and phone number. Then edit your samples into a 1 to 2 minute video (depending on how many samples you have to include).

What We Are Looking For 

Ideally, your demonstration reel should showcase your best videography and editing skills, and include a variety of at least five different video, photography, or motion graphics samples from past projects you have either produced yourself, or been a crew member on. Production music should also be included.  

Once completed, export your demonstration reel as a video file and upload it to a video sharing site like Dropbox, Vimeo, or YouTube. Upload the link to the Demo Reel supplemental item in your Future Student Account (click on your application, then Supplemental Items & Documents).

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Digital Film and Media Production, all students must complete 48 credit hours.  Students must also have obtained a graduating GPA of 2.0. 

Employment Potential

The job market is very strong in film and media production. From contract work on film and television productions, to producing corporate videos for businesses and the web, there are a wide variety of positions available in the field. Some of the jobs this will prepare you for include professional videographers, editors, producers, visual effects designers, production assistants, and entrepreneurs, to name a few. 

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Kelly Stifora
Coordinator, Digital Film and Media Production
Red River College Polytechnic
W302 - 160 Princess Street

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