Top 5 Schools for Media Production in Canada

Media production is a huge industry in Canada that creates thousands of jobs across the country. A career in media production might have you operating the camera that bring the morning news live. Or, you could be in a writing room for the next big binge-worthy tv show.

But where does it all start? For most professionals, it begins with post-secondary education. Several Canadian schools teach students the the industry’s best practices, and how to use the right equipment to bring ideas to life.

Here are the top five Media Production programs at Canadian colleges and universities.

Radio and Television Arts (RTA) at Ryerson University (Toronto)

This program is recognized as an industry leader in media and production. Here’s why:

Within Ryerson’s RTA program, there are four focus areas; Media Production, New Media, Sports Media, and a Master’s in Media Production. The Master’s can span areas like digital production, video production, and graphic arts.

Covering everything from history and theory to today’s culture, the RTA program provides students with a strong foundation. Students are immersed in the world of media production and shown the technical, creative and business sides of this industry.

There is also an internship component to the program. Narcity, Sony Music, and CBC are just a few examples of where students cut their teeth.

Vancouver Film School (Vancouver)

The Vancouver Film School was named a Top Global Film School by Variety Magazine.

Cutting-edge courses include 3D Animation and Visual Effects, and Writing for Film, Television and Games. Graduates have gone on to work on films like Marvel’s Deadpool and Pixar’s Toy Story 4. Alumni have been credited in 17 of the 20 highest-grossing films in 2019.

In addition to awesome courses, there are internship opportunities. Students can work as videographers, editors, sound assistants and animators, for example. The VFS education model is intense. All of their programs are only 12 months long. Therefore, students have to keep up with accelerated learning in their craft of choice.

Algonquin College (Ottawa)

Algonquin College shows up on many media pro’s resumes. Their two-year, Film and Media Production program focuses on the behind-the-scenes elements of film. Students learn editing, cinematography, scriptwriting, and production management.

A huge plus is its portfolio development course. Under faculty supervision, students build professional portfolios that they can use to showcase their skills to future employers. This program also offers a field placement where students get to try out a role in their chosen area of specialization.

Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University (Montreal)

Montreal is a city with infectious creativity and artistry. The Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema is one of the best places for students to learn the ins and outs of film animation, production, and media.

This school’s programming is comprehensive. It offers courses like puppetry, classic and 3D animation, sound design and music composition. You leave with the skills needed to make a film from start to finish.

Montreal is home to plenty of film festivals including the Montreal World Film Festival and Montreal International Documentary Festival. However, students also get to showcase their work at Concordia’s annual film festival.

Humber College (Toronto)

 

Humber offers a robust Bachelor of Film and Media Production program. It offers a good balance of theory education and hands-on, technical learning. You can focus on behind-the-scenes production management. Or, get your hands on the gear through photography, cinematography, and videography. Overall, this program’s mission is to help students tell better stories. It equip them with the technical and theoretical skills to do so.

A program standout is the  Industry Seminar course, which connects first and fourth-year students for mentorship. It offers a preview into the working world of film, production, and media. Students engage with guest speakers and learn from senior peers and professionals. This program also includes a 14-week work term in the industry.

To sum up, Canada offers a wide variety of top-notch media production programs. No matter which program you choose, as a student with a passion for media and production, these schools will give you everything you need to establish a thriving creative career in media production.

Now all you have to do is pick the ones you want to apply to. Good luck!

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