Careers in Culture – Careers in Film and Broadcasting

> Your education can take you places

There are many ways to enter a career in film and broadcasting. The key to today's job market is to be as multi-skilled as you can. If you're just starting to think about your film or broadcasting career, then you're probably wondering where to get the education and training you'll need. There are generally four different educational routes to careers in film and broadcasting. No one route is better than another, and you'll find successful professionals who have come from each educational area.

  • Universities offer three-to four-year programs that provide a broad education in an area of interest.
  • Colleges/Cégeps provide two-to three-year programs that focus on practical skills needed in an area of interest.
  • Post-graduate schools and private companies offer specific training; for example INIS, NSI, CFC) and Parlimage.
  • National professional training institutions offer intense programs of varying lengths, usually for performers.
  • Film and broadcasting unions, such as IATSE and AQTIS, offer training programs. Studios allow performers to create their own training "programs" by mixing and matching courses from different instructors.

Search the lists that follow for examples of the combinations of education and experience that can lead to a fascinating career in film and broadcasting.

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Want to learn more about educational programs and schools? Talk to:

  • People working in film and broadcasting companies.
  • Local film and video  co-ops and guilds.
  • A teacher or career/guidance counsellor.
  • The professional organizations listed on this website.