In this program students will learn advanced techniques in sports photography and videography as well as gaining the knowledge necessary to work effectively in a sports environment. Students will develop the specialized skills needed to capture and shoot still images that have visual impact and the power to communicate a specific moment in time. In addition they will learn to shoot and edit professional quality sports video material for traditional broadcast and emerging media.
Using real life sporting events, students will gain experience in assessing how and when to capture a shot or a sequence. Analysis and critiques of one's own work and that of peers will be an integral part of the program. Beginning in the spring semester, students will shoot a number of sports activities including baseball, soccer, lacrosse and track and field events. This will be followed by additional national sports opportunities.
Length: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2013 (Suspended) - Fall | Winter Doon (Kitchener) - May/2014 (Open) - Spring/Summer | Fall Location: Doon (Kitchener) Start: September and May First-Year Capacity: 20 Tuition: Please refer to Program Fee Chart for information *Fees are higher for international students on a Student Visa. *Recreation/Athletics, Graduation/Alumni, Insurance, as well as program-related costs such as books and supplies are additional.
Capture action from a wide range of sporting events effectively, using photography and videography
Create visual stories related to athletes and sporting events through the use of digital image capture for presentation across a range of contexts.
Design and install lighting systems for indoor sporting events.
Develop broadcast quality content that meets industry standards and ethical and legal conventions
Examine freelance and entrepreneurial opportunities in the sports photo/video field.
Analyze and solve visual communication, logistical and other problems unique to the field of sports imaging to meet client needs and the requirements of the job
Incorporate self-management, time management, and project management skills to meet the unique challenges of sports photography and videography
Produce, shoot and edit a wide range of sports related events in a variety of contexts
Contribute as a team member in the development of sports broadcast content.
Research, prepare and conduct interviews in the production of sports-related photography and videography materials
Compile portfolios of exemplary work to showcase skills and knowledge to prospective employers and clients.
Diploma or degree from an accredited College or University in a related field OR equivalent experience.
Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume including references outlining relevant experience.
Applicants not meeting credential requirement and registered at university in year two of a program may be considered for entry into the program
Note re: Admission Requirements
Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL PBT 580 with a TWE of 4.5 or iBT 88; IELTS 6.5 with no bands less than 6.0; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; CAAT D at 65%; or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English.
We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the post-graduate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
Applicants not meeting the credential requirement must submit a resume outlining relevant experience. Please submit the resume directly to the Conestoga College Admissions office.
Applicants will be required to attend a meeting with the program team members and present a portfolio of work related to the field of videography or still photography.
Final selection is made using a formula that combines portfolio presentation, creativity and technical scores.
For program information call the Information Centre for details at 519-748-5220 ext. 3656.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.
Description: Working within the sports arena is not the same as working in the studio, yet its the field that offers the most challenges and opportunities for the sports journalist. Students will learn how to find, and produce interesting video clips from live local sporting events. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will utilize digital computer-based editing to produce and deliver stores that express their personal vision. They will develop a practical working knowledge of digital technology and apply it with a level of skill that results in broadcast quality video. Using digital images from other classes, the student will learn how to assemble raw images into a story with impact. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Learning how to ask the right questions and when to ask them can produce a richer, deeper story. Students will learn how to research a subject, formulate the right questions and structure the interview. Students will also learn the skills needed to put a subject at ease while working under time constraints. They will gather raw clips from athlete interviews that can be combined with digital images from other classes to produce a well-rounded sports story. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: How do you take your idea for a documentary and develop the idea into a doable, sellable and complete package? Students learn what works and what does not, and instruction covers how to research a story, outline the ideas, develop the treatment and structure and introduce and develop the characters. The skills based course covers a range of documentary forms and styles involving sports and athletes. Students come away with a firm understanding of how to put their documentary idea into a format that can be made and marketed. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: What are we covering, whos going where, where do we meet, whos doing what? These questions have to be answered for sports coverage to run smoothly. In this class the students will take responsibility for the logistics of setting up the coverage of sporting events, athlete interviews, media credentials and making sure the right people are at the right place, at the right time. This class will work closely with both the Sports Action and Video Journalist courses to produce a coherent organized team effort. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Using still cameras on assignment and on location with a variety of local sport teams and athletes students will master the specialized techniques of great action photography. This course will involve attending games, tournaments, races and other sporting events. Hours: 90 Credits: 6 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Using the images gathered from other classes and assignments, students will learn the techniques of professional editing, filing, caption writing and the use of digital image manipulation software to take their raw pictures and create usable photographs. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course will provide students with the opportunity to examine self-employment and freelancing. Topics will include small business structure and operations, legal requirements, business ethics, developing the elements of a business plan, and marketing an idea. Students will gain an understanding of the challenges and opportunities in self-employment and freelance business. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will gain valuable work experience while being engaged in the day-to-day operation of a real work environment. This is a mandatory component of the program and students will be required to complete a minimum of 45 hours of work experience to be eligible for graduation. Hours: 45 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will refine their skills and gain additional experience as they learn to edit, rework and finalize production of broadcast quality videos that show their unique vision and expression through the development of a ?Point of View?. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Students will be in the decision making position regarding what theyre covering and from what perspective ? gaining additional experience in developing a point of view - while at the same time putting the logistics in place so the coverage runs smoothly. Hours: 30 Credits: 2 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: This course focuses on the preparation of a professional portfolio that demonstrates the students skills and capabilities. After a review of career goals, students will learn how to identify and select examples of their work that emphasize their strengths. Students will learn how to customize a portfolio to fit specific job and client requirements and have an opportunity to practice presentation techniques to pitch their ideas. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: In this course students will produce the raw images from sporting events useful for producing slide shows, magazine layouts and articles on local athletes and teams. Using still cameras on assignment, students will attend games, and tournaments. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Producing a documentary on an athlete, sport team or tournament is filled with the opportunity to showcase the unique perspective and vision of a creative artist. Putting it all together in a creative package is one of the challenges. In this course students will be in the field working individually or as a team to produce documentary elements which will be posted on a web based news magazine. Hours: 60 Credits: 4 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Description: Indoor sports have their own set of unique challenges and problems to overcome. The students will learn how to photograph indoor competitions and events using both existing light and strobes to produce the finest quality indoor action images. In many cases the students will be setting up the indoor strobes and wireless transmitters well before the athletes ever take the field. Hours: 45 Credits: 3 Pre-Requisites: CoRequisites:
Graduates of this program may find employment as freelance, specialty television, or web based sport photographers and videographers, or as videographers for sports training camps or College and University sports programs.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities see the Government of Canada web site: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca
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