Diploma in Digital Media
Turn your passion for photography and filmmaking into your career. Find your own creative voice and impact the world.
“The DM program taught me to find the voice of others and be able to share that voice in a unique and creative way that tells their story.“
Program at a Glance
What Makes This Program Different
Our program combines your faith with your career. Integrate biblical knowledge and personal application of the Christian faith into digital media.
Learn from instructors who are all professionals currently employed in the fields that they teach.
Students become well rounded professionals and receive training in two different areas: photography, and filmmaking.
Students will participate in the capstone practicum at the end of their second year, which extends to mid-May.
Our Students Say
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• are sought out professionals who are employable because they are well rounded in both photography and filmmaking.
• are entrepreneurs who build businesses to serve the church and society with their creative skills.
• continue at Prairie and obtain a 4-year degree in a variety of majors including Business Administration.
In this digital age, media is an expanding field with many different opportunities to impact people. The training and portfolio gained through Prairie’s Digital Media program can open doors to career and ministry opportunities in North America or around the world!
This program aspires to ignite and fan the flames of creativity in those interested in digital media. Starting from the foundations of communication and storytelling, this program not only strives for excellence in practical skills but encourages students to find their own creative voice and way that they can impact the world. They are guided from the fundamentals to advanced techniques in photography, professional photograph printing and filmmaking/video production, while also learning real-world applications and marketing. Students finish the program with a professional printed portfolio and website to showcase the work they create.
Additional Admissions Requirements
To be successful in the Digital Media program applicants need to have a basic skillset and talent in the areas of photography & filmmaking. In order to assess this, we ask applicants to submit a digital portfolio. The digital portfolio should include 5-10 items that display the applicant’s skills in the areas we teach (photography, filmmaking).
All courses are worth 3 credits unless otherwise indicated.
Bible & Theology (15 credits)
NT 112 Reading the Gospels & Acts
OT 112 Reading the Torah
OT 221 Reading the Historical Books
ST 100 The Christian Life
TH 100 Introduction to Christian Theology
Arts & Sciences (9 credits)
HF 111 Thinking & Writing
HF 115 Fundamentals of Storytelling
SS 170 Christianity in the 21st Century World
Digital Media (36 credits)
CM 368 Digital Media Practicum
DM 120 Introduction to Audio & Colour in Film (2 credits)
DM 130 Advanced Drone Operator (1 credit)
DM 134 Fundamentals of Filmmaking
DM 145 Fundamentals of Photography
DM 160/161/260/261 Fundamentals of Digital Media Business I – IV (4 credits)
DM 177 Portfolio 1 (1 credit)
DM 228 Motion Graphics and Effects (2.5 credits)
DM 234 Advanced Filmmaking (4.5 credits)
DM 236 Documentary Filmmaking
DM 242 Wedding Photography
DM 245 Advanced Photography
DM 246 Photo Retouching (2 credits)
DM 277 Portfolio 2 – Book/Website (1 credit)
The following course is an elective pre-approved by the Instructor and not required for the Digital Media Diploma:
*DM235 Advanced Film Production (3 credits)
Note: Courses may be under development to reflect changes and upgrades in technology and software. Actual courses may be slightly different than as published.
For course descriptions, see catalogue here.
- Achieve excellence in creative expression and visual storytelling based on an understanding and application of strong aesthetic principles.
- Develop a professional web and print portfolio for the purposes of soliciting future clients.
- Gain proficiency in software applications.
- Have full comprehension of the advanced functions of a camera for photo and video.
- Demonstrate ability to use professional studio tools to enhance photographic and film productions.
- Experience practical application of learned skills through partnering projects with real-world clients.
- Practical application of digital media skill sets in mentorship with professional instructors during a practicum.
*Please note: All hardware and software requirements are subject to change up until July 1 prior to the start of classes due to the importance of remaining current with industry standards *
First Year Students:
• Laptop: New or up to 2 year old MacBook, MacBook Air, or MacBook Pro with at least 16GB of RAM and must have at least one usb-c port.
• Camera: Canon* DSLR or mirrorless body with at least HD 1080p video capabilities. We strongly recommend Canon’s full-frame bodies over crop-frame sensor cameras.
• Lens: Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS or EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS II lens is highly recommended.
• Intervalometer (if you do not have one built into your camera)
• Memory card reader (necessary only if there are no compatible ports on your laptop for the connection cord your camera uses)
• Student subscription of Capture One Pro
• Full License of Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher
• Two 4 TB (minimum) external portable hard drives
• Tripod: one that can take both still and video heads
• Inexpensive 36″ collapsible Reflector
• One TB Solid State Drive
Second Year Students (in addition to first year requirements):
• Flash with built-in radio receiver
• Radio transmitter for flash
• Light stand: 8′ minimum
• 45″ Umbrella or 24″ soft box for flash photography
*Your Laptop must be one of the types listed – no exceptions made.
*The camera must be a Canon DSLR or have the ability to use an adaptor to accept Canon DSLR lenses as the college has a number of Canon compatible accessories that Digital Media students can take out on loan.
Program Tuition and Fees
Program Specific Costs:
Digital Media students are charged a $630 program fee. ($315 charged in Fall semester and $315 charged in the Winter semester). All 1st year students will have a Material fee of $625 charged in the Fall semester to cover the DaVinci Resolve Speed Editor and a Digital Media branded jacket. All 2nd year students have a Practicum Fee of $5000. ($2500 charged in the Fall semester and $2500 charged in the Winter semester).
Dr. Mark Jonah
The place and scope of imagery and film in our culture is prevalent and undeniable. Surrounded by both the good and the bad in our culture (each having various definitions), where can someone go to be trained by solid industry professionals and at the same time be challenged in applying Christian faith to their craft? Right here at Prairie College! You will be pushed, prodded, and encouraged in learning the details of photography and filmmaking. You will be part of a class of like-minded students who will journey with you and your professors as you stretch and grow. I know that you will find a place in a community of visual artists, your classmates, who are seeking God and learning their craft. I look forward to seeing YOU here!im