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Acting for Film and Television

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Program Code: 10351 Credential: Diploma Program Length: 4 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Acting for Film and Television diploma program covers the full spectrum of training needed to succeed as a screen actor: acting, voice, movement, improvisation, screenwriting and script analysis. You’ll learn what it takes to express yourself through the art and craft of screen acting, gain on-camera confidence, and learn how to shine at auditions. When you graduate, you’ll have a solid understanding of the craft and industry – its history, protocols and professional standards.

Our program has one of the most comprehensive curricula in Canada and is taught by respected professional actors. Workshop simulations, screen demos, voice-over demos and our spring motion picture showcase provide you with unequalled opportunities to experience the world of screen acting. You will review and discuss your work with some of the acting world’s most recognizable faces, as well as with key industry personnel.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe the structure of the film and television industry.

  • Perform to a professional standard in a range of roles recorded in a variety of media.

  • Analyze and interpret scripts, screenplays, story boards and commercial copy.

  • Summarize the different requirements and challenges of one-time versus series work.

  • Explain the characteristics and requirements of different genres such as sitcoms, daytime TV, episodic TV and film.

  • Prepare for and perform appropriately on camera for each genre.

  • Convey character to the camera with appropriate emotional depth and clarity.

  • Maintain a character’s physical and emotional continuity over the course of production.

  • Work effectively with agents, casting directors, producers, directors and film crews.

  • Respond to the improvisational demands of the media.

  • Demonstrate individual creativity and imagination within a rigorous production structure.

  • Evaluate his or her place within the entertainment industry and develop the appropriate career strategies and contacts.

  • Develop team building and communication skills and engage in exercises that encourage self understanding, peer respect and professional behaviors.

  • Outline the entrepreneurial skills needed by actors in the electronic media.

  • Work effectively with the new technologies encountered in the industry.


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The Humber Advantage

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Studio Experience

Students go on a number of field trips during their time in the program to experience many different studio environments and work with highly specialized technologies. Students also work with professional voice actors in a recording studio to produce a demo reel of audio work.


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Guest Speakers

Humber's Acting for Film & Television program has a regular lineup of incredible guest speakers, including actors, co-ordinators, and casting co-ordinators. Below are a just a few of our recent guest speakers.


Expert Faculty

All professors still work in the industry – many notable faculty, like John Bourgeois, Dixie Seatle, and Sheila McCarthy.

The Humber Experience

Program Co-ordinator's Message

Our conservatory-style training immerses you in the art and craft of screen acting and ensures you graduate with a working knowledge of what is needed to thrive as a 21st century performer in recorded media. You will study with a professional acting faculty who continue to be active in their field.

As leading practitioners, they provide instruction that accurately reflects the reality of what is required of today's screen actor.

Throughout the two years of the program, you will also meet with casting directors, talent agents, working actors and directors and get the chance to ask them questions and benefit from their experiences In addition, selected students may shadow working faculty on professional sets.

You will also act in screen demo productions under the guidance of a professional director and director of photography. Successful students will be cast in our annual Graduates Spring Showcase Digital Video Project. The completed project screens before an industry audience at a downtown theatre.

We pride ourselves on making sure you understand how best to practice the art and craft of acting and how to begin your own journey from aspiring hopeful to professional screen actor. For those who are passionate and hardworking, this program will equip you to meet the challenges of being a successful working actor.

Best,

John Bourgeois
Program Co-ordinator
Acting for Film and TV program & Theatre Performance program,
Faculty of Media & Creative Arts, Humber College
416.675.6622 ext 79034


Deanna Little

After Lola Premiere

We stopped by the premiere of After Lola to talk to graduates of the Acting for Film and Television program who starred in the film.

Your Career

In addition to traditional stage, film and television opportunities, graduates of the program qualify to work in a wide range of multimedia including webisodes, virtual reality and gaming videos, as well as voice overs for cartoons, commercials, narration and audio dialogue replacement (dubbing).

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA)

Acting for Film and Television is recognized by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Graduates of this program qualify to apply for ACTRA Apprentice membership within sixty (60) days of their graduation.

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Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2021 Lakeshore Open Open
September 2021 Lakeshore Open Open

Acting for Film and Television at Humber

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Watch the video to learn more about Humber's Acting for Film and Television program.


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Emmy Award-winning grad shares secret to her success

Tue, October 06, 2020

Film & Television Production grad Katie Halliday is a 2020 Primetime Emmy Award winner for sound editing the season three finale of Stranger Things.

She spoke to Humber Today about her work, what it's like to collaborate with the Duffer Brothers, and how she went from Humber Film to Hollywood sound editor. Read her full interview.

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Humber College and Humber Galleries are hosting five projects for Nuit Blanche Toronto Online on Saturday, October 3.

Humber is the only participating postsecondary institution and the five projects--available for online viewing for 12 hours starting at 7 pm--are the most by any participating institution.

Learn more about Nuit Blanche Toronto 2020, or find out more about the Humber-sponsored projects, including a short film by students in the College's Indigenous Transmedia Fellowship and a composition by a Bachelor of Music graduate.

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Thu, June 25, 2020

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On October 21, 2019, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) to the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU). Both names may appear on this website.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 4 requirements:

  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
      • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
      • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above

    or

    or

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • English Language Proficiency

    All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

  • Audition

  • Applicants are required to memorize and perform two contrasting (dramatic/comedic) speeches from a contemporary play, screenplay or teleplay.

    Your chosen speeches must meet the following criteria:

  1. Speeches must be thoroughly memorized and between 1 to 2 minutes long. The auditor may interrupt you if you exceed the time limit or cannot remember your lines;
  2. The character should be someone within your age range (+ or – 5 years) and suit your personality;
  3. Only published material may be used (i.e. no self-written monologues). Please note: some monologues (e.g. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mean Girls) are overused by applicants. Your choice of materials should be unique and suited to your personality;
  4. Small props such as cell phones are acceptable

Registration Instructions

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,697.70
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

Additional fees may be required for the purchase of plays or scripts.

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Bachelor of Media any major

Humber students who have successfully completed the Acting for Film and Television Diploma or the Theatre Performance Advanced Diploma with a GPA of 2.5 out of 4.0 (62.5%) or 4.5 out of 7.0 and who meet all other admission requirements will be granted 24 credit points (1 year) towards the Bachelor of Media, any major at Macquarie University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Business Bachelor of Business Administration

Students who complete a 2 year diploma at Humber will be granted 60 credit hours toward the completion of a bachelor degree program at Davenport University. You will need to complete a minimum of 60 credit hours (approximately two years of full-time attendance) to meet residency and program requirements and to complete your bachelor degree program. Students must complete a minimum total of 120 semester credit hours to earn a bachelor degree. The total credit hours will include the completed 2 year diploma classes plus any courses completed through Davenport University.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the four-year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John. 

Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business. 

For more information please contact: admissions@unb.ca.

Please note:  Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

John Bourgeois, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79034
john.bourgeois@humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map

Apply through Ontario Colleges

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre

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