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.
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.
Humber's Acting for Film & Television program has a regular lineup of incredible guest speakers, including actors, directors, and casting directors. Below are a just a few of our recent guest speakers.
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.
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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).
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.
Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.
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Noon Concert: Hilario Duran Contumbao
Wed, October 30, 2019 | 12:15 PM
Humber Music hosts a free noon-hour concert series. This week will showcase Hilario Duran Contumbao.
Multiple JUNO Award-winner Hilario Durán grew up in Havana in a musical family surrounded by a variety of diverse musical influences on a daily basis. He began working as a professional musician in Cuba’s Los Papa Cun-Cun Ensemble and in a variety of musical formats. Later on, in the 70s, Durán was Chucho Valdés’ chosen successor in Cuba’s most modern big band, Orquesta Cubana de Música Moderna. Hilario toured worldwide and performed with Dizzy Gillespie and Michel Legrand, among many others, and as part of Arturo Sandoval’s band where he was pianist/keyboardist, arranger and musical director for 9 years. Hilario is an adjunct piano professor and ensemble director at Humber College. Contumbao is his most recent recording as a band leader.
Showcase Concert: World Music
Fri, November 01, 2019 | 08:00 PM
Join Bachelor of Music students and professors at the first evening concert of the fall, the World Showcase.
Start your weekend with the sounds of jazz from across the globe! Featuring performances by Ravi Naimpally World Jazz Lab, Justin Gray Indo Jazz Collective, Justin Gray (Gord Sheard) Brazilian Workshop, and Hilario Duran Latin Jazz Ensemble 1.
Students design data for future airport installation
Thu, October 17, 2019
The project is part of the Global Affairs Canada division of the Federal Government and aims to highlight the support Consular Services offer to Canadian travellers.
The hackathon event took place in the Barrett Centre for Technology Innovation and started with an introduction to the design challenge and a briefing call with the client where students were provided the information, materials and inspiration they needed to start their projects.
“When a client is involved, the experience is holistic and involves every aspect of working in the field,” says Bianca DiPietro, program coordinator of the Graphic Design program. “The dynamic between client and student is much more professional and holds a certain level of recognition.”
DiPietro and David Neumann, program coordinator of the Web Design and Interactive Media program say the opportunity for their students to work with real-life clients is great exposure—allowing students to communicate effectively, problem solve and work collaboratively with others.
The students gathered in small groups to design a concept while working with their faculty and advisors to complete their project proposals by the end of the day. Faculty will review the submissions and select up to eight concepts based on uniqueness, creativity and execution. The selected submissions will be shared with Global Affairs Canada to consider the concepts further.
For one group, their concept is a three-dimensional, hollow hemisphere that resembles a globe and features data and information within it. User-friendly to all ages, the globe can be tilted or spun around to allow users to see inside the globe and learn about Consular Services.
“Projects like this give validation to the program and show trust in us as working professionals by allowing us to have our work showcased and potentially have our work attached to the Government of Canada,” says Gizaham Jones, third-year Graphic Design student.
Using different skills and methods, a Web Design and Interactive Media group’s concept includes movable Plexiglass panels. With infographics and data printed or engraved onto the materials, the installation will allow natural light in airports like Toronto Pearson Airport to reflect onto it. The concept also features QR codes and Near-field communication (NFC) codes, which lead users to find more information on the government’s website using their smartphones.
“Being able to have clients give you an open-ended project to work with is a great way to get your creativity and development moving and apply what we’ve learned so far,” says Paul Cudmore, second-year Web Design and Interactive Media student.
The hackathon is part of Humber’s Data storyLAB, which is an innovative hub for data-driven storytelling. Based out of the North Campus, the storyLAB will produce year-round research and partnership opportunities for student learning and engagement.
“StoryLAB is an opportunity for students to pair with reporters, developers and coders to discuss the influence data can create in different journalistic settings. The lab demonstrates how data can transform and impact politics, social justice, and the day-to-day lives of Canadians,” says DiPietro.
Humber’s storyLAB and The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting recently created a storyLAB Data Journalism Grant to support independent data-driven journalism.
For the inaugural grant, Humber and The Pulitzer Center are accepting proposals for stories related to Indigenous lands and property rights. The grant will provide up to $10,000 for a freelance journalist or team of journalists to explore a related story from a data-driven perspective.
This article, by Alysia Burdi, was first published by Humber Today on September 20, 2019. Read the article in it's original context.
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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts Events
Fall 2019 Open House
Sat, November 16, 2019 | 10:00 AM
Come to Open House and get a solid understanding of what it's really like to be a Humber student.
Visiting the campus is one of the best ways to make a decision about college, so join us and speak to faculty and current students, see the labs and take a tour!
General Sessions & Campus Tours
The journey to college brings many questions about your future career, but what about residence, athletics, transfer options or financial assistance? General sessions are designed to help answer these questions and many more. Find the General Sessions related to your campus and come take a tour with us.
School Program Sessions, Tours and Information Booths
Don't just imagine where you'll be studying at Humber, come see for yourself. Program sessions and lab tours offer a better understanding of the learning environment. Staff will provide detailed information about your program, the scope of the industry today and where your education could take you. Feel free to ask questions about your program, curriculum, career and placement opportunities.
Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News
Radio Humber and BRTV Collaborate to showcase Indie Canadian Artists
Thu, June 13, 2019
96.9 Radio Humber teamed up with the Broadcast Television/Videography Program to bring Canadian artists on campus for an interview and performance.
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