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Bachelor of Film and Media Production

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Program Code: FM411 Credential: Honours Degree Program Length: 8 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Bachelor of Film and Media Production degree program combines theory and practice with the goal of preparing you for a rewarding career in media. You will learn a variety of screenwriting and storytelling techniques, and how to combine them into compelling visual narratives. You will be taught by professors highly experienced in the film industry, and benefit from their insights and experiences.

This rigorous program covers a broad range of practical and academic topics such as direction, picture and sound editing, cinematography, videography, and post-production. You will study both fiction and non-fiction filmmaking. You will gain vital research and management abilities and attend seminars hosted by industry professionals, giving you access to valuable insights and contacts. In addition to standard film school topics, this program focuses on multiplatform delivery, ensuring graduates are ready to take advantage of new digital content channels. A film and media theory component is combined with courses such as entertainment law and media entrepreneurship, preparing graduates for their careers in film. A capstone project in your final year will allow you to apply your skills and demonstrate your creative vision.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Semester 5

BFMP 3000: Nonfiction Film and Development
BFMP 3002: Professional Practice
Select 1 from the following courses
DEGE : Degree Breadth Elective
Select 2 from the following courses
FMPE : Film & Media Electives
Select 1 from the following courses
FMPS : Core Skills Elective

Semester 7

BFMP 4000: Film and Media Capstone 1
BFMP 4001: Media Entrepreneurship
Select 1 from the following courses
DEGE : Degree Breadth Elective
Select 1 from the following courses
FMPE : Film & Media Electives


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Create film and media content using current industry standard tools and procedures to meet project goals and realize well-crafted stories. 

  2. Assume various roles in all phases of film and media content creation including writing, producing, directing, camera and post-production.

  3. Synthesize current and historical cultural and aesthetic movements and technological trends in the creation of media, in relation to one’s own creative practice.

  4. Manage all aspects of film and media projects in compliance with professional, ethical, legal and current safety standards.

  5. Create and deliver completed projects with a high degree of aesthetic and technical accomplishment.

  6. Develop and pitch concepts for film and media that are original, feasible and compelling to a defined audience.

  7. Assess the parameters of financing, marketing and distribution associated with film and media projects, to establish their viability.

  8. Collaborate professionally on film or media projects, providing innovative contributions while adhering to current and evolving industry practices.

  9. Reflect critically on one’s own process during self-evaluation and peer assessment, both orally and in writing in order to identify gaps in professional knowledge and ability.

  10. Build and maintain a professional portfolio that highlights individual contributions to media projects for prospective clients, employers, agents and collaborators.


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Work Placement

Students will participate in a mandatory work placement which takes place in the summer semester between Years 3 and 4. 

After completing a work placement preparation course, students will be supported in marketing themselves to prospective employers in order to find a work placement that aligns with their personal career goals.

The Humber Advantage

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FMP grad, Andrew Korogyi and FMTV grad, Yosef Baraki, have been honoured again for their film, Mina Walking. The film has been awarded the first ever 'Discovery Award' at the Canadian Screen Awards!

Mina Walking is about 12 year-old girl’s struggle to provide for her family while pursuing an education.

Expert Faculty

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You’ll learn from experienced professors, including Emmy, Genie and Gemini award-winning industry professionals who bring a wealth of knowledge to the classroom.

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Catherine Carnovale

M.F.A. Film Producing and Screenwriting, Columbia University
B.A. (Honours) - Film Studies and Drama, Queen's University
Professor

Garrett Kerr

MA (Media Production) –  Ryerson University

BFA (Film and Television) – New York University, USA

Professor/Program Co-ordinator

Ivo Solan

MgA - (Film and Television) Academy of Performing Arts in Prague

Professor

Jeff Winch

BFA – Ontario College of Art and Design

MA – Ryerson University

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Jessica Wolfe

MA, PhD (English, Book History and Print Culture) - University of Toronto

BA (English) - McGill University


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Shannon Viera-Covello

MA (Media Production) - Ryerson University
PGCert (Post Production) - Humber College
BAA (Media Studies) & Diploma  (Journalism) -  University of Guelph-Humber
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Steven James May

PhD (Communication and Culture) - York University & Ryerson University
MA (Media Production) - Ryerson University
BAA (Honours) Radio and Television Arts - Ryerson University
BAS (Honours) Administrative Studies - Trent University
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Gordon Burkell

Gordon Burkell is an editor who played a pivotal role in the creation of the Canadian Cinema Editors and is currently part of the American Cinema Editors educational committee exploring new ways to teach editing to students.

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Catherine Carnovale

Catherine Carnovale is a professor and Toronto-based film and television professional with over 12 years of experience working in network, studio, agency and independent production company environments in Canada and the United States. As a seasoned development executive, she has successfully set up scripted and factual projects with domestic and international networks, and set up co-production relationships with Ireland and the UK. Television movies she has shepherded through development and production have aired on such networks as Crave/TMN, CityTV, Lifetime, W Network, UPtv, TF1 and M6.  As a producer, her work has screened at such festivals as Tribeca, Locarno and Sundance. Catherine has an honours bachelor of arts degree in Film Studies and Drama from Queen’s University, and a master of fine arts degree in Film Producing and Screenwriting from Columbia University.

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Garrett Kerr

Garrett has worked in the film industry for over 25 years, focusing on post-production and sound design. He has received wide industry recognition for his sound work, including a Prime Time Emmy, three MPSE nominations, and a combined total of 30 CSA, Genie, Gemini and DGC awards with 6 wins. In addition, he has worked on a number of projects with Academy, Emmy and BAFTA awards and nominations. Since moving into full-time teaching, Garrett remains active as a consultant and supervisor on select Canadian production when he's able.

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Eva Kolcze

Eva Kolcze creates short films and video installations that investigate themes of landscape, architecture, and the body. Her work has screened at venues and festivals including the National Gallery of Canada, Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC), MOCA Toronto, the Gardiner Museum, Nuit Blanche, Cinémathèque québécoise, Birch Contemporary, and the Images Festival. She currently teaches filmmaking at Humber College and OCAD University. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from OCAD University and a Master of Fine Arts in Film Production from York University.

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Steven May

Steven May is a Professor at Humber College's Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. May holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from Ryerson University and York University. His core research interest is television distribution in the digital age.

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Cody Pentzos

Cody Pentzos (MFA) has worked alongside some of Canada’s foremost filmmaking talents, including Clement Virgo (HBO’s The Wire, OWN Network’s Greenleaf), Damon D’Oliveira (CBC’s The Book of Negroes), and former Writers Guild of Canada Showrunner of the Year Michael MacLennan.

Professor Pentzos has helped bring to life many big and small screen projects, including the television hit series Bitten, the Netflix reboot The Magic School Bus Rides Again, as well as the adaptation of Order of Canada member Lawrence Hill's acclaimed novel The Illegal. His story/script consulting services are sought after by both emerging and established creatives alike.

Professor Pentzos joined the department in 2019 and is a graduate of the Bachelor of Film & Media Production program. He earned his master of fine arts degree in film (screenwriting) from York University in 2017. Other institutions where he has lectured on cinema and storytelling for the screen include University of Toronto, George Brown College, and York University.

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Ivo Solan

Ivo Solan has taught directing and editing in the Bachelor of Film and Media Production program since 2010.
After graduating with an MgA. (M.F.A.) degree from the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, Ivo wrote and directed documentaries in Czechoslovakia.
He moved to Canada in 1985 and soon began his twenty-year tenure at CHUM (now CTV) Television, working for CityTV, Much Music, Bravo, and other stations. Initially a camera and Steadicam operator, Ivo moved on to producing, directing, and editing, and became a Creative Services commercial production supervising producer.
Besides working for film, television, and transmedia, Ivo has also directed live stage performances and music shows. He has won several awards for his work.

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Steven Toepell

Steven Toepell is a sound designer/editor/mixer who has been working in sound for film and television for more than three decades and teaching at the post-secondary level for 10 years. He has contributed to TV series and movies as well as IMAX and documentary films for television broadcast, theatrical and direct-to-video release, and online streaming. Advertising and podcasts are also a part of his repertoire. His clientele range from major film and TV studios to independent filmmakers.

Steven has wide-ranging experience in dialogue, sound effects and music editing, ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement) recording, Foley performing and recording, and mixing.

Field recording has been a large part of his professional experience. He has travelled extensively throughout North America, Europe and Asia recording sound effects for use in audio post-production for film and television and operates an online library.

He is a Gemini Award winner as well as a multiple nominee for the MPSE Golden Reel Awards in the United States.

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Shannon Vieira-Covello

Upon completion of the graduate certificate in Post-Production at Humber College, Shannon Vieira-Covello has worked as a freelance producer and video editor for 10 years. Shannon has worked on various types of projects from corporate communications, commercials, documentary, and multi-cam studio productions for a wide range of clients including Scotiabank, Loblaw Companies Ltd., University Health Network, Bank of Montreal, United Way and Toronto Police Services.

In 2014, Shannon obtained her master of arts in Media Production from Ryerson University, with the goal to pursue teaching in post-secondary institutions. Since 2015, Shannon has taught an array of media courses in both production and post-production at various institutions including Humber College, Ryerson University, Sheridan College and OCAD University.

Shannon takes pride in teaching media production at the post-secondary level while continuing to work in industry so that she can foster an effective and interactive learning environment as she guides future content creators.

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Jessica Wolfe

Jessica Duffin Wolfe teaches interactive design and digital storytelling in the Digital Communications, Journalism, and Film degree programs at Humber’s Lakeshore campus. Before joining Humber, she completed a PhD in English, Book History, and Print Culture, and worked as a critic, magazine editor, and web developer. She’s taught previously at OCAD University and the University of Toronto, and is working to develop Humber’s immersive storytelling capacity. You can learn more about her writing and projects at her website: https://jessicaduffinwolfe.com

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Eva Ziemsen

Dr. Eva Ziemsen is a professor in all film programs at Humber College (also having served as co-coordinator of FMTV for 9 years) and is the virtual production lead in the Film, Acting and Media Production cluster. She earned her PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of British Columbia, and her dissertation focused on how to teach film production virtually. She holds a Master of Arts in Feature Film from Goldsmiths College at the University of London, England, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film & Video Production and Screenwriting from York University, Toronto. 

Eva has written, directed and produced many short films that have been screened at festivals internationally and developed several feature films. Eva co-executive produced Humber’s feature film Reign, which premiered at the Female Eye Film Festival. Eva initiated a game about filmmaking based on her IP, Machinima Film Studio 1.0, between the film and Game Programming programs. Eva has also taught short workshops for Women in Film & TV in Toronto, the DGC, SIRT Centre and industry employment through her workshop Film/Survival, which is also a podcast.

Eva Ziemsen has a passion for international filmmaking, virtual production education and curriculum development.

Study Abroad

We have a variety of international initiatives that students can explore for credit or work placement hours. These vary every year and offer cultural experiences for students who crave to be inspired by different surroundings and cultures. 

Your Career

Media production is a major industry in Canada. More than $1.1 billion of production activity creates hundreds of thousands of jobs. The growth and increasing sophistication of new distribution channels is increasing the demand for imaginative creative content as production technology continues to expand and improve. As a result, there is constant demand for skilled thinkers and creators. As a graduate of our program, you can pursue career opportunities in areas such as directing, cinematography, writing, producing, post-production and interactive technologies, all of which will increase as the Canadian film industry continues to flourish.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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Ministry Consent

Humber College has been granted a consent by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities to offer this applied degree for a seven-year term starting June 18, 2020.  Humber College shall ensure that all students admitted to the above-named program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

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 5 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 (ENG4U or equivalent) minimum 65 per cent
      • Five Grade 12 U or M courses in addition to those listed above
      • Overall minimum grade point average (GPA) 65 per cent

    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 all listed course requirements.

    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.

  • Media Project

  • Applicants will complete a media project which explores one of the following themes:

    • Similarities/Differences
    • The Most Important Thing I've Learned So Far

    Project Guidelines:

    The project must be produced in a time-based media form, for example, film, video or audio. The piece can be of any genre, including and not limited to, experimental, drama, autobiography, comedy or documentary. Think of the theme as a catalyst or starting point for your story or piece.

    For example: An applicant uses the The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned So Far theme to make a short documentary about the time someone they didn’t personally know stepped up to defend them when they were being bullied, and how that taught them an important lesson about standing up for those who can’t defend themselves. 

    The project has a maximum length of two minutes, must be original and created by the applicant. The project’s title shall be the same as the theme chosen. For Example:

    The Most Important Thing I've Learned So Far by Student Name

  • Writing Assignment

  • Applicants must also complete a written reflection of 350 to 500 words which explores their creative process in the media project and its intersection with their intentions as a future Humber film student.

    Submission Instructions

  • 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.

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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Equipment & Device Requirements

Semester 1

Details and Specifications Minimum Specs Recommended Specs
Processor Quad-Core i5 Quad-Core i5 or i7
OS Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer Win 10 64bit v1803 or macOS 10.13 or newer
Memory 8GB 16GB
Storage 250GB SSD 500GB SSD
Monitor 1280 x 800 1920 x 1080 or higher
Other 1 Gigabit Ethernet for HD, 2GB GPU (Graphic Card), High-speed internet access, Warranty 1 Gigabit Ethernet for HD, 4GB GPU VRAM (Graphic Card), 2 x USB-C ports or more, High-speed internet access, Warranty

Contact Information

Susan Murray, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3626
susan.murray@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $7,215.68
  • international: $20,567.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

Humber Degree Scholarships

Humber awards degree scholarships automatically to graduating high school students based on academic achievement. See this following chart for details. Some of the scholarships are renewable each year if you maintain an average of 80 per cent or more.

95%+ $4,000 renewable
90 - 94.9% $3,500 renewable
85 - 89.9% $3,000 renewable
80 - 84.9% $2,000 renewable
75 - 79.9% $1,500 one time

Degree Transfer Scholarships ($1,500 - $2,500)

Humber automatically awards degree transfer scholarships to students entering any Humber degree program who have completed a one-year Ontario college certificate* or a two- or three-year diploma with a GPA of 80 per cent or more from a publicly-funded college. Students who have achieved a program GPA of 80 per cent or more will be awarded a one-time scholarship of $1,500 for a certificate program or $2,500 for a diploma program in recognition of their academic achievement. Certificates and diplomas do not have to be related to the degree program of choice and are not tied to the eligibility for advanced standing or transfer credit. No application is required.

80%+ Certificate $1,500
One Time 80%+ Diploma $2,500

Humber Scholarships

Find out more about scholarships and bursaries that you may be eligible for, visit Student Scholarships. International students can visit International Student Scholarships.

Humber Bursaries

Bursaries are available for Certificate, Diploma and Degree programs primarily based on financial need, visit Humber Bursaries.

External Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Find out more information about external scholarships and bursaries, visit External Awards.

Indigenous Student Awards, Bursaries & Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of bursaries and scholarships for Indigenous students, visit Indigenous Student Awards.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.

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  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Susan Murray, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3626
susan.murray@humber.ca

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

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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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