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Film and Multiplatform Storytelling

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Program Code: FM511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters Current Students can view program and course details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Details

Humber’s Film and Multiplatform Storytelling graduate certificate program is designed to address the growing demand for trained professionals capable of producing film and media content tailored for multiplatform delivery. Delivered in a hybrid format (combining online and in-class training), this program will train you to create compelling short films documentaries, interactive videos, and innovative transmedia projects.

The program will cultivate your ability to adapt to a constantly changing multiplatform media industry through engagement with a range of traditional and emerging media forms. You will also develop strong entrepreneurial and collaboration skills and initiative through team-based and individual projects. Professional communication skills are fostered including interpersonal, intercultural, networking and presentation skills.

You will learn how to access traditional and innovative funding opportunities while building personal brands as creative, cross-disciplinary, global storytellers. The program uses leading-edge curriculum design and online delivery that surpasses conventional perceptions about online education.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Current students, please make sure to review your MyHumber Academic Progress report to confirm which courses you should register into for your Winter semester. Courses with in-person requirements will likely also have online components. Humber may need to change plans for in-person learning, subject to government and public health directives and/or additional health and safety considerations.


Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Evaluate the potential business opportunities of a story, including funding, audience targets and marketing.

  • Pitch and present multiplatform film projects in writing, orally and using a variety of multimedia and web-based methods.

  • Access public and private sector funding for film and/or multi-platform media projects

  • Write original stories that are at once personal and universal, thoughtful and compelling, honed through a rigorous writing revision process.

  • Adapt stories for production across various media and/or film.

  • Select optimal technologies and platforms for telling a given story.

  • Create time-based and interactive media projects from ideation to production phases.

  • Adhere with applicable legal, ethical and professional standards of the media industry.

  • Display professionalism and openness when receiving constructive critique and story suggestions.

  • Develop and apply strategies for personal and career development through activities such as research, experimentation, mentorship and networking.


Work Placement

This program includes a work placement component to give students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience or mentorship in their area of interest in the creative industries. The 160-hour placement is done in the summer semester after two semesters of study and practice.

Multiplatform Storytelling is essentially creative content production for an evolving, three-dimensional media space. Unlike a ‘traditional’ narrative, multiplatform stories typically evolve on one platform (film, television, web series, etc.) and can extend to secondary and tertiary platforms (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, Quibi etc.) to augment creative delivery of the narrative. Enhanced engagement afforded in these platforms can provide the audience greater agency in terms of how they can interact with the storytelling experience.

Sample Career Titles

  • Filmmaker
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Strategic Communications Officer
  • Copywriting/Creative Content Producer
  • Journalist
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Digital Strategist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Performance Officer
  • Screenwriter
  • Documentarian

Sample Employers

  • Public Relations firms
  • Production Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • News Agencies
  • Marketing Firms
  • Consulting Groups
  • Postsecondary Institutions

Humber’s program features cutting-edge content authored by industry professionals who have produced work in a variety of fields, all of which exist beneath the multiplatform storytelling umbrella (filmmaking, gaming, screenwriting, etc.). Further, its unique configuration encourages students to collaborate and interact with one another so as to develop an original idea in the first semester that will be put into production during the second.

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Expert Faculty


Film and Multiplatform Storytelling (FMST) professors are forward-thinking educators with a broad range of expertise and insight in this fast-emerging discipline of media creation. Program co-ordinator Orest Sushko spent several years in Hollywood mixing soundtracks for feature films and working with a broad range of directors including David Cronenberg and Guillermo Del Toro. His work has garnered an Emmy Award and multiple nominations. The exceptional team of professors in the program also includes Eva Ziemsen, Shannon Vieira, Aram Collier and Neil van der King.

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Lara Johnston
Lara Johnston is the Coordinator of the Post Production Graduate Certificate, and teaches editing and post production in various programs, including the Bachelor of Film and Media Production and Film and Multiplatform Storytelling program. She also continues to work as an editor and most recently edited the feature film Mouthpiece, which was the opening night film for the Special Presentations section of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, and for which she has been nominated for a Canadian Screen Award, and won the Canadian Cinema Editors and Director’s Guild of Canada Feature Editing awards. Lara has a BA in Cinema Studies from University of Toronto and an MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University.
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Kristopher Ohlendorf
Kristopher's interest in digital media has driven his personal and professional life. His academic background includes BS degrees in Radio-Television-Film and Communication Studies from The University of Texas at Austin and an MA in Media Studies from Western University. Kristopher has worked as a freelancer, at various start-ups, and in an agency on projects related to web/graphic design, branding, social media management, digital strategy, digital media production, and basically producing anything that could exist online. He currently teaches courses at Humber covering writing, audio design, creative thinking, and multiplatform storytelling. Outside of teaching, you can find him subsumed listening to music while tending to his pet fish (Zimmy) and two guinea pigs (Maple and Molasses).
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Orest Sushko
Orest Sushko is Professor/Program Coordinator for the Film and Multiplatform Storytelling Program at Humber College. He enjoys cultivating skills in media production, nurturing a student’s creative and dramatic sensibility to draw distinction in their own work. A graduate of McMaster and Ryerson Universities, and a Fulbright Specialist, Orest pursued his vocation in media production combining a novel apprenticeship in both music engineering and audio post-production disciplines. His work in film and television sound has garnered him an Emmy award, two Emmy nominations and numerous international recognitions. Working in both Los Angeles and Toronto, Orest has mixed seven films for director David Cronenberg, and collaborated with a broad range of directors and producers including Barry Sonnenfeld, Judd Apatow, and Guillermo Del Toro. His work on television series includes Orphan Black, The Strain, Netflix series Frontier and documentaries from David Suzuki to The North Face and The Patagonia. Orest’s passion for applied research and development has led to e-commerce industry engagement and work in developing a new audio watermark technology. With the advent of the Next-Gen broadcast television standard in North America, Orest is leading the initiative in developing Canada’s first ATSC 3.0 Living Lab at Humber College. This new IP-based system converges with the global standard of Wi-Fi, the Internet and LTE/5G mobile networks. The Next-Gen Media Lab will offer a place where industry, students and faculty can converge to design, engineer and deliver new content experiences that will move across all media distribution platforms. Orest also enjoys expanding his horizons through producing live events, music productions and has produced and directed the documentary film Music of Survival – a testament to the enduring power of art and the human spirit. Amidst the greatest of horrors the film presents a riveting story, evoking the romantic notion that a song can be more powerful than an act of war.
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Eva Ziemsen
Eva Ziemsen has had the pleasure of teaching at Humber College for 14 years, 9 of those years serving as a co-coordinator of the Film and Television Production Advanced Diploma Program. She teaches/has taught courses in scriptwriting, production supervision, feature film development, media business, Canadian film and media, and ideation. She has embraced opportunities at Humber College, including being part of many film projects over the years, teaching in Bhutan on behalf of Humber College and helping to develop the Film & Multiplatform Storytelling program among many other milestones. Dr. Ziemsen earned her Ph.D. at the University of British Columbia in Interdisciplinary Studies, and her dissertation focused on how to teach film in online and in virtual worlds and featured the production of two films. She holds a Master of Arts in Feature Film (Development) 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. She has written, directed and produced many short films, which have been screened at festivals internationally and on CBC. She hosts a podcast on film. Eva has also taught short workshops related to feature film packaging for Women in Film & TV in Toronto, the DGC and industry employment for through her company. Eva Ziemsen has a passion for international filmmaking and online film education.

Your Career

Ontario is emerging as an important hub for media production, with Toronto’s film and television cluster now ranking third in North America. Our program has been designed to address this growing demand for trained professionals who can create engaging content designed for multiplatform delivery. Students graduate with the skills necessary to enter the film and television production industry or become independent media producers capable of immersive and interactive output in a variety of emerging digital mediums

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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 2 requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


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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

If you have questions about these Equipment & Device Requirements contact:

Orest Sushko, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3023


The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,831.98
  • international: $17,027.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Humber Scholarships

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

Humber Bursaries

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

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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.


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Phone: 416-675-5000

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Program Specific Questions

Orest Sushko, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3023

How to Apply

Applications to Humber are made through 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

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