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Film and Multiplatform Storytelling

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Program Code: FM511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 3 semesters
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Program Overview

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

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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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 (minimum) work placement may be completed full time in the third semester. 

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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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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Paul Cross

Paul Cross is a podcaster, broadcaster, documentary maker and professor. His podcast catalogue includes Cross Talk, a series on media history, commentary and analysis with an emphasis on audio media and the importance of listening, and The Erasure of Race: The Killing of Howard Joel Munroe, a collaboration released beginning in May 2021. He has presented feature workshops on specialized aspects of podcasting at Podcamp Toronto in 2019 and 2020. 

Paul's achievements in radio news and documentaries have been recognized by the New York Festivals and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters. His broadcast career includes newscasting on radio stations including CFRB Newstalk 1010, 1050 CHUM, CHUM FM and AM 640. National newscasts he wrote and anchored have been aired on CHUM group and Broadcast News/Canadian Press stations throughout Canada. His research is focused on local radio in times of local crisis.  

Paul's work with students includes news and sports reporting, interviewing, podcasting, documentaries, music program production and audio drama and transmedia storytelling.

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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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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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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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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.

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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Program Availability

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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.

    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 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

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

Gordon Burkell, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5686
gordon.burkell@humber.ca

Fees

The 2021-2022 fee for three semesters was:

  • domestic: $5,796.48
  • international: $18,048.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Scholarships

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.

Pathways

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

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Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Contact Information

Gordon Burkell, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5686
gordon.burkell@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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