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Program Code: 04831 Credential: Advanced Diploma Program Length: 6 semesters
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Program Overview

In Humber’s Film and Television Production (FMTV) advanced diploma program, you will gain hands-on experience with production and digital cinematography equipment from your first days at school. Industry experts will train you in the skills required for success in the film industry. Find your niche and develop team-building and collaboration skills by working in specialized roles on public service announcements, documentaries and short films. A wide variety of filmmaking, editing and cinematography courses will help you achieve well-rounded capabilities and create head-turning work.

In our program you will:

  • fine tune film and TV production abilities using industry-standard production equipment in large, well-equipped studios and state-of-the-art video and audio editing suites
  • gain valuable experience in every aspect of production including scriptwriting, lighting, direction, shooting, post-production, distribution and exhibition 
  • complete your education with training in business and marketing, opportunities to connect with industry professionals, and a final-semester work placement
  • premiere your work at high-profile program showcase screenings

Student films produced in FMTV are regularly selected for a number of leading film festivals including TIFF Top Ten, Hot Docs, Montreal World Film Festival and Air Canada EnRoute.

Courses Learning Outcomes


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Apply industry standard processes for development, pre-production, production, post-production, marketing and distribution of media content for film and television.

  2. Relate historical and current issues and emerging trends to the evolution of film and television as an artistic media.

  3. Model professional and ethical behavior when solving problems working with colleagues and clients in the media industry to achieve production project goals.

  4. Develop scripts for film, television productions and web-based projects.

  5. Produce visual and audio effects to refine and enhance media productions.

  6. Use audio and visual techniques as a tool to translate and express ideas, themes and concepts into film and television productions.

  7. Execute a media project by selecting and operating various video and audio media equipment and software appropriate for the production project according to professional standards.

  8. Plan, schedule, budget, and manage location sites for various types of film and television project in accordance with safety, legal and professional standards.

  9. Critique and edit media content produced by self and others both orally and in writing against identified media production standards and conventions.

  10. Design and maintain a professional portfolio for presentations to prospective clients or employers that highlights ones contributions to media production projects.

  11. Develop and execute lighting plans that achieve film and television production project goals.

  12. Create media content using various audio and video technologies, media equipment, formats, software and communications procedures appropriate for the project and that meet professional standards in film and television productions.


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Work Placement

The program features a work placement that runs from four to eight weeks. Instructors work with students to find a suitable placement, enabling them to hone their skillsets in a professional environment. Toronto and southern Ontario are home to numerous television and film production, post-production, lighting and sound companies. Humber has strong relationships with these firms, with many having worked with students before, giving you an advantage when applying for your placement.

The Humber Advantage

2016 Film & Television Production Documentary Screening

FMTV Documentary Screening

Watch the video to see the FMTV 2nd year students showcase their documentary projects at The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.

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Humber Reel

Watch the video to see some of the amazing work done by our Film and TV Production students.

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Voorje

Watch the video to see the work done by our Film and TV Production students.

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Machinima

Watch the video to see Film & TV Production and Game Programming students partner to create a video game.

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Voyeur - Best Student Film

FMTV Grad Matthew Read and his film Voyeur won the Norman McLaren Award for Best Student Film at the 2016 Montreal World Wide Film Festival. Watch the trailer for Voyeur.

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Watch the video to see how Humber's third year FMTV students showcased their final Independent Projects and commercials at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema for friends, family and industry personnel.

Synopsis

16-year-old Nadzija is forced to the limits of her humanity in order to survive the Bosnian War. She is accompanied by Vesna, a widowed mother of an infant boy, as they attempt to reach a refugee camp together. The consequences of their actions continue to haunt them decades later.

About Bosniak

Bosniak is a short film written, directed and produced by Film and Television Production (FMTV) Diploma program graduate Kejd Kuqo. Since the film's completion, it has been generating buzz on the festival circuit worldwide. Below is a list of past and upcoming festivals that have or will be screening the film.

Festival and Awards Screenings

Below is a list of all the festivals and awards Bosniak has had the pleasure of screening at.

  • Air Canada On Route Film Festival
  • Big River Film Festival (Best Student Film)
  • Cannes Film Festival Short Films Corner
  • Concordia Film Festival
  • Festival Du Nouveau Cinema
  • First Step Film Festival
  • Flickers Rhode Island Film Festival
  • Future of Film Showcase
  • HollyShorts Film Festival
  • InShort Film Festival
  • Montreal World Film Festival
  • Riverrun International Film Festival
  • Snowtown Film Festival (Best Foreign Film)
  • South East European Film Festival
  • Sunscreen Film Festival West
  • Toronto International Short Film Festival
  • Toronto Youth Shorts (Industry Choice, Achievement in Film Directing- Fiction, Audience Choice)
  • Winchester Film Festival
  • Worldfest - Houston (Remi Winner)
  • Yale Film Festival

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Watch the video to see Film & Television Production students receive hands-on industry-specific training in the facilities of IATSE 873.

Expert Faculty

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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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Kathleen Climie

Kathleen Climie has been a production designer in the film and television industry for many years and has had the opportunity to with work with some of Canada's finest filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan, Sarah Polley and Clement Virgo. A full list of her credits can be found at IMDB.

An alumnus of the Canadian Film Centre New Media Lab (2009), she continues to expand her creative boundaries. In 2010 she was responsible for the redesign and rebranding of TVO's flagship news program, The Agenda With Steve Paikin.

Kathleen came to teaching through Ryerson University Chang School for Continuing Education in 2008 where she helped to design and implement curriculum for the Design for Arts and Entertainment program specializing in production design and art direction. Kathleen is currently teaching production design at Humber College.

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Michael Glassbourg

With a background in theatre and film, Michael Glassbourg has been happily and enthusiastically teaching in the Film & Television Production program at Humber College for 30 years. Michael has also produced and directed over 175 half-hour episodes for four series: Writers’ Confessions, The Artist’s Life, Great Canadian Books, and The Writing Life. Additionally, Michael has made a number of documentaries including Wayson Choy: Unfolding the Butterfly, “Elvii”: More than One Elvis, and Policy Baby: The Journey Of Rita/Bev. His films have screened with many broadcasters (CBC, Bravo!, TVO, Arts New Zealand, etc.) and at many festivals (Chicago, Yorkton, Savannah, Festival de Films sur l’Art de Montreal, DOXA, etc.) Owlkids published Michael’s book Learn to Speak Film, a book about filmmaking for young people that was nominated for a Silver Birch Award. Outside of Humber, Michael is currently working on a novel, Welcome to Paradise, that takes place in the Columbia River Valley in the 1970s.

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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

Take action with a fast-paced career in the growing film and television production industry.

Our program has prepared thousands of graduates for a range of permanent and freelance positions in television, feature film production and post-production. These positions include writing, directing, producing, camera operation, cinematography, sound recording, and picture and sound editing. Additionally, graduates work in casting, location scouting, marketing and distribution. According to Ontario Creates, Ontario's film and TV industry supported more than 44,540 jobs in 2019 and contributed $2.15 billion to Ontario's economy.

Humber works with our industry partners to use their expertise in designing the program, ensuring you earn a credential that opens doors for you and industry respects.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2022 - Aug 2023
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September 2022 North Open
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Film and Television Production - 2018 Graduate Film Showcase

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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 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 (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 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.

  • Information Session

  • Applicants will attend an information session, during which they will complete a writing sample on a topic assigned during the session. Applicants must register for this session. See below for registration instructions.

    Registration Instructions

  • Questionnaire

  • The questionnaire will focus on your interest in the program and knowledge of the industry. You are encouraged to answer the questions as fully as possible.

  • 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 16GB 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

Andrew Stevenson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5696
andrew.stevenson@humber.ca

Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $19,615.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

$1,400 (for Year 1); $700 (for Year 2); $1,500 (for Year 3) - for film productions.

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.

Explore Opportunities through Humber Pathways

Humber Pathways include:

  • Opportunities to build on your college education and complete your diploma or degree at Humber.
  • Degree and graduate study opportunities at other institutions in Ontario, Canada and abroad.
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Admissions Questions

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

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Contact Information

Andrew Stevenson, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 5696
andrew.stevenson@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.

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

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