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Program Code: 09501 Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters
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Program Overview

If you are new to post-secondary education, Humber's Media Foundation certificate program will help you to develop foundational knowledge and skills as preparation for further study in advanced media programs in Humber's Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.

You will use up-to-date, industry-standard software as you gain a broad understanding of what it’s like to work in different sectors of the media industry. Media Foundation is designed with input from industry partners and is taught by faculty with strong industry connections and experience who can give you valuable insights into the trends and realities of the media industry.

In the first semester, you will develop skills for successful post-secondary learning while you are introduced to visual literacy, film studies, media communications and digital design. In your second and final semester, you will consolidate your general theoretical knowledge by choosing five electives from Special Projects, Video Production, Script Writing, Audio and Video Editing, Television Studio Production, Image Capture, and Design for Media 2.

Pathways

This program offers transfer credits for a number of FMCA diploma programs and a block transfer that allows Media Foundation graduates to start in the second semester of the Media Communications diploma. As well, students who do not have University English, but who receive a 65% in their Writ course in the first semester of Media Foundation, will meet the requirements needed to apply to many degree programs at Humber.

 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Develop concepts and ideas through ideation processes to form the foundation of creative projects

  2. Employ appropriate media hardware and software applications and techniques to create and edit media content for a wide range of platforms

  3. Create original and accessible photographs, designs, videos and audio files using various tools, techniques and processes

  4. Write creative media content using various styles for an identified audience and purpose that meets industry standard

  5. Present ideas, information and projects verbally to an audience

  6. Research using current and relevant strategies to find information inspiration for projects

  7. Incorporate researched information and opinions into presentations, reports and projects using consistent and complete citations

  8. Analyze visual and written media content in context to determine meaning, effectiveness, audience and purpose

  9. Reflect on one’s own knowledge, skills, attitudes and values to develop a personal educational and career plan that aligns with the practices of media industries in Canada

  10. Collaborate within a media team to meet project goals, deadlines, industry standards and professional expectations


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Accessibility is a core value in the Media Foundation program, and all students learn the skills to create accessible media so that their stories can reach the largest audience.

In their reflective response to the online course Making Accessible Media (MAM), included as part of Media Foundation curriculum, Tate Smirle (2021-2022 cohort) recorded their response, wrote a transcript, uploaded a braille font to their computer, printed out the pages, and created the raised dots of braille on a sheet of paper by hand.

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Why did you decide to continue to the Broadcast Television diploma?

Meet Nicoro Vassell. After graduating from the one-year Media Foundation certificate, Nicoro is pursuing further study in Humber's Broadcast Television Videography diploma program.

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Expert Faculty

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Joyce Grant

Joyce Grant, MA, is a freelance journalist and strategic marketing specialist. She co-founded a boutique ad agency and publishes an award-winning news website, TeachingKidsNews.com. She is the author of six children's books and she's a proud Humber grad!

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Meelad Moaphi

Meelad Moaphi holds BFA (2010) and MFA (2019) degrees in film production from York University. His films combine interests in experimental and narrative cinema that expand definitions of dramatic filmmaking. As a trilingual with a genuinely global perspective, Meelad has directed pieces in English, Farsi, Spanish, Japanese and even Urdu. He has served as video editor on countless commercial projects and teaches filmmaking, screenwriting and editing at university and workshop levels. Meelad has been with Humber College since 2020.

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Sheila Pohle
After studying graphic design, Sheila Pohle embarked on a career working full time for several advertising, graphics, and marketing agencies, attaining awards--including Gold and Silver Communicator and PROMO!--while working on a wide variety of projects. Since 2018, Sheila has brought her skills into the Graphic Design for Print & Web, Media Foundation and the Design Foundation programs at Humber College where she teaches, Illustrator, Illustrator Advanced, Design for Media, and Web Design.
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Nicola Winstanley

Following a career in publishing as a publicist and international rights agent, Nicola Winstanley began teaching as a partial-load instructor at Humber College in 2009 and became full-time faculty in 2012. She holds an MA (Hons.) in English from Auckland University and an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia, for which she was a recipient of the Humber Union Scholarship. Nicola is the author of five picture books for children and has widely published poetry, fiction and comics for adults. In 2019, her picture book How to Give Your Cat a Bath was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award. In 2018, Nicola was awarded the Humber President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching. Presented to one faculty member at the institution each year, this award recognizes excellence in teaching practice, exemplary research and scholarship, implementing innovative instructional strategies in teaching and learning, and educational leadership.

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Anne Zbitnew

Anne Zbitnew (she/her) is a Humber graduate and has been teaching in the Media Foundation program since 2000. She studied at Ryerson University in the Faculty of Disability Studies and has a Master's from York University in the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Anne was the Project Lead for Making Accessible Media (MAM), an open-access accessible online course that reaches over 5,000 Humber Faculty of Media & Creative Arts (FMCA) students and is the basis for collaborations around accessible media-making with industry leaders including the Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC). She is also the Project Lead for Accessibility as Aesthetic in Broadcast Media, a media project that partners FMCA Broadcast Television and Videography (BRTV) students with disability-identified experts.

Your Career

A career in media can take you in many directions: video production, journalism, public relations, interactive media, advertising, and digital design and imaging. Our program allows you to experience all these possibilities and will help you decide where you want to go next. 

In your second semester, you will choose electives that will provide you with more advanced training and help you prepare for your next step. We’ll help you apply to other programs that will lead you to your media career of choice. Our goal is to set you up for success.

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Program Availability

Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Open
Start dates between Sept 2023 - Aug 2024
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September 2023 North Open

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The above video, about students' experience in the Media Foundation program, was directed and produced by Media Foundation students Bright Osei-Agyeman, Alisha Beauvais and Kodiac Bennett.


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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 3 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)

    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.

  • 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

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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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Fees

The 2022-2023 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,760.06
  • international: $16,394.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Additional Costs

 Approximately $600 - materials and equipment.

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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Contact Information

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