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Media Foundation

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Program Code: 09501 Credential: Ontario College Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personCurrent Students can view program delivery details at Current Student Resources  
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Program Details

In Humber's Media Foundation certificate program, you will develop foundational knowledge and skills in digital media, communications, writing, and design as preparation for further study in advanced media programs in Humber's Faculty of Media & Creative Arts. Your media training and in-studio work on media arts will thoroughly ground you in foundational theory, and you will use up-to-date, industry-standard software to create various media content. 

This program 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 strong skills for successful postsecondary learning while you are introduced to visual literacy, film studies, photography and digital design. In your second and final semester, you will consolidate your general theoretical knowledge and practical skills in media communications and will build an area of focus by choosing four electives from Video Production, Script Writing, Audio and Video Editing, Television Studio Production, Image Capture 2, and Design for Media 2.

Designed for students who are new to postsecondary education and media, this two-semester program will give you a broad understanding of what it is like to work in different sectors of the media industry, and will help you to develop a career focus in preparation for future learning and success in the workplace.

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.


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Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

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

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

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

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

  • Present ideas, information and projects verbally to an audience

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

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

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

  • 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

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


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Media Foundation has two dynamic full-time professors and several part-time professors who work in their respective industries and bring their current industry knowledge to students in the classroom. Program co-ordinator Nicola Winstanley is an award-winning writer and educator. Fellow full-time professor Anne Zbitnew is an educator and advocate for access and inclusion.

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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 – then 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 DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 North Open
START DATE LOCATION STATUS
September 2021 North Open

Media Foundation Program at Humber

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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.


Creative Arts & Design Events

Current

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Humber

Mon, April 19, 2021 to Thu, June 03, 2021
Online

Current is a festival of arts, media and design showcasing the work of graduating students from the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.

Featuring live and recorded performances, screenings, exhibits, networking events, and portfolio shows, Current celebrates the ingenuity and professionalism of an electric group of storytellers. Connect with them at humbercurrent.ca starting April 19, or visit the website now to reserve your free ticket to a live event!

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Creative Arts & Design Success Stories

Grad Feature: Alfredo Films - Alexander, Holly and Shivam

Grad Feature: Alfredo Films - Alexander, Holly and Shivam

Wed, April 07, 2021

Alexander Henry, Holly Rowden, and Shivam Pandya graduated from the Bachelor of Film and Media Production in 2016.

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Grad Feature: Cassandra DePetrillo

Grad Feature: Cassandra DePetrillo

Wed, April 07, 2021

Cassandra DePetrillo has been working in the film and television industry since she graduated from the Film and Television Production program in 2011.

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Faculty of Media & Creative Arts News

Maria Saba Wins 2020 Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

Maria Saba Wins 2020 Writers-in-Exile Scholarship

School for Writers

Mon, October 26, 2020

Meet thethe recipient of the 2020 PEN Canada-Humber College Writers-in-Exile Scholarship, Maria Saba.

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Program Events

Current

Current

Humber

Mon, April 19, 2021 to Thu, June 03, 2021
Online

Current is a festival of arts, media and design showcasing the work of graduating students from the Faculty of Media & Creative Arts.

Featuring live and recorded performances, screenings, exhibits, networking events, and portfolio shows, Current celebrates the ingenuity and professionalism of an electric group of storytellers. Connect with them at humbercurrent.ca starting April 19, or visit the website now to reserve your free ticket to a live event!

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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 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 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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Fees

The 2020-2021 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $3,740.64
  • international: $15,874.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

Domestic Fees International Fees

Additional Costs

 Approximately $600 for materials and equipment.

Scholarships

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.

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.

Contact Us

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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Program Specific Questions

Nicola Winstanley, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4370
nicola.winstanley@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

Apply through Ontario Colleges

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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