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Program Code: 11701
Credential: Diploma
Start Dates: January, September
Program Length: 4 semesters
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Humber is proud to have the highest graduate employment and employer satisfaction rate of the GTA colleges based on Colleges Ontario’s key performance indicators for college graduates in 2022-2023.

Program Overview

Humber’s award-winning Multimedia Design and Development diploma program offers the opportunity to participate in an extensive multimedia design education where students build a range of interactive digital media production skills including web design, mobile interface design, experience design, motion graphics, 2D animation, web coding, streaming, user testing, video and sound editing, user interface prototyping, digital storytelling, and interactive design. Through this hands-on learning process, students will develop the fundamental creative and technical multimedia design and development capabilities needed to pursue a career in user experience (UX) design, user interface (UI) design, product design, videography, motion graphics and front-end development.
 
Multimedia Design and Development is one of two programs within Humber’s interaction and design common platform cluster. The first semester of this program is shared with the three-year Graphic Design program. This offers students exposure to the different areas of programming, common elements of design and creative thinking, and collaborative work with students studying to work in complementary career fields. Greater exposure to the ever-evolving and exciting world of design and development will allow students to investigate the edges of this area of study, and then students will confirm their focus prior to the second semester of study.
 
Under the guidance of experienced and knowledgeable professors, students learn on and become experienced with industry-standard software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, XD, Audition and Premiere. Web technologies such as HTML5, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS3), JavaScript, jQuery, NodeJS and MongoDB. These are employed in hands-on learning situations in our applied teaching environment with relevant industry projects.
 
Students cultivate important collaborative teamwork and project management skills through group assignments both within this program and through interdisciplinary work with students in sister programs. This prepares students for collaborative projects in the field and helps students gain a real-world perspective on the nature of multimedia work. Students prepare to pursue new media opportunities by developing a comprehensive portfolio that they can present to potential employers or clients, and they are exposed to entrepreneurial opportunities open to professionals in this rich field. Students in this program also build real-world user experience skills using Humber’s unique, mobile usability lab and through a field experience.

Work-Integrated Learning  

Students will participate in a mandatory which takes place in the last semester of study. After completing a field experience preparation course, students will be supported in marketing themselves to prospective employers in order to find a field experience that aligns with their personal career goals.

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One Common Semester

The Interactive & Design Platform offers a shared first semester between two programs giving you the freedom to change your area of study in the second semester to any of the two.

Core Skills Gained in Semester 1

  • Web Technology
  • Digital Technology
  • Motion
  • Creative Thinking
  • Design
  • Typography

The Usability Lab is a new facility for students in the Faculty of Media, Creative Arts, and Design at Humber College. This “Live Lab” is a full-fledged usability lab where content creators can capture & assess the interaction between user and design.

This Usability Lab is specialized, in that it was purposefully built for usability studies to ensure that the environment does not interfere with the testing. Designed with flexibility at its core, it has been equipped with a broad variety of technology, supporting usability testing at many different levels of sophistication.

What makes this lab unique is the fact that it is mobile. This one-of-a-kind usability lab can be delivered to those who wish to use and evaluate our designs, as well as their own. For our students, they can participate in, and lead experiments that will truly test the designs they have developed, to make sure they work in the manner they have been designed to work.

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RGD Partner Program

Learn more about Humber's partnership with the Association of Registered Graphic Designers (RGD), Canada’s largest professional association for graphic designers.

BuildingF brings marketers and agencies together with advanced students from virtually any Humber program to produce strategic creative content and technology solutions. Instead of just being given a grade for assignments, students are provided with a chance to work with real clients, on actual accounts, receiving first-hand experience in the field.

The disciplines that can be accessed through BuildingF include anything found in a modern advertising, design or PR agency, including brand experience design, communications marketing, advertising design, writing, production, and much more.

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Asma Asad Khan

Asma is a Design Professor and thorough Creative with a history of working in the innovation and design industry and higher education both. Her forte is Interaction Design, Experience Design, UI, Design Thinking, Visual Design, Storytelling and tinkering with other emerging design and multimedia practices. Her classroom is more like a playing field with two way communication of thoughts, ideas and design process based in empathy and creative problem solving.

Asma has worked internationally and locally for more than a decade doing advertising and design. Her portfolio includes various multinational brands and tech start ups. Besides digital media, some of her interests that add soulfulness to her work and class environment are inclusive design and culture, teaching yoga and spirituality.

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Rob Blain

Supervisor: Heather Lowry

Senior Dean: Guillermo Acosta

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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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Leanna Palmer

Leanna Palmer is a multi-disciplinary Creative Director and design educator. She has been a professor at Humber since 2016 and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design Art from Concordia University, and a Master of Arts from the Bard Graduate Center in New York City.

For the last 15 years, Leanna has been actively involved in the ever-expanding field of design in an array of environments: large established companies, start-ups, agency, in-house, and as a freelancer. She uses her deep digital expertise and extensive knowledge of the industry as a catalyst for inspiration in the classroom.

Leanna is a creative thinker who enjoys solving user-centric problems and has worked with some of Canada’s biggest companies including: Online Creative Director at Indigo head office, Digital Art Director at the CBC, and an Art Director at the Havas Agency. An innate curiosity has also led her to explore digital materiality and interaction design through some interesting collaborations with artists at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center in New York City, and Hexagram in Montreal.

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Ramy Saboungui

Ramy is an active creative digital strategist at heart, full-stack multimedia designer and developer by soul, as well as an educator with passion and experience in several multinational advertising agencies and an agency he self-founded in 2016 (The Multimedia Studio). He has a drive to help brands and startups scale through strategic agile digital development and innovative personalized solutions tailored to each. Highly experienced in learning how to effectively manage time, he works on several operations simultaneously and has also developed skills in customer service, prioritization, communication, presentation, and agile development.

Ramy has created digital departments at two highly reputable global agencies with offices based in Kuwait and the MENA region. He started as an intrapreneur bridging in new accounts while pursuing a terminal master’s degree in digital media.

Ramy feels fortunate to have travelled around the world and been exposed to global cultures, allowing room for a better understanding and appropriate communication methods amongst various pools of talent. He can communicate through Arabic, English, and French.

Ramy aims never to stop venturing, to keep current with innovative modern trends and technological advancements regardless of industry, and to explore continuously the worlds of digital and psychology, intertwining them. He enjoys strategic and decision-making roles within teams of people who value what they do for a living and strive to be the best, to be able to scale, and to lead successful ventures within their industries while constantly educating and giving back to each other and to the community they service.

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CJ Veloso

CJ is a freelance motion designer and educator, focused on creating compelling animations to assist brands, with an immersive human-centered experience in mind. As a creative, CJ has collaborated with major financial corporations, agencies, independent clients, and start-ups that range from Canada, the US, and Australia. With a diverse background in motion design, he works with a variety of mediums from social media and live web channels, to digital signage and live events. CJ's client roster includes but is not limited to Capital One Canada, Sportsnet, Cineplex, Scotiabank, LG2, Klick, Melbourne Fashion Hub, and more. In addition to his five-plus years of industry experience, CJ has been teaching at Humber College since 2020 and at University of Guelph-Humber since 2023. His teaching philosophy involves creating a collaborative, engaging hands-on experience and open learning environment both in and outside the classroom. CJ encourages his students to be open minded, learn something new every day, all while having fun with it. As a lifelong learner, CJ strives to use his knowledge and creative skill set to give back to the community in ways that creatively solve problems and push boundaries. He is currently involved with Holland Bloorview, a teaching hospital and children's rehabilitation centre, to create an immersive, sensory-filled open-world environment by tapping into the minds of children with disabilities to create and show a world of possibility without barriers.

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Ashley Wyatt

Ashley is a multidisciplinary designer, entrepreneur and educator. She has been a part-time professor at Humber College since 2019 and has taught Typography and Branding. She holds a bachelor of design from York University and Sheridan College's joint program in design. She continued her education at HackerYou (Juno College) and McMaster University for web design and development. Over the past 10 years, Ashley has developed her design background and experience in a variety of settings and working with a diverse set of clients and industries: from an editorial fashion magazine to marketing and advertising agencies and boutique design firms. Ashley eventually forged her own path and started her business in 2018, where she focuses on luxury event stationery, strategic branding and web design services.

Study Abroad

We offer many global opportunities for you to explore during your time at Humber! We live in a very interconnected world and by participating in a global opportunity, not only will you gain new skills, but you may also be eligible for academic credits and/or co-curricular record (CCR). Some of the global opportunities at Humber include Summer Abroad, Semester Exchange, faculty-led trips, Humber Global Summer School and many others! To learn more, please visit Humber Global Opportunities.

Your Career

Demand for creative and effective multimedia content continues to grow across all sectors of the economy, creating a wealth of opportunities for interactive design and development specialists with proven skills and current knowledge of industry needs.

Help corporations, not-for-profits and government agencies stand out in the vast and cluttered digital universe with your ability to create compelling and effective interactive media content for smartphones, tablets and desktop computers. Your skill at creating a variety of multimedia applications using the full range of industry standard software will allow you to advance in this rapidly evolving field.

With the practical training you will gain through our program, you may have opportunities at a broad variety of large or small organizations that have media production and presentation facilities.

Recent graduates of this program have found work at Intrafinity.com, TheJuggernaut.ca, De - mac Media.com, DesignAxiom.ca, Rogers, iVillage.ca, CBC.ca, CTV.ca, SapientNitro, CHUM Radio, NuBrand.com, CanWest, MTV Canada, Macleans.ca, MacLaren McCann, Teletoon, Taxi.ca, The Weather Network, Devlin.ca and other organizations.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by July 15, 2024 to receive your Application Fee Credit. Applications for September will remain open as long as the program availability status shows Open.

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Contact the International Centre for information about full-time programs (including the International Graduate School), how to apply and to follow up on your submitted application.

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Contact the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development to register as an apprentice.

Work with your employer approximately one year before attending Humber.

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If you’re in high school – grade 11 or 12 – you can earn co-op education credits through work placements in some skilled trades.

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How to Apply

Domestic Students

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, search by availability, or ontariocolleges.ca.

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International Students

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

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Admission Requirements

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee admission.

Admission selection is based on the following five 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

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    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.

  • Portfolio

  • Please submit 3 to 5 examples of your creative work. This could include: paintings, drawings, sculpture, sound art, dance, written work, music, technological play/prototypes, digital design, concept & strategy, animation or any other method through which you have explored your creative expression. We want to see you express your creative thinking and creativity.

     

    Also, please include 3 to 5 samples of your rough work which could include: sketches, notes, thumbnails, writing process, thinking process. If you do not have visual artifacts of your process, please write a brief 250 word (max) description of how you approach and work through a creative project. We want to know how you think. 

  • Written Submission

  • Select three (3) of the pieces in your portfolio. For each of the three (3) pieces, in 150 words, describe why you chose to include that pieces in your portfolio. In total, your written submission should not exceed 450-500 words. 

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  • 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 credential evaluation. Note, for international High school education course by course evaluations, ICAS must be used. For international post-secondary education, a WES evaluation must be provided. In situations where you expect to apply for transfer credit, it is recommended that a course by course WES evaluation is completed.

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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

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Processor Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
OS Mac/Windows Mac/Windows
Memory 16GB or Higher 32GB or Higher
Storage 512GB (SSD Solid State Drive Preferred) 1TB or Higher (SSD Solid State Drive Preferred)
Monitor 13" 15" or Higher
Other "Adobe CC/Office Subscription. External Hard Drive (256GB or Higher)" "Adobe CC/Office Subscription. External Hard Drive (256GB or Higher)"

Program-Specific Questions

Speak to the Program Co-ordinator about the course curriculum, projects and career options.

Rob Blain

, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 4899
mmdd@humber.ca

Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $4,241.74
  • international: $19,058.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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Additional Costs

$200 to $500 – textbooks, subscriptions, printing and website costs (for one semester). Students are required to have a laptop. 

Financial Aid, Scholarships and Bursaries

Understand the costs associated with coming to Humber and explore resources available from first year to your final year on Student Fees and Financial Resources.

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.

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  • 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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