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Television Writing and Producing

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Program Code: TW511 Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Length: 2 semesters Delivery Mode (Semester 1 Delivery Fall 2021)  : Online/In-personProgram and course details can be viewed on Current Student Resources  
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Program Details

Humber’s Television Writing and Producing graduate certificate program prepares you to work as a television writer and producer, and to work in the production offices and on sets of major television shows.

You will learn how to write, as well as create and produce, all genres of television shows from half-hour situation comedy, animation, children’s, one-hour episodic, reality and lifestyle to late night comedies, short films and screenplays. You will work with award-winning writers; producers; directors; set designers; editors; directors of photography; and development and network executives from Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles to learn the lucrative and creative business of television and film. Learn from well-known guests, lecturers and faculty how to create, write, develop, pitch and sell the ideas that may one day lead to successful employment in writers’ rooms, production offices and on sets of major network television shows.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  1. Outline the requirements for various scripts including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.

  2. Create “spec” scripts of types including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.

  3. Calculate profit and sales figures for given productions.

  4. Summarize trends in television sales, production and markets.

  5. Prepare strategies for pitching and packaging new products.

  6. Provide a critical summary of all the technical requirements associated with television production and give examples of the problems and challenges encountered in production areas such as sound, lighting, space, sets, animation needs, camera operation, make up, costume design and music.

  7. Perform the duties of a director or a director’s assistant.

  8. Demonstrate the skills of a story analyst, reader production assistant and writer’s assistant.

  9. Demonstrate the responsibilities and functions of a theatrical agent.

  10. Outline the entrepreneurial skills needed by script writers.

  11. Network with well-known television writers and producers.

  12. Exhibit team building and communication skills and profit from exercises that encourage self-understanding, peer respect and professional behaviours.


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The Humber Advantage

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Unlike students from other programs, Television Writing and Producing graduates enter the industry armed with their own spec or original script(s) in the any of the following genres: situation comedy, children's half-hour, animation, one-hour episodic, short film, screenplay, reality, and late night comedy. These scripts are invaluable writing samples that open doors for many grads.

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Expert Faculty

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Rob Salem

Rob Salem was an entertainment columnist and editor at the Toronto Star for almost 40 years. He has also been an actor, author, TV and radio host and pop-culture pundit.

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Raymond Storey

Raymond Storey is an award-winning television writer and producer whose series credits include: Bomb Girls (Shaw/Reelz), King (Shaw/Reelz), The Guard (Global/ION), Train 48 (Global), Made In Canada (CBC), Wind At My Back (CBC), Traders (Global), Deepwater Black (Sci-Fi Channel/YTV), and Road to Avonlea (CBC/Disney). Television movies and mini-series include Iron Road (CBC), Open Heart (CBC), Happy Christmas, Miss King (CBC), Sleeping Dogs Lie (CBC), Einstein: Light to the Power of Two (HBO), Da Vinci: Dream of Flight (HBO), Marie Curie: More Than Meets the Eye (HBO), Bach’s Fight (HBO), and Butterbox Babies (CBC, BBC, A&E). His producing credits include creator/executive producer, The Guard; creative producer, King; co-executive producer, Bomb Girls; creative consultant, Train 48; and supervising producer, Wind At My Back.

Ray was a multiple Gemini Award-nominee for Best Writing in a Television Movie or Mini-Series and won Best Writing in a Children or Youth Program in 1998. Most recently, Ray was nominated for a Canadian Screen Award as a writer-producer on Searching for Vimy’s Lost Soldiers.

With a background in theatre, Ray’s stageplays include The Last Bus, Saints and Apostles, The Glorious 12th, and South of China, as well as his musical collaborations with John Roby: Country Chorale, Girls in the Gang, The Dreamland, and the young audience musical Lulie the Iceberg, based on the children’s book by Japan’s Imperial Princess Takamodo. Ray is a three-time Dora Award winner, a three-time Sterling Award winner, a Governor General’s Award finalist, and Chalmer’s Award finalist, amongst others.

Your Career

Some of the graduates of this program are presently working as writers and producers at major television networks and major independent production companies. Some are working on popular television shows on CTV, CBC, NBC and MTV such as Big Brother, Bitten and New Girl. There are graduates currently running top animation TV series and working as literary agents in major agencies in Toronto.

 

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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 4 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.

  • Virtual Information Session

  • Applicants are required to attend a virtual information session in a small group. Please submit your availability and contact information through SlideRoom (instructions in the link below); a faculty member will then contact you about the virtual information session details. At the time of your information session appointment, please come prepared to speak about your interest, passion and desire to work in the television industry.

    Submission Instructions

  • 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 2021-2022 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $10,199.54
  • international: $17,608.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester

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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.

PATHWAYS OUT TO ANOTHER PROGRAM:

TO A PARTNER INSTITUTION

Master of Professional Creative Practice

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who meet the following criteria will be eligible to enter into the final 90 credits of the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) Master of Professional Creative Practice (180 credits) in New Zealand:

  1. Successful completion of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate in (A) Music Composition, (B) Television Writing and Producing, (C) User Experience (UX) Design or any other Humber Ontario Graduate Certificate with a focus area related to creative practice, subject to the clauses below ;
  2. Successful evaluation of portfolio of work submitted by the student;
  3. Successful interview with Programme Coordinator to determine the availability of faculty expertise and supervision as well as appropriate facilities for the student’s focus area; and,
  4. Achievement of the NZQA minimum English proficiency standards for a degree program by completing any Ontario Graduate Certificate. 

To complete the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice, graduates of the Humber Ontario Graduate Certificates listed above require 90 credits at NZQF Levels 8 and 9 with a minimum of 60 credits at NZQF Level 9.

The EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice is a semester-based program with two semesters per year; each semester consists of seventeen teaching weeks and a semester break.

All Humber graduates articulating through this pathway will be provided with academic guidance by the EIT Master of Professional Creative Practice Programme Coordinator in regards to EIT’s supervision capability at the time of student application.

Graduates of the Ontario Graduate Certificate from Humber College who enroll at EIT will enroll as international students and will have the rights and obligations of international students.

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

For more information, contact: teubanks@eit.ac.nz

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

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Program Specific Questions

Lorne Frohman, program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3543
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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.

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