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Television Writing and Producing

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Program Code: TW511
Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate
Start Dates: September
Program Length: 2 semesters
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Program Overview

Humber’s Television Writing and Producing graduate certificate program prepares you to work in the writers’ rooms of major television programs and in television production offices as a creative producer.  

You will learn how to write, create and produce all genres of television shows: from half-hour situation comedies, animation, children's programming, one-hour episodic, reality and lifestyle to late night comedies, short films, and screenplays. You will work under the direction of award-winning writers and producers and meet many successful directors, producers, agents, and development and network executives to learn the skills that may one day lead to successful employment in writers’ rooms and with television networks and production companies.

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Courses

At Humber, courses are delivered in a variety of formats:

In-Person - An in-person course is delivered fully on campus.

Online Asynchronous (A) - An online asynchronous course has no fixed class schedule and allows students to engage with the course at different times according to their needs. Faculty provide modules, which are completed independently by the students according to established deadlines.

Online Synchronous (S) - An online synchronous course is delivered fully online and requires faculty and students to participate in real-time according to a fixed schedule. Classes are scheduled for a specific day and time.

Hybrid - A hybrid course is a combination of in-person and online classes and follows a set schedule. Students must be available to attend in-person classes at scheduled times during the semester.

The chart below outlines the delivery options available for each course in this program, by campus. For some academic terms, there may be more than one delivery option available. You’ll be able to select your preferred options when building your course schedule during open enrolment. Preferences for course delivery will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Some Humber programs are also delivered fully online, where all courses are delivered online.

International students: the impact of studying from outside of Canada on Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility differs significantly based on when you start your program. Please review the PGWP eligibility before choosing your program and course delivery.

Course code and Name Delivery Type by Location
Course Code Course Name North Lakeshore IGS DL/Online
Semester 1
BDC 5000 TV Production 1 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
BDC 5001 TV and Movie History and Critique N/A In-Person N/A N/A
BDC 5005 Improvisation and Directing Actors N/A In-Person N/A N/A
BDC 5006 Creative Producing N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5003 Writing for Sitcom 1 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5004 Writing for TV Hours 1 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5005 Writing for Film 1 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
Semester 2
BDC 5500 TV Production 2 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
BDC 5506 Production Project N/A Hybrid N/A N/A
BDC 5507 Non-Fiction Writing N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5501 The Writers Room N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5553 Writing for Sitcom 2 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5554 Writing for TV Hours 2 N/A In-Person N/A N/A
COMM 5555 Writing for Film 2 N/A In-Person N/A N/A

The Humber Advantage

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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Aaron Bala, a 2013 Television Writing and Producing graduate, is a screenwriter and network executive with TVOkids where he brings shows to life and develops new content for local markets.

Aaron Bala

Watch the video to hear Aaron's story.

Expert Faculty

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Anne Fenn

Anne Fenn is an experienced writer and former TV development executive with over 25 years' experience writing for film, TV, radio, print and stage. Passionate about teaching, Anne has been teaching sitcom writing in the Comedy Writing & Performance program since 2010 and now also teaches creative producing and sitcom writing in the TV Writing & Producing postgraduate program. Anne can occasionally be found doing standup comedy in and around Toronto, and has a mainstage musical, Voiceless: A Musical, in development in the U.S. (staged production date of June 2025). Her writing has been nominated for multiple awards, some of which she won! Anne recently earned her MFA in Creative Nonfiction (King's/Dalhousie), holds a BA from the University of Toronto, and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre. For more information about Anne, please go to annefenn.com.

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Diana Golts

Diana Golts' industry work includes producing series for Netflix including the Critics' Choice-nominated Dirty Money, and writing the streamer’s first true crime series in Brazil, Elize Matsunaga: Once Upon a Crime. She has also produced the HBO Max con artist series Generation Hustle, and ABC’s The Last Defense, which premiered at Tribeca and was executive produced by Viola Davis. Her independent work includes Mal de Ojo, a Spanish-language short that premiered on HBO, and Chapa, an award-winning Brazilian short. Diana is currently the program co-ordinator of the TV Writing and Producing program at Humber College. She holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University.

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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

In 2021, three graduates garnered Writers Guild of Canada Screenwriting Awards nominations for their work on Schitt’s Creek, Lockdown and Ollie’s Pack. 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 Netflix such as Big Brother, Bitten and New Girl. There are also graduates currently running top animation TV series and working as literary agents at major agencies in Toronto. 

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Start dates between Sept 2024 - Aug 2025
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Humber is a publicly-funded institution and does not have a public-private partnership. International students graduating from Humber or Humber’s International Graduate School (IGS) are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

International Students Out of Canada can Apply through Humber International

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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 four 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 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

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    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.

  • Resume and Letter of Intent

  • Applicants must submit a detailed resume and letter of intent (up to 500 words). 

    We'd like to hear why you want to work in this industry including what particular film or TV series influenced you. Please tell us why you're interested in our program, and about any experience you may have (although not required to apply). 

    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 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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Fees & Financial Aid

The 2024/2025 fee for two semesters is:

  • domestic: $10,479.64
  • international: $18,569.72

Fees are subject to change.

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