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Advertising Copywriting

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: 11621 Length: 2 semesters

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To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

  • A bachelor’s degree, advanced diploma or diploma

All applicants whose first language is not English must meet Humber’s English Language Proficiency Policy.

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements:

Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission.



Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $8,738.66
  • international $14,800.

Amounts listed were the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

$500 – textbooks; $10 to $20 – print cards (each); cost for software (Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign) which can be purchased at significantly discounted educational prices.

Note: Macintosh is the industry standard, however, identical software can be purchased for PC. Before buying, please obtain information from specific instructors in the first week of the program. Humber Macintosh labs are available for students without computers.

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Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Jane Bongers
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 3027


Domestic Students

North Campus
Humber Learning Resource Commons, 1st Floor

Lakeshore Campus
WEL 106

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
Fax 1-416-675-6386

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Applications to Humber are made through 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

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

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In order to continue with your application for Advertising Copywriting, you must complete this step in the application process. Applicant selection is based on academic criteria and results of these secondary requirements. This contains all the information you need to prepare and submit secondary requirements for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions.

Secondary Requirements

Applicants are required to attend an information session and assessment where they will complete a writing sample with a focus on creative writing. This assessment should take approximately 1.5 hours.

Registration Instructions

Applicants must register to attend this admissions event. Log-in to MyHumber to register:

  1. Log-in to MyHumber
  2. Select the Applicant tab
  3. Select the Applied Programs tab
  4. Select your Year and Applicant Number from the drop-down menu, then click Submit
  5. Click on “Do I Have Any Missing Requirements”
  6. Click on “Go to Events” (located under the “Link” section, near the bottom right of the page)
  7. Choose from a list of available assessment dates and follow the prompts

Applicants must meet both academic and secondary requirements in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility does not guarantee an offer of admission.

All secondary requirements will be evaluated and a score will be calculated by the academic school.

Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $4,379.33 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,765.82 $6,598.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $110.00 $110.00


Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $4,359.33 $7,212.50
Tuition $3,765.82 $6,618.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $90.00 $90.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $375 Winter start - $250 Summer start - $125

Our Program

Humber’s Advertising Copywriting graduate certificate program teaches the specialized skills needed to create powerful, effective copy for all forms of printed advertising, radio and television commercials, and interactive media.

We have a strong community of program alumni who help new graduates network, as well as faculty who are active in the industry and bring extensive experience to their classrooms.

If you enjoy writing, working in a high-energy, high-intensity environment and collaborating with other creative minds, copywriting is an ideal choice.

Applicants are accepted from all types of undergraduate degree majors and advanced college diploma programs. A major in English, art or marketing is not required to be accepted into the program. Some of the finest graduates have undergraduate degrees in the social arts, humanities or the sciences.

If you define yourself as creative, but can’t draw, this program is most likely for you.

Courses Program Standards

Work Placement

Your two-month unpaid work placement can take place as early as May or as late as July. Our faculty will work with you to help you find a suitable placement.

The Humber Experience

Advertising and Graphic Design video

Watch this video to learn more about the Pixel Perfect event.

The Humber Advantage

Humber AdCentre

The Humber AdCentre was launched as a live lab to provide students with real work opportunities before entering the industry.

Instead of just being given just 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.

Working with established businesses will not only prepare students for the fast-paced excitement of the industry, but will also help develop portfolio work and reference points for interviews.

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Your Career

The average North American is exposed to close to 3,000 advertisements each day yet recalls only 12. To write memorable ads as a writer and conceptual thinker in the creative department of an advertising agency, you need specialized training in advertising copywriting.

Our graduates find positions at local and multinational advertising agencies, as well as direct response, pharmaceutical and digital agencies. Some of our graduates pursue in-house writing opportunities with large corporations or with municipal or provincial governments, while others eventually go into business for themselves, enjoying the flexibility and variety of working as freelance or contract copywriters.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained in this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.