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Multi-Platform Storytelling for Creative Producers and Screenwriters

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: MP511 Length: 2 semesters

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

  • A bachelor’s degree or advanced diploma

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

 

Mature Applicants

An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older (21 or older for degree programs) as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U level or equivalent.

College Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber will use your college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

University Transfer Applicants

An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber will use your university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. You may also be eligible for transfer credit if you are admitted to a Humber program.

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

Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2017OnlineOpenOpen

The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic $6,028.12
  • 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.

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Program Contact(s)

Adam Miller
Program Co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79319
adam.miller@humber.ca

Admissions

416-675-5000
enquiry@humber.ca

International Students

Phone 1-416-675-5067
international@humber.ca

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Fees by Semester

Semester 1 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,014.06 $7,212.50
Tuition $2,510.55 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement    

 

Semester 2 Domestic Fee International Fee*
Total $3,014.06 $7,212.50
Tuition $2,510.55 $6,708.99
Mandatory Non-Tuition $503.51 $503.51
Lab/Materials $0.00 $0.00
Co-op/Placement     

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

Our Program

Humber’s Multi-Platform Storytelling for Creative Producers and Screenwriters graduate certificate program is a fully online program that will prepare you for the exciting and innovative world of writing and producing across an ever-increasing array of screen-based platforms. It will cultivate your ability to adapt to a constantly changing multi-platform media industry through engagement with a range of traditional and emerging media forms. You will develop strong entrepreneurial and collaboration skills and initiative through team-based and individual projects. Professional communication and pitching skills are fostered through a mentorship course, which pairs a student with an industry-based professional. The mentorship course also provides students with an opportunity to begin building their professional network and portfolio.

You will learn how to access traditional and innovative funding opportunities while building personal brands as creative, cross-disciplinary, global storytellers. The program uses leading edge curriculum design and online delivery that surpasses conventional perceptions about online education. It will be attractive to international and distance students, industry professionals seeking upgrading, as well as graduates of Canadian degree and advanced diploma programs.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Evaluate the potential business opportunities of a story, including funding, audience targets and marketing.

  • Pitch and present projects in writing, orally and using a variety of multi-media and web-based methods.

  • Access public and private sector funding for multi-platform media projects.

  • Write original stories that are at once personal and universal, thoughtful and compelling, honed through a rigorous writing revision process.

  • Adapt stories for production across various media.

  • Select optimal technologies and platforms for telling a given story.

  • Produce creative projects from idea to delivery phases.

  • Adhere with applicable legal, ethical and professional standards of the media industry.

  • Develop a personal brand identity and creative edge using personal resources and background.

  • Display professionalism and openness when receiving constructive critique and story suggestions.

  • Develop and apply strategies for personal and career development through activities such as research, experimentation, mentorship and networking.


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What is Multi-Platform Storytelling?

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Multi-Platform Storytelling is essentially creative content production for an evolving, three-dimensional media space. Unlike a ‘traditional’ narrative, multi-platform stories typically begin on one platform (film, television, web series, etc.) and are then repurposed, revised, or recast for presentation on secondary, and even tertiary platforms (YouTube, Twitter, Instagram etc.).

What Happens in First Semester

In the first semester, students takes 5 online courses that place an emphasis on peer collaboration. These courses demand between 3 and 4 hours of the student’s time each week. This first semester is typically thought of as the ‘planning’ or ideation stage, where ideas for narrative production are introduced, explored, and then solidified. 

Semester 1: Orientation and Online Learning Primer

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Semester 1: Fiction and Non Fiction Narratives

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Semester 1: Gaming Interactive and Multiplatform Media

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Semester 1: Multi-Platform Ideation

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Semester 1: Screenplay and Story

What Happens in Second Semester

In the second semester, the student takes their best idea and then spend between 3-4 hours per course, per week, putting that plan into action. 

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Semester 2: Entrepreneurship and Creative Producing

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Semester 2: Multi-Platform Storytelling

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Semester 2: Thesis Project and Mentorship in Multi-Platform Storytelling

Careers in Multi-Platform Storytelling

Your Career

Ontario is emerging as an important hub for media production with Toronto’s film and television cluster now ranking third in North America. Our program has been designed to address this growing demand for trained professionals who can create engaging content in multi-platform delivery.

Sample Career Titles

  • Filmmaker
  • Public Relations Officer
  • Strategic Communications Officer
  • Copywriting/Creative Content Producer
  • Journalist
  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Digital Strategist
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Digital Media Performance Officer
  • Screenwriter
  • Documentarian

Sample Employers

  • Public Relations firms
  • Production Studios
  • Advertising Agencies
  • News Agencies
  • Marketing Firms
  • Consulting Groups
  • Postsecondary Institutions

Learn From the Pros

Humber’s program features cutting-edge content authored by industry professionals who have produced work in a variety of fields, all of which exist beneath the multi-platform storytelling umbrella (filmmaking, gaming, screenwriting, etc.). Further, its unique configuration encourages students to collaborate and interact with one another so as to develop an original idea in the first semester that will be put into production during the second.

Dr. Adam Miller is a full-time Professor and Program Coordinator in the School of Media Studies & Information Technology at Humber College and oversees the operation of its online graduate program called Multi-Platform Storytelling

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for Creative Producers, a program whose content he selectively authored. Dr. Miller was previously associated with the RTA School of Media at Ryerson University within the Undergraduate Program in New Media and the Graduate Program in Media Production. He is currently on the editorial committee for the Canadian Journal of College Students’ Applied Research and he recently travelled to Aarhus, Denmark to facilitate the formation of an institutional partnership between the School of Media Studies and Information Technology at Humber College and the VIA University College Film and Transmedia Program.

Dr. Miller obtained his PhD from York University in Communication and Culture as part of a joint graduate program offered through York and Ryerson Universities. His research is concerned with the socio-cultural changes emerging from digital cultures that are increasingly defined by convergent technologies and the growing ubiquity of the multi- platform modality.

Maureen Dorey is a freelance analyst and story editor and instructor (Humber College and York University) who helps writers find their voices, clarify their intentions, enhance their craft, and renew the connection to their stories.

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Her production credits include In Darkness, written by David Shamoon, directed by Angieszka Holland and produced by The Film Works, nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film and three Genies, including Best Screenplay; Amal, written by Shaun and Richie Mehta, also nominated for six Genies, including Best Screenplay; and Blackbird, written by Jason Buxton and produced by Marc Almon, an Official Selection of the Toronto International Film Festival 2012, winner of the Claude Jutra Award, and nominated for Best Screenplay at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.  Television credits include Moccasin Flats (Season II) and Random Passage, an eight-hour mini-series directed by John N. Smith, produced by Passage Films and Cité-Amérique for broadcast on CBC and RTE (Eire).  Other credits include The War Between Us, Lyddie, and On My Mind.

Spencer Hawtin’s interest in stories started at a young age, and he specifically gravitated to video games. Games provided fantasy worlds and stories of far off places where one could become the protagonist.

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This influenced his anthropological work, causing him to focus his Master’s research on gaming communities, specifically on a community called Roosterteeth. The stories within games became less important, and people who played games became the center of his research. Roosterteeth is a gaming community, but his research focused on how games brought people together and how Roosterteeth content did the same. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sir Wilfred Laurier University in Anthropology, and his Master’s at University College London in Digital Anthropology. His Master’s research was conducted online through forums and message boards, and the capstone portion of his thesis relied on in person interviews of Roosterteeth community members at their fan event (RTX) in Austin Texas.

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