Humber’s Film and MultiPlatform Storytelling graduate certificate program is designed to address the growing demand for trained professionals capable of producing film and media content tailored for multiplatform delivery. Delivered in a hybrid format (combining online and in-class training), this program will train you to create compelling films, documentaries, interactive videos, virtual/augmented reality experiences, and innovative transmedia projects.
The program will cultivate your ability to adapt to a constantly changing multiplatform 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 skills are fostered including interpersonal, intercultural, networking and presentation skills.
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.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 multiplatform film projects in writing, orally and using a variety of multimedia and web-based methods.
Access public and private sector funding for film and/or 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 and/or film.
Select optimal technologies and platforms for telling a given story.
Create time-based and interactive media projects from ideation to production phases.
Adhere with applicable legal, ethical and professional standards of the media industry.
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.
This program includes a work placement component to give students an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience or mentorship in their area of interest in the creative industries. The 160 hour placement is done in the summer semester after two semesters of study and practice.
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Watch the video to understand more about multi-platform storytelling
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.).
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.
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.
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 designed for multiplatform delivery. Students graduate with the skills necessary to enter the film and television production industry or become independent media producers capable of immersive and interactive output in a variety of emerging digital mediums
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
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.
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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