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Film and Multiplatform Storytelling

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: FM511Length: 3 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

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 2 requirements:

  • Academic

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

    • A bachelor’s degree or advanced 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.

  • English Language Proficiency

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

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

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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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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

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

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

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

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

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.

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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

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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.

Learning Outcomes

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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.


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Work Placement

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.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

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 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

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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