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Acting for Film and Television

Credential: Diploma Program Code: 10351 Length: 4 semesters

Programs Starting Between:

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

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent including these required courses:
    • Grade 12 English (ENG4C or ENG4U or equivalent)
    • Three Grade 11 or Grade 12 C, M or U courses in addition to those listed above



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 Includes Additional Requirements:

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


Date Location Availability International Student Availability
September 2018LakeshoreOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,327.76
  • international: $14,671.00

Fees are subject to change.

Additional Costs

Additional fees may be required for the purchase of plays or scripts.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Transferring from Another College or University

Details on transferring credits or credentials from another college or university or how to apply for credit based on prior work or life experience.

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Future Study Options

Humber has a number of transfer agreements with other postsecondary institutions (within Canada and around the world) that enables students and graduates to use their Humber credential to gain advanced standing in another program.

Bachelor of Applied Management 

Credential Opportunity: Diploma to Degree
Location: Saint John, NB
Institution(s): University of New Brunswick

Graduates of any two-year diploma program at Humber who have attained a cumulative grade point average of 70% or greater will be eligible to enter year three of the 4-yr Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) at the University of New Brunswick. Depending on the diploma program, students may be exempted from study in certain courses and therefore, requested to take alternate courses offered by the Faculty of Business.

For further information, contact:

Anne Marie Stephen

Admission to the academic programs listed is at the sole discretion of the partner post-secondary institution. Please contact the institution for detailed admission requirements.

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Humber offers a number of Ontario graduate certificates to help take your education further.

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Program Contact(s)

Peter Mikhail, acting program co-ordinator
416.675.6622 ext. 79034



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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

Additional Requirements

Applicants are required to attend an audition and provide two letters of reference. Applicants must submit a $50 assessment fee upon registration for this admissions event. Please see “Registration Instructions” below.

i. Audition

Applicants are required to memorize and perform two contrasting (dramatic/comedic) speeches from a contemporary play, screenplay or teleplay.

Your chosen speeches must meet the following criteria:

  1. Speeches must be thoroughly memorized and between 1 to 2 minutes long. The auditor may interrupt you if you exceed the time limit or cannot remember your lines;
  2. The character should be someone within your age range (+ or – 5 years) and suit your personality;
  3. Only published material may be used (i.e. no self-written monologues). Please note: some monologues (e.g. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Mean Girls) are overused by applicants. Your choice of materials should be unique and suited to your personality;
  4. Small props such as cell phones are acceptable.

ii. Letters of Reference

The letters must be from someone, other than a relative, who has knowledge of your work/study habits. Letters should be e-mailed to the program co-ordinator:

Online registrants: Follow the directions for uploading your letters.

All applicants: Please note that missing letters will delay your application.

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 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 3Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45


Semester 4Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Mandatory Non-Tuition$450.45$450.45

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Our Program

Humber’s Acting for Film and Television diploma program covers the full spectrum of training needed to succeed as a screen actor: acting, voice, movement, improvisation and script analysis. You’ll learn what it takes to express yourself through the art and craft of screen acting, gain on-camera confidence and learn how to shine at an audition. When you graduate, you’ll have a solid understanding of the craft and industry – its history, protocols and professional standards.

Our program has one of the most comprehensive curricula in Canada and is taught by leading practitioners and respected professional actors. Workshop simulations, screen demos, voice-over demos and our spring motion picture showcase provide you with unequalled opportunities to experience the world of screen acting. As well, you’ll have the chance to discuss your work with some of the acting world’s most recognizable faces, as well as with key industry personnel.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Describe the structure of the film and television industry.

  • Perform to a professional standard in a range of roles recorded in a variety of media.

  • Analyze and interpret scripts, screenplays, story boards and commercial copy.

  • Summarize the different requirements and challenges of one-time versus series work.

  • Explain the characteristics and requirements of different genres such as sitcoms, daytime TV, episodic TV and film.

  • Prepare for and perform appropriately on camera for each genre.

  • Convey character to the camera with appropriate emotional depth and clarity.

  • Maintain a character’s physical and emotional continuity over the course of production.

  • Work effectively with agents, casting directors, producers, directors and film crews.

  • Respond to the improvisational demands of the media.

  • Demonstrate individual creativity and imagination within a rigorous production structure.

  • Evaluate his or her place within the entertainment industry and develop the appropriate career strategies and contacts.

  • Develop team building and communication skills and engage in exercises that encourage self understanding, peer respect and professional behaviors.

  • Outline the entrepreneurial skills needed by actors in the electronic media.

  • Work effectively with the new technologies encountered in the industry.


The Humber Advantage

Behind-the-scenes filming.

The making of a walk and talk.

Camera Ready Experience

Students in Humber's Acting for Film & Television program are in front of the camera throughout their time at school, building hours and hours of in-class experience as well as lots of great demo material.

In addition to regular, in-class filming, second year students appear in two professionally produced scenes. Each scene is edited and added to their demo reel. Select scenes are screened at the annual Spring Showcase at a theatre in downtown Toronto before an invited audience.

Students also feature in a “Walk and Talk”, shot on location with a professional crew. This is an opportunity for actors to integrate their training in a simulated set environment.

Studio Experience

Students go on a number of field trips during their time in the program to experience many different studio environments and work with highly specialized technologies. Students also work with professional voice actors in a recording studio to produce a demo reel of audio work.

Our Faculty

All of our faculty has substantial industry experience.

Your Career

In addition to traditional stage, film and television opportunities, graduates of the program qualify to work in a wide range of multimedia including webisodes, virtual reality and gaming videos, as well as voice-overs for cartoons, commercials, narration and audio dialogue replacement (dubbing).

Please note: Acting is highly competitive. Along with talent and hard work, success depends upon the individual's determination.

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

Acting for Film and Television is recognized by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA). Graduates of this program qualify to apply for ACTRA Apprentice membership within sixty (60) days of their graduation.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for the additional credential(s) are determined by the granting body, which is independent from the College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Advisory Committee

Our Advisory Committee helps keep the program up-to-date ensuring our students are learning the most current skills needed to be successful in the film and television industry.

Advisory Committee

Karl Pruner  Committee Chair
David Ferry Actor-Director
Hal Eisen Actor
Diane Kerbel Casting Director
Brian Levy CDC Casting Director
Michael Kennedy Director
Alicia Jeffery Talent Agent
Catherine Gourdier Producer
Angela Gei Actor/Producer


Director's Message

Our conservatory-style training immerses you in the art and craft of screen acting and ensures you graduate with a working knowledge of what is needed to thrive as a 21st century performer in recorded media. You will study with a professional acting faculty who continue to be active in their field.

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As leading practitioners, they provide instruction that accurately reflects the reality of what is required of today's screen actor.

Throughout the two years of the program, you will also meet with casting directors, talent agents, working actors and directors and get the chance to ask them questions and benefit from their experiences In addition, selected students may shadow working faculty on professional sets.

You will also act in screen demo productions under the guidance of a professional director and director of photography. Successful students will be cast in our annual Graduates Spring Showcase Digital Video Project. The completed project screens before an industry audience at a downtown theatre.

We pride ourselves on making sure you understand how best to practice the art and craft of acting and how to begin your own journey from aspiring hopeful to professional screen actor. For those who are passionate and hardworking, this program will equip you to meet the challenges of being a successful working actor.


John Bourgeois
Program Director
Acting for Film and TV program & Theatre Performance program School for the Creative and Performing Arts Humber College
416-675-6622 extension 79034

The Humber Experience

Humber's Acting for Film & Television program has a regular lineup of incredible guest speakers, including actors, directors, and casting directors. Below are a just a few of our recent guest speakers.

JC McKenzie

Clarke Johnson

Gordon Pinsent

Larissa Mair

Don McBrearty

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