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Humour Writing - Online and Print

(Ministry name: Comedy Writing)

Credential: Ontario Graduate Certificate Program Code: CW511 Length: 2 semesters

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.

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 2018OnlineOpenOpen

The 2017-2018 fee for 2 semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,124.88
  • international: $15,585.00

Fees are subject to change.

Fees by Semester 


Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

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Program Contact(s)

Andrew Scott
Associate Dean
416-675-6622 ext. 3450



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Phone 1-416-675-5067

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In order to continue with your application for Comedy Writing, 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

Writing Sample

Applicants will submit a writing sample of between 3000 and 5000 words (no more than 15 pages in length). The sample need not be humorous in tone, but must be prepared according to professional standards: double-spaced, and with name, title, and page number on each page.  Your sample should demonstrate an understanding of sentence structure, syntax, grammar and punctuation.

Submission Instructions

Applicants must submit their sample composition through SlideRoom.  SlideRoom is a secure site where additional requirements are collected, scored and stored.  Log-in to and create your free account.  There will be additional instructions once your account has been created.

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

All additional 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

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

Our Program

Humber’s Humour Writing – Online and Print graduate certificate program provides you with the opportunity to develop comedic writing across different forms, styles and genres of humour. You will examine theories of comedy and the evolution of comedic writing. The program includes peer feedback components in which students will be required to write and revise, and give and receive constructive criticism on works-in-progress. You will gain a practical understanding of the comedy writing industry through engagement with comedy writing professionals. You will produce original comedic works ready for publication or recording and gain a practical understanding of the comedic writing and print humour process.

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Use knowledge of the history of humour and the fundamental basis of successful comic writing to inform professional discussions with colleagues.
  • Assess the need for and employ the literary elements inherent in quality comic writing, such as strong characters and narrative structure, in order to meet project demands.
  • Write and edit varied short and long form comedic works suitable for publication across various forms of media, for diverse audiences and purposes.
  • Select and use credible research sources to write and edit timely, topical comic material for deadline.
  • Employ the use of social media and new communications technologies to connect with potential readers, employers and freelance clients.
  • Apply project management and team skills to successfully achieve the outcomes of a collaborative comedic writing project.
  • Adapt one’s unique comedic writing voice to different platforms and genres.
  • Maintain professional currency through critique of ongoing research of diverse comic genres and the work and literary techniques of established and emerging comedic authors.
  • Engage in peer-review and self-assessment practices in the production and editing of publications for continued professional development.
  • Analyze the current publishing industry, including roles and responsibilities, with specific attention to its diverse demographics and resulting impact on comedic writing to plan how best to navigate publication pathways.
  • Analyze the comic media landscape to strategize where best to apply one’s one comic writing.
  • Conduct oneself professionally in adherence to ethical and legal standards, including copyright, intellectual property and libel laws.


Your Career

Ontario is home to a large and diverse writing community that consistently employs writing graduates in a wide range of rich and fulfilling careers. Graduates from this program will be well prepared to enter the industry and find employment opportunities in areas including, but not limited to, freelance writing, publishing, reporting, new media, corporate communications, editing, scriptwriting and content development.

Our Industry Partnerships

This program is taught by industry experts, providing you with the most up-to-date and relevant curriculum.

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