Humber’s Television Writing and Producing graduate certificate program prepares you to work as a television writer and producer, and to work in the production offices and on sets of current major television shows.
You will learn how to write, as well as create and produce, all genres of television shows from half-hour situation comedy, animation, children’s, one-hour episodic, reality and lifestyle to late night comedies, short films and screenplays. You will work with award-winning writers; producers; directors; set designers; editors; directors of photography; and development and network executives from Toronto, Vancouver and Los Angeles to learn the lucrative and creative business of television and film. Learn from well known guests, lecturers and faculty how to create, write, develop, pitch and sell the ideas that may one day lead to successful employment in writers’ rooms, production offices and on sets of major network television shows.Courses Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:
Outline the requirements for various scripts including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.
Create “spec” scripts of types including Movies of the Week, Variety Television, Children’s Programming and Dramatic Series.
Calculate profit and sales figures for given productions.
Summarize trends in television sales, production and markets.
Prepare strategies for pitching and packaging new products.
Provide a critical summary of all the technical requirements associated with television production and give examples of the problems and challenges encountered in production areas such as sound, lighting, space, sets, animation needs, camera operation, make up, costume design and music.
Perform the duties of a director or a director’s assistant.
Demonstrate the skills of a story analyst, reader production assistant and writer’s assistant.
Demonstrate the responsibilities and functions of a theatrical agent.
Outline the entrepreneurial skills needed by script writers.
Network with well-known television writers and producers.
Exhibit team building and communication skills and profit from exercises that encourage self-understanding, peer respect and professional behaviours.
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Our award-winning faculty, industry professionals and well-known guest lecturers help students learn to create, write, develop, pitch, and sell their ideas.
Unlike students from other programs, Television Writing and Producing graduates enter the industry armed with their own spec or original script(s) in the any of the following genres: situation comedy, children's half-hour, animation, one-hour episodic, short film, screenplay, reality, and late night comedy. These scripts are invaluable writing samples that open doors for many grads.
Some of the graduates of this program are presently working as writers and producers at major television networks and major independent production companies. Some are working on popular television shows on CTV, CBC, NBC and MTV such as Big Brother, Bitten and New Girl. There are graduates currently running top animation TV series and working as literary agents in major agencies in Toronto.
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