Advanced Television and Film - Script to Screen

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Program Code: 6429

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8735

The Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen program at Centennial College offers a comprehensive, in-depth and hands-on understanding of what goes into developing and producing quality feature films and TV shows.

This multidisciplinary, two-semester post-graduate Advanced Television and Film program — facilitated by the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design in the hub of Toronto's film and television district — is especially beneficial for writers, directors, producers, editors, actors and other film and television craftspeople who want to expand their knowledge of the industry.

The major focus of the program's first semester is on creating, pitching, outlining, developing, drafting and polishing production-ready short film scripts. During the second semester, you have the opportunity to prepare, perform in, shoot and/or post a number of these shows.

Additionally, the Advanced Television and Film - Script to Screen program sees you deconstructing classic films, television shows and scripts of all genres. The program also provides opportunities to receive advanced instruction from industry professionals in your major and minor areas of craft interest along with extensive employment information.

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
FLMA-701 Screenwriting 1 (Short Film Development) Story Arts Centre
FLMA-702 Directing 1 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-703 Acting 1 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-704 Production 1 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-705 Post-Production 1 Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
FLMA-711 Screenwriting 2 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-712 Directing 2 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-713 Acting 2 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-714 Production 2 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-715 Post-Production 2 Story Arts Centre
FLMA-716 Short Film Rehearsal and Pre-Production Story Arts Centre
FLMA-717 Short Film Production Story Arts Centre
FLMA-718 Short Film Post-Production Story Arts Centre
FLMA-799 Storyworks Story Arts Centre

Semester Note

Academic Option: Students will choose two of the following four course in this semester: FLMA-711, FLMA-712, FLMA-713, FLMA-714, FLMA-716 - Short Film Rehearsal & Pre-Production, FLMA-717 - Short Film Production, FLMA-718 - Short Film Post-Production, Plus two of the following: FLMA-711 - Screenwriting 2, FLMA-712 - Directing 2, FLMA-713 - Acting 2, FLMA-714 - Production 2, FLMA-715 - Post-Production 2

Program Highlights

  • The Advanced Television and Film – Script to Screen program is unique among the few other post-graduate film and television offerings currently available in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • Instead of streaming you into master classes immediately, the first semester ensures that you obtain a solid working knowledge of everyone's role on a film or television production.
  • The amount of foundational lessons included in the offering allows you to better collaborate, improvise, problem-solve and empathize with your fellow cast and crew members.
  • The program focuses on dramatic filmmaking, comedy and several other genres. The program does not, however, include documentary filmmaking.
  • •The time and effort devoted to script development in the first semester and production and post-production in the second results in higher quality student films than are customarily produced — at a time when student films continue to be key to gaining a foothold in the business.

Career Outlook

  • Director
  • Assistant director
  • Trainee assistant director
  • Personal assistant to the director
  • Cinematographer
  • Camera operator
  • Assistant camera operator
  • Lighting and grip department technician
  • Lighting or grip assistant
  • Dolly grip
  • Audio technician
  • Assistant audio technician
  • Producer
  • Associate producer
  • Production manager
  • Production coordinator
  • Assistant production coordinator
  • Production assistant
  • Location coordinator or assistant
  • Office assistant
  • Personal assistant to the producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Script coordinator/story department coordinator
  • Trainee/junior story editor/story researcher
  • Personal assistant to the showrunner
  • Script reader
  • Editor
  • Assistant editor
  • Sound editor
  • Assistant sound editor
  • Personal assistant to the series lead/star

Academic Requirements

  • College advanced diploma (three years) or university degree (three or four years) in any discipline
  • We will also consider applicants who present a combination of successful completion of partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and a verifiable portfolio of work representing, at minimum, two years production experience or work experience in a media-related (film or television) field

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session where applicants will submit:

  • A current resumé and a letter of intent that will be used as a basis of discussion on program expectations
  • A portfolio of work. One of:
    • a film produced or directed by the applicant
    • an on-camera audition
    • a writing sample, preferably a script

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter advising how to book the program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,677.00 $1,022.00 $5,699.00
International $12,400.00 $2,217.00 $14,617.00