Toronto Film School

Writing for Film and TV, Diploma

  • Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English
The Writing for Film and TV Diploma program from Toronto Film School is designed to replicate the process and environment of the film and television industry. Classes are styled after industry writing rooms with table-reads, on-set show-running and industry-standard editing software


You’ll learn how to pitch, write, produce and edit for all formats of film and television, including sitcoms, one-hour dramas, TV movies, feature films, new media, documentaries, broadcasts, news, commercials and PSA’s, and factual entertainment.

You’ll also have the unique opportunity to bring your original scripts to life as film and TV productions, collaborating in cross-industry teams with students in film production, acting and video game design. You’ll leave the Writing for Film and TV program offered by Toronto Film School with a full range of produced pieces and an industry-ready portfolio showcasing your writing across film and television formats.

Cross collaboration

At Toronto Film School, you’ll have the unique opportunity to bring your projects to life, collaborating with peers across creative programs and building a cross-industry network of entertainment professionals. You’ll pitch, write, cast, and shoot your own sitcoms, dramas, and short films, working with acting, production, and video game students.

Career directions

  • Screenwriter
  • Staff Writer
  • Story Editor
  • Production Executive
  • Studio Executive
  • Producer
  • Director

Who hires our graduates?

  • The Family Channel
  • Triangle Entertainment Studios
  • Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television
  • Temple Street Productions
  • M.A.R.Z Films

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Film History
  • Scripts
  • Production
  • Documentary Writing
  • Broadcast Writing
  • Story Editing
  • Writing Workshop
  • International Film History
For more information please visit the program website.

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

    Schedule IELTS
  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).

Academic Requirements

To become a student at Toronto Film School:
  • You must have an Ontario secondary school diploma (grade 12) or its equivalent.
  • You may be asked to take a mature student test, if you are over 18 and not enrolling directly from secondary school
  • You must meet admission requirements for your program of choice
We want to read your work! Submit a portfolio of at least two creative writing pieces, including any of the following:
  • Short stories (no more than two pages)
  • Opinion articles (no more than two pages)
  • Journal entries (no more than two pages)
  • Short film/sketch scripts (no more than five pages)
Although it isn’t required, we encourage you to submit more than two portfolio samples or to supplement your portfolio with any other relevant writing samples. Please note, submitted material will not be returned.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    26545.333333333 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39818 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
  • National Applies to you

    21236 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 31854 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
For our 18 month diploma programs, the total fee is $31,854. The international fee is an additional $7,964.

Living costs for Toronto

  • 1502 - 2570 CAD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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