• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
    Duration
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.

About

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

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:

    70

    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:

    525

    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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  • Minimum required score:

    5.5

    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.

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Academic Requirements

  • 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
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.

Funding

Check the programme website for information about funding options.

StudyPortals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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