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“GTA’s Growing TV and Film Industry:” Centenarian, Seneca Offers Short Courses to Fill Gaps in Ontario’s Screen Sector

A production crew install scaffolding and lighting equipment outside the Mount Community Center in Peterborough in March 2022 for Lily and Isaac, an American television series.
  • Centennial College and two other colleges in Ontario are partnering with government and industry to offer short courses in the film and television industry.

Three post-secondary institutions are working with industry partners to address labor shortages in Ontario’s screen industries.

Centennial, Fanshawe and Seneca colleges have collaborated to introduce a suite of eight micro-certificates. The short programs are designed to help industry professionals improve their skills and current students who are content creators learn additional production and technology skills.

As film and television production reaches record levels in Ontario, employers are reporting challenges finding enough skilled workers with up-to-date skills in industry-standard technologies.

“The television and film industry, and related digital industries, are growing rapidly in the Greater Toronto Area,” says Nate Horowitz, Dean of the School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design at Centennial College. “To keep pace with this growth and the career opportunities for our students, Centennial College is proud to partner with Fanshawe and Seneca, through the Government of Ontario Challenge Fund, in the development of low-key microtitles that meet perfectly to the current needs of the industry, the changing demands of tomorrow and the main labor shortages.

Credentials offered through this one-of-a-kind partnership include handle/lighting and basic bookkeeping skills for TV and film production at the centenary; location sound, preview and virtual production — Unreal at Fanshawe; and media organization for unscripted television — Greedy, release and delivery for unscripted television — Avid and virtual production — Unity in Seneca.

“This series of micro-certificates gives students a real edge in developing skills that will lead them to employment in Ontario’s screen industries,” said Kurt Muller, Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Design. in Seneca. “We work with industry leaders to provide training in the platforms and technologies that are currently used in film and television, which means that graduates of these courses will come out ready to join the market immediately. work.”

Courses will be taught by respected industry professionals and offered online, in-person and through hybrid delivery, helping students balance work priorities and learn wherever they are in Ontario.

This collaboration is developed with funding from the Ministry of Colleges and Universities Challenge Fund and support from industry partners Greedy, The Stratagem group and Unity.

The partnership on the project is also Point of viewthat will help members of equity-deserving groups access micro-credentials and diversify representation in Ontario’s screen industries.