Dissecting the television and film business world for career success
Dissecting the Television and Film Business World for
The business of TV and film is a huge one. Whether one works in the
mainstream or in the independent film and television production sector, he
or she must have knowledge of business affairs, accounting, business
development and production management/ producing to be successful.
Many film schools Toronto has to offer only focus on one of these areas.
However, at Centennial College’s Television and Film – Business offering,
students are exposed to an overview of the industry that is all
encompassing. Students become familiar with how important it is to have
an entrepreneurial spirit and a global outlook; the legal, financial and
regulatory frameworks of the industry; and producing in the current
Canadian market. Here is a look at some of the program’s standout courses.
Production: Priding itself on offering students much hands-on practice, the
program includes this course, which covers the basics of the production
process and what goes on in front of and behind the camera, and in the
editing room. Students work in teams to plan, shoot and edit short
Business and Entrepreneurship: Strategic and tactical issues of setting up a
production company, opening shop and doing business are covered in this
course. As are the legal and financial challenges of operating a small to
medium sized business as well as the marketing and sales skills necessary
for that business to thrive.
Financing and Funding: Students examine the major public and private
Canadian funders, and how they work both on their own and in cooperation
with each other. As such, the CMF, federal and provincial tax credits and
other financing sources are covered in detail.
Team Building: Both TV and film projects require a disciplined and
supportive team. As such, students gain knowledge of the common
challenges and pitfalls that group dynamics bring. They also gain the skills
to address those issues and build efficient, collaborative teams.
Going Global: With the film and TV industries having no boundaries,
students learn about working with international partners including: treaty
co-productions, co-ventures, and non-treaty foreign investment/co-
productions. As a hands-on component, students engage in case studies of
successful international cooperation to examine the challenges and benefits
of working with international partners on creative projects.
Another aspect that sets this program apart from other film programs in
Toronto is its last-semester field experience. This is an opportunity for
students to apply everything they have learned in the program to the real
world as they complete a nine-week field placement. Students are placed at
a film or television production company or related organization
(approximately two to three days per week) in a position that relates to
their career goals.
This unique Toronto film school requires applicants to have previously
completed a college advanced diploma (three years) or university degree
(three or four years) in any discipline. Additionally, those who present a
combination of partial post-secondary and work experience in related field
(film & television, communications, accounting and business management)
will be considered for admission.