Today, a career in the media is as popular as traditional professions like medicine, law, business, and the sciences. Asia, with a culture that has long promoted careers in engineering and medicine, is embracing this industry, with more Asian students eager to embark on jobs ranging from journalism to new media. As more universities across the world equip themselves with programs in media and communications, students from Asia are keen to undertake their higher education not just within the region but across continents.

Leading post secondary educator in Toronto, Canada Humber College is home to 17,000 students, with more than 850 international students. This public institution, accredited by the Ontario Ministry of Education, was founded in 1967 and is one of only 12 Vanguard Learning Colleges in North America selected for excellence in education. One of only three colleges to be designated by the government of Ontario as an Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, this comprehensive institution offers more than 155 certificates, diplomas, bachelor’s degrees, and postgraduate certificates. This leader in education in Canada is a favorite among employers, who gave Humber graduates a satisfaction rate of over 92% in 2006.

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The School of Media Studies & Information Technology at Humber College is powered by the success of its students. The School boasts a comprehensive portfolio of more than 30 programs and offers Bachelor Degrees, Advanced Diplomas, Diplomas, Certificates and Graduate Certificates. The School has the largest college-level combination of media industry-related programs in Canada and students go on to secure employment or further education opportunities in media, arts and information technology.

3,000 students, both full and part-time, learn academic and practical skills through a selection of highly-qualified and experienced faculty, who are accompanied in their efforts by other staff, administrators and industry advisers to offer a unique student experience. A range of programs – from foundational to the highly-specialized – guarantee that students are job-ready when they graduate, equipped to succeed in their chosen field.

Academics
Students at Humber College can enroll in either full-time or part time programs. A brief selection of the areas of expertise on offer, along with particular streams of study at the School of Media Studies and Information Technology, is provided below:

Digital Arts and New Media: Home to a vibrant Digital Arts and new media industry, Canada is the perfect starting ground for anybody who wants to launch a career in the sector.  Humber provides training in both technical skills and professional portfolio building that will allow students to pursue a creative career in this booming industry. Specializations include web design and development, Internet technologies, rich media, 3D animation, interactive games, digital design, and digital art/illustration. And due to Humber’s reputation among employers, companies are actively recruiting skilled graduates from this School.

Humber’s industry links allow students to train in new media programs that are developed in consultation with leaders in this field. Major companies such as Adobe, Apple Canada, Autodesk, Hewlett Packard, Dell Canada, and Vicon Motion Systems enhance the Humber experience by means of partnerships and collaborations. This active participation with the industry ensures that Humber graduates are a step ahead in the jobs-market and are armed with a truly unique portfolio.

Communications: For those interested in a career in communications, the School caters to this field with a wide range of programs ranging from Journalism and Radio Broadcasting to Film and Television. Certificates in Post Production and Media Foundations are also available. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities, including a new $2 million broadcast center and digital newsroom. Students also have the opportunity to attend talks by industry experts and apply for some of the most sought-after internships and work-placements available.

Advertising: Popular among students, the comprehensive choices available through the Advertising and Design cluster are ideal for those interested in a career in the advertising industry. While graduates from the 2-year Advertising Media Sales Diploma are well prepared for careers in the buying and selling of advertising space across all media, those interested in the creative side can enroll in the 2-year Advertising & Graphic Design Diploma. The 3-year Graphic Design Advanced Diploma prepares graduates as graphic designers, while for those looking for more depth to their study there’s the 4-year Creative Advertising Bachelor’s Degree , which is designed to develop creative advertising leaders. The Advertising Copywriting Graduate Certificate enables those with an undergraduate degree to hone their writing skills specifically for advertising.

Humber College Journalism students recently won two highly coveted College Media Advisors convention Apple awards, as well as 26 top prizes in the 2011 Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in New York City. Pic: Humber College.

At Humber, School facilities are the latest in the industry, and the School of Media Studies and Information Technology hosts some of the most advanced facilities and equipment available for students to learn, practice and develop their skills in real-life settings. These include a Digital Broadcast Centre, HD Television Mobile Production Unit, Motions Capture Studio, and Ad Centre. Access to such cutting-edge technologies produces students who are adept at handling these at later stages in their careers and have the technical know-how vital to any job in these industries.

Living in Canada
A country of contrasts, Canada is home to a vibrant mix of beautiful countrysides and modern living. This financially-stable, high-tech industrial country, home to some of the most exciting cities, boasts od a highly-skilled workforce and fantastic standards of living. The country’s diversity is reflected in the more than 100 cultures represented in its 37 million-strong population.

Studying in Toronto allows students to experience a unique student life in one of Canada’s largest and most diverse cities. There is something for everyone in Toronto, from world-class museums, art galleries, international film, music and theatre festivals, to dance clubs and entertainment complexes, thus ensuring there is never a dull moment outside the classroom.

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