Business of Film and Television 1
  I: Administrative Information   II: Course Details   III: Topical Outline(s)  Printable Version
Section I: Administrative Information
  Total hours: 42.0
Credit Value: 3.0
Credit Value Notes: N/A
Effective: Winter 2019
Prerequisites: CULT20000
Corequisites: N/A
Equivalents: N/A
Pre/Co/Equiv Notes: N/A

Program(s): Bach of Film and Television
Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
Course Leader or Contact: N/A
Version: 20190107_00
Status: Approved (APPR)

Section I Notes: A key priority in the Bachelor of Film and Television Program is the safety of students, staff and faculty while participating in teaching and learning activities. Therefore, participants are expected to reference and adhere to provincial and federal law, established film industry standards, and Sheridan College's Occupational Health and Safety Policy to ensure a safe working environment for all. See link for additional information: http://www.sheridancollege.ca/working-at-sheridan/human-resources/occupational-health-and-safety.aspx

Section II: Course Details

Detailed Description
As students prepare for their summer work term they identify, assess and build upon their program-related skills to develop a personalized career plan within the film and television industries. Students gain a macro-view of the Canadian film and television industry as well as insights into how the various components function, interact and contribute to the industry as a whole. Students work towards securing a summer work placement under guidance of faculty.

Program Context

Bach of Film and Television Program Coordinator(s): Kathleen Cummins, Randall Kapuscinski
This is an intermediate required course in the Bachelor of Film and Television program that forms a foundational knowledge base for subsequent courses and work placements.

Course Critical Performance and Learning Outcomes

  Critical Performance:
By the end of this course students will have demonstrated the ability to explain the major component parts of the film and television industry in Canada and their primary functions.
Learning Outcomes:

To achieve the critical performance, students will have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Summarize the various components of the Canadian film & TV industry.
  2. Describe the general public policies governing the Canadian film and TV industry.
  3. Research a component of the TV industry in order to determine its structure and key functions, its relationship to the industry as a whole and the opportunities for entry-level employment.
  4. Research a component of the film industry in order to determine its structure and key functions, its relationship to the industry as a whole and the opportunities for entry-level employment.
  5. Collaborate with peers on research projects.
  6. Prepare a presentation that effectively defends a position based on research findings.
  7. Display professional behaviour by meeting deadlines, arriving on time and being prepared.

Evaluation Plan
Students demonstrate their learning in the following ways:

 Evaluation Plan: IN-CLASS
 Career Path Analysis20.0%
 Group Project: Television20.0%
 Group Project: Film20.0%
 Placement Research Package20.0%
 Quiz (4x5%)20.0%

Evaluation Notes and Academic Missed Work Procedure:
All assignments must be submitted by the deadline specified by the professor. All assignments must be delivered in the format and via the delivery method specified by the professor. Any request for an extension must be made prior to the deadline day. Any assignments submitted after the deadline will be penalized 10% each day thereafter. Assignments not delivered 7 days after the due date will receive a zero. Students who fail to appear for a scheduled verbal pitch or story analysis will receive zero for that portion of their evaluation. Exceptions may be made with a medical note or at the professor's discretion. Unless otherwise specified, students must complete every assignment as an individual effort.

Provincial Context
The course meets the following Ministry of Colleges and Universities requirements:


Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
PLAR Contact (if course is PLAR-eligible) - Office of the Registrar

  • Not Eligible for PLAR

Section III: Topical Outline
Some details of this outline may change as a result of circumstances such as weather cancellations, College and student activities, and class timetabling.
Instruction Mode: In-Class
Professor: N/A
OptionalOtherIndustry / Trade Journals including but not limited to: Variety Hollywood Reporter Real Screen Stream: A Market For Original Internet TV
OptionalOtherWagman, Ira, and Peter Urquhart. eds. Cultural Industries.ca: Making Sense of Canadian Media in the Digital Age. Toronto, ON: James Lorimer & Company, 2012. Print.

Applicable student group(s): Bachelor of Film and Television
Course Details:

Module 1:  Introduction and Overview

Introduction – an industry overview

Identifying potential work placements

Individual meetings with students


Assignment 1:  Career Path Analysis 20%

Quiz 5%



Module 2:  The Television and Digital Media Industry

Television:  Broadcasters, Specialty Channels, In-house Production, Production Companies and Distributors, Drama, Documentaries, Reality, Lifestyle, Sports, and News, Service Productions Digital Media:  Transmedia

Individual meetings with students

Consultation with faculty regarding placement opportunities


Assignment 2:  Group Project: Television 20%

Quiz 5%



Module 3 – The Film Industry

Agents, Writers Guild, DGC, Unions, IATSE and NABET, Distributors, Exhibitors, Production Companies, Film Festivals Organization, Co-productions, Services Companies, and Post-Production Facilities

Interview skills

Individual meetings with students



Assignment 3:  Group Project: Film 20%

Quiz 5%



Module 4 – Preparing for Placement

Investigating potential work placement and mentorships 

How to get a job in the industry

Individual meetings with students

Insurance requirements for placement


Assignment 4:  Placement Research Package – 20%

Quiz 5%


Sheridan Policies

All Sheridan policies can be viewed on the Sheridan policy website.

Academic Integrity: The principle of academic integrity requires that all work submitted for evaluation and course credit be the original, unassisted work of the student. Cheating or plagiarism including borrowing, copying, purchasing or collaborating on work, except for group projects arranged and approved by the professor, or otherwise submitting work that is not the student's own, violates this principle and will not be tolerated. Students who have any questions regarding whether or not specific circumstances involve a breach of academic integrity are advised to review the Academic Integrity Policy and procedure and/or discuss them with the professor.

Copyright: A majority of the course lectures and materials provided in class and posted in SLATE are protected by copyright. Use of these materials must comply with the Acceptable Use Policy, Use of Copyright Protected Work Policy and Student Code of Conduct. Students may use, copy and share these materials for learning and/or research purposes provided that the use complies with fair dealing or an exception in the Copyright Act. Permission from the rights holder would be necessary otherwise. Please note that it is prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote. It is also prohibited to reproduce and/or post a work that is not your own or your own work with the intent to assist others in cheating on third-party commercial websites including but not limited to Course Hero or OneNote.

Intellectual Property: Sheridan's Intellectual Property Policy generally applies such that students own their own work. Please be advised that students working with external research and/or industry collaborators may be asked to sign agreements that waive or modify their IP rights. Please refer to Sheridan's IP Policy and Procedure.

Respectful Behaviour: Sheridan is committed to provide a learning environment that supports academic achievement by respecting the dignity, self-esteem and fair treatment of every person engaged in the learning process. Behaviour which is inconsistent with this principle will not be tolerated. Details of Sheridan's policy on Harassment and Discrimination, Academic Integrity and other academic policies are available on the Sheridan policy website.

Accessible Learning: Accessible Learning coordinates academic accommodations for students with disabilities. For more information or to register, please see the Accessible Learning website (Statement added September 2016)

Course Outline Changes: The information contained in this Course Outline including but not limited to faculty and program information and course description is subject to change without notice. Any changes to course curriculum and/or assessment shall adhere to approved Sheridan protocol. Nothing in this Course Outline should be viewed as a representation, offer and/or warranty. Students are responsible for reading the Important Notice and Disclaimer which applies to Programs and Courses.

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