Entertainment Law, Certificate | Online (optional) | York University | Toronto, Canada
Certificate On Campus Online

Entertainment Law

5 days
3795 CAD/full
3795 CAD/full
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The Entertainment Law course offered by York University was created to provide those with or without a law degree with a comprehensive and practical overview of entertainment law in Canada.


What you will study

Now in its 12th year, led by Program Director Susan Abramovitch, and taught by a highly distinguished faculty of experts drawn from the music, film, television, gaming, live stage events and publishing industries, this Entertainment Law course offered by York University covers the key principles you need to know, together with practical insights, strategies and tactics for tackling the most pressing issues in entertainment law. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to acquire a comprehensive overview, and to “drill down” into the key issues and challenges that you will likely encounter. You will also receive materials prepared by OsgoodePD’s expert faculty which will serve as a valuable ongoing resource.

Programme Structure

The program focuses on:

  • Issues to consider when negotiating with “the talent”
  • How the collective bargaining process works
  • How tariffs in music are set and how collective rights translate into royalties for artists
  • The rights that construct the chain of title and how to avoid drafting pitfalls that would undermine it
  • Strategies to employ when negotiating and drafting option, distribution, format and licensing agreements for film and television
  • How to understand net profits
  • Canada and U.S. tax issues that arise for people in the entertainment industry
  • Financing a co-production: what you need to know

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 5 days
  • Part-time
    • 5 days

Start dates & application deadlines




On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any specific GRE, GMAT or GPA grading score requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

We partnered with Aon to provide you with the best affordable student insurance, for a carefree experience away from home.

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Starting from €0.53/day, free cancellation any time.

Remember, countries and universities may have specific insurance requirements. To learn more about how student insurance work at York University - Osgoode Hall Law School and/or in Canada, please visit Student Insurance Portal.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Producers
  • Business Affairs Analysts
  • Directors of Business Development/Business Affairs
  • Development Executives
  • In-House Counsel
  • Rights Managers and Directors
  • Entertainment Lawyers in Private Practice
  • Union and Guild Professionals
  • Contract Managers and Administrators
  • Funding Administrators
  • Policy Advisors

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    3795 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3795 CAD for the full programme during 5 days.
  • National

    3795 CAD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 3795 CAD for the full programme during 5 days.

Living costs for Toronto

1502 - 2563 CAD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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