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Acting for Media Dip GBC

Acting for Media Dip GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

The growing film and screen industry creates a consistent demand for fresh faces and new talent in a range of educational, entertainment and commercial activities.  This Acting for Media Diploma program is for actors who want to be more adaptive to all media, whether for film, television, online, game or interactive mediums.

You will be learning:

  • Acting techniques, movement, voice and script analysis;
  • How to articulate yourself through screen characterization, on-camera experience;
  • About audition etiquette and standards;
  • History of the industry, structure and hierarchy, and professional standards.

Going beyond being a vehicle for training in acting for film and television, this program will introduce you to the use of new technology such as phonography and immersive environments.

Enrolment is limited, to ensure that you and each of your classmates will be given adequate personal attention.  Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and questions. You will also have to maintain a minimum academic standing and achieve passing grades in acting to be promoted to the next semester.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category

Course Delivery

This Active for Media Diploma program of is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown college using:

  • Workshop simulations;
  • On-camera exercises;
  • Voice-over demonstrations;
  • Green screen training; and
  • Training in motion capture suits.


Actors move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, motion capture for gaming and animation, and voice-over for narration or dubbing.

Potential job titles include:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Film Dubber
  • Voice-over Actor
  • Narrator
  • Dramatic Reader

Further Study Option for graduates of the Acting for Media Diploma Program of George Brown College

After completing this program, you may want to continue on to the Screenwriting & Narrative Design graduate certificate program of George Brown College.

Learning Outcomes

By the time you graduate, you will gain skills and have demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Present oneself for employment as a professional actor and provide services that meet professional industry standards and ethics;
  2. Create a character as intended by the writer through the study of screenplays, storyboards, and commercial copy;
  3. Develop a believable character appropriate for the role and to the technological requirements of each recorded media discipline;
  4. Convey and sustain truth of character using relevant technical skills with appropriate emotional depth and clarity throughout the shooting of production;
  5. Work collaboratively with agents, casting directors, producers, directors and film crews;
  6. Develop and apply strategies for personal, career and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency within the industry;
  7. Employ improvisational skills for problem solving and character development;
  8. Prepare materials that showcase his/her skills as both an actor and an entrepreneur;
  9. Perform the activity required for the character according to the recorded media.

Course Outline


  • ACTS1000:  Basics of Acting
  • ACTS1001:  Movement I
  • ACTS1002:  Actor as Artist I
  • ACTS1003:  Speech I
  • ACTS1004:  Improvisation
  • GHUM1079:  Film Studies
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • ACTS1010:  Acting for the Camera
  • ACTS1011:  Movement II
  • ACTS1012:  Actor as Artist II
  • ACTS1013:  Speech II
  • ACTS1014:  Meisner Technique
  • ACTS1015:  Combat for Film I
  • GSSC1159:  Strange World of the Familiar: Sociological Inquiry


  • ACTS2000:  Scene Study I
  • ACTS2001:  Movement III
  • ACTS2002:  Character Study
  • ACTS2003:  Business Skills for Actors
  • ACTS2004:  Period Dance
  • ACTS2006:  Alexander Technique I
  • ACTS2015:  Combat for Film II
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • ACTS2005:  Audition Techniques
  • ACTS2007:  Writing for Actors
  • ACTS2008:  New Technology Acting
  • ACTS2009:  Voice-over Characterisation
  • ACTS2010:  Scene Study II
  • ACTS2013:  Promotional Preparation and Entrepreneurship
  • ACTS2016:  Alexander Technique II
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : B407

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

Duration : 2 years (4 semesters)

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Diploma

Fees :

All fees listed below are quoted in Canadian Dollar (CAD).

  • Application Fee:  95
  • Base Tuition Fee:  13,520 for 2 semesters, 20,280 for 3 semesters
  • Incidental Fees (student ID, student association membership, etc.):  1,500
  • Public Transportation, estimated per year:  1,500
  • Supplies, estimated per year: 1,000 - 1,200
  • Textbooks:  500
  • Field trips and industry site visits:  50
  • Mandatory Health Insurance:
    • One year coverage, from Sep to Aug: 603.34
    • 8 months coverage, from Jan to Aug: 409.91
    • 4 months coverage, from May to Aug: 215.44

Take note of the following:

  • The above figures represent what George Brown College expects will be your reasonable international fees. 
  • Externship, internship, work term, apprenticeship fees are not included in the tuition fee.  This could range from $450 to a full term.
  • You will be responsible for your own transportation to complete externship, internship or practical lab requirements not listed above.

Accommodation for International Students at George Brown College.

Toronto has a large housing and rental market that offers numerous accommodation options for students.  George Brown College however, does not arrange non-homestay accommodation for students. Estimated costs for privately arranged accommodation may range from $500-$1200 per month, depending on individual living situation and location.

George Brown College's free Housing Services offer support in helping students find off-campus housing.  This will be an advantage for you as it generally takes about 2-3 weeks to find an apartment in Toronto. Apartment listings usually go up 1-2 months previous to their availability so if you’re looking to move beginning of September it is usually good to start looking in July.

Housing Cost (your choice):

  • Landing Pad for 4 weeks:  750/month
  • Homestay for 2 months minimum:  750/month
  • Dormitory
    • September to April:  6,900
    • January to April:  3,450
    • May to August:  595/month

If you would rather live in the residence of the college, you should sign up early.  The George, as the building is known, has the flexibility of 8 month- (Fall/Winter) and 4 Month- (Summer) agreements. Units are 2-bedroom suites that include a kitchenette and 3-piece bathroom with Wi-Fi, phone, and cable television.

As costs are subject to change, the above figures may be changed at any time without notice by the administration of George Brown College.  Please check with your IVC-assigned Visa Counselor or Documentation Officer periodically for any changes.

When estimating your cost of living for an academic year, include rent, weekly supermarket shopping, some meals on campus, electricity bills, heating bills, refuse bills, parking fees, mobile phone expenses, travel, clothing, snacks on campus, socializing, and health.

Intake Dates :

There are two intake dates every year:

  • January
  • September

IVC has a 3-month preparation period that includes, among others:

  • Review by the School of Media and Performing Arts of George Brown College for your eligibility;
  • Processing by the International Admissions Office;
  • Enrollment;
  • Processing of insurance;
  • Payment of tuition fee;
  • Payment and processing of your living expenses fund if you are applying under the Student Direct Stream;
  • Seeking accommodation.

It is important to apply early as this course may have many applicants.  Moreover, beginning an application well in advance of the intake date will allow you a lot of time to prepare for the IELTS and consolidate your academic and professional credentials for your visa application.  So make sure you apply early!

Entry Criteria

Admission and entry requirements for this qualification are in accordance with the academic regulations of George Brown College as listed:

  • You must have finished the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
    • You must have also completed the equivalent of Grade 12 English.
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • You must pass the following to the department:
    • A Letter of Intent;
    • Audition via Video Submission.  You have to record two memorized, contrasting contemporary scenes the details of which are as follows:
      • Monologues or a combination of both at 1 minute in length;
      • If you choose to do a scene, please have your partner stand outside of the camera frame so that you are the only person that is captured;
      • Remember to frame yourself centre so as not to cut off parts of your head.
  • As an international student, you must be able to demonstrate a level of English competency. You must therefore meet the minimum scores in ANY of the following tests that should have a validity of two years:
    • IELTS (Academic Test) 6.0 overall band score with no individual band under 5.5;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic:  54 overall minimum, 50 in each skill band.

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