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Interactive Media Mgmt Grad Cert GBC

Interactive Media Mgmt Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

Remember all those friendly museum displays, interactive retail interfaces, education and medical interactive presentations?

You can learn the latest real-time interactive tools and technologies  that you can use in advertising, industrial, graphic and new media designs.  With the integration of these technologies into public and commercial settings, designers will be armed with key knowledge of interface design, information visualization and virtual spaces.

This Interactive Media Management graduate certificate program of George Brown College combines design education with software instruction and hands-on workshops to configure interactive design strategies using existing and emerging display technologies. 

Toward the end of this program, you will be generating a unique design strategy, testing it through an applied project directed toward the development of a fully functional, interactive demonstration prototype ready for a public audience.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.

Course Delivery

This Interactive Media Management Graduate Certificate George Brown College is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown College. 

You will be exposed to best practice examples and real-world models.  The program combines design education with software instruction and hands-on workshops to configure interactive design strategies using existing and emerging display technologies.

Field placement is available with portfolio approval.  Once your portfolio has been approved, you would then be eligible for non-mandatory external field placements in Semester 3.


Graduates may go on to careers designing or managing design in the digital media sector or in their own business. You  will have the specific skills and expertise to be employed as:

  • Creative Directors;
  • Multimedia Designers/Specialists;
  • User Interface Designers;
  • Design Consultants;
  • Project Managers;
  • Web Designers;
  • Web Developers.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Facilitate effective completion of both individual and collaborative interactive media projects.  Use and evaluate best practices and tools to design and develop dynamic, rich-media content.
  2. Conduct and evaluate a thorough assessment of the requirements of a complex interactive media project.
  3. Coordinate the development, budgeting, planning and professional presentation of a complex interactive media project.
  4. Design and coordinate a complex media project (interface, navigation, graphics, text treatment) using best practice design and development principles and applying conceptual and theoretical frameworks.
  5. Manage the building of effective and dynamic complex websites and/or mobile applications.
  6. Propose solutions to ethical and professional issues arising in an online environment.
  7. Apply research and conceptual skills to propose optimal solutions for mobile / multimedia /Web development problems and facilitate these skills within the project team.
  8. Provide creative leadership that results in the effective design, development and implementation of complex interactive media projects.
  9. Evaluate the financial, technical and artistic success of a complex interactive media project and present recommendations for improvement.

Course Outline


  • DESN1051:  Web Design & Development I
  • DESN1055:  Interactive Design & Systems I
  • DESN1056:  Media Production I
  • DESN1058:  Production Management I
  • DESN1103:  Prototyping I
  • DESN1105:  3D Design I
  • DESN1107:  Interactive Production Project I


  • DESN1061:  Web Design & Development II
  • DESN1065:  Interactive Design & Systems II
  • DESN1066:  Media Production II
  • DESN1113:  3D Design II
  • DESN1115:  Prototyping II
  • DESN1117:  Interactive Production Project II
  • DESN1158:  Production Management II


  • DESN1088:  Studio Entrepreneurship
  • DESN1089:  Interactive Experiential Thesis

Course Info

Course Code : G412

College : School of Design

Duration : One year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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 is only ONE intake every year and this is in September.

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

  • Review by the School of Design 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 completed a College Diploma or Bachelor's Degree OR
    • Demonstrated competence through related work experience (resume required
  • You may be requested to comply with other special requirements once you have been deemed qualified academically and have acceptable English language proficiency scores.
    • You will be invited to complete an Application Questionnaire.
    • A portfolio as part of the review process.  A digital portfolio is acceptable.
    • You may also be invited for an interview.
  • 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) 6.5 overall band score with no individual band under 6.0;
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based (TOEFL iBT): 88 overall, minimum 22 in each skill band;
    • PTE Academic:  60 overall minimum, 55 in each skill band.

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