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Media Foundation Cert GBC

Media Foundation Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

This is a foundation course that will allow you to explore a variety of media career options.  You can expect courses that will introduce you to:

  • Game design and development;
  • Photography and image manipulation;
  • Storytelling;
  • Audio production;
  • Interactive media and;
  • Visual storytelling techniques.

 By the end of the program, you would have developed the skills necessary to succeed in diploma and advanced diploma media programs.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Media Foundation Certificate program is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown College. 

The Portfolio class offered in semester two will help you create a portfolio.  You may use this to submit for advanced studies in Graphic Design, Interaction Design and Development, Game Development and Video Design & Production and other college and university programs requiring a portfolio for admission.


The Media Foundation program provides a general knowledge base for further studies in other George Brown College programs where you will be immersed in more specialized knowledge.  These programs include:

  • Interaction Design and Development;
  • Game Development and;
  • Video Design & Production programs.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop creative concepts and ideas through a variety of techniques and in a range of formats;
  2. Choose appropriate tools, techniques and applications to create of media assets and presentations;
  3. Incorporate researched opinions expressed in mainstream and social media technologies into presentations and reports;
  4. Utilize current and relevant search strategies and techniques for information fact-finding;
  5. Apply industry practices to written proposals and print documents, visual storyboards, and interactive presentations;
  6. Choose visual strategies, historical concepts and precedents in the analysis of past and present trends;
  7. Create original photographs and videos through a variety of techniques and processes;
  8. Choose appropriate narrative structures and vocabularies to analyse media and evaluate meaning, coherence, connections and effectiveness;
  9. Utilize a variety of industry standard audio/video software applications and techniques in the creation of media for a wide range of platforms;
  10. Use a variety of current industry-standard media tools and techniques to develop self-promotional materials.

Course Outline


  • MFND1001:  Media Research
  • MFND1002:  Drawing Fundamentals
  • MFND1003:  Visual Design Fundamentals
  • MFND1004:  Storytelling
  • MFND1005:  Photography Fundamentals
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • MFND1012:  Digital Drawing
  • MFND1016:  Introduction to Multimedia
  • MFND1017:  Interaction Fundamentals
  • MFND1018:  Film Technologies
  • MFND1019:  Digital Portfolio
  • GHUM1079:  Film Studies

Course Info

Course Code : G111

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

Duration : one year

Qualifications Level : Ontario College 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 are two intakes every year:

  • September
  • January

Please note: If you start the program in January (Winter term), you will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August).

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 should have completed the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
    • You should have also completed the equivalent of  Grade 12 English.
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • 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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