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Sound Design and Production Grad Cert GBC

Sound Design and Production Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

With a strong mobile entertainment and gaming industry in North America, there's an increased demand for sound designers. Modelling standard industry workflows, George Brown College's Sound Design & Production Graduate Certificate program focuses on creating sound for film and television. You will also be capturing real-environment sounds as well as learn Foley audio creation to create sound for shorts, animations, games

Whether recording audio in studio or in the field, you will learn to master technical skills and refine your artistic style.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Sound Design and Production Graduate Certificate program is offered at the St. James Campus of George Brown College.

You will be using George Brown's studio production facilities to learn mixing, video game audio, dialogue editing and ADR, sound design and recording to recreate audio landscapes.


Once you have completed this graduate certificate program, you will be prepared to work with production companies and sound studios as collaborators within the music, online media, film and television industries.

You may want to apply for the following jobs:

  • Audio Technician
  • Multimedia Sound Technician
  • Postproduction Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Production Mixer
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Foley Mixer
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Recording Mixer
  • Boom Operator

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Create sound files for live action dramatic short films, animated short films, video games, and interactive media;
  2. Produce a score recording session and arrange a provided composition to fit a given visual sequence;
  3. Collaborate with key principals and production personnel in the creation of complementary sound design for a storytelling environment;
  4. Design sound for the appropriate medium and genres considering the cultural and social significance of those designs;
  5. Plan audio design and production projects that reflect scope and vision for pre-production, production and post- production;
  6. Apply entrepreneurial strategies relevant within the field of sound design to develop a viable business plan for freelance sound design professionals;
  7. Assess existing and emerging market trends in sound design products and services for production project purposes;
  8. Adhere to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.

Course Outline


  • SDES1001:  Sound Design
  • SDES1002:  Live Production Mixing
  • SDES1003:  Sound Design Theory
  • SDES1004:  Picture Scoring
  • SDES1005:  Postproduction ADR and Foley Mixing
  • SDES1006:  Game Audio Design


  • SDES1011:  Advanced Sound Design
  • SDES1012:  Applied Postproduction
  • SDES1013:  Sound Art
  • SDES1014:  Production Sound Mixing
  • SDES1015:  Advanced Postproduction ADR and Foley
  • SDES1016:  Sound for Interactive Media


  • SDES2010:  Entrepreneurship
  • SDES2020:  Experiential Thesis

Course Info

Course Code : G409

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

Duration : three semesters

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 date every year and this is in 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 completed a Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in Digital Animation, Game Development, Theatre Production, or Film/Video Production, or related field.  OR
    • Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in another discipline with a minimum of two years of experience in sound-related work (resume and references required)
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  Talk to your Visa Counselor about this.
  • You must also comply with special requirements such as:
    • Portfolio
    • Interview only for the top-ranked applicants.
  • 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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