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About This Program

It is recommended that you enroll in the Special Event Management Diploma program of George Brown College if you want to pursue a solid career in event project management.

This diploma program of George Brown College focuses on event planning, design, coordination, marketing, sponsorship, budgeting, risk management and event evaluation. 

You will be getting a thorough grounding in various facets of the events industry as you will take part in event management opportunities every semester.  These events range anywhere from hospitality events, weddings, fundraisers, meetings, conferences and trade shows. 

Therefore, in your final semester, you will have to participate actively in:

  • A capstone project and;
  • A mandatory 14-weeks externship placement.

George Brown works with employers and industry partners to identify potential work experience opportunities so you may always ask for assistance on identifying companies to apply to for your externship placement.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category.  

Course Delivery

This Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management Program is taught at the St. James Campus of George Brown College using:

  • Conventional classroom instruction;
  • Experiential learning methods such as field trips, dining room experience;
  • Industry externship with your choice of a nationwide or international placement.

Careers

Opportunities for you after course completion center on rewarding local and global careers such as:

  • Event Planner
  • Conference Planner
  • Meeting Planner
  • Catering Manager
  • Incentive Travel Manager
  • Festival Planner
  • Social Event Planner
  • Event Fundraiser
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Further study options for gradauates of the Special Event Management Diploma program of George Brown College.

Earn a diploma and bachelor’s degree in four years!

Qualified graduates of this Tourism and Hospitality Management program may be eligible to enter the third year of the Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality) degree program at George Brown College.  You will have to attend a May-August bridging semester before starting the degree program in September.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Develop and implement revenue initiatives based on event objectives through methods such as sponsorship programs, grant applications and fund raising initiatives;
  2. Plan, design and coordinate effective site and facility operations;
  3. Select and use current relevant principles of marketing to increase the likelihood of success of events;
  4. Implement strategies for effective human resource management in the planning and operating of a variety of events;
  5. Create, plan and implement effective programming for events;
  6. Select and use accounting and financial knowledge and skills to increase the successful operation of events;
  7. Identify, select and use appropriate business administration skills in the operation of events;
  8. Manage a variety of events using principles of professionalism and ethics in such a manner as to bring about success of the events.
  9. Coordinate food and beverage services appropriate to the event.
  10. Use principles of sustainability in the management of events.

Course Outline

SEMESTER 1

  • HOST1070:  Introduction to Catering
  • HOST1137:  Marketing for Special Events
  • HOST1033:  Service Excellence
  • HOST1043:  Special Event Planning and Delivery
  • HOST1145:  Sanitation (online)
  • HOST1146:  Emergency First Aid/Heartsaver CPR
  • HOST1068:  Smart Serve (online)
  • MATH1102:  Math for Hospitality**
  • COMM1007:  College English**
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

SEMESTER 2

  • HOST1097:  Meetings, Conferences and Special Events
  • HOST1146:  Leadership Communication and Group Dynamics
  • HOST1129:  Selling Special Events
  • ACCT1037:  Hospitality Accounting
  • LAW2014:  Introduction to Hospitality Law
  • HOST1084:  Introduction to Wines and Beverages for Special Events
  • HOST1126:  Career Preparation
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

SEMESTER 3

  • HRM2012:  Human Resource Management
  • HOST2066:  Event Operations I
  • ACCT2059:  Management Accounting for Special Events
  • GHUM1025:  Speaking with Confidence
  • HOST1139:  Technical Meeting and Event Production
  • HOST2077:  Building your Special Event Business
  • HOST2072:  Volunteer Management
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

  • HOST 2063:  Event Operations II - Capstone Event Project
  • HOST 2064:  Industry Externship

  • You may also be required to take MATH 1000 (Math Foundations) before progressing to MATH 1102 (Mathematics for Hospitality).
  • COMM 1003/CESL 1003 and MATH 1000 do not count as courses required for graduation and you will be charged for these extra courses.
  • ** Based on the results of your placement test, you may be required to take COMM 1003 (English Skills) or CESL 1003 (English Skills – ESL) before progressing to COMM 1007.

Course Info

Course Code : H131

College : School of Hospitality and Tourism Management

Duration : Two years

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. 
  • The externship fee has not been included.  This fee could range from $450 to the cost of a regular 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 currently three intake dates per year:

  • January
  • May
  • September

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

  • Review by George Brown College department/school 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 the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma.  Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.  
  • You must have also passed subjects the equivalent of:
    • Grade 12 English
    • Grade 12 Math
  • 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
    • Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL iBT: 80 overall, minimum 20 in each skill band
    • PTE Academic: 54 overall, minimum 50 in each skill band

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