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Video Design and Production Dip GBC

Video Design and Production Dip GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

With media shifting away from traditional models of broadcasting towards new and innovative methods to create videos for entertainment, marketing, advertising, education and social network strategies, a broader skill set is required.

George Brown College’s Video Design & Production diploma program will expose students to elements of both video design and video production which includes:

  • Photography;
  • Immersive environments and auteurship;
  • Video editing and;
  • Post-production skills.

George Brown College’s Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology is home to Canada’s first YouTube Creator Space — one of only nine such spaces in the world — which offers training, networking and production opportunities to people who want to create content for the website’s audience of one billion users.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Video Design and Production Diploma program is offered at St. James Campus of George Brown College.

You will be exposed traditional video techniques combined with such new mediums as Phonography, immersive 360, and droneography, as well as the necessary editing and postproduction skills to create video for entertainment marketing, advertisement, education, and social network strategies.


Video designers are able to move across multiple platforms including film, television and interaction storytelling. Potential job titles include:

  • Filmmaker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Assistant
  • Camera Operator

Graduates of this program may also be interested the Screenwriting & Narrative Design graduate certificate program.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Create independent digital film projects according to project specifications using various production techniques;
  2. Work effectively as a member of a digital film production team in various capacities and roles;
  3. Manage scheduling and budget for digital film productions;
  4. Capture quality moving images using appropriate camera/lighting equipment and techniques;
  5. Develop a short film and television portfolio to showcase digital filmmaking skills;
  6. Write story-driven, visual and cinematic scripts focused on effective dialogue, structure and character development;
  7. Record and mix multi-track sound in a digital format using industry standard equipment and software;
  8. Market and distribute digital film projects using industry and new media outlets;
  9. Edit digital video on non-linear, industry standard software and equipment.

Course Outline


  • VDES1001:  Digital Storytelling I
  • VDES1002:  Video Design and Composition
  • VDES1003:  Digital Video Technology
  • VDES1004:  Digital Production I
  • GHUM1079:  Film Studies
  • COMM1007:  College English


  • VDES1011:  Digital Storytelling II
  • VDES1014:  Digital Production II
  • VDES1015:  Digital Cinematography I
  • VDES1016:  Video Editing and Visual Effects I
  • VDES1017:  Scriptwriting
  • GSSC1058:  Introduction to Psychology


  • VDES2004:  Digital Production III
  • VDES2005:  Digital Cinematography II
  • VDES2006:  Video Editing and Visual Effects II
  • VDES2008:  Art Direction
  • VDES2009:  Directing
  • GNED:  General Education Elective


  • VDES2014:  Capstone Project
  • VDES2015:  Production Entrepreneurship
  • VDES2016:  Special Effects
  • VDES2020:  Audio Production Post
  • GNED:  General Education Elective

Course Info

Course Code : G112

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

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. 
  • 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:

  • September
  • January

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 an Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent.
    • You must have completed the equivalent of Grade 12 English
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions so discuss this with your Visa Counselor first.
  • You must have submitted Portfolio.  This could be a short film, trailer or demo reel.
  • 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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