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International Study Programs

Visual Effects Grad Cert GBC

Visual Effects Grad Cert GBC

George Brown College, Canada

About This Program

In George Brown College's Visual Effects graduate certificate program, students will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D animation, motion graphics, or audio/video editing for film and television.  As a visual effect artist, you will be combining the skills of a programmer with the creativity of a designer, turning concepts into visual representation.

Be prepared to use several elements for your visual storytelling such as digital lighting, surface attribute design and camera composition.  You will also learn techniques of procedural modeling and animation used in visual effects films.

Learn more about the Canada student visa category. 

Course Delivery

This Visual Effects Graduate Certificate program is offered at St. James Campus of George Brown College.


As a visual effects artist, you will be able to move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, gaming and animation to apply as any of the following:

  • 3D Animator
  • Texture Artist
  • Technical Artist
  • Environment Modeler
  • Character Modeler
  • Object Modeler
  • Stop Motion Animator
  • Visual Effects Artist

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Design visual effects sequences using storyboarding and pre-visualization that meet production requirements;
  2. Use filmmaking and game terminology to communicate effectively throughout all stages of production;
  3. Complete the production of live action plates for use in visual effects;
  4. Manage the production of visual effects projects to meet production schedules;
  5. Identify hardware and software protocols specific to the field of visual effects;
  6. Analyze images and physical sets to digitally re-create lights, cameras, locations and objects;
  7. Create photo-real images to match live action footage;
  8. Recreate natural phenomena by using appropriate particle or dynamic effects;
  9. Integrate 2D and/or 3D computer generated imagery and live action elements;
  10. Create customized tools through software or scripting to allow for more advanced application of visual effects techniques;
  11. Work collaboratively in interdisciplinary teams on the production of visual effects.

Course Outline


  • VSFX1001:  Digital Visual Effects
  • VSFX1002:  Digital Compositing
  • VSFX1003:  Photorealistic Modeling
  • VSFX1004:  Procedural Modeling and Animation
  • VSFX1005:  Immersive Environments
  • VSFX1006:  Visual Effects Project I
  • VSFX1007:  Visual Effects Models and Shaders


  • VSFX1013:  Photorealistic Rendering
  • VSFX1014:  Particle System Effects
  • VSFX1015:  Cinematography For Visual Effects
  • VSFX1016:  Visual Effects Project II
  • VSFX1018:  Visual Effects Rendering
  • VSFX1019:  Matte Painting
  • VSFX1020:  Portfolio


  • VSFX2010:  Entrepreneurship
  • VSFX2020:  Experiential Thesis

Course Info

Course Code : G408

College : School of Media and Performing Arts

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:  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 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 possess a Bachelor of Fine Arts OR Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Game, Graphics or Arts field.  
    • Previous studies may qualify you for course exemptions.
  • If you are successful with your application, you may be asked to submit the following:
    • Portfolio* (digital portfolio accepted)
    • Applicant Questionnaire
    • Resume
  • An opportunity to be interviewed will be offered only to select 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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