Hands–on Learning


Employers look for real-world experience when hiring new graduates. That’s why George Brown College gives you the opportunity to learn by doing. In 2014/15, 88 per cent of our qualifying programs offered field education and we plan to boost that to 100 per cent by 2020.

But that’s not all. There are many other ways George Brown students get real-world work experience in their programs, including learning in environments modelled after real workplaces, by providing services for the public and by participating in applied research projects.

Learn in simulated work environments

George Brown’s focus on hands-on learning is bolstered by our state-of-the-art facilities that allow students to develop their skills in labs that are modelled after real workplaces, including:

  • ASL (American Sign Language) lab Open New Browser Window: this lab allows students to practice sign language interpretation with specially-designed computer hardware and software.
  • Centre for Construction & Engineering Technologies Open New Browser Window: this facility features a number of workplace-modelled labs with industry-standard equipment, from tool and die workshops to a computer networking lab.
  • The Simulation Centre: Health Sciences students learn in a recreated hospital setting that includes high-fidelity mannequins as patients.
  • The School of Design Open New Browser Window: this facility was developed to mirror the real-world agency and studio environments our students will experience in the working world.

Develop skills by doing the job

We provide a number of learning labs so you can practice your skills and interact with real clients in a safe and controlled environment.

  • The Chefs’ House Open New Browser Window restaurant provides a fine-dining experience in downtown Toronto. Chef School students prepare meals and Hospitality students serve. Culinary Arts students also demonstrate their skills for the public at Chef on the Run Open New Browser Window and our student-run cafe.
  • Child care centres let Early Childhood Education students work with children and their families at 10 locations across Toronto.
  • The Green Building Centre offers Construction and Engineering Technologies students a chance to work with industry partners on sustainable building projects.
  • The Consulting Hub gives Business students the opportunity to work as consultants for real companies, executing projects in teams.
  • The Institute without Boundaries (IwB) Open New Browser Window lets Design students work with faculty and industry partners on meaningful projects with local to global significance.
  • WAVE (Wellness, Applied Research and Visionary Education) clinics offer Health Sciences students the opportunity to provide a wide range of affordable dental, hearing and fitness services to the community.
  • The Young Centre for the Performing Arts is where Theatre Arts students perform for the public in Toronto’s historic Distillery District.

Work with companies to develop new products and practices

Our Research and Innovation Office coordinates projects that give our students the opportunity to develop, test and market products and ideas alongside industry partners. In 2014, we opened our Green Building Centre at Casa Loma Campus—a new hub for students and industry to create and test sustainable construction products and practices. You can find more examples of applied research projects across the college at georgebrown.ca/research/projects.