Visual Effects program (Postgraduate) (G408)

Visual Effects
School of Media and Performing Arts
St. James Campus
1 year (3 semesters)
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
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.

Full Program Descriptions


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In this three-semester 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. Preparing for a career in the postproduction industry, visual effects artists combine the skills of a programmer with the creativity of a designer. As members of film and television production teams, visual effects artists turn concepts into visual representation.

Visual effects artists hone their visual storytelling capabilities through the use of elements such as digital lighting, surface attribute design and camera composition. While learning the procedures for planning visual effects for film, students cover the techniques of procedural modeling and animation used in visual effects films.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes  

Each George Brown College certificate, diploma, advanced diploma and graduate certificate program is expected to deliver specific program learning outcomes. Program learning outcomes are statements that describe the knowledge and skills that students are expected to demonstrate by the end of their program of study. Programs are designed to deliver both vocation or discipline-specific learning outcomes and more generic essential employability skills (including communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills).

In addition to the aforementioned learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed through additional mandatory General Education courses in the program curriculum.

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Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
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


semester courses
Code Course Name
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


semester courses
Code Course Name
VSFX2010 Entrepreneurship
VSFX2020 Experiential Thesis

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

The Industry 

The visual effects field in Toronto is a strong and well established industry. With a long history of providing beautiful work to an international market, Toronto is a beacon not only for companies that film within Canada but also to numerous productions filmed around the world.

Career Options 

Visual effects artists are able to move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:

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

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2016. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2017 and at later dates.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

How to Qualify and Apply

Admission Requirements  

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts OR Diploma/Advanced Diploma in Game, Graphics or Arts field
  • Portfolio* (digital portfolio accepted)
  • Letter of intent
  • Resume
  • Interview**

*Instructions for submitting the portfolio will be provided to successful applicants during the application process. Please also see Special Requirements below.

** An opportunity to interview will be offered to select applicants only, upon review of the portfolio.

English Proficiency

Applicants with international transcripts who do not provide English proficiency test results must test at the College level in the George Brown College English assessment to be considered for admission.

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Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

Special Requirements  

Portfolio Requirements

This program requires a portfolio of at least 15 pieces, built on visual techniques within the modeling and animation areas.

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Visit Our Campus  

The Visual Effects program is located at the St. James Campus at 341 King St. E., Toronto.

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George Brown College is continually striving to improve its programs and their delivery. The information contained in this calendar is subject to change without notice. It should not be viewed as a representation, offer or warranty. Students are responsible for verifying George Brown College admission, graduation, and fee requirements as well as any requirements of outside institutions, industry associations, or other bodies that may award additional designations concurrently with, or after completion of, a George Brown College program.

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