Acting for Media Program (P107)

Acting for Media
School of Media and Performing Arts
St. James Campus
2 years (4 semesters)
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
The Acting for Media program moves past just acting for film and television and comprises training needed to succeed as a screen actor whether for film, television, online, game, or interactive mediums. Students will learn to be adaptive to all media and apply their craft as a professional actor and voice-over artist.

Full Program Descriptions


Sound person pinning mircophone to actress while begin filmed on an ipad in a gazebo

The Acting for Media program goes beyond just acting for film and television and comprises training needed to succeed as a screen actor: acting technique, movement, voice, and script analysis. Students will learn to articulate themselves through screen characterization, on-camera experience, and audition etiquette and standards. Graduating students will have a solid knowledge base of the industry including its history, structure and hierarchy, and professional standards. Workshop simulations, on-camera exercises, voice-over demonstrations, green screen training, and training in motion capture suits provide students with the skills needed to be a successful actor in the field.

Thanks to technological advancements within the film industry, actors are being called upon to characterize in new and interesting ways. Students will be given a basic understanding of the use of such new technology as phonography and immersive environments.

George Brown acting student and industry professional workshopping


Enrolment is limited, ensuring adequate personal attention is given to each student. Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and personal interviews conducted by the Artistic Director and faculty members. A minimum academic standing plus passing grades in acting must be achieved in order to be promoted to the next semester.

Part Time Study Options  

George Brown College also offers evening courses in acting. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at

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.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit

Course Outline

Required Courses 


semester courses
Code Course Name
ACTS1000 Basics of Acting
ACTS1001 Movement I
ACTS1002 Actor as Artist I
ACTS1003 Speech I
ACTS1004 Improvisation
GHUM1079 Film Studies
COMM1007 College English


semester courses
Code Course Name
ACTS1010 Acting for the Camera
ACTS1011 Movement II
ACTS1012 Actor as Artist II
ACTS1013 Speech II
ACTS1014 Meisner Technique
ACTS1015 Combat for Film I
GSSC1159 Strange World of the Familiar: Sociological Inquiry


semester courses
Code Course Name
ACTS2000 Scene Study I
ACTS2001 Movement III
ACTS2002 Character Study
ACTS2003 Business Skills for Actors
ACTS2004 Period Dance
ACTS2006 Alexander Technique I
ACTS2015 Combat for Film II
GNED General Education Elective


semester courses
Code Course Name
ACTS2005 Audition Techniques
ACTS2007 Writing for Actors
ACTS2008 New Technology Acting
ACTS2009 Voice-over Characterisation
ACTS2010 Scene Study II
ACTS2013 Promotional Preparation and Entrepreneurship
ACTS2016 Alexander Technique II
GNED General Education Elective

Careers and Post-Graduate Study Opportunities

Educational / Degree Pathway 

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

Your Career 

An ever-expanding local film and screen industry creates a consistent demand for fresh faces and new talent in a range of educational, entertainment and commercial activities. Students should be aware, however, that the field is extremely competitive. 

Recognized by the Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), graduates of the Acting for Media program may receive first credit and ACTRA Apprentice member status. Graduates must apply to ACTRA within 60 calendar days of graduation for eligibility.

george brown acting students practice voiceover work

Future Study Options 

For information on future study options, see

Career Options 

Acting student putting on the motion capture suitActors move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, motion capture for gaming and animation, and voice-over for narration or dubbing.

Potential job titles include:

  • Actor/Actress
  • Film Dubber
  • Voice-over Actor
  • Narrator
  • Dramatic Reader

Tuition and Fees



Additional Cost 

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two 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  

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Letter of Intent
  • Audition via Video Submission*

Instructions on how to submit the Letter of Intent and video audition will be provided to qualified applicants during the application cycle.

* Audition via Video Submission: Two memorized, contrasting contemporary scenes, monologues or a combination of both at 1 minute in length. If you choose to do a scene, please have your partner stand outside of the camera frame so that you are the only person that is captured. Please remember to frame yourself centre so as not to cut off parts of your head.

** Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and no OSSD)

Please note: Students who start the program in January (Winter term) will be required to attend classes during the summer months (May to August)

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

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For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus  

The Acting for Media program is located at the St. James Campus at 230 Richmond St. East, 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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