With a strong mobile entertainment and gaming industry in North America, there's an increased demand for sound designers. Modelling standard industry workflows, George Brown College's Sound Design & Production program focuses on creating sound for film, television and games. Students work in collaboration with other media programs to create sound for shorts, animations and games.


Program name
Sound Design & Production
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Method of study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A
International students
Sept. 2018 Closed
Jan. 2019 N/A
May 2019 N/A

Full Description

G409 students with sound equipment

Whether recording audio in studio or in the field, Sound Design & Production students learn to master technical skills and refine their artistic style.

Without a sound designer to create the perfect soundscape, the film, television and game industries are incomplete. Applying the technical and conceptual aspects of sound, students become audio storytellers working alongside visual production artists to recreate the real world in a digital context.

Students learn how to create sound from scratch through capturing of real-environment sounds as well as Foley creation. At George Brown's studio production facilities, students learn mixing, video game audio, dialogue editing and ADR, sound design and recording to recreate audio landscapes.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create sound files for live action dramatic short films, animated short films, video games, and interactive media
  2. Produce a score recording session and arrange a provided composition to fit a given visual sequence.
  3. Collaborate with key principals and production personnel in the creation of complementary sound design for a storytelling environment.
  4. Design sound for the appropriate medium and genres considering the cultural and social significance of those designs.
  5. Plan audio design and production projects that reflect scope and vision for pre-production, production and post-production.
  6. Apply entrepreneurial strategies relevant within the field of sound design to develop a viable business plan for freelance sound design professionals.
  7. Assess existing and emerging market trends in sound design products and services for production project purposes.
  8. Adhere to legal principles, government legislation and regulations, copyright and contract requirements, and professional and industry codes of conduct.

Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
SDES1001Sound Design
SDES1002Live Production Mixing
SDES1003Sound Design Theory
SDES1005Postproduction ADR and Foley Mixing
SDES1012Applied Postproduction
SDES1016Sound for Interactive Media


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
SDES1011Advanced Sound Design
SDES1013Sound Art
SDES1014Production Sound Mixing
SDES1015Advanced Postproduction ADR and Foley
SDES1004Scoring & Music Editorial
SDES1006Game Audio Design


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
SDES2020Experiential Thesis

The Industry

With an established grounding in the film/television industry and the growing strength of the gaming industry in Ontario, sound designers have a respected place and fulfill a vital role in both industries. Graduates will be prepared to work with production companies and sound studios as Toronto continues to create and supply the world with quality sound content.

Career Options

The skills acquired during this 12-month program will prepare graduates to navigate the workings of the sound industry. Graduates will be prepared to work with production companies and sound studios as collaborators within the music, film and television industries.

Potential job titles include:

  • Audio Technician
  • Multimedia Sound Technician
  • Postproduction Technician
  • Sound Designer
  • Supervising Sound Editor
  • Production Mixer
  • Dialogue Editor
  • Foley Mixer
  • Sound Effects Editor
  • Recording Mixer
  • Boom Operator


6,766.00 *

Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the three semesters of programs starting in fall 2017. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in fall 2018 and at later dates.

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

Admission Requirements

  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in Digital Animation, Game Development, Theatre Production, or Film/Video Production, or related field
  • Portfolio
  • Interview*


  • Diploma, Advanced Diploma or Degree in another discipline with a minimum of two years of experience in sound-related work (resume and references required)
  • Portfolio
  • Interview*

* Please note that only the top-ranked applicants (based on their portfolio) will be invited to attend an interview.

Please note that Domestic applicants who are submitting International transcripts require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. This can be obtained through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) at icascanada.ca or WES (World Education Services) at wes.org/ca.

English Language Proficiency

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

Please visit georgebrown.ca/englishproficiency for more details.

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