The Acting for Media program moves beyond acting for film and television and comprises the training needed to succeed as a screen actor whether for film, television, online, game, or interactive mediums. Students will learn to apply their craft as professional actors and voice-over artists to all media.

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Overview

Program name
Acting for Media
Code
P107
Location
Duration
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Credential
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study
FT

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Open
Jan. 2020 Opens Mar 2019
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

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.

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STUDENT SELECTION

Enrolment is limited, ensuring adequate personal attention is given to each student. Admission is competitive, based on the results of auditions and questions. 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 coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Present oneself for employment as a professional actor and provide services that meet professional industry standards and ethics.
  2. Create a character as intended by the writer through the study of screenplays, storyboards, and commercial copy.
  3. Develop a believable character appropriate for the role and to the technological requirements of each recorded media discipline.
  4. Convey and sustain truth of character using relevant technical skills with appropriate emotional depth and clarity throughout the shooting of production.
  5. Work collaboratively with agents, casting directors, producers, directors and film crews.
  6. Develop and apply strategies for personal, career and professional development to enhance work performance and maintain currency within the industry.
  7. Employ improvisational skills for problem solving and character development.
  8. Prepare materials that showcase his/her skills as both an actor and an entrepreneur.
  9. Perform the activity required for the character according to the recorded media.

Required Courses

SEMESTER 1

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ACTS1000Basics of Acting
ACTS1001Movement I
ACTS1002Actor as Artist I
ACTS1003Speech I
ACTS1004Improvisation
GHUM1079Film Studies
COMM1007College English

SEMESTER 2

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ACTS1010Acting for the Camera
ACTS1011Movement II
ACTS1012Actor as Artist II
ACTS1013Speech II
ACTS1014Meisner Technique
ACTS1015Combat for Film I
GSSC1159Strange World of the Familiar: Sociological Inquiry

SEMESTER 3

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ACTS2000Scene Study I
ACTS2001Movement III
ACTS2002Character Study
ACTS2003Business Skills for Actors
ACTS2006Alexander Technique I
ACTS2015Combat for Film II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

SEMESTER 4

semester courses
CodeCourse Name
ACTS2005Audition Techniques
ACTS2007Writing for Actors
ACTS2008New Technology Acting
ACTS2009Voice-over Characterisation
ACTS2010Scene Study II
ACTS2013Promotional Preparation and Entrepreneurship
ACTS2016Alexander Technique II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

Career Options

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Actors 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

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.

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Future Study Options

For information on future study options, see www.georgebrown.ca/transferguide

Educational/Degree Pathway

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

Tuition

$6,552.00*

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 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

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

Admission Requirements

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

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

*All applicants who meet the academic requirements will receive an audition appointment. Auditions take place in February and June. Please see below or visit the Acting for Media Auditions page link for information about audition requirements. Potential students are to present one monologue and one scene from pre-selected choices set out by the College. Both selections must be memorized. Please contact media@georgebrown.ca for the selection of scenes.

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

Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English.

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 georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International (Visa) Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information

Special Requirements

AUDITION FEE

There will be a $50 audition fee, payable when you arrive on the day of your audition. We only accept cash or money order(personal cheques and credit cards are not acceptable; we do not have a debit machine). Students who arrive without the fee will not be able to audition.

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Success Stories

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“All our faculty is in the industry right now, so they know what to work on, what to change, what we need to know or what they wish they knew when they were in school. We're very lucky at George Brown with our equipment and facilities. We have a bunch of state-of-the-art equipment, it's all new. We get to work with incredible light, sound equipment, and props. The network here at the George Brown media program is incredible.”

Jamie Rose (Student, Acting for Media)

Contact Us

School of Media & Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2015

Email: media@georgebrown.ca

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

This program is offered through our School of Media and Performing Arts and classes take place at our St. James Campus, located at 230 Richmond Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada.

On-campus information sessions are available. Come and have your questions answered. Learn about the program content and career options, meet your friendly professors and staff, and experience what it is like to be in a George Brown College classroom. Sign up for an upcoming session.

Campus tours are offered on a regular basis. Sign up today! You can also check out our virtual tour.

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