With media shifting away from traditional models of broadcasting towards new and innovative methods, a broader skill set is required. George Brown College’s Video Design & Production diploma program will expose students to traditional and emerging filmic techniques.

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Program name
Video Design & Production
Experiential learning
2 years (4 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
Ontario College Diploma
Method of study

Program Availability

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

Full Description


The Video Design & Production program will prepare future professionals with the skills required in this emerging field by merging traditional filmmaking techniques with new mediums and distributive methodologies. Graduates will be armed with entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that will enable them to decide which path (employment or self-employment) is best for them. Students will be exposed to elements of both video design and video production including phonography, immersive environments and auteurship, as well as the necessary video editing and post-production skills to create video for entertainment, marketing, advertising, education and social network strategies.

Part Time Study Options

George Brown College also offers evening courses in film and video production. See the Continuing Education Course Guide at coned.georgebrown.ca

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

Every credential at George Brown College delivers detailed program learning outcomes that are discipline specific and aligned with the appropriate credential level. 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.

In addition to the learning outcome requirements, College programs are required to provide students with exposure to a breadth of learning beyond their core disciplinary or vocational field, to increase their awareness of the society and culture in which they live and work. This breadth requirement is addressed for College programs through additional mandatory General Education or Liberal Studies courses in the program curriculum. Also, programs are designed to provide essential transferrable skills (referred to sometimes as essential employability skills), which include: communication, numeracy, critical thinking and problem solving, information management, interpersonal and personal skills, among others.

To see the relevant program learning outcomes for your specific program of study, please visit georgebrown.ca/programs/learning-standards-and-outcomes

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Required Courses


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
VDES1001Digital Storytelling I
VDES1002Video Design and Composition
VDES1003Digital Video Technology
VDES1004Digital Production I
GHUM1079Film Studies
COMM1007College English


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
VDES1011Digital Storytelling II
VDES1014Digital Production II
VDES1015Digital Cinematography I
VDES1016Video Editing and Visual Effects
GSSC1058Introduction to Psychology
VDES2020Audio Production Post


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
VDES2004Digital Production III
VDES2005Digital Cinematography II
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
VDES2014Capstone Project
VDES2015Production Entrepreneurship
VDES2016Special Effects
VDES2008Art Direction
GNEDGeneral Education Elective

The Industry

The media industry is experiencing a dramatic shift in how it records, transmits and presents itself to the world. As Toronto and the province of Ontario continue to adapt to these challenges and changes with vigour, this industry shows strong projected growth. With Canadians watching more online video than nearly anyone else in the world, and crowdfunding playing an increasingly significant role in video projects such as short and feature films, media continues to have a robust and solid grounding in Toronto. (Sources: ComScore, Canadian Media Production Association)

George Brown College’s Centre for Arts, Design and Information Technology is home to Canada’s first YouTube Creator Space — one of only nine such spaces in the world — which offers training, networking and production opportunities to people (predominately creators with 10K+ subscribers) who want to create content for the website’s audience of one billion users.

Career Options

Video designers are able to move across multiple platforms including film, television and interaction storytelling. Potential job titles include:

  • Filmmaker
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Assistant Director
  • Editor
  • Editorial Assistant
  • Producer
  • Production Manager
  • Production Assistant
video production

Future Study Options

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

Educational/Degree Pathway

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



Additional Cost

* Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials (non-refundable), student service and ancillary fees for the first two 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

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Portfolio (Demo reel)*

* Applicants should submit a minimum of one short film, trailer or demo reel. More information on how to submit the demo will be provided to qualified applicants during the application process.

** 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)

George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

Course Exemptions

College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit georgebrown.ca/transferguide for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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Success Stories

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“Because the School of Media offers so many different programs, we have the opportunity to collaborate with one another. Working with the acting students has actually been really eye-opening. You create stories and you create characters but it’s not until you actually go to filming that you have the actors bring the characters to a different place.”

Dave Nguyen (Student, Video Design and Production)

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