Video Design & Production Program (G112)


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Program Overview

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.

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Create independent digital film projects according to project specifications using various production techniques.
  2. Work effectively as a member of a digital film production team in various capacities and roles.
  3. Manage scheduling and budget for digital film productions.
  4. Capture quality moving images using appropriate camera/lighting equipment and techniques.
  5. Develop a short film and television portfolio to showcase digital filmmaking skills.
  6. Write story-driven, visual and cinematic scripts focused on effective dialogue, structure and character development.
  7. Record and mix multi-track sound in a digital format using industry standard equipment and software.
  8. Market and distribute digital film projects using industry and new media outlets.
  9. Edit digital video on non-linear, industry standard software and equipment.


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
VDES2020Audio Production Post
GSSC1058Introduction to Psychology


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
VDES2004Digital Production III
VDES2005Digital Cinematography II
VDES2006Post Production
GNEDGeneral Education Elective


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

Detailed course outlines

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

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


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)

Educational Pathways

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

Future Study Options

For information on future study options, see

Tuition and Fees



Additional Costs

* 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 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.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this website 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 fee requirements.

How to Qualify and Apply

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 for more information.

International Students

Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

How to Apply

Apply To

Domestic students should apply through Ontario Colleges

Student Success

Student Name
Dave Nguyen

"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 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."

Student Name
Swati Goyal

"I have had a wonderful experience with George Brown College. The faculty, management and the instructors have always stepped up and helped me out in every possible way. The video production course has been very informative and my knowledge base has really grown with GBC. Their approach towards teaching is modern and they provide hands on experience on the latest equipment. I would definitely recommend GBC as a place of knowledge and growth."

Contact Us

School of Media & Performing Arts

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 2015




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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.

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