Visual Effects Program (Online) (Postgraduate) (P418)

Program Description

Program Overview

In George Brown College's Visual Effects online graduate certificate program, students will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D animation, motion graphics or audio/video editing for film and television.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no ability to transfer into the in-class Visual Effects P408 program after the start date.


This is a 100 per cent online program, irrespective of the current remote delivery for P408 in light of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions. P418 will remain as a permanent online option. Therefore, students in this program do not come to Canada, and are not eligible for a study permit, and graduates will not be eligible for a post-graduation work permit upon completion of this program.

Full Description

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In this three-semester Visual Effects graduate certificate program, you will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D procedural animation, compositing, virtual production and visual effects workflows for film, television and the video game industry. Preparing for a career in the post-production industry, visual effects artists combine technical skills with the creativity of a designer. In our commitments to remain a lead provider of education while fostering studio capability, we utilize our LED wall to keep up with leading trends to the industry

Visual effects artists hone their visual storytelling capabilities through the use of elements such as digital lighting, surface attribute design, 3D compositing and virtual engines. Student have an opportunity to work with our LED wall to understand current industry standards and to be equipped with the knowledge that are required to perform adequately within the industry.

The Visual Effects program at GBC, is taught by industry professionals employed in some of the leading companies in the Ontario area, and combine skills learned with hands on training in a classroom environment with collaborative and extra-curricular activities currently used within the school of Media and Performing Arts.

Program Requirements

The Visual Effects program requires students to have access to a personal computer with the following minimum specifications:

  • laptop or desktop
  • CPU:  Intel Skylake Core i7 – i9 six coresor equivalent 
  • graphics:  RTX 2000 series or equivalent 
  • RAM:  32GB (the more you can afford the better) 
  • screen:  15-inch minimum
  • storage:  500GB – 1TB SSD
  • additional storage: 4TB Portable HD or more
  • optional but recommended: Wacom tablet;


This online program is only available to study while remaining in your home country and does not qualify for study/work permit eligibility in Canada.

Career & Postgraduate Study Opportunities

Career Options

Visual effects artists are able to move across multiple platforms including film, television, interaction storytelling, gaming and animation. Potential job titles include:

  • 3D animator
  • texture artist
  • technical artist
  • environment modeller
  • character modeller
  • object modeller
  • stop motion animator
  • visual effects artist


The visual effects field is a strong and well-established industry. As film and television continues to adapt to new technologies such as LED wall technology, this industry continues to grow in numerous countries around the world. 

Alumni Impact

We are immensely proud of the contributions of our alumni in Toronto and around the globe.

From Michelin-starred restaurants to major construction, entertainment, community and financial organizations, our graduates are truly making an impact across a range of industries.

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