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Graduate Certificate of Visual Effects
Graduate Certificate of Visual Effects

Graduate Certificate of Visual Effects

  • ID:GBC010051
  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

​​Entry requirement

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts OR diploma/advanced diploma in game, graphics or arts field

  • digital portfolio

  • letter of iIntent (in digital format/web link)

  • *Instructions for submitting the portfolio will be provided to successful applicants during the application process. Please also see Special Requirements below.

English requirements 

  • Provide proof that their secondary and/ or post-secondary studies were completed at a recognized institution where English is the primary media of instruction. The studies must be relevant to the admission requirements for the specific program (s) applied to (e.g. an advanced diploma or degree is required for certain postgraduate program)
  • Applicants with transcripts from an institution where the language of instruction is not English may meet English language proficiency requirements with one of the following proofs of language proficiency. The minimum test scores that are acceptable are listed below (as applicable). Please note: For admissions purposes, some programs require a higher score than the minimum stated below.
  • George Brown English for Academic (EAP) Program, Level 9
  • IELTS (Academic), 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each skill band
  • TOEFL, 88 (online) minimum 22 in each skill band
  • MELAB, 85
  • PTE (Academic), 60, overall minimum
    55 in each skill band
  • CAEL, 70 overall (writing 60)
  • Cambridge English Exams (B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency), 176 or more (with no individual skill below 169)
  • George Brown Admissions Test (Mature applicants only), Available
  • *NEW Duolingo English Test, 125

Course Information

In this three-semester Visual Effects graduate certificate program, you will expand upon concepts and techniques in 3D animation, motion graphics or audio/video editing for film and television. Preparing for a career in the post-production industry, visual effects artists combine the skills of a programmer with the creativity of a designer. As members of film and television production teams, visual effects artists turn concepts into visual representation.

Visual effects artists hone their visual storytelling capabilities through the use of elements such as digital lighting, surface attribute design and camera composition. While learning the procedures for planning visual effects for film, you will cover the techniques of procedural modeling and animation used in visual effects films.

Code: P408

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Required Courses


  • semester courses

  • VSFX1001, Digital Visual Effects

  • VSFX1002, Digital Compositing

  • VSFX1003, Photorealistic Modeling

  • VSFX1004, Procedural Modeling and Animation

  • VSFX1005, Immersive Environments

  • VSFX1006, Visual Effects Project I

  • VSFX1007, Visual Effects Models and Shaders


  • semester courses

  • VSFX1013, Photorealistic Rendering

  • VSFX1014, Particle System Effects

  • VSFX1015, Cinematography For Visual Effects

  • VSFX1016, Visual Effects Project II

  • VSFX1018, Visual Effects Rendering

  • VSFX1019, Matte Painting

  • VSFX1020, Portfolio


  • semester courses

  • VSFX2010, Entrepreneurship

  • VSFX2020, Experiential Thesis

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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 Modeler

  • Character Modeler

  • Object Modeler

  • Stop Motion Animator

  • Visual Effects Artist

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Mandatory Health Insurance

$743.99 for one-year coverage (Sept-August)
$508.83 for 8 months coverage (Jan-August)
$273.29 for 4 months coverage (May-August)

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