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Video Game Design and Animation

From concept through to development, you will explore the entire 2D and 3D game production process with a faculty of active creators with games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, GTA 5, GTA 4, and Max Payne 3 to their credit. Modelled on the collaborative environments of the video game industry, you will design and produce mid-large scale games with peer artists. You will learn how to create artwork and animation, compose audio effect and music, and develop production and business plans. You will graduate with a robust portfolio showcasing your creative and business expertise

Program Start Dates

January, April, July and October

Program Duration

18 months (6 terms)


415 Yonge St Campus


Concept Artist, Game Designer, Game Modeler, Quality Assurance Tester, Level Designer


Ubisoft, Gameloft, EA Sports, Riot Games, Osnap! Games



You’ll own everything you create, from your art to scripts and games. You’ll have the opportunity to release your games even before you graduate and keep 100% of the profits.


You’ll have a unique opportunity for cross-industry collaboration and networking. Creating mid-large scale games, your design team will work with student programmers in Video Game Design & Development. You’ll also produce video game concepts with writing students and character voiceovers with acting students.


Working with hand-on projects in industry-modeled teams, you’ll build a professional portfolio of medium-large scale video games that will set you apart in the job market. Using the latest technology and software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After Effects, Unity 3D, Unreal Engine 4 and others.


You’ll be mentored by professional video game designers and active industry leaders with a pulse on the latest trends and practices. You’ll also share their invaluable insider connections and professional networks.


Through hands-on learning and industry-oriented projects, you’ll develop the skills to create industry standard video games in just 18 months.


With Canada’s highest concentration of small and mid-sized gaming studios, Toronto has an international reputation as a hub for innovation and opportunity in indie game development. The city is also home to giants like Rockstar, Ubisoft and Capcom.


The requirement for graduation is completion of all courses in the chosen program with a 1.7 CGPA in the 4.3 scale or better. Electives if required, and any course with grades W or F must be retaken in order to graduate.

A student is eligible for a diploma after successfully completing all graduation requirements. These requirements include the completion of a minimum of 144 contact hours.

To remain in good academic standing a student must maintain a CGPA of 1.7 CGPA or higher in the 4.3 scale.

The graduation requirement for this program is a CGPA of 2.0 or higher. Number of credits that must be achieved through coursework at Toronto Film School.


Students at the Toronto Film School have a variety of options open to them when it comes to financing their education.


Canada Student Loans and Grants Program

The Government of Canada offers students financial assistance in the form of both loans and grants to make it easier to earn a post-secondary degree or diploma.

Grants do not need to be repaid, while loans are typically interest-free during the education period and then repaid after students finish their post-secondary program. The Grants program offers funding for students who demonstrate specific needs (e.g. students from low- or middle-income families, students with disabilities, students with dependents and part-time students).

Students from most provinces and territories are eligible for these programs (some provinces and territories offer their own, comparable programs).

  • Canada student grants and loans program
  • Information on repaying a student loan
  • Government of Canada’s financial resource page for students
  • Student Aid –

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a government-based financial aid program for Ontario resident students that can help to pay for college or university.

OSAP offers funding through:

  • grants: money you don’t have to pay back
  • a student loan: money you need to repay once you’re done school

Students may be eligible to receive assistance to meet the cost of post-secondary education, including tuition, books, supplies and basic living expenses.


Students from most provinces and territories are eligible for Financial Aid programs


Most major banks in Canada offer lines of credit and other programs specifically for students.

Usually full-time students are eligible for student lines of credit. Although most banks give these loans to Canadians studying at Canadian institutions, they are sometimes available for students who are studying abroad. While most banks require that undergraduates have a co-signer for their line of credit, this is not usually required for graduate students.

For any line of credit program, students typically must visit their local branch to apply.

Information on programs for students through major banking institutions:

  • TD Canada Trust
  • Bank of Montreal (Student Line of Credit)
  • RBC Royal Bank (Credit Line for Students)
  • CIBC (Educational Line of Credit program)
  • Scotiabank

The following is an example of a TD Bank student line of credit:

maximum available is $10,000 per year for a maximum of four years ($40,000).

The interest rate is prime plus 1% set monthly.

An interest-only repayment begins while a student is in school and continues for 12 months after graduation. After that students begin monthly principal plus interest payments that will repay their loans in up to 20 years.

The Registered Education Savings Program (RESP) is a program from the Government of Canada that helps Canadians save for a child’s post-secondary education. Both degree and diploma programs at Toronto Film School are eligible under the RESP.

Students with an RESP typically require a letter of acceptance from their faculty to have funds released for their use.


The Government of Canada’s Lifelong Learning Plan (LLP) allows Canadians to withdraw up to $10,000 in a calendar year from their registered retirement savings plans (RRSPs) to finance a full-time training or education program for themselves or a spouse or common-law partner. (Canadians may not use the LLP to finance the training or education of their own children, or those of their spouse or common-law partner).

Students who meet the LLP conditions every year may withdraw up to the maximum LLP RRSP amount until January of the fourth year after the year they make their first LLP withdrawal. The maximum amount that can be borrowed from an RRSP under this program is $20,000 in total.


Students at the Toronto Film School who are Ontario residents may be eligible for funding for Toronto Film School post-graduate diploma programs through Employment Insurance (EI). The EI program provides temporary financial assistance to unemployed Canadians who have lost their job through no fault of their own, while they look for work or upgrade their skills. Students who are on EI or have recently been receiving it may be eligible.


In honour of the United States Mexico Canada Agreement (USMCA), international students showing proof of US or Mexican citizenship will not be charged the international tuition fee. These students will pay the domestic tuition rate for Toronto Film School and Yorkville University programs.

Please note:

  • Tuition fees do not include books, expendable supplies, equipment and resources, and may increase up to 6% annually. There are a variety of payment options available to new students.
  • As an international student, you can cancel a contract with Toronto Film School or withdraw from a program for any reason with written notice.
  • If you are unable to obtain a student visa to enter Canada, you will be entitled to a refund (as long as you give us written notification before half of the program is over).

If you meet the academic requirements of your program, you will be issued a Conditional Letter of Acceptance (CLOA).

To receive the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) letter for your study permit application, you will need to pay a tuition deposit of $7,000 CAD for 18 month diploma programs or $6,000 CAD for 12 month diploma programs . You may be waived from this requirement if you meet one of these two conditions:

  • You show proof of deposit and registration in an ESL school in Canada.
  • You have an active study permit currently used for another educational institution in Canada.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where is the Toronto Film School?
    • The Toronto Film School is located at the following locations:
    • College-Dundas Campus:
      460 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
      10 Dundas Street E, Suite 704, Toronto, ON
      55 Dundas St. E., Toronto ON
    • Administrative Office:
      415 Yonge Street, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON
    • Davisville Campus:
      1835 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
  • Can I get a student loan to study at the Toronto Film School?

    Yes. Find out more about student loan opportunities at Toronto Film School on the Canada Student Loan Program page and the Ontario Student Loan page.

  • How do I find out more about the Toronto Film School?

    Fill out an information request form and an Admissions Advisor will follow up with you shortly to answer all of your questions.

  • What are the prerequisites to apply to the Toronto Film school?

    Click on the links below and find out more out the admission requirements at Toronto Film School:

    Video Game Design & Animation

    Video Game Design & Development


  • 460 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
  • 415 Yonge Street, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON
  • 1835 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON
  • 10 Dundas Street E, Suite 704, Toronto, ON
  • 55 Dundas Street E, Toronto, ON