What will I learn?

The Digital Visual Effects program offered at Centennial College's Story Arts Centre, home to the School of Communications, Media and Design, provides students the opportunity to learn the industry-standard techniques required producing the photo-real visual effects seen in films — which are impossible to capture with a live action camera. Centennial's Digital Visual Effects program is the only two-year college diploma offering of its kind in Ontario.

In Digital Visual Effects courses, students will learn to work with the various aspects of the filmmaking process and bring them together into a seamless final product while also developing their skills in industry-standard software. The offering focuses on the core skills needed to make students employable in the visual effects industry and gives them the ability to explain how visual effects contribute to the entire process of storytelling in motion pictures.

Students will channel their efforts into demonstrating these concepts and core skills through a unique final project that will see them produce a demo reel suitable for job application in the visual effects field.

Program Highlights

Learn industry-standard techniques in image processing, and editing, lighting and rendering, matte painting and set extension, compositing and post FX that employers are looking for

Produce a marketable demo and self-promotional package suitable for the visual effects industry

Partake in field placement in the final semester that provides a valuable opportunity to work in the visual effects industry

Attend Digital Visual Effects courses at Centennial College’s Story Arts Centre, located close to the downtown core and the major digital visual effects studios

Study and work in labs that are equipped with the latest tools and industry-standard software

A practical, hands-on and entrepreneurial approach that will prepare students for sustainable visual effects related careers

Opportunities to collaborate with students in the digital animation, game design, photography, film and television, music, art and theatre programs at the Story Arts Centre

Unique opportunity to network, learn and work with industry professionals

Career Outlook

  • Lighters
  • Look development artists
  • Matte painters
  • Compositors in the film or television or gaming industries

Which department am I in?

School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$13,283.00 (US$ 10,067) per year
Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2017.

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

3 September 2019


Story Arts Centre

951 Carlaw Avenue,


Ontario (ON),

M4K 3M2, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission.

English Language Requirements:

  • A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80+ (internet based with no test below 20)
  • IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0+ (with no single test score below 5.5)
  • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment) with an overall band score of 60
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) score of 51 plus
  • ITEP (International Test of English Proficiency) score of 3.7 plus.

About this uni

94% of employers revealed that they are either satisfied or very satisfied after hiring work-ready graduates from Centennial.

  • One of Canada’s multicultural higher education institutions
  • Students benefit from the job-aligned courses
  • National award-winning Centre of Entrepreneurship
  • Offers facilities to simulate dynamic work environment