Toronto Film School

Toronto Film School (TFS) at RCC Institute of Technology offers a fast and effective path to an exciting career in film, television, theatre, fashion, graphic design or video game design. In an inspiring and high-energy environment, you’ll be mentored by practicing industry professionals and collaborate with peers across creative programs. You’ll gain real-world industry experience, playing multiple roles, working in cross-industry teams and building meaningful professional connections.

You’ll learn by doing and transform your creativity into practical skills through hands-on, industry-based portfolio projects that showcase your work to future employers. At TFS, you’ll experience one of the world’s most unique educational communities with instructors and peers who share your passion. We are a school within RCC Institute of Technology. The mission of RCC Institute of Technology is to provide practitioner-oriented degree and diploma programs, leading to professional careers that are personally rewarding and contribute to the betterment of society.

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Year established

2009

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10 Dundas Street E., Suite 704 Toronto, ON, M5B 2G9 Canada

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Estimated fee

From $4,950 per term

Requirements

To apply as an International student, you must submit a completed application form along with copies of official educational certificates/transcripts showing courses taken and grades obtained.

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Programs

We offer nine accelerated diploma programs designed to prepare you for a career in entertainment, fashion, design, or video games. All on-campus programs are taught by industry professionals, approved under Ontario’s Private Career Colleges Act, and focus on real-world industry experience. You’ll study at an accelerated pace to adapt to an industry rhythm and earn your diploma in just 12-18 months.

FILM PRODUCTION
Program Start Dates: January, April, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Dundas Square
The Film Production Diploma program offers an intensive, behind-the-scenes education across all areas of filmmaking. You’ll experience every phase of pre-production, production and post production, writing and analyzing screenplays, developing storyboards, creating shot lists and preparing budgets and schedules. You’ll learn to shoot, direct, block, light scenes and capture audio, as well as assemble, cut and manipulate footage. Mentored by leading industry professionals, you’ll develop a wide variety of productions from documentaries to commercials, public service announcements, short films, music videos, and even the beginnings of that feature you’ve always dreamt of making. You’ll leave the program with the creative, technical and business expertise to launch your career in the film industry.

ACTING FOR FILM TV & THE THEATRE
Program Start Dates: January, April, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Dundas Square
The Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre program applies the Stanislavski Method (living truthfully under imaginary circumstances) to blend film and television acting with the critical foundations of stage technique. You’ll explore all artistic, technical and business areas of acting, through practical, hands-on training. From movement to voice and improvisation, you’ll learn the foundations of acting for the camera and stage, as well as the skills for voiceover, hosting, screenwriting, pitching, producing, directing, video editing, auditioning and career management. You’ll leave the program with a professional portfolio showcasing a complete range of theatre and film performances, from short films to voiceovers and a professional downtown stage play

WRITING FOR FILM & TV
Program Start Dates: January and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Dundas Square
The Writing for Film & TV Diploma program is designed to replicate the process and environment of the film and television industry. Classes are styled after industry writing rooms with table-reads, on-set show-running and industry-standard editing software. You’ll learn how to pitch, write, produce and edit for all formats of film and television, including sitcoms, one-hour dramas, TV movies, feature films, new media, documentaries, broadcasts, news, commercials and PSA’s, and  factual entertainment.
You’ll also have the unique opportunity to bring your original scripts to life as film and TV productions, collaborating in cross-industry teams with students in film production, acting and video game design. You’ll leave the program with a full range of produced pieces and an industry-ready portfolio showcasing your writing across film and television formats.

FASHION DESIGN
Program Start Dates: January, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Davisville
Learn how to take a fashion design from concept through to finished product and onto the runway. You’ll explore the entire process of bringing your designs to life, from basic drawing, draping, sewing to computer illustration and pattern-making. The program will also prepare you for the business of fashion, including marketing yourself and building industry recognition through national fashion competitions.You’ll leave the program with a diverse professional portfolio that showcases your personal design vision and final finished collection.

MARKETING FOR FASHION & ENTERTAINMENT
Program Start Dates: January, April, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Davisville
The Marketing for Fashion & Entertainment Diploma blends fashion and marketing across the entertainment industry. You’ll learn the principles of fashion marketing, brand management, merchandising, trend forecasting, visual merchandising and fashion buying. You’ll also explore event planning, styling, public relations and social media. With field-trips to fashion showrooms, retailers, public events, PR firms and design studios, you’ll get a behind-the-scenes perspective on the inner workings of the fashion and entertainment industries.

INTERIOR DECORATING
Program Start Dates: October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Davisville
Professionally recognized by the Canadian Decorators’ Association of Canada (CDECA), the Interior Decorating Diploma program will prepare you to become a fully qualified interior decorator in residential and commercial design. From home décor and staging to retail, workplace, event and set design, you’ll explore space-planning, hand-drawing and computer drafting, perspectives and rendering, lighting and furnishing, textiles and sustainable materials, as well as business planning and marketing yourself as a design professional. You’ll leave the program with a professional portfolio that showcases your creative, technical, and business expertise in conceptual and applied design.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN & ANIMATION
Program Start Dates: January, April, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Steeles
From concept through to development, you’ll explore the entire 2D and 3D game design process. Modelled on the team environments of the video game industry, you’ll design and commercialize mid-large scale games with peer designers, as well as programmers in Video Game Design & Development. You’ll learn how to create artwork and animations, compose audio effect and music, and develop production and business plans. Over the course of the program, you’ll build a robust portfolio of video games showcasing your creative and business expertise as a video game artist.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
Program Start Dates: January, April, July and October
Program Start Duration: 18 months (6 terms)
Campus: Steeles
In team environments modelled after the video game industry, you’ll explore all areas of video game design and development for mobile, PC, web and console. From concept through to development and marketing, you’ll learn the entire game creation process in a variety of roles, including programming, game design, interface development, production, audio and sound, as well as business plans and commercial strategies. You’ll also have the unique opportunity to work with students in design and animation to create and commercialize a multi-level interactive game. At the end of the program, you’ll leave with a diverse portfolio of video games that showcase your industry-ready skills to tackle any game production challenge.

GRAPHIC DESIGN & INTERACTIVE MEDIA
Program Start Dates: January, April and July
Program Start Duration: 12 months (4 terms)
Campus: Davisville
The Graphic Design & Interactive Media Diploma program will prepare you to think critically and execute visual solutions across print, digital platforms and motion graphics, including communications, marketing, and branding, as well as layout, editorial, art direction and packaging. You’ll explore multiple perspectives on the design process from a variety of guest speakers and outside creative professionals who will also critique your work. At the end of 12 months, you’ll leave with a well-rounded portfolio and the creative and technical skills to launch your career in design.