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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Interested in pursuing your passion for film, fashion or design in Canada? Study at Toronto Film School. As a top ranked film school in Canada, we have a vibrant international community and welcome students from around the globe.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO APPLY

The steps to apply as an international student at Toronto Film School’s ESL Pathway Program differ slightly from the steps required to apply for our diploma programs. See details below:

Toronto Film School’s ESL Pathway Program

To apply, please submit your:

  • Online Application form 
  • Application fee (non-refundable): $100.
  • An English test score equivalent of 4.0 on the IELTS score. Students without an IELTS score will be tested using the Oxford Online Placement Test.

Please note: After we receive your application fee and documentation, we’ll review your application. If your application meets our admission standards, we’ll mail you a Letter of Acceptance once you’ve paid your tuition deposit and signed the enrolment form. Admissions letters will be granted for individual levels only.

Toronto Film School’s Diploma Programs

To apply, please submit your:

Please note: After we receive your application fee and documentation, we’ll review your application. If your application meets our admission standards, we’ll mail you a Letter of Acceptance once you’ve paid your tuition deposit and signed the enrolment form.

Disclaimer for International Students

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) policy (available at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad-who.asp )  states that you ARE eligible to apply for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program IF you graduated from a:

  • Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law (for example: bachelor, master or doctorate) but only if you are enrolled in study programs leading to a degree as authorized by the province

This policy, coupled with changes to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s practice, means students graduating with a Toronto Film School diploma will not have access to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program unless they complete a post-graduate certificate program at another college, or a degree program at a university, including Yorkville University through the articulation / transfer credit agreement between Toronto Film School and Yorkville University.

Graduates of Yorkville’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) with a specialization in Project Management may apply for a Post-Graduate Work Permit of up to 3 years.  If this is granted, you can comfortably work 20 hours a week while you are a student in the degree program, acquire strong skill-based knowledge in your industry, obtain the skills to write a test and acquire a professional designation through the Project Management Institute.

Toronto Film School recommends that all students interested in applying to extend their stay in Canada following their diploma reach out to the IRCC or to a qualified Immigration Consultant for more information.

*The Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number for Toronto Film School is O19396019511.

 

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS

Toronto Film School’s ESL Pathway Program

This program is designed to prepare students whose English needs some fine-tuning and development for successful entry in Yorkville University undergraduate degree programs and Toronto Film School diploma programs. The Pathway Program is designed to assist students in adjusting to an English academic environment, addressing such skills as: academic writing (style, syntax, cohesiveness etc.), group discussions (presenting proposals, agreeing and disagreeing, organizing ideas), analyzing academic reading materials, critical thinking, delivering effective presentations, and research and referencing. This course also addresses any important differences in academic culture in an effort to reduce the likelihood of any cross-cultural misunderstandings.

The ESL Pathway Program enables students with less than the minimum required IELTS scores, to be accepted to Yorkville University/Toronto Film School programs in Ontario. The ESL Pathway offers three levels of study with content focused on improving your English academic skills.

The levels are each 12 weeks in duration and involve 25 hours of instruction per week. All students will have access to on-going language and international student services during their studies at Yorkville University.

The ESL Pathway program is offered at our Davisville Campus: 1835 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON, M4S 1X8, Canada.

Oxford Placement Test 

Students applying to Yorkville University/Toronto Film School programs in Ontario without an IELTS score will be asked to complete the Oxford Placement Test to determine their placement in either Beginner Pathway, Level 1, or Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.

Students with an IELTS score of at least 5.5 (or equivalent) but below 6.0 are able to enroll in Yorkville University’s or Toronto Film School’s regular academic programs. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a required course in their first term of studies. There is no additional cost to the program when students take the EAP course.

  • Students whose IELTS score (or equivalent) is 4.5 or higher but lower than 5.5 will have to successfully complete Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
  • Students whose IELTS score (or equivalent) is lower than 4.5 but above 4.0 will have to successfully complete Level 1 and Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.
  • Students whose IELTS score is lower than 4.0 will have to successfully complete Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2 of the ESL Pathway Program.

 

IELTS Level ESL Pathway Program Level
4.5 – 5.5 Level 2
4.0 – 4.5 Level 1
Below 4.0 Beginner

 

Diploma Programs

To become a student at Toronto Film School’s Diploma programs, you must have a high school diploma or its equivalent, be proficient in English, and meet program specific admission requirements:

  • High school (or the equivalent) graduates must submit original or notarized transcripts. If your high school transcripts are not in English, you will be asked to submit translated transcripts.
  • Transfer students from other universities or post-secondary institutions must submit original or notarized transcripts. If your post-secondary transcripts are not in English, you will be asked to submit translated transcripts. To transfer your credits from another university or post-secondary institution, please submit course descriptions (translated, if not in English), in addition to your high school and post-secondary transcripts.
  • We may need to determine the Canadian equivalency of your high school or post-secondary credits through an outside evaluation service. Approved evaluation services include: Ontario Comparative Education Assessment Service, International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS of Canada)World Education Services (WES Canada).
  • If your native language is not English, you will need to submit documentation for an IELTS 5.5 or equivalent for entry into most academic programs. If you do not have any English test score and/or need to improve your English skills, you will need to complete a full-time English Language program at Toronto Film School or an approved ESL training school, before starting your TFS diploma program.

 PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

In addition to providing your high school (and post-secondary if applicable) transcripts and your English language proficiency documentation, to apply to Toronto Film School’s Diploma programs, you will be asked for a few additional requirements specific to your program of interest:

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

FILM PRODUCTION

So you want to be a filmmaker? We want to hear your thoughts about film and storytelling. Please submit two short assignments:

  • Movie Critique: Write a professional critique (300-500 words) about any feature length film, describing the film’s strengths and weaknesses and assessing its overall entertainment value. You should also include various elements of filmmaking such as direction, acting, lighting, editing, effects. We’re interested in seeing your level of awareness for what makes a film work (or not). Please note, movie critiques will not be returned.
  • Storyboard: Dream up any film idea and develop a storyboard. You may also include dialogue and direction. Don’t worry about your drawing skills, you can use storyboard software or stick figures. We’re looking to see your ability for putting single visual frames into a sequence that tells a story. Storyboards will be returned during the third week of classes.

VIDEO GAME DESIGN & ANIMATION

  • When submitting your transcripts, please make sure that you have successfully completed a Grade 11 visual arts course (Courses in Grade 11 Computers/Digital Media are also recommended, but not required).
  • We want to hear your thoughts on the gaming industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words) outlining your personal and career goals in video games. We’ll be looking for your overall understanding of the video game industry and how you envision yourself building a gaming career. We encourage you to include major Canadian video game production companies, various skill sets of a design and development team, your ideal entry-level position after graduating, and growth trends in industry careers. Please note, your short essay will not be returned.

MARKETING FOR FASHION & ENTERTAINMENT

We want to hear about your thoughts on the fashion industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words), explaining who is your favourite celebrity stylist or magazine editor and why. We’ll be looking for your overall understanding about the fashion industry and your insights about the stylist or editor, including aspects of the fashion or entertainment industry that interest you and your career goals. Don’t forget to include any magazine and/or online references that add substance to your perspective. Please note, essays will not be returned.


ACTING FOR FILM, TV & THE THEATRE

You’re up for your first audition! Our live auditions are held at the Dundas Campus:

10 Dundas St. E Floor 7

Toronto, ON M5B 2G9

 

Audition Requirements

  • A brief interview with the coordinators/faculty
  • A 1-2 minute monologue from a play/movie
  • You will be asked to cold read a script
  • A photograph of yourself
  • An acting resume if available OR a paragraph on why you want to be an actor

 

If you can’t make it to your live audition, we will accept applications in the following format:

  • A 1-page essay on “what inspired you to be an actor”
  • A video submission that includes:
    • 1-2 minutes explaining why you want to be an actor
    • 1-2 minutes of a monologue from a play/movie
      • You can submit the videos by uploading them to YouTube/Vimeo link and emailing it to us or mail a DVD
  • Please email a picture of yourself

 

Video Submission Criteria

  • Ensure you are front lit rather than back lit
  • Make sure the volume is up
  • Camera should be 8-10 feet away from you
  • Email a YouTube/Vimeo or mail a DVD

Anyone submitting a video must come from outside the Greater Toronto Area (this more or less means beyond 150-200 km).

 

Scheduling

Please schedule your audition with your Admissions Advisor. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your audition.


VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT

  • When submitting your transcripts, please make sure that you have successfully completed a Grade 11 math course. Alternatively, you can complete a Math Camp course to become prepared for entry into the program (Grade 11 Physics and Computers/Digital Media are also recommended, but not required).
  • We want to hear your thoughts on the gaming industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words) outlining your personal and career goals in video games. We’ll be looking for your overall understanding of the video game industry and how you envision yourself building a gaming career. We encourage you to include such details about the industry as: Canadian video game production companies, skill sets of design and development teams, your ideal entry-level position after graduating, and growth trends in industry careers. Please note, your short essay will not be returned.

WRITING FOR FILM & TV

We want to read your work! Submit a portfolio of at least two creative writing pieces, including any of the following:

  • Short stories (no more than two pages)
  • Opinion articles (no more than two pages)
  • Journal entries (no more than two pages)
  • Short film/sketch scripts (no more than five pages)

Although it isn’t required, we encourage you to submit more than two portfolio samples or to supplement your portfolio with any other relevant writing samples. Please note, submitted material will not be returned.


FASHION DESIGN

We want to hear about your thoughts on the fashion industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words), explaining who is your favourite designer and why. We’ll be looking for your insights about the designer and your overall understanding about the fashion industry, including various elements of the designer’s work, as well as any magazine and/or online references that add substance to your perspective. Please note, essays will not be returned.


GRAPHIC DESIGN & INTERACTIVE MEDIA

We want to hear your thoughts on the graphic design industry! Please submit a short essay (300–500 words) explaining why you are interested in a career in the graphic design industry, including aspects of the graphic design industry that interest you and your career goals. We’ll be looking for your passion about graphic design, as well as any of your related hobbies, part-time jobs, and/or coursework. Please note, essays will not be returned.


ESL PATHWAY PROGRAM

Here is what you need to get started in our ESL Pathway Program:

  • A high school diploma from your home country
  • The equivalent of 4.0 on the IELTS score. Students without an IELTS score will be tested using the Oxford Online Placement Test.  Toronto Film School ESL Pathway Program covers ranges between 4.0 IELTS and 5.5 IELTS.

For more information about our school and for support with your application, please fill out a request info form.

 

The Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number for Toronto Film School is O19396019511