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INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Interested in pursuing your passion for film, fashion or design in Canada? Study at Toronto Film School. TFS is a top ranked film school in Canada, it has a vibrant international community and welcomes students from around the globe.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

HOW TO APPLY

To apply as an international student at Toronto Film School, please submit your:

  • Online Application form 
  • Application fee (non-refundable): $100 for all programs, except for Film Production ($500).
  • Original or notarized translated high school/ secondary (and any post-secondary) transcripts.
  • Verification of language proficiency if English is not your native language. If you do not have an English test score or need to improve your English skills, you may qualify for acceptance after completing a full-time English language program at approved ESL training school.

Please note: any documentation that is not in English must be submitted with an official English translation. 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!

GENERAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To become a student at Toronto Film School, 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.
  • 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 an approved ESL training school, before starting your TFS diploma program.

If you have any questions about how we evaluate foreign credentials and English language proficiency or the official documentation you will need to submit, please contact us at international@yorkvilleu.ca.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

In addition to providing your high school (and post-secondary if applicable) transcripts and your English language proficiency documentation, 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.

INTERIOR DECORATING

Starting your career in Interior Decorating is as simple as submitting your resume.


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.


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

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