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.
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:
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:
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.
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.
Note: English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a required first term course for graduates of Level 2 ESL Pathway Program.
*Applicants with an IELTS score (or equivalent) of 5.5 can start their Toronto Film School program by taking an English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course in their first term.
Students without an IELTS score will be asked to complete the Oxford Placement Test to determine their placement in the ESL Pathway Program.
|IELTS Level||ESL Pathway Program Level|
|4.5 and 5.0||Level 2|
|4.0||Level 1 and Level 2|
|Below 4.0||Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2|
Students whose Duolingo score is in the range of 85 – 90 are able to enrol in Yorkville University’s or Toronto Film School’s regular academic programs. English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a required course in the first term of studies. There is no additional cost to the program when students take the EAP course.
|Duolingo Score||ESL Pathway Program Level|
|95 or higher||Direct Entry|
|55-60||Level 1 and Level 2|
|50 or lower||Beginner, Level 1 and Level 2|
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:
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:
So you want to be a filmmaker? We want to hear your thoughts about film and storytelling. Please submit two short assignments:
Work Placement Requirements:
In Term 3 of the Film Production diploma, you can apply for the 6 or 12-month work placement. After completion of the diploma, the Film Production Work Placement helps you experience the creative workforce through placement opportunities in Canada’s “Hollywood North.”
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.
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
415 Yonge St. Floor 8
Toronto, ON M5B 2E7
If you can’t make it to your live audition, we will accept applications in the following format:
Video Submission Criteria
Anyone submitting a video must come from outside the Greater Toronto Area (this more or less means beyond 150-200 km).
Please schedule your audition with your Admissions Advisor. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your audition.
We want to read your work! Submit a portfolio of at least two creative writing pieces, including any of the following:
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.
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.
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.
Here is what you need to get started in our ESL Pathway Program: