Program Overview

If you have a background in graphic design, photo and video editing, broadcasting or animation, the Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program will give you the skills for a career as a specialized post-production professional. Prepare for a career in advanced post-production, in areas of film or video editing, visual effects, compositing, animation and motion graphics.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

The Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program is a one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program designed to prepare creative and disciplined students for a career in the Post Production industry. Students will improve their post-production knowledge and skills through individual and group assignments, practical instruction, independent learning, tutorials and research. The program includes an opportunity for client services, an internship within the post industry across Canada, as well as self-directed portfolio projects.


During this post-graduate certificate program, you will learn the theory of digital technology and become proficient in using software for video editing, audio editing, motion graphics, 3D animation, compositing and visual effects. You’ll emerge from the program with the technical skills, knowledge and practical tools for a career in advanced post-production.


Apply your knowledge, get practical experience and make business connections through an internship within the post-production industry. As well, your portfolio will be expanded and developed throughout the program so you’ll graduate with a professional demo reel to show potential employers your creativity and innovation.

Pathway Opportunities

For students interested in studying further, Brock University and Fanshawe College have developed an articulation agreement, which gives you the opportunity to obtain a degree in Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies, as well as a graduate certificate in Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media. Students may start at either institution and receive credit transfer, graduating with both a degree and graduate certificate in only four years.


Career Information ​​​​​​

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program will have the opportunity to pursue creative careers working in video or film editing, visual effects, compositing, animation and motion graphics. Inspire, Create and Design!


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media program:

Be part of creating a documentary by recording and editing interviews to help spread messages to inform the local community and beyond about growing concerns or issues relating to every age, culture or job. 

Animation and Motion Graphics Assistant
Create compelling animations for use on LCD screens, digital ribbon boards and videos for social media and broadcast TV. Design animated GIFs and similar marketing assets for online and broadcast use.

Digital Studio Artist
Work with digital, video and print content for some of Canada’s biggest brands. Build and edit digital assets such as emails, web banners and social media posts. Lead the execution of high-quality videos, animations and GIPFs for web banners, email marketing, social and rich media.


Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. Create complex visual effects utilizing professional compositing techniques such as Chromakey, Motion Tracking, Rotoscoping & Matting.

2. Apply advanced Post Production concepts while working collaboratively in the industry.

3. Analyze and critique professional projects using proper terminology.

4. Operate Post Production industry standard computer software and hardware.

5. Combine and manipulate audio, video, graphics and animation elements.

6. Manage and organize large amounts of media, files and documents on digital devices.

7. Model, render and integrate 3D elements into video projects using professional techniques.

8. Trouble shoot and problem solve video and computer issues during the creation Post Production projects.

9. Edit and mix audio elements for use in video productions.


Program Coordinator:

Scott Doerr


Admission Requirements

An Ontario College Diploma, or Ontario College Advanced Diploma, or Ontario College Graduate Certificate from Fanshawe College in:
     - Broadcasting - Television OR
     - Fine Art OR
     - Multi Media Design and Production OR
     - Interactive Media Design OR
     - Interactive Media Design and Production OR
     - Graphic Design OR
     - 3D Animation and Character Design OR
     - Photography OR
     - Video Game Design
(Note: minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA from one of the above programs)
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
(Note: minimum 'B' average or 3.0 GPA)
Professional background and experience as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above
International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Adobe Photoshop
Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

  • Students should be proficient in basic video editing and computer skills
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  4. Preference will be given to graduates of the Fanshawe College Broadcasting - Television program with most recent graduates having priority
  • Applicants with less than a 'B' average will be considered only on the recommendation of the Academic Manager.


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
TVSN-6010Visual Effects 15.5
This course is designed to allow the students to advance their skills in video compositing, visual effects and animation. The students will be creating visual effects and animations that are similar to those seen on television and in films. Individual, group projects, exercises and practical tests will be used to help each student learn new skills and develop problem-solving techniques for the post production industry. Students also share their own creative techniques through presentations that help build a strong learning environment.
TVSN-6011Post Production Development2.5
This course will enable the Visual Effects and Editing student to experience working independently in the post production industry simulated environment. Students will have an opportunity to experience different post production scenarios, projects and deadlines. A combination of simulated client projects and independent work will allow the students to develop their skills, receive feedback and learn from valuable first-hand experience with post production.
TVSN-6003Digital Applications Theory2
This course looks at the theory of digital technology and the process required to apply it to digital post production, computer graphics creation, digital compositing, and digital compression of audio and video data. It is important that the process be taught in a generic sense, so that students will be able to adapt their knowledge to various types of equipment found in the post production industry.
TVSN-6013Post Production Editing 15.5
This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop an advanced understanding of Camera, Workflow & Non-Linear Editing. Students will be encouraged to explore their creativity while completing a variety of assignments relevant to the current post production market. The practical hands on experience students receive will expand their knowledge of Digital Media creation and manipulation, across a variety of genres and editing styles.
TVSN-6012Production for Visual Effects5.5
In this course the student will film unique footage in the studio and in the field to be used in Visual Effects and Editing Assignments for other courses. Camera, lighting, shot blocking and staging techniques will be taught through a series of workshops and studio exercises and projects. The students will be operating professional cameras and lighting equipment during this course. The footage that is captured during this course will be used for individual projects as well as for class assignments and future VEE students in the program for years to come.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.