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Develop your creative and technical skills in digital content production. Learn design, visual communication, interaction design, and storytelling skills. Enrich your understanding of art, media, and culture.

This six-course, fully-online program is offered in cooperation with Toronto Metropolitan University’s School of Image Arts. It is the only part-time program in Canada that offers a combination of applied creative and digital courses at the university degree-credit level.

Industry and Careers
This certificate could lead career paths in:

  • Animation
  • Computer-generated effects
  • Digital art
  • Digital games
  • Graphic design
  • Interaction and interface design
  • Mobile app development
  • Web design

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Individuals looking to gain a solid foundation for further study at the undergraduate or graduate level
  • Working professionals looking to make a career change to a rapidly growing creative field
  • Visual artists looking to enhance their work in film, photography, fine art, graphic design, or journalism to expand their audience

This certificate program offers students the opportunity to apply some or all of the credit earned through the certificate as transfer credits to a BFA in Image Arts at Toronto Metropolitan or at other universities (subject to admission and the requirements of the degree to which you are applying).

What Will You Learn?
After completing this certificate, you will be able to:

Create original content and integrate it into the digital world

Gain theoretical, historical, and contemporary knowledge of art, design, and global communication

You can also customize your learning through your choice of electives that focus on skills including fiction screenwriting, digital skills and innovation, graphic design, interaction design, design for mobile devices, and more.

You can also choose to take a Co-Operative Internship course to gain professional experience in production situations and settings.

Certificate Requirements

  • 2 required courses
  • 4 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+

Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U or M credits
    • With a minimum average of 60 percent


  • Mature student status

Awards and Financial Aid




Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to buy special software to take the courses?

No. For lab courses, you can do your work in the computer lab during class. For CPFN 541 - Digital Animation Concepts, you can use the free student version of Maya software, which is available online.

The course description for CMPC 101 - Visual Studies I says it is a “studio course,” even though it is online. This is confusing. Do I need to come to a studio?

No. CMPC 101 is a fully online course. You will work on designs and drawings at home, and submit photos of your exercises online for review.

Does The Chang School place graduates into jobs?

No. However, as a student, you can access Toronto Metropolitan’s Career Centre as soon as you register for a course. Additionally, you can gain some professional experience through the Co-Operative Internship course.

Do I have to take the courses in any particular order?

No, unless the course has a prerequisite. Take courses in whatever order is most convenient for you.

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