For those just out of high school or maybe simply looking towards career advancement, Toronto has many options for post-secondary education.
In addition to the three major universities, there are a number of community colleges and other public and private educational institutions found in the city.
The colleges located across Toronto provide for a wide range of educational needs. There are programs for those who are newly graduated from high school and looking for post-secondary education.
There are courses for those who have already graduated from other universities or colleges and are looking for further specialized education. Finally, there are continuing education programs, designed for those who may already be established in the work force.
George Brown College
Founded in 1967, this downtown college has two main campuses — one on King Street East, and the other north of The Annex not far from Dupont Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway line.
In addition to the courses offered at these two locations, George Brown College is also the largest distance education college in Canada.
The institution offers a diverse selection of programs in fields such as art and design, business, early childhood education, construction and engineering technologies, health sciences, hospitality and culinary arts, as well as specialized programs and services for recent immigrants and international students.
The college offers 65 diploma programs, as well as six degree programs, including one in conjunction with Ryerson University.
An additional 47 certificate programs and 30 post-graduate programs round out the college’s full-time offering. There are also 1,600 continuing education courses available.
You can learn more at the official website at www.georgebrown.ca.
The largest college in Canada, Seneca College sprawls over eight campuses located mainly in the northern suburbs of Toronto.
Two of these campuses offer residences for students; the largest being Newnham Campus, located off Finch Avenue East at Highway 404, which has a 1,113 bed residence along with a large sports centre.
Each of the college’s campuses houses particular academic programs. For example, the Buttonville campus is home to their Bachelor of Aviation Program, which uses facilities at the nearby Buttonville Airport.
The Seneca campus at York University is home to many programs, including their Creative Arts & Animation and Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry schools.
In total, the school offers more than 260 career options across various apprenticeship, certificate, diploma, post-graduate and Bachelor’s degree level programs.
Seneca also has transfer agreements with many universities, which allow students to apply their college education credits towards obtaining a university degree.
Humber College is a large polytechnic college with two main campuses located in the west end of Toronto. Humber North Campus is the larger of the two and is located in northwest Toronto not far from Highway 427 and Finch Avenue West.
The newly-upgraded Humber Lakeshore campus can be found in southwest Toronto not far from Lake Ontario.
The school has 50 post-secondary diploma and certificate programs, 11 apprenticeship streams, and 16 applied degree programs across 40 fields of study.
They also offer honours degree and college diploma combinations through the University of Guelph-Humber. Music, film and television production, creative and performing arts, fashion management, graphic design and business management are some of the most popular areas of study.
The oldest publicly funded community college in Ontario, Centennial College is spread out across four main campuses in the east end of Toronto.
Recognized as having one of the most diverse student populations in the province, Centennial is quite representative of Toronto’s multicultural nature.
It offers more than 100 applied degrees, diploma and certificate programs in fields such as business, communication arts, community and consumer services, science and engineering technology, health and transportation.
Several programs are also taught in conjunction with the University of Toronto Scarborough and Ryerson University.
Ontario College of Art and Design
The Ontario College of Art and Design, also known as OCAD, is located in downtown Toronto on McCaul Street near Dundas Street West and beside the Art Gallery of Ontario.
The school is geared towards the education of professional artists and designers. It also runs a student gallery nearby, with exhibitions that include submitted works by students as well as being specially curated by students at the school.
OCAD features a specialized environment that combines studio-based learning with critical inquiry. The school offers undergraduate programs in Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Design, as well as a variety of specialized graduate degrees within the Master of Fine Arts and Master of Design programs.
Its specialized programs include instruction in areas such as illustration, advertising design, interior design, ceramics, textiles, sculpture, print making and industrial design.
In addition to the public colleges listed above, there are numerous smaller private colleges in the city that offer various specialized programs.
These career colleges usually offer programs designed to prepare students for specific careers in the fields such as healthcare, business, legal services, design, and information technology.
Some of the more notable Toronto career colleges include CDI College, Herzing College and Metro College. Many are located in the downtown area, however others can be found scattered across most parts of the city.
For more information on Toronto education, feel free to browse around!