VCAD Visual College of Art and Design

Introduction

About Visual College of Art and Design of Vancouver

Our Mission: Visual College of Art and Design (VCAD) provides accessible, innovative, and industry-driven education and training that serves the needs of our local communities by preparing graduates for rewarding careers in the art and design.

VCAD is highly regarded for providing a well-rounded arts education in an environment that emphasizes creativity and individuality. We are proud to be associated with this educational heritage and we are eager to bring its studio-based legacy into the digital age at our campus in Vancouver.

At VCAD, we believe that you should do what you love and are passionate about. If you're looking for a creative career that allows you to use your imagination and talents, we want to help you get there.

We know that a school's reputation is based largely on the reputation of its programs. and a program is only as successful as its students. When you enroll in a VCAD Applied Arts program, you follow an exciting, focused curriculum that combines theoretical learning with hands-on training to build the skills you need to launch your dream career. By the end of your studies, you'll have built a professional portfolio that not only displays your creativity, but shows employers you have the skills and talent that they're looking for.

We also understand that the cost of tuition often deters students from pursuing an education. We'd prefer students to pursue their dreams without worrying about the high cost of their education, so we keep our tuition fees lower than other schools. We can accomplish this because of our large student base that allows us to capitalize the expenses of running a school over a very large population. We also reduce tuition fees by eliminating the unnecessary and redundant programming from our curriculum which allows you to focus on learning the skills that employers demand. Therefore, we reduce the cost of secondary expenses without taking away from the quality of your education.

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Diploma

3D Modeling, Animation Art and Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Are you passionate about 3D animation? Ready to turn this passion into a fun-filled creative career? In the 3D Modeling Animation Art and Design diploma program at VCAD you'll learn the tools and develop the skills to succeed in the computer generated animation industry. [+]

Are you passionate about 3D animation? Ready to turn this passion into a fun-filled creative career? In the 3D Modeling Animation Art and Design diploma program at VCAD you'll learn the tools and develop the skills to succeed in the computer generated animation industry. In this program, you'll learn the techniques used in three dimensional animation art and design. You'll focus on the game development process, including using storyboards, staging scenes and designing game environments and levels. More importantly, you'll design 3D characters and animate them using industry-standard software. By the end of the program, your portfolio will highlight your skill set and showcase your unique animation work. Career opportunities can be found in a variety of CGI-based industries, including computer animations studios, game development companies as well as post-production and special effects studios. Positions may include 3D modeler, character modeler, technical artist and junior production designer. Employment may also be found at industrial design firms, software producers or other companies that require the production of 3D graphics and animation. Upon successful completion of the six terms of this program, you will be able to: Work with major trends in visual and graphic arts. Apply critical thinking and creative expression techniques. Analyze and critique a production. Draw a character and its environment. Shape a model. Stage a scene. Design game environments. Design game characters. Develop a storyboard. Produce computer-generated images. Produce 3D models of props. Prepare 3D models of characters. Represent movements in three dimensions. Animate characters. Create digital visual effects. Present a professional portfolio. [-]

Fashion Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

In the Fashion Design diploma program at VCAD, you'll develop the skills to transform your creative ideas into beautiful garments and accessories so you can change the world through fashion. [+]

Do you have a unique sense of style? Are you passionate about fabrics and colors? Do you express yourself through your clothing? Then turn your passion into a chic career! In the Fashion Design diploma program at VCAD, you'll develop the skills to transform your creative ideas into beautiful garments and accessories so you can change the world through fashion. This program will nurture your creativity while providing hands-on training with the tools and equipment used in the industry. You'll develop a solid foundation in the fundamentals of garment and apparel design, fashion merchandising, visual display techniques and fashion shows. By the end of the program, your portfolio will showcase your skill set, creative flare and unique fashion sense. Career opportunities exist in several areas of the fashion industry as junior designers, stylists, pattern makers and wardrobe consultants. Fashion retailers may also require skilled professionals for positions such as marketing representatives, visual display coordinators and purchasers. Upon successful completion of this program you will be able to: Apply fundamental design theory to fashion design problems. Apply knowledge and skills resulting from the study of modern fashion illustration, fashion design, design concepts and techniques in the creation of original garments that exceed industry design and quality standards. Understand the relationship between fashion illustration, apparel design and product development and be able to communicate effectively design ideas between various manufacturing, marketing and merchandising components of the industry. Make persuasive arguments that speak to how significant fashion trends and periods derive their origins from the past and subsequently influence the future. Describe the role fashion history plays in fashion styling, design and display. Construct and analyze garments so as to comment on the quality of construction, efficacy of the design, finishing techniques, and price point. Analyze different classifications of apparel: men’s, women’s and children’s and discount in regard to price points, fit, construction and the market. Understand the product development, apparel production, and textile life cycles in the context of their impact on design, merchandising and marketing. Describe the importance of fashion forecasting, on the design, marketing and merchandising of apparel. Development a portfolio containing original design work, flats and specifications, photographs, a promotional kit and a final themed collection consisting of at least four original garments. [-]

Game Development and Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

You want to turn your passion for playing video games into a successful career? The Game Development and Design program provides graduates with the solid technical and artistic foundations they’ll need to become a part of this growing industry. [+]

You want to turn your passion for playing video games into a successful career? The Game Development and Design program provides graduates with the solid technical and artistic foundations they’ll need to become a part of this growing industry. In order to be successful in the game, animation and CGI industries, you'll learn the key of storytelling, game design, game play, modeling, and animation techniques. From color theory, design fundamentals to life drawing, students will be able to apply industry standard software tools and techniques to production processes. Career opportunities can be found in a variety of CGI-based industries, including computer animation studios, game development companies, post production and special effects studios. They may also work for industrial design firms and software producers, or for companies that require the production of 3D graphics and animation. Work with major trends in visual arts in the game, animation and visual effects industries. Apply critical thinking and creative expression techniques. Analyze and critique a production. Draw a character and its environment. Produce a concept sketch. Shape a model. Stage a scene. Design game environments. Design game characters. Develop a storyboard. Produce computer-generated images. Produce 3D models of props. Prepare 3D models of characters. Animate characters. Create digital visual effects. Present a professional portfolio. [-]

Graphic Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Are you passionate about page layout? Fascinated by product packaging? Does typography make you swoon? If so, then turn your passion into a rewarding and creative career. With the Graphic Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that complements your artistic talents so you can launch a successful career as a graphic designer. [+]

Are you passionate about page layout? Fascinated by product packaging? Does typography make you swoon? If so, then turn your passion into a rewarding and creative career. With the Graphic Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that complements your artistic talents so you can launch a successful career as a graphic designer. In this program, you’ll focus on learning techniques used in both traditional and computer graphic design, including drawing, design, colour theory and typography, as well as the standard software used in the industry. You’ll learn to design for publications, packaging, advertising, corporate branding and websites. Transition into the professional realm with a portfolio that showcases both your creative flare and impressive skills. Career opportunities exist in a wide variety of fields, including graphic design firms, marketing agencies and advertising companies. Magazines, newspapers, professional printers and web development companies also require graphic designers. Event promotions and planning services may also employ graphic designers. Upon successful completion of the five terms of this program, you will be able to: Propose creative solutions to design problems. Evaluate the appropriate materials, tools, techniques and concepts, required to produce an effective design solution. Communicate ideas using color. Create digital graphics and illustrations. Determine the appropriate media based on project requirements. Manage project and time constraints. Optimize the readability of typography. Assess photographic images on quality and effectiveness. Produce graphic documents of high resolution. Ensure the technical and design quality of a graphic design solution. Process digital images using appropriate software. Produce single and multi page layouts using the appropriate software. Create a fully functional website. [-]

Interior Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Are you passionate about creating the ideal living or work space? Love materials and fabrics? Can you express yourself creatively by choosing the right piece of furniture? If so, then turn your passion into a creative and rewarding career. In the Interior Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that compliments your creative vision so you can excel in a career as an interior designer. [+]

Are you passionate about creating the ideal living or work space? Love materials and fabrics? Can you express yourself creatively by choosing the right piece of furniture? If so, then turn your passion into a creative and rewarding career. In the Interior Design diploma program at VCAD, you will build a skill set that compliments your creative vision so you can excel in a career as an interior designer. This program will give you a broad overview of the career field and introduce you to basic design principles, color theory and design. Additionally, you'll learn the basics of drafting, space planning and standard software used in the industry. You'll focus on creating interior design concepts and layouts for residential, commercial, industrial and public projects. By the end of the program, your portfolio will showcase your ability to develop projects and promote your services as a professional interior designer. Career opportunities include interior designer, design consultant, project manager and planner. Upon successful completion of the six terms of this program, you will be able to: Integrate historical or artistic trends into interior design. Develop ideas. Produce sketches. Draw objects and spaces to scale. Produce drawings using a computer-assisted drafting system. To interact with clients, resource-persons and colleagues. Create a mood, using colour. Suggest finishes and materials for a project. Specify the furniture, accessories and equipment for a project. Use interior architectural and construction elements. Design custom elements. Create an interior design concept for a residence. Present a design project. Create lighting concepts. Produce working drawings and specifications. To plan a layout for a commercial, industrial or public building. Create an interior design concept for a commercial, industrial or public building. Promote one's services. Develop an interior design project. [-]

Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

Marketing and merchandising are crucial to the global success of the multi-billion dollar fashion industry. Are you ready to combine your business-savvy and keen fashion sense into a career in fashion? VCAD's Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion diploma program can get you there! [+]

Marketing and merchandising are crucial to the global success of the multi-billion dollar fashion industry. Are you ready to combine your business-savvy and keen fashion sense into a career in fashion? VCAD's Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion diploma program can get you there! This program will introduce you to the fundamental of the fashion industry, design and color theory, as well as standard software used in the industry. You'll explore the Canadian retail industry and learn about marketing, visual displays, event promotions and merchandising. At the end of the program, you will have an impressive portfolio that showcases your skills in fashion marketing and merchandising. Career opportunities exist in several areas of the fashion industry, including marketing, merchandising, public relations and event and promotions planning. Fashion retailers also require skilled professionals for positions such as store managers, marketing representatives, visual display coordinators and purchasers. Graduates may also choose to start careers in advertising or fashion writing. Upon successful program completion graduates will able to demonstrate the following. Illustrate fashion design concepts. Apply the knowledge and skills resulting from the study of modern fashion illustration concepts and techniques to present-day marketing problems. Provide a history of the influence of fashion on each generation of designers. Deconstruct garments and finishing techniques. Map different classifications of apparel to target markets and promotions. Describe the product development, apparel production, and textile life cycles and the impact these have on successful merchandising and marketing. Clearly articulate sales and advertising plans using industry standard tools to generate competitive analysis. Describe and demonstrate the role of target marketing, market segmentation, and niche markets in the effective placement of sales product. Articulate the role of branding and private labels in generating sales. Describe the role of costing and merchandise management on ROI. Define retailing and explain the steps in strategic planning for meeting ROI. Write, present, critique plans and proposals. Successfully participate and contribute to the success of a team. Develop a professional network. [-]

Mobile Game Design and Development

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

You love innovation, building amazing games and having fun along the way? Mobile game design and development is definitely one of the hottest emerging fields around. [+]

You love innovation, building amazing games and having fun along the way? Mobile game design and development is definitely one of the hottest emerging fields around. The latest mobile devices have changed the way we communicate and entertain ourselves creating a demand for mobile application designers, developers, artists and application testers. The Mobile Game Design and Development program will provide students with the technical skills needed to jump-start an exciting career in the fast-paced mobile development environment. Students will gain a strong knowledge of multiplatform mobile technologies and tools. From game design to scripting and coding and 3D animation, the program will cover the fundamentals you need to launch an exciting new career. They’ll also be able to apply industry standard software and techniques to the creation of mobile applications. Career opportunities exist in a wide range of settings within the mobile development industry including animation studios, game development companies and more. Upon successful completion of the four terms of this program, the graduate will be able to: Propose creative solutions to mobile design problems. Evaluate the appropriate materials, tools, techniques and concepts, required to produce an effective design solution. Create digital graphics and illustrations for mobile applications. Determine the appropriate media and technology based on project requirements. Manage project and time constraints. Code efficiently to meet design, delivery and technology constraints. Process digital images using appropriate software. Produce single and multi page layouts using the appropriate software. Create a fully functional mobile application, game or site. [-]

Visual Effects Art & Design

Campus Full time September 2017 Canada Vancouver

The Visual Effects Art & Design program focuses on providing graduates with a solid foundation in the technical and artistic skills needed to be successful in the visual effects, animation, and CGI industries. [+]

The Visual Effects Art & Design program focuses on providing graduates with a solid foundation in the technical and artistic skills needed to be successful in the visual effects, animation, and CGI industries. Key to this is a genuine understanding of storytelling, animation, modeling, compositing and a solid foundation in artistic techniques. Students will learn color theory, design fundamentals, life drawing, and industry standard software, and will apply this knowledge to the production and animation of 3D characters with appropriate lighting and texturing and visual effects. Graduates will be able to apply industry standard software tools and techniques to visual effects production processes. A key program outcome is an industry standard portfolio. Upon successful completion of the program graduates will be able to: Work with major trends in visual, digital, and special effects arts Apply critical thinking and creative expression techniques Analyze and critique a production Produce a concept sketch Shape a model Stage a scene Develop a storyboard Produce computer-generated images Produce highly realistic 3D models of props Prepare highly realistic 3D models of characters Represent movements in three dimensions Animate characters Create highly realistic digital visual special effects Apply digital visual special effects in a variety of character and environmental contexts Present a professional portfolio. [-]

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Visual College of Art & Design - Vancouver Campus
626 Pender St W #500, Vancouver, BC V6B 1V9, Canada

Vancouver, British Columbia, V6B 1V9 CA