Vancouver Film School - VFS

Introduction

One Year Curriculum

VFS offers 13 world-class post-secondary programs spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts. Our unique educational model balances theory and hands-on production so that, after just one year, you're prepared to launch your dream career.

Led by Industry

Faculty at VFS are established, award-winning professionals who work for top studios, and our Advisory Boards of industry leaders help shape curriculum so our programs stay current. Your professional network begins here.

Results Matter

VFS alumni have been honoured at the Oscars and Emmys, have premiered at major international festivals, and work at top companies like Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Blizzard – all as a result of professional-quality reels created at VFS.

Creating in Vancouver

Year after year, Vancouver is named one of the world's best cities. It's also home to booming film, animation, and game industries. You'll interact with this professional world during your year and have more doors open to you upon graduation.

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Course - 3D Animation & Visual Effects

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Canada Vancouver

The 3D Animation & Visual Effects program teaches the creative perspective that computer animation is an instrument for telling a compelling story. By combining cinematic [+]

The 3D Animation & Visual Effects program teaches the creative perspective that computer animation is an instrument for telling a compelling story. By combining cinematic and technological training you not only learn to make films, you learn to make your film. What You Will Learn Perfectly suited for artists just starting out as well as those with some animation experience, this program is about taking your skills - and reel - to the professional level. You begin by studying traditional arts and computer animation skills, giving you the foundation to pursue any discipline in the animation industry. What you will learn in the first half of the program allows you to discover your passion, and you then elect a specialization in one of the cornerstones of the industry: 3D Animation, Modeling, or Visual Effects. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Wait-list - March 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - June 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A visual art portfolio of your work that includes life (preferred), still, or character drawings and 3D computer work (maximum 12 pieces total). To gain admittance and begin studies in 3D Animation & Visual Effects, some 3D experience is required. However, if you do not currently have sufficient 3D experience you may be given conditional acceptance based on the strength of a combination of your other computer artwork (e.g. Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and your drawing skills. You Graduate With: - A Diploma in 3D Animation. - A mastered demo reel of your final project. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

Course - Acting Essentials

Campus Full time 4 months January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Created specifically for beginners with a strong desire to take their first steps in front of an audience. Acting Essentials is a four month course that introduces the discipline [+]

Created specifically for beginners with a strong desire to take their first steps in front of an audience. Acting Essentials is a four month course that introduces the discipline and is tailored to prepare students to enter our full-time Acting program. What You Will Learn Acting is an art of self-discovery. Your craft is based on a close study of relationships, emotions, and actions, and your talent is seen in every gesture you make and every word you speak in front of the camera. Here are some of the highlights from your four months as an acting student at VFS: Process You will gain an understanding of the benefits of a physical warm-up that includes exercises, voice and body work, and improvisation games. Acting Your first lessons allow you to build your confidence as you study the core techniques of good performance. Camera & Audition At VFS, the focus is on preparing actors for the camera, from your very first audition to the last take of the day on a major film shoot. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - March 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 You Graduate With: - A Certificate in Acting Essentials. - The opportunity to apply to the VFS Full Time Acting program. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. Program Requirements No program-specific entrance requirements. All you need is a passion for acting and the arts, a strong desire to express yourself and tell stories through performance, and a willingness to collaborate with peers and instructors. Acting Essentials is ideal for those who feel a need to expand their foundation as an Actor and for those without a portfolio sufficient to gain entrance into VFS' one-year Professional Acting program. [-]

Course - Acting for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Acting for the camera requires a unique set of skills. What you will learn in VFS acting classes emphasizes the fundamentals of cinematic naturalism, the style you'll be expected to achieve [+]

Acting for the camera requires a unique set of skills. What you will learn in VFS acting classes emphasizes the fundamentals of cinematic naturalism, the style you'll be expected to achieve most often when you're on set. From your very first week in school until the last, you'll be on camera. What You Will Learn Acting is an art of self-discovery. Your craft is based on a close study of relationships, emotions, and actions, and your talent is seen in every gesture you make and every word you speak in front of the camera. Here are some of the highlights from your year of acting classes at VFS: Your Physical Instrument Every day in Acting starts with a routine physical warm-up that includes exercises, stretches, voice and body work, and improvisation games. Your Relationship with Yourself Your first lessons allow you to shed inhibitions and build your courage to tackle everything from visual effects action stunts to intimate scenes. Your Relationship with Other People Expect your biggest creative breakthroughs to come during this intense and challenging few months full of Film and TV workshops. You, Your Craft & The Business You've got the talent and the know-how - so where's the audition? Your year is completed by the preparation of a professional portfolio as well as a Final Project "Location Shoot". Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Wait-list - March 2, 2015 Limited Seats Available - May 4, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of VFS Acting Essentials program and an invitation from the Acting Faculty - OR - Demonstrated post-secondary acting experience and a videotaped audition that meets Department standards. Department Standards Auditions may be submitted by either: - VHS (NTSC) - YouTube or similar link - Video posted on personal website Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS according to the Content Requirements provided below and must be clearly identified as such. DVDs or VHS videotapes submitted will not be returned. Content Requirements The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format: - State your name on camera - Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute - Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute - If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (e.g. singing, dance, physical action, etc.) - Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes: Why did you choose your audition pieces? How long have you wanted to act? Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career? What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor? If you can't be an actor, what would you choose to be? [-]

Course - Classical Animation

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Canada Vancouver

Classical Animation focuses on telling a story through movement using traditional animation and Flash. By learning the cornerstones of animation, you develop an understanding [+]

Classical Animation focuses on telling a story through movement using traditional animation and Flash. By learning the cornerstones of animation, you develop an understanding of motion, weight, balance, colour, and design, as well as the discipline and intensity required for studio work, as you take your animated short films from concept all the way to completion. What You Will Learn From character design to 2D animation to using digital tools, what you will learn in Classical Animation will allow you to create two professional-quality short films. Animation & Art To tell a story in animation, you need a full understanding of movement, performance, colour, design, and effects. Storyboarding Creating and interpreting storyboards is a key part of the creative process. Character Design The characters you design put a face on your story: a vital step in creating compelling animation. Flash & Digital Tools Learn Flash while creating a complete short film, as well as digital ink & paint techniques for classically animated films. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Wait-list - May 4, 2015 - August 31, 2015 Program Requirements: - Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program. or - A visual art portfolio of your work that includes still-life drawings, life drawings, and character sketches (maximum 12 pieces). You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Classical Animation. - A mastered demo reel of your final project. - A traditional art and animation portfolio. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

Course - Digital Character Animation

Campus Full time 6 months January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Digital Character Animation is an advanced six-month production program for experienced 3D and classical animators looking to refine their skills in character animation as they create their [+]

Digital Character Animation is an advanced six-month production program for experienced 3D and classical animators looking to refine their skills in character animation as they create their own character-based film. What You Will Learn From concept development to character modeling and animation to production and post-production, what you will learn in this rigorous program will allow you to create your film in just six months. You will learn on Maya - the industry standard software - and will have the opportunity to work with Pixar's Renderman. Character Animation You will spend the majority of the program animating your own film, with face-to-face mentorship from animation industry mentors. Concept Development It all starts with your idea. Modeling Create your 3D character from the skeleton out. Character Setup Rig your character's skeleton, skin, and facial expressions. Rendering Create refined images using Pixar's Renderman. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - June 29, 2015 Program Requirements: - A visual art portfolio of your work that includes life (preferred), or character drawings and 3D computer work (maximum 12 pieces). As this is an advanced program, your 3D work must prove that you currently have sufficient skills to excel in the program. or - Successful completion of the VFS Classical Animation program. You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Digital Character Animation. - A mastered demo reel of your final project. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

Course - Digital Design

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

As a Digital Designer, you like to organize information and present it as a visual experience, building an emotional connection with your audience. In Vancouver Film School’s Digital [+]

As a Digital Designer, you like to organize information and present it as a visual experience, building an emotional connection with your audience. In Vancouver Film School’s Digital Design program, you learn to use graphic design and computer-generated imagery to convey a message that helps educate, persuade, and/or entertain your audience. There are three main fields of Digital Design careers. Communication Design Communication Design (aka Graphic Design) combines an understanding of colour, type, and composition with an audience-centred marketing approach to convey a specific message (like social causes or product promotion) to a targeted group. You’ll work on projects that include logo design, advertising, and print and packaging design. Interactive Design Interactive Design (aka User Experience Design) focuses on satisfying the needs and desires of the people who interact with a product or service, while also conveying a branded message. The interactions might take place through websites, apps for mobile, or other touch screens. Your projects will involve designing the user interface (aka UI design), persona development, and the overall user experience (UX) design. Motion Design Motion Design (aka Motion Graphic Design) merges video footage with audio and 2D or 3D animation to create the illusion of movement. Motion designers are responsible for title sequences, online graphics, as well as visually enhanced films, commercials, and videos. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - August 31, 2015 You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Digital Design. - A portfolio showcasing your work. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A portfolio of digital and visual work including any combination of photography, audio, video, or interactive work (maximum 12 pieces). The portfolio should show that you are familiar with various types of visual work (e.g. print design, web design, etc.) and that you aren't limited to work in one area of design. [-]

Course - Entertainment Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Our EBM program produced outstanding graduates and outstanding results. The intensive one-year education enabled students to create award-winning projects, such as Compendium's "Little [+]

Our EBM program produced outstanding graduates and outstanding results. The intensive one-year education enabled students to create award-winning projects, such as Compendium's "Little Mermaid" and “Jabberwock.” The program’s leading-edge business courses meant entry for graduates into the industries of film, television, and game production; marketing and social media; and high-tech business. Yet for graduates of other VFS programs and those already working in industry, leaving a career to pursue a year-long, full-time education in Entertainment Business Management just isn’t a possibility. And this is a source of frustration for many. The entertainment arts industry is changing rapidly—many need to acquire new business and marketing skills quickly to advance careers, launch projects, and start businesses without sacrifice to career, job, or home. A full-time EBM program does not address these needs. In response, VFS will be investigating a brand-new, compressed delivery model of EBM, designed to enable those who need a creative business education to get it, without compromise to their existing careers. This will be the first time in recent years that VFS has considered alternatives to the one-year intensive model. This will be a huge undertaking and we are dedicated to taking the time necessary to create a new model that is of the same high caliber of other VFS programming. Our top priority is, and always will be, our students and making sure that they get the very best educational experience. This means we will be limiting enrolment in the full-time EBM program while we develop this new model. [-]

Course - Film Production

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Canada Vancouver

To launch a successful film career, you need technique, experience, and a professional network, and Film Production at Vancouver Film School is dedicated to giving you exactly [+]

To launch a successful film career, you need technique, experience, and a professional network, and Film Production at Vancouver Film School is dedicated to giving you exactly that. At VFS, you learn from the experts while living and breathing filmmaking for one amazingly intense year. You collaborate, broaden your creative horizons, and zero in on your career. You arrive at VFS as someone who likes to make films - you graduate a filmmaker. One Year of Making Films At VFS, you're immersed in production throughout your year. Right out of the gate, you're leading and crewing films that incorporate increasingly advanced technical demands, and sophisticated short film projects that form the heart of your professional reel. Along with regular workshops and on-set intensives, these films combine to create a body of experience - and a way to apply everything you learn in Film Production. What You Will Learn Nowadays, anybody can get a camera, make a movie, and find a modest audience – it's a great first step. VFS is about taking it to the next level: What you will learn will enable you to be a confident creative professional, an independent filmmaker with the knowledge to prove it. By exploring and then specializing in filmmaking's key creative disciplines, you're ultimately able to step onto any film set and make a difference. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Wait-list - March 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - June 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A 1-page (maximum) synopsis of a film project that you are passionate about making. Provide the film genre and utilize references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision or idea. In addition, provide a 1-page (maximum) outline of the story. - OPTIONAL - If you have made a film before, include a VHS copy (NTSC) or DVD copy (to a maximum of 2 films) or a link to the film online. Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film as well as any success it has garnered (e.g. screenings and awards). You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Film Production. - A compilation of your work for your demo reel. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

Course - Foundation Visual Art & Design

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Build a foundation in traditional art techniques combined with training in modern visual media in this rigorous and exploratory one-year program. Foundation Visual Art & Design is ideal [+]

Build a foundation in traditional art techniques combined with training in modern visual media in this rigorous and exploratory one-year program. Foundation Visual Art & Design is ideal preparation to flourish in VFS's other acclaimed programs. What you will learn in the multidisciplinary Foundation program covers a wide range of skills and experiences, from Drawing, Photography, Cinematography, and Animation to Storyboarding, Sound Design, Writing, and Acting, to name a few. You'll use vital tools like Flash, After Effects, and Maya, enabling you to further explore your craft. In the final months of the program, Foundation students choose from three specializations - Animation, Digital Design, and Film - and are mentored by our faculty of industry professionals as they develop their final projects. Along with the work they've done throughout their year, these projects form the basis of a professional-quality and wide-ranging portfolio. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - March 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - June 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Program Requirements No program-specific entrance requirements. Designed for novice art, design, and media enthusiasts who are passionate about working hard to cultivate creative excellence. The Foundation program is ideal for those needing to develop a portfolio required to enter one of VFS' professional programs or for those that enjoy more than one entertainment arts discipline and are unsure of what they wish to pursue as a career. You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Foundation Visual Art & Design - A portfolio showcasing your work. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and job board. [-]

Course - Game Design

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Canada Vancouver

Vancouver Film School’s Game Design program will help you become a professional game designer in just one year, taking you through the entire video game development cycle from concept to [+]

Vancouver Film School’s Game Design program will help you become a professional game designer in just one year, taking you through the entire video game development cycle from concept to final game. You’ll work closely with video game industry mentors in an immersive environment that mirrors that of a professional studio as you design, produce, and present fully playable games. What You Will Learn The courses you’ll take to become a game designer will help you master many disciplines. The VFS Game Design curriculum guides you through the stages of concepting, level design, game interface design, all the way to scripting, programming, and complete game creation. Designing and Creating Games At VFS, you don't just think about games – you experience the development cycle firsthand as you design and produce two major game projects. A Deeper Understanding of Games Designing games means looking at them in a brand new way: combining all the theory, history, and practical know-how into a knowledgeable and versatile designer. Interactive Storytelling Stories are powerful tools for developing great games: they tie the gameplay together and engage the player on a deeper level. Networking and Launching Your Career The game industry is always changing. Staying a step ahead is vital, and the only way to do that is to be face to face with the industry every single day. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Limited Seats Available - May 4, 2015 - August 31, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A 1-page (maximum) synopsis of a game that you are passionate about creating. Explain the concept, vision or idea. Include the genre of game you would utilize. Make references to other games to explain how you would make your game. In addition, provide a 1-page (maximum) outline detailing your story, possible levels, and characters. Provide 1-2 pages (maximum) of diagrams explaining any features or game mechanics and a simplified map of the game world described in your synopsis. *Intermediate computer skills are a requirement, including the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel. [-]

Course - Makeup Design for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

Under the guidance of Stan Edmonds, a respected industry makeup artist, Vancouver Film School's one-year Makeup Design program is truly unparalleled in its approach to the art of light [+]

Under the guidance of Stan Edmonds, a respected industry makeup artist, Vancouver Film School's one-year Makeup Design program is truly unparalleled in its approach to the art of light and colour in storytelling. From big dreams to big realities - VFS offers the only Makeup Design program in the world that combines every aspect of the discipline in one amazingly intense year. Through an immersive study of all facets of makeup including stage makeup, fashion makeup, film and television makeup, and makeup effects, to script breakdown, on-set protocol and digital character design, one year at VFS prepares you to join any production team, day or night. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 Limited Seats Available - May 4, 2015 - August 31, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A maximum 500 word letter of intent. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their expression of passion, talent (whether it be proven or potential), and commitment. Be encouraged to communicate what you feel best conveys your background, your potential, and why you have a profound desire to attend VFS. - AND - A portfolio that consists of sketches and/or photographs that best illustrate your artistic vision in makeup design (maximum 12 pieces). This can be in the form of a CD, DVD, colour photocopies, sketches, or photographs. Please note that all submissions cannot be returned. Guidelines for letter of intent The VFS Makeup Design Program for Film & Television has only 18 seats available for each start date. Successful applicants will be chosen based on their passion, talent (whether it be proven or potential), and drive. Competition to get into the program will be fierce and world-wide. All applicants are required to submit a maximum 500 word letter of intent on why they feel they should be chosen for one of the 18 seats. We suggest that you make your submission in whatever format you feel best conveys your background, your talent, and why you have a profound desire to attend VFS. You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Makeup Design for Film and Television. - A comprehensive portfolio. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

Course - Programming for Games, Web & Mobile

Campus Full time 1 year March 2017 Canada Vancouver

Programming for Games, Web & Mobile is about becoming a better, smarter, more versatile and hireable developer. During the most intense and creative year of your life, you learn how to [+]

Programming for Games, Web & Mobile is about becoming a better, smarter, more versatile and hireable developer. During the most intense and creative year of your life, you learn how to create and bend programs to your will—to use great software development to impress, provoke, persuade, and entertain. When you graduate, you're armed with a high-powered portfolio and the skills to confidently present your final projects to an audience of professionals and recruiters from an incredible range of industries. What You Will Learn Being a Programming for Games, Web & Mobile graduate means mastering many disciplines — and understanding even more. You start with foundation skills in math, design, production, and programming, including C# and C++, before progressing to front-end interface and mobile development for iOS and Android. You build on this core knowledge with increasingly complex courses on interface development and programming while choosing a major project in game, web, or mobile technology. You learn Objective-C, Java, JavaScript, and Ruby on Rails while growing your presentation skills and portfolio. You end the program with advanced classes on shaders, network programming, social integration, and cloud-based applications. The program gives you not only theory, training, and experience, but also industry connections. It's every advantage you will need to succeed as you launch your career into an incredible range of career options. Start Dates: - March 2, 2015 - June 29, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Program Requirements Prepare a technical portfolio that contains 1-3 examples of programming work. Include a 1-2 page excerpt of source code you want to show off, and a 1-page descriptive summary for each project. You must also have intermediate PC computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office, for this program. Familiarity with HTML is an asset. - OR - Successful completion of ONE of the following VFS programs: - Foundation Visual Art & Design - Game Design - Digital Design - 3D Animation & Visual Effects [-]

Course - Sound Design for Visual Media

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

As a student in Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design for Visual Media program, you’ll live and breathe audio for one full year. You’ll focus your education around the sounds that make [+]

As a student in Vancouver Film School’s Sound Design for Visual Media program, you’ll live and breathe audio for one full year. You’ll focus your education around the sounds that make up the entertainment landscape, from the mundane to the otherworldly. You’ll work in industry-grade facilities, which include an Avid ICON D-Control ES dual-operator system, and learn from a faculty of accomplished film, television, and game professionals as you develop the skills and experience to launch your career. The Sound Design for Visual Media program concentrates on two main career fields: post-production sound for film and television, and game audio (sound for video games). Post-Production Sound for Film & Television There are many different career paths in post-production audio for film and television, including: • Assistant Editor • Editor • Room Tech • Recordist • Re-recording Mixer • Foley Walker • On-set Mixer • Sound Designer Game Audio Many of the positions in Game Audio are similar to Post-Production, however there are some unique roles, including: • Audio Artist • Audio Lead • Audio Director • Sound Designer Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - March 2, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - June 29, 2015 - August 31, 2015 - October 26, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A maximum 500-word letter of intent on why you wish to take the Sound Design program. This should detail your passion for Sound, and why you feel you would be successful in the industry. Detail any previous experience in music or sound recording, sound mixing, etc. Outline why you feel you can be successful in sound design. - OPTIONAL - Although it is not required, please include a CD portfolio of your work in sound and music if you have any (maximum five minutes). [-]

Course - Writing for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2017 Canada Vancouver

To make it as a professional screenwriter, you must have an absolute command of the craft of storytelling and a deep understanding of the world of film and television. What you [+]

To make it as a professional screenwriter, you must have an absolute command of the craft of storytelling and a deep understanding of the world of film and television. What you will learn during the single most intense year of your writing career will transform you from an aspiring writer to a proven writer, ready to compete in today's industry. What You Will Learn Your year in Writing for Film & Television will have you writing everything from feature screenplays and episodic television to sketch comedy, short films, and documentary treatments. What you will learn will allow you build a portfolio of production-ready work and gain the industry savviness needed to launch a career as a professional screenwriter. After Graduation A writing life is just like The Hero's Journey: it's an uphill battle, there are no easy shortcuts, and there are a whole lot of obstacles along the way. But for writers, the story is what matters and the journey is part of the fun. The Writing program at VFS prepares you to hit the ground running: you'll graduate ready for any number of career paths to life as a professional screenwriter. Start Dates: - January 5, 2015 - May 4, 2015 - August 31, 2015 Program Requirements Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art & Design program - OR - A 1-page (maximum) synopsis of a feature film or television project that you are passionate about making. Provide the film genre and utilize references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision or idea. In addition provide a minimum of two and maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (no more than 20 total pages should be submitted). You Graduate With: - A Diploma in Writing for Film and Television. - A diverse writing and production portfolio. - Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board. [-]

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