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Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School


Vancouver Film School (VFS) is a distinguished institution at the forefront of Canada's post-secondary entertainment arts education. With a rich legacy spanning over 30 years, VFS has earned a reputation for excellence and stands as a premier destination for aspiring creative professionals. As a leading institution, VFS offers a wide range of acclaimed and industry-focused programs, providing students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the ever-evolving entertainment and media industries. O

ur programs have garnered prestigious awards and recognition, reflecting the high standards of education and the caliber of talent produced at VFS. At VFS, we take pride in our faculty of experienced industry professionals who bring their expertise and real-world insights into the classroom. Students benefit from their guidance, mentorship, and connections, gaining invaluable exposure to the industry and building a strong foundation for their careers. Located in the vibrant city of Vancouver, our students are immersed in a thriving creative ecosystem. Vancouver is renowned for its film, animation, game, and design industries, offering abundant opportunities for networking, internships, and collaboration. This proximity to industry professionals and studios gives our students a competitive edge and prepares them for the realities of the professional world.

As a student at VFS, you will experience a dynamic learning environment that combines theory with hands-on practical training. Our programs are designed to simulate real industry scenarios, enabling you to develop a professional-level portfolio and gain the practical skills required to excel in your chosen field. Join us at Vancouver Film School and embark on a transformative educational journey. Discover the best-in-class programs, award-winning faculty, and industry connections that make VFS a leader in the field of entertainment arts education. Prepare to unleash your creativity, unlock your potential, and forge a successful career in the global entertainment industry.

Campus Features

From our 8 state-of-the-art campuses boasting 150,000 sq. ft. to one of the largest performance capture studios in North America, VFS facilities offer students unparalleled access to the tools they’ll need to execute their creative visions.


    Qualifications and Requirements

    To qualify for a place at Vancouver Flim School, you will need to meet certain criteria, as well as specific requirements for your program. Contact our Advisors first, before you have met all of the requirements, so they can help you through the process and secure your spot when you've met the criteria.

    Universal Requirements:

    You must have graduated from high school OR be at least 19 years of age

    Applicants will need to submit transcripts from all secondary or post-secondary institutions attended in the last five years (including your high school diploma, if applicable), as well as a piece of government-issued identification that shows your date of birth.

    You can provide the names and contact details of two references

    Preferably these should be from someone who can knowledgeably comment on your passion and abilities in the area for which you are applying. Please note, family members are not eligible as references.

    You have a financial plan

    All VFS programs are full-time, so you will need a financial plan to cover your tuition and living expenses while enrolled in your program. (Don't worry. Your advisor can guide you through this).

    You must have medical coverage

    For Canadians - check with your home province for coverage in BC.

    For non-Canadians - you will need to purchase health insurance until you are covered under the Medical Services Plan. See the International Students page for more information.

    After three months of living in BC, all students are eligible for Medical Services Plan coverage.

    Requirements for Non-Canadian Residents:

    If you are not a resident of Canada, you may need the following documents.

    Study permit

    All of Vancouver Flim School's programs require International Students to obtain a study permit. See the International Students page for more information.

    Proof that you meet the English language requirements

    To succeed in any VFS program, you will need to understand technical terms and be able to participate in presentations and in-depth discussions in English. Depending upon your program of study, you must meet either the Level 1 or Level 2 English language requirements. See the International Students page for more information.

    Scholarships and Funding

    VFS Scholarships

    VFS is excited to announce a host of new scholarships for both domestic and international applicants in the following programs.

    Women in Game Design Scholarships

    VFS Scholarships, Mentorships, and Work Experience Opportunities for Women in Game Design have been Relaunched

    Historically a male-dominated industry despite 44% of gamers being women, game developers recognize the need for change. Equity for women in the gaming workspace should be a priority and the best way to achieve this is by supporting more women to secure careers in the game industry. Therefore, Vancouver Film School has partnered with The Coalition, Blackbird Interactive, East Side Games, Timbre Games, Relic Entertainment, and A Thinking Ape to create a scholarship fund of over $150,000 exclusively for women and non-binary persons looking to enter the game industry.

    Scholarships, mentorships, and job opportunities will be offered for the Game Design program start dates from May 2023 until January 2024.

    International Talent Scholarship

    Show us your talent to win a scholarship to study in Vancouver, Canada

    Vancouver Film School (VFS) is offering, for the first time, up to 3 million dollars in scholarships so creatives from around the globe have a chance to apply, train, and begin their careers in Vancouver. Creatives from select regions have the opportunity to show us their best projects to earn a scholarship and study at Canada's premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution. VFS is proud to be ranked the #1 Global Animation School, the #1 Game Design School in Canada, and a Leading Film School Worldwide.

    The International Talent Scholarship will be offered to talent from each of these four regions:

    • India
    • Mainland China
    • Europe/Australasia/Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS)
    • Asia-Pacific/Southeast Asia


    One (1) full-tuition scholarship (100%) and two (2) half-tuition scholarships (50%), per region, for each program:

    • 3D Animation and Visual Effects (12 months)
    • Classical Animation (12 months)
    • Film Production (12 months)
    • Programming for Games, Web, and Mobile (12 months)
    • Game Design (12 months)
    • Digital Design (12 months)
    • Sound Design for Visual Media (12 months)
    • VR/AR Design and Development (8 months)
    • Makeup Design for Film and Television (12 months)
    • Writing for Film, Television, and Games (12 months)

    The deadline for this scholarship application is July 31, 2023.

    Winners will be notified on August 18, 2023.

    Indigenous Peoples Scholarship

    Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Creative Media Arts Industries

    Indigenous artists, performers, and storytellers are a foundational thread in the fabric of the Canadian narrative, continuing to grow stronger as key voices within our country's multidimensional creative landscape. At VFS, we are proud of the many Indigenous graduates from our creative arts programs working across the spectrum of media industries, finding audiences for their work at home and internationally. In support of the continued growth of Indigenous artists, Vancouver Film School is offering up to $162,000 in scholarships to Indigenous students looking to enroll in select VFS production programs.

    Applications open: June 21, 2023

    Application deadline: July 21, 2023

    Winner announcement: August 7, 2023

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