The VanArts Story

VanArts was founded in 1995 with Academy-Award winning animator/director Lee Mishkin as its founding program director. Recognizing the industry’s need for a skilled and specialized workforce, VanArts offers a variety of highly focused diploma programs designed to prepare students for work in specific areas of the media arts including Visual Effects Production, Game Asset Design, Character Animation, Digital Photography, Acting for Film & Television, Web Development, and Broadcasting.

By developing a well-rounded curriculum of visual, media and performing arts, VanArts has created an educational environment that encourages collaboration between its programs of study. With a faculty and advisory board that draws directly from the relevant industries, VanArts provides its students with the foundation and mentorship necessary to launch a career.

VanArts considers an active relationship with the industry to be of the utmost importance to the school’s development; maintaining an ongoing dialogue with local studios regarding course content; employing instructors who are currently working in the industry; and introducing outstanding graduates to studios with specific production needs. Many VanArts graduates are now successful, creative professionals with credits on major feature films, directorial positions, and successful freelance careers around the world.

A recent survey of the "Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming, and Design" by Animation Career Review ranked VanArts as #1 in Western Canada and #11 worldwide.

VanArts delivers an intense and specialized creative education. We keep our classes small and our learning real, challenging students to push the limits of creativity. Many programs operate as a focused working studio in which learning replicates industry experience. Students and instructors become an intimate team of creative minds working side by side in innovative collaborations.

At VanArts you will work harder than ever before. And you will feel more inspired than you thought was possible. When the experience is through you will have the skills, confidence and industry exposure to launch your ideal career. If you are serious about your craft then visit us at VanArts – meet our faculty and other students -- and see how we are investing in your success.


Accreditations
VanArts is accredited by the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of BC (PCTIA) and has been awarded an Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation by the province of British Columbia.

This school also offers:

Courses

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A recent survey of the "Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming and Design" by Animation Career Review ranked VanArts as #1 in Western Canada ... [+]

Course - 2D/3D Character Animation

A recent survey of the "Top 100 Schools for Animation, Gaming and Design" by Animation Career Review ranked VanArts as #1 in Western Canada and #11 worldwide.Awesome assignments, inspiring instructors and the opportunity to produce really cool films, knowing it’s your skill that makes the action come alive; that’s what awaits you at VanArts.Everyone knows Vancouver is an incubator for animation talents. You’ll be in the heart of animation country. 2D and 3D animators at VanArts animation school learn their craft while developing meaningful industry relationships. You’ll focus exclusively on the skills you need to break into the animation sector you desire, either 2D or 3D. Either way, character animation is paramount in your studies and you will graduate as a specialist in character animation. Students choose VanArts because, in their own words, the animation school just feels right. Small classes, personalized attention and cross collaboration on special projects – VanArts animation school positions you for immediate success.You’ll be mentored by animators who’ve worked with top studios like Disney, Industrial Light & Magic and Dreamworks. You’ll live and breathe industry concepts like animated character performance, story and visual language, with a working knowledge of Maya in the 3D stream. And your animation school diploma is backed by your professional demo reel and portfolio, so you’re ready to get the job you want.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Enrolling in the diploma program at the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study at VanArts means you’ll be mentored by some of the best actors you’ve watched on screen, an ... [+]

Course - Acting for Film & Television

Practical, professional and intense; be challenged to go beyond what you thought possible.Enrolling in the diploma program at the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study at VanArts means you’ll be mentored by some of the best actors you’ve watched on screen, and come to respect. Talent and confidence are both necessary to secure an agent and start working in the industry. You’ll nurture both of these with small acting class sizes in Vancouver, the heart of Hollywood North.At VanArts, you’ll develop a demo reel, head shot and a resume with impact, by using a highly collaborative approach to hone your craft while working with VanArts animation, photography and visual effects departments. Show your range while showing you’re ready to work. Additional acting classes teach voice-over, movement and scene study with real professional actors.You bring self-discipline and determination; we’ll provide the acting school instruction and experience to help you land that role.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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Your journey to getting on-air begins in the Broadcasting for Radio & Television program offered through Columbia Academy ... [+]

Course - Broadcasting for Radio & TV

News, sports, music, talk; there’s nothing about radio you don’t love.Your journey to getting on-air begins in the Broadcasting for Radio & Television program offered through Columbia Academy broadcasting school at VanArts. You’ll start on-air while you’re studying, by filling some of the 600 available hours of on-air time at the broadcasting school’s campus radio station. Our instructors are well-respected radio veterans with decades of experience in both broadcasting and production, and they’ll share the tricks of the trade.Your hands-on practice teaches you how to handle yourself on-air, along with important skills like commercial production, copywriting, programming, music direction and promotions. Then, when you graduate from broadcasting school, you’ll be talking like a pro, backed with a diploma plus real-world experience. Radio stations look for career-ready on-air talent, reporters, anchors, traffic and weather personalities and audio production professionals—like you.... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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North America’s first one-year diploma program makes you job-ready for an independent career as a digital photographer. Learn the basics of digital photography in the ful ... [+]

Course - Digital Photography

Digital photography courses and entrepreneurial basics -- the combined best of both worlds awaits you at VanArts.North America’s first one-year diploma program makes you job-ready for an independent career as a digital photographer. Learn the basics of digital photography in the fully equipped studio, and then crank it up to the max.Finesse your digital photography skills to the highest level while in the field, working with light, lighting and models to create the photo you want. Develop your portfolio by doing actual photo shoots under the nurturing eyes of industry professionals. Then collaborate with other digital photography school students to expand your creative awareness and industry contacts. VanArts teaches it all, from artistic to technical to the business side. You’ll graduate ready to work, armed with MacBook Pro with the latest Adobe imaging software, a professional print portfolio and your own website and marketing plan.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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At VanArts, you’ll go a long way in a short period of time. Right now, you only visualize characters and sets in 3D; learn how to move those 3D assets from your imaginati ... [+]

Course - Game Art & Design

Gaming and film calls your name; VanArts game design school helps you to answer that call.At VanArts, you’ll go a long way in a short period of time. Right now, you only visualize characters and sets in 3D; learn how to move those 3D assets from your imagination onto the screen when you attend our game design school. Discover everything about character modeling, rigging, lighting and texturing so your creations blow away the competition. And learn all this from creators currently working in the industry, right here in Vancouver, home to several gaming empires.Take your skills in traditional drawing, sculpting and concept art to a higher level by developing your game design abilities in advanced 3D techniques and production methods. At graduation, your portfolio and demo reel will showcase your game design talent, creativity and flair for working with creative teams. Until then, caring mentors will work with you to develop your confidence and networking strategies so you are ready to meet with art directors and industry recruiters.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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You’ll be thinking like a VFX artist in no time at VanArts visual effects school. In only one year, you’ll learn and use all the current VFX production tools like 3D Ster ... [+]

Course - Visual Effects

Part artist, part technician – be a total VFX professional at VanArts visual effects school.You’ll be thinking like a VFX artist in no time at VanArts visual effects school. In only one year, you’ll learn and use all the current VFX production tools like 3D Stereoscopy, green screen and 2D/3D content creation using Maya, Nuke and Houdini. In the words of an industry recruiter, you’ll be a production-ready grad with the broadest understanding and the best attitude – and you’ll be very hirable.Operating within a studio production paradigm, you’ll learn advanced techniques for compositing, modeling, lighting and texturing. Plus, you’ll be studying at a visual effects school in Vancouver, where the VFX industry is exploding, creating multiple job opportunities as studios open up and look to hire the best talent. You’ll also create a network of visual effects colleagues as you build a professional demo reel. Become qualified and confident, with mentoring from industry professionals.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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People, purpose and functionality; learn how to integrate your technical abilities with relationship building skills to be in-demand as a creator of multimedia websites ... [+]

Course - Web Development & Interactive Design

People, purpose and functionality; learn how to integrate your technical abilities with relationship building skills to be in-demand as a creator of multimedia websites.Project management leaders work with students to create on-trend and leading-edge live site projects as part of our web design courses. Your involvement goes beyond the classroom. Attend real planning and development meetings where client expectations run high – and you are ready and qualified to meet them.Learn in Vancouver, described as the home of new media. Industry experts teach comprehensive web design courses, from creating visual elements to database development, through to managing your own business site. The need for web design and web development experts is only growing. Carve out your niche in the new media landscape.Next Start Dates... [-]

Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Full-time
1 year
Campus
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These courses offer an excellent way to introduce yourself to VanArts, learn new skills, help to decide on a career choice, or take as a first step towards our full-time ... [+]

Part-Time Courses & IntensivesThese courses offer an excellent way to introduce yourself to VanArts, learn new skills, help to decide on a career choice, or take as a first step towards our full-time programs. Courses for Art & Animation, Digital Photography, and Acting typically meet once a week in evenings or weekends, and "intensives" are held in the summer months for 2-4 weeks. Click on course names below to view course descriptions, dates, times and tuition:

Acting 2 Week Actors' Intensive Acting for Film & TV (Various Levels) Intermediate & Advanced Scene Study Intro to Acting Short Workshop - Commercial Auditions Voice and Speech: Accent Reduction & Ame... [-]
Canada Vancouver
September 2019
Part-time
2 - 4 weeks
Campus