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 honored 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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Programs

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Courses

Course - 3D Animation & Visual Effects

Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Acting Essentials

Campus Full time 4 months January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Acting for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Classical Animation

Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Digital Character Animation

Campus Full time 6 months January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Digital Design

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Entertainment Business Management

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Film Production

Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Foundation Visual Art & Design

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Game Design

Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 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... [-]


Course - Makeup Design for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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 ... [-]

Course - Programming for Games, Web & Mobile

Campus Full time 1 year March 2018 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.... [-]


Course - Sound Design for Visual Media

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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 ... [-]

Course - Writing for Film & Television

Campus Full time 1 year January 2018 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.... [-]


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