Language Requirements

All students are required to speak and write English at an acceptable level for their program of study. In order to succeed in any VFS program, students will need to understand technical terms and be conversant enough in English to participate in presentations and in-depth discussion.

Depending upon your program of study, you must meet either the Level 1 or Level 2 English language requirements as outlined below. Achieving the indicated scores in any of these tests satisfies the VFS English language requirements.

Programs with Level 1 Language Requirements

  • Acting Essentials
  • Foundation Visual Art + Design
  • Makeup Design for Film + Television
  • Sound Design for Visual Media

International Standardized Test Scores

- IELTS Band 6.0 – Academic level
- TOEFL – score of 68 internet-based (iBT), or 520 Paper based (PBT)
- PTE - score of 52 - 57
- TOEIC – score of 700
- Cambridge CAE or FCE – completion of any level with Grade C
- LPI – Level 4
- Duolingo - score of 50 - 60

VFS Internal English Assessment

VFS offers a language assessment that measures both speaking and listening skills. This test can be scheduled by speaking with a VFS Admissions Advisor. (Students may be required to take the VFS English Assessment if they are enrolling in Acting Essentials or Acting for Film & Television)
- Score of 4

Permanent Resident

- A 65% or higher in BC English 12 or Communications 12

International Baccalaureate (IB)

- A final grade of 5 or higher on IB English A1 (English A: Language & Literature) and A2 (English A: Literature) course

Post-secondary

- Attended one year at a post-secondary institution in English, in an English Speaking country.

VFS English Language School Partners

VFS has partnered with a number of ESL schools in Vancouver. Beside each school you will see an indication of the level or score required to satisfy the VFS Level 1 English language requirements.

- BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) - Completion of ISEP 500

- Canadian College – completion of Level 140

- EC English Language Centre – completion of Upper Intermediate

- ELS Language Centres – completion of Level 109

- Eurocentres & Oxford International Education Group – completion of Level 6

- Global Village English Centres – GV6 Level or IELTS 6.0

- ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) – completion of Level 13

- ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) – completion of A1 Level, University Pathway Program

- Inlingua Victoria Campus – completion of Level EAP2, with 80% or higher

- Inlingua Vancouver Campus – completion of Level 3B

- International House – completion of EAP Level 1

- Sprott Shaw Language College – completion of EPE (English for Post-Secondary Education) with at least 80% in coursework

- Kings Education – completion of Kings Level 6 (Upper Intermediate)

- PGIC – Completion of Advanced (Level 5) and additional electives: Study Skills, Reading Skills, or Writing Skills

- VGC International College – minimum 70% grade for Level 7

Programs with Level 2 Language Requirements

  • 3D Animation + Visual Effects
  • Acting for FIlm + Television
  • Animation + Concept Art
  • Classical Animation
  • ​Digital Design
  • Film Production
  • Game Design
  • Programming for Games, Web + Mobile
  • Writing for Film and Television

International Standardized Test Scores

Achieving the indicated scores in any of these tests satisfies the VFS Level 2 English language requirements.

- IELTS Band 6.5 – Academic level
- TOEFL – score of 80 internet-based (iBT), or 550 paper-based (PBT)
- PTE - score of 58 - 64
- TOEIC – score of 785
- Cambridge CAE or FCE – completion of any level with Grade A or B
- LPI – Level 5
- Duolingo - score of 61 or higher

VFS Internal English Assessment

VFS offers a language assessment that measures both speaking and listening skills, and a written assessment may be required. This test can be scheduled by speaking with a VFS Admissions Advisor. (Students may be required to take the VFS English Assessment if they are enrolling in Acting Essentials or Acting for Film & Television)
- Score of 5

Permanent Resident

- A 65% or higher in BC English 12 or Communications 12

International Baccalaureate (IB)

- A final grade of 5 or higher on IB English A1 (English A: Language & Literature) and A2 (English A: Literature) course

Post-secondary

- Attended one year at a post-secondary institution in English, in an English Speaking country.

VFS English Language School Partners

VFS has partnered with a number of ESL schools in Vancouver. Beside each school you will see an indication of the level or score required to satisfy the VFS Level 2 English language requirements.

- BCIT (British Columbia Institute of Technology) – Completion of ISEP 600

- Canadian College – completion of Level 145

- EC English Language Centre – completion of Pre-Advanced

- ELS Language Centres – completion of Level 112

- Eurocentres & Oxford International Education Group – completion of Level 7

- Global Village English Centres – GV7 Level or IELTS 6.5

- ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) – completion of Level 15

- ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) – completion of A2 Level, University Pathway Program

- Inlingua Victoria Campus – completion of Level EAP2, with 85% or higher

- Inlingua Vancouver Campus – completion of Level 4A

- International House – completion of EAP Level 2

- Sprott Shaw Language College – completion of EPE (English for Post-Secondary Education) with at least 85% in coursework

- Kings Education – completion of Kings Level 7 (Pre-Advanced)

- PGIC – Completion of Advanced (Level 5) and additional electives: Study Skills, Reading Skills, or Writing Skills

- VGC International College – minimum 80% grade for Level 7

What Are My Other Options?

If you have not taken one of the above tests, or feel that your skill has improved since you took the test, you can meet our conversational requirements by taking a telephone-based test with VFS Admissions staff. To arrange for a test, please contact your Admissions Advisor. Some programs require writing abilities at a higher level, or more industry-specific language than can be indicated by the above tests. To satisfy writing levels required for some programs, we may ask for additional written submissions.

We realize that you may have to plan ahead in order to secure your seat at VFS, and that you may want to start applying before you've met the required conversational or written level of English. Our Admissions Advisors understand ESL issues and are more than willing to help you meet all language requirements to make sure they do not get in the way of your dream.

If you don’t pass an approved test or the VFS-conducted test, you may be accepted on a conditional basis. If you receive conditional acceptance, you must provide regular feedback to your Admissions Advisor on specifically what you are doing to improve your English before you start your course at VFS (e.g., attending ESL classes). Additionally, you must schedule and pass either an approved test or the VFS-conducted test no later than one month before your start date, or risk having your enrollment postponed or cancelled. 

Study Permits

All of VFS’s programs require international students to obtain a study permit. You must apply for your study permit at the Canadian Consulate or Canadian Embassy for your area, before your program starts.

To get a study permit you must provide:

You'll need to present the original acceptance letter from Vancouver Film School and proof of deposit.

The letter needs to show that there are sufficient funds in your account to support you while you're studying, including full tuition fees.

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your program.

Be sure to include the VFS’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number on your study permit application: O19239015912. Please note, the first digit in the sequence is the letter “O”, and not a zero.

For more information, contact:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Medical Insurance

All students must have medical insurance coverage while studying in Canada. You'll need to apply for coverage before you arrive in Canada, and it must cover you for your first three months in British Columbia. After three months living in BC, students can qualify for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP).

It is recommended that you purchase international medical insurance before you arrive in BC. You can buy medical insurance from a private insurance company from your home country, or from Bridges International Insurance Services, which has an agreement with VFS to offer discounted rates to our students. 

BRIDGES INTERNATIONAL INSURANCE

  • Bridges International Insurance coverage can be used for injury or sickness requiring Emergency Hospital confinement or Emergency Treatment for up to CDN$2,000,000.00.
  • You must be a student of foreign nationality
  • You must not be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • You must be enrolled in and attending a recognized institution of learning (Vancouver Film School)
  • You are not travelling against a physician's advice
  • CDN $1.77 per day per person.
  • CDN $53.10 for a 30-day policy per person.

(Note: Rates and information quoted on this website are subject to change without notice.)

Apply online for Bridges International Insurance Services here.

For more information, please contact Bridges International Insurance VFS representative:

Lisa Okada

If you are a student, and have been living in BC for more than three months you are eligible for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP). Click the link to obtain a copy of the BC Medical Insurance application.

Scholarships

VFS offers a variety of scholarships throughout the year. For a list of the currently available tuition grants, click to our Finances page.

International Offices

We have offices in high-demand spots around the world. Our International Admissions Advisors, based in these areas, can help you make an informed decision about your education at VFS. They are available to work with you personally, explain all the programs thoroughly, and give you student work to view. They can also discuss financing options and help walk you through the application, acceptance, and student visa process.

Brazil

Patricia Emidio

pemidio@vfs.com

Phone: +55 11 4420 3707 or
+55 11 4420 3708 or
+55 11 4420 3709

Av das Nações Unidas, 14.401
Torre Tarumã, 31st floor, Suite 3111
Parque da Cidade
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
04794-000

China

Grace Xu

gxu@vfs.com

Phone: 0086 10 6439 3701
Cell: +86 139 1159 6919

Office 1505 , Tower 2, Building A
Wang Jing SOHO, 10th Wangjing Street
Chaoyang District, Beijing City, China

Colombia

Diana Perez

dperez@vfs.com

Phone: +57 1 6466739
+57 1 6466658

Bogotá, Capital Tower
Calle 100#7-33 Piso 14,
Bogotá, Colombia 110211

India

Dorothy Mathias

 

dorothy@vfs.com

Phone: +91 22 2605 0338

102, Windward Apartment
21st Road, Bandra (West)
Mumbai, 400 050, India

India

Shiva Kumar Guroodu

 

sguroodu@vfs.com

Phone: +91 70 9541 4442

Office 301, 3rd Floor
MGR Estates, Punjagutta
Hyderabad, A.P., India

 

Korea

Hakyun Lim

 

hlim@vfs.com

Phone: +82 2 2008 4900
Fax: +82 2 2008 4555

41/F Gangnam Finance Center
Yeoksam-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea, 135-984

Latin America

Barbara Martinez Ruiz

 

admissionsla@vfs.com

Phone: (52 55) 4737 0897 or
(52 55) 5661 3875

Manuel M Ponce 255 - oficina 203
Col Guadalupe Inn
México DF, C.P. 01020

Taiwan

Ruth Nan

 

rnan@vfs.com

Phone: +886 2 7725 3600
Cell: +886 936 201 341

4F, 200 Sec 1, Keelung Road
Taipei, Taiwan 11071

Turkey

Mert Tezel

mtezel@vfs.com

Cell: 0533 624 2567

Barbaros Bulvarı Mutlu
Apt. No:71 D:2 Beşiktaş, İstanbul

 

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