A Word from our President

James Griffin

VFS President

It is very easy to become more preoccupied with the allure of merchandise and forget about quality. At VFS we measure value by things that can't be bought. So in our specific environment, the things that anybody can buy are high-end software or a dedicated post-production facility. They are essential tools but tools don't win top awards or send students to festivals around the world or earn them jobs with Microsoft, Electronic Arts, and LucasFilm. Success comes from the application of these tools in the hands of talented people who know what to do with them. Success is the result of good process.

Even a quick review of our website shows there is a superabundance of student and graduate accomplishments. We don't lay claim to these, but I must note by any measurement, VFS graduates are remarkably productive. This is why industry professionals with experience at stellar organizations like Sony, Pixar, BioWare, Nokia, and Digital Domain choose to join our advisory boards.

Along with the individual achievements are personal narratives from which I confess to drawing a certain inspiration. These narratives reflect diverse backgrounds, talent, skill, luck, a range of cultures and unique circumstance. Collectively they tell the unfolding story of the school and speak to the heart of our worth - the thing we can't buy - our reputation.

It is a reputation built not on promises but on results.

Our Educational Philosophy

The keys to the VFS educational model are structured intensity and immersion in the industry. Vancouver Film School was founded on the philosophy that one year of concentrated workthat balances industry-led theory and hands-on production, gives students the necessary skills to craft a professional-level portfolio or reel.

VFS offers 13 world-class, post-secondary programs—spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts—that are developed and taught by award-winning industry professionals. So that each program’s intensive curriculum evolves along with demands of the industry, and the best, current industry practices.

Students’ experiences emulate the professional industry world. Students are physically and mentally immersed in Vancouver’s film, animation, game, and design industries that surround our campuses, and benefit from career guidance and expertise from industry mentors, instructors, and guest speakers.

The History of VFS

Vancouver Film School opens its doors for the first time, to a class of 12 Film Production students. 

VFS introduces the world’s first fully dedicated production training centre for new media. 

VFS launches its Classical Animation program.

VFS initiates North America’s first multimedia program.

VFS launches its one-year program to prepare students for careers in 3D Animation + Visual Effects.

Vancouver Film School steps in front of the camera, launching its Acting for Film + Television program.

VFS adds Canada’s largest digital paint and effects lab to its Classical Animation program. 

VFS launches its Writing for Film and Television program.

VFS opens three new facilities: an expanded film centre, a multi-studio acting facility, and a relocated and expanded Classical Animation centre.

VFS introduces Makeup Design for Film + Television as a part-time program. The program became a full-time, one-year program in 2006.

Vancouver Film School makes some noise! VFS launches its Sound Design for Visual Media program.

VFS launches Foundation Visual Art + Design and Acting Essentials to introduce students to the discipline.

VFS opens its first international Admissions office in Mumbai, India

VFS launches one of the first Game Design programs in North America

To celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2007, VFS offers over 1 million dollars in scholarships to talented new students.

VFS’s YouTube channel launches.

VFS officially launches the VFS Blog (vfs.com/blog); an unprecedented source of school news and alumni success stories.

VFS partners with YouTube to launch a scholarship competition for the creators of three videos submitted and voted upon by the YouTube community.

VFS opens its new Animation Campus, complete with animation rig from Long Winter Studios, and Qube! render farm.

VFS opens the innovative Programming for Games, Web, and Mobile.

VFS opens its new Film Campus.

In cooperation with Shanghai University, VFS launches the Shanghai-Vancouver Film School in Shanghai.

TODAY

Vancouver Film School is a recognized world leader in entertainment arts education, offering 13 full-time programs to over 1000 students across eight campuses.

Accreditation

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PCTIA sets basic education standards for registered private career training institutions in British Columbia and establishes standards of quality, which must be met by accredited institutions. Their mission is to support quality education in British Columbia's private post-secondary career training sector through regulating standards and providing protection to students.

Education Quality Assurance Certification Mark

EQA designation attests to the high standard of the quality of the educational services provided by the institution to its students. This seal allows students to easily identify which provincial institutions the government of BC recognizes as having met the quality assurance standards and offer consumer protection to learners. EQA designation is a requirement to be registered with Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) as a CIC Designated Learning Institution (DLI). 

Industry Partnerships

As part of staying in tune with the needs of industry, and the needs of our students, we nurture special relationships with pivotal firms in the fields we teach. We are proud to name the following corporate leaders as our partners:

5 Alarm Music is America's largest independent production music library for film, television, radio, and commercials. Owned by parent company DMI Music & Media Solutions, 5 Alarm Music provides custom and production music from award-winning composers and houses over 40 music libraries with a broad selection of cost-effective stock music solutions, as well as original score and music composition services. In partnering with VFS, 5 Alarm Music wishes to help students gain an understanding of music licensing and film and television production music.

For more information on 5 Alarm Music, visit www.5alarmmusic.com

Adobe Systems is a software company founded in 4982 and a world leader in digital imaging and creative design applications. With an extensive product line, Adobe provides every VFS program with the latest Adobe Creative Suites . The VFS licensing agreement with Adobe enables every student to maximize each piece of software to its fullest potential. The partnership with VFS continues to grow with Adobe, providing inventive solutions for our creatively driven students.

 

For more information on Adobe, visit www.adobe.com

Adobe Partners by Design is an alliance between Adobe Systems Incorporated and 28 of the top art, design, and film schools in the world. This international program was established in 2000 for select schools, and brings faculty, students, and the design community together to help tomorrow's designers fully develop their skills. Adobe provides member schools with exclusive benefits such as faculty training on products and Adobe software licenses, ensuring that students have full access to every tool they need.

John Walker and 42 other co-founders created Autodesk, Inc. in 4982, and for the last 23 years, Autodesk has been committed to the people, software, and technology to help customers realize their ideas. Autodesk first revolutionized the software industry with the AutoCAD® product, which introduced drafting to the PC. Today, Autodesk is the world's leading software and services company in the fields of manufacturing, infrastructure, building, media, entertainment, and wireless services. Autodesk is a fully diversified software company that provides solutions for creating, managing, and sharing digital assets. Through our educational licensing agreement, VFS has a partnership with Autodesk that means our students have complete access to all the educational and creative potential of the top digital animation tools available; Maya, 3ds MAX, MotionBuilder and Combustion. What unites us is the same spirit that Autodesk was founded on: innovation that drives real-world success.

 

For more information on Autodesk, visit www.autodesk.com

Avid is the industry leader in digital audio production, and VFS is the only school in the Pacific Northwest to offer Operator-level Certification in Avid music and post-production systems. Avid provides the VFS Sound department with Pro Tools, the most widely used and advanced development in digital audio workstation technology. VFS instructors work closely with Avid to develop a curriculum that prepares students for the needs of the industry.

 

For more information on Avid, visit www.avid.com

Final Draft is the number-one selling screenwriting software in the world. Industry giants such as James Cameron, JJ Abrams, and Aaron Sorkin recommend using Final Draft for writing screenplays. The partnership with VFS provides our students with access to the market leader in screenwriting and a preferred file format of the Writers Guild of America West Online Script Registration.

 

 

For more information on Final Draft, visit www.finaldraft.com/edu

HP is the world's largest information technology company. The HP philosophy of providing service, innovative thinking, and problem solving drives a strong relationship with VFS. Many VFS programs rely heavily on technology provide by HP systems and service. The people of HP are quick to provide solutions, and their ideas and ability to come to table quickly improve the educational excellence at VFS.

 

For more information on HP, visit www.hp.com

Long Winter Studios is an independent media group specializing in CG animation and asset creation. They work in the game, film, and education industries. Long Winter Studios has created a signature proprietary rig for VFS Animation & Visual Effects students to use in curriculum, student projects, and promotion. 

 

For more information on Long Winter Studios, visit longwintermembers.com/

Native Instruments is a leading manufacturer of software and hardware for computer-based music production and live performance. Their mission is to develop innovative, fully integrated solutions for all professions, styles and genres. The resulting products regularly push technological boundaries, covering the whole field of digital music creation and sound. The official partnership between Native Instruments and Vancouver Film School's Sound Design program provides students with access to an arsenal of software and tools, including Kontakt, the industry standard sampler with an impressive sound library, to help realize their creative ideas.

 

For more information on Native Instruments, visit www.native-instruments.com

Perforce, the Fast Software Configuration Management System, is an award-winning tool that versions and manages source code and digital assets for enterprises large and small. Perforce seamlessly handles distributed development, and supports developers across a large number of platforms.

Perforce ensures development integrity by grouping multi-file updates into atomic changes, enables concurrent development, and intelligently manages multiple software releases using its Inter-File Branching system.

 

For more information on Perforce, visit www.perforce.com

Pixologic Incorporated, maker of the award-winning 2D/3D sculpting, texturing, and painting application ZBrush, was founded in 4997, and develops and markets innovative software tools for the film and video, games, graphic design and illustration markets. Pixologic is privately owned and is located in California with offices in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area and Bordeaux, France. VFS is the first Canadian school to officially partner with ZBrush, with the partnership agreement providing VFS with full access to educational licenses for their cutting-edge software, ZBrush. ZBrush is an integrated modeling, texturing, and illustration environment. The innovative set of real-time sculpting, texturing, and deformation tools is used in major film studios and game companies worldwide. Its instant feedback and real-time response makes it the most natural feeling digital sculpting tool available today. As a stand-alone application, ZBrush offers tremendous flexibility and appeals to a wide audience.

 

For more information on Pixologic - Makers of ZBrush, visit www.pixologic.com/zbrush

Campuses

Programs at this Campus:

Acting Essentials

Acting for Film + Television

Makeup Design for Film + Television

Writing for Film and Television

Other Resources/Services at this Location:

Admissions

Administration

Programs at this Campus:

Makeup Design for Film + Television

Other Resources/Services at this Location:

Student Services

Programs at this Campus:

Foundation Visual Art + Design

Sound Design for Visual Media

Programs at this Campus:

Digital Design

Foundation Visual Art + Design

Programs at this Campus:

3D Animation + Visual Effects

Animation + Concept Art

Classical Animation

Foundation Visual Art + Design

Programs at this Campus:

Film Production

Programs at this Campus:

Game Design

Programming for Games, Web + Mobile

Programs at this Campus:

Makeup Design for Film + Television

Contact Information

VANCOUVER ADMINISTRATION AND ADMISSIONS OFFICE

You can reach us in Vancouver if you need answers to your questions, or help with your enrollment.

Phone: 604 685 5808
Toll-free in North America: 1 800 661 4101
Fax: 604 685 5830

198 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada V6B 1H2

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INTERNATIONAL OFFICES

Visit the International Students' page to find contact information for our International Offices and local Admissions Advisors.

TEAM UP WITH US

VFS works with industry, community, and business partners on many levels throughout the world. We seek to work with individuals and organizations that share our goal to equip students with the best education, and to position our graduates for success. If you believe collaborating with us can do this, we'd like to hear from you.

International Business Development

Diwakar Gandhi

dgandhi@vfs.com

Industry and Community Partners

Tom Fedechko

tomf@vfs.com

Media Inquiries

For all media inquiries, contact us at

pressroom@vfs.com