What to Expect

At VFS, we don’t make our decisions about our students based purely on how good you are at completing an application form. Our Advisors are here to talk with you, get to know you, answer your questions, and give you feedback on improving your application. Over the years, our Advisors have helped thousands of people through the process.

The application process is much smoother when you’re well-informed, so make sure you have a good look through the website to get a feel for what you like about the school and our programs. Have a look at some of the awesome work that our students create, and see the type of jobs they get involved with after graduation. Then, get in touch with our Advisors.

Our Advisors

Our Advisors aren’t here to accept or reject you. They’re here to make sure that your application best reflects your abilities, and to help you overcome obstacles that get in your way. Here’s when you'll connect with an Advisor.

  1. The First Contact

    Once you’ve looked through our website and have some ideas, or questions, about VFS, it’s time to talk to an Advisor. Complete the short form and we’ll connect you with an Advisor. Your Advisor will partner with you through the process.

  2. Getting to know you

    Your Advisor will call you. Don’t panic. This is just a casual conversation to get to know you better, so they can personalize the help they give you to suit your needs.

  3. Chasing Paper

    Based on your background, your chosen program, and your nationality, you’ll need to get some paperwork together to prove that you meet the application criteria and your program requirements. Make sure you stay in touch with your Advisor through this process; let them know how it’s going. They've seen it all before and may be able to suggest alternative solutions to make things easier.

  4. The Big Panic

    There’s a lot to do and not a lot of time. Where will you live in Vancouver? What’s a good neighbourhood? How much money will you need? These are all things we can help with. Take a big breath and talk things through with your advisor.

  5. The Application Form

    There are seven steps to this form. Some steps are really easy—your name, your address—other require more work. Don’t feel like you have to have it perfect before you show it to us. We’ve been through this form a lot. We know it pretty well, and can guide you through the tricky bits.

  6. The Results Call

    This is when your Advisor gets to call you with the results of your application. This can get pretty emotional. You’ve worked hard to get here, and, hopefully, this is where that all pays off.

  7. On Campus

    We’re still here after you’ve started your program. If you have a question or concern, and are unsure who to speak with, come see your Advisor. We’ll be happy to point you in the right direction. If, after graduation, you’re thinking about taking another VFS program we can help you with planning that.

Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for a place at VFS, you’ll 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 for when you've met the criteria.

Universal Requirements

To prove this you will need a high-school diploma, including transcripts from any secondary or post-secondary institutions attended in the last five years, OR a piece of government issued identification that shows your birthdate.

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.

All VFS programs are full-time, so you’ll 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).

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.

Program Requirements

A visual art portfolio

Send samples of your work that include life (preferred), still, or character drawings, and 3D computer work (maximum 12 pieces total). When you apply to the 3D Animation + Visual Effects program, we expect that you have some 3D experience. If you don’t have sufficient 3D experience you may be given conditional acceptance based on the strength of a combination of your other computer artwork (e.g. Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and your drawing skills. You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

Passion for acting and the arts

All you need is a passion for acting and the arts, a strong desire to express yourself and tell stories through performance, and a willingness to collaborate with peers and instructors. Acting Essentials is ideal for those who feel a need to expand their foundation as an actor and for those without a portfolio sufficient to gain entrance into VFS's one-year Acting for Film + Television program.

Demonstrated post-secondary acting experience and a recorded audition that meets Department standards.

Department Standards

Upload your audition to a video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, a personal website, etc) and send a link to the school.

Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS according to the Content Requirements provided below and must be clearly identified as such. 

Content Requirements

The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format:

  1. State your name on camera
  2. Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute
  3. Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute
  4. If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (e.g. singing, dance, physical action, etc.)
  5. Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes:
  6. Why did you choose your audition pieces?
  7. How long have you wanted to act?
  8. Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career?
  9. What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor?
  10. If you can't be an actor, what would you choose to be?

OR

Successful completion of VFS Acting Essentials program and an invitation from the Acting Faculty

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Essentials program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A visual art portfolio of your work

Send us samples of your work that can include still-life drawings, life drawings, character or environment sketches, and computer artwork (e.g., Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). Maximum 12 pieces.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program.

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A visual art portfolio of your work

Send samples of your work that include still-life drawings, life drawings, and character sketches (maximum 12 pieces). You'll find information on how to send your work in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A portfolio of your digital and visual work

Your portfolio should demonstrate your familiarity with a range of visual work (e.g., print design, web design, etc.). You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A synopsis of your film project

Write a synopsis of a film project that you are passionate about making (no longer than one page). Provide the film genre and utilize references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision or idea. In addition, provide a 1-page (maximum) outline of the story.

OPTIONAL

If you have made a film before, please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.

You'll find information on how to send your projects in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

OPTIONAL

You also have the option of submitting any previous films you've worked on. Please submit a copy or a link to the film online (no more than two films). Ensure that you specify your involvement in the film, as well as any screenings or awards.

There are no program-specific entrance requirements.

The Foundation Visual Art + Design program is ideal for those needing to develop a portfolio required to enter one of VFS's professional programs, or for those that enjoy more than one entertainment arts discipline and are unsure of what they wish to pursue as a career. There are no program-specific entrance requirements.

A synopsis of a game that you are passionate about creating

Explain the concept, vision, or idea. Include the genre of game you would utilize. Make references to other games to explain how you would make your game (one page maximum).

In addition, provide an outline detailing your story, possible levels, and characters (one page maximum).
Provide diagrams explaining any features or game mechanics (one to two pages maximum) and a simplified map of the game world described in your synopsis.

You'll find information on how to send your synopsis in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.*

*Intermediate computer skills are a requirement, including the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.*

*Intermediate computer skills are a requirement, including the ability to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

A letter of intent AND your portfolio

Send us a letter, along with your portfolio, that shows your dedication to Makeup Design. We’re looking people with talent and a single-minded passion. Tell us about your background, your potential, and what’s driving you to become a Makeup Artist. You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A technical portfolio that contains 1-3 examples of programming work.

Show us your code! Include a 1-2 page excerpt of source code you want to show off, and a 1-page descriptive summary for each project. You must also have intermediate PC computer skills, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office. Familiarity with HTML is an asset. You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of one of the following VFS programs: Foundation Visual Art + Design, Game Design, Digital Design, 3D Animation + Visual Effects

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know which VFS program you've completed and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A letter of intent

Write us a letter demonstrating why you wish to take the Sound Design program (maximum 500 words).  You'll find information on how to submit requirements in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

A synopsis of an original feature film or television project that you are passionate about making.

Write a one-page (maximum) synopsis. Provide the film genre and use references to other movies to explain how you would make the film. Explain the concept, vision, or idea. In addition, provide a minimum of two and maximum of four other creative writing samples in their original form (no more than 20 total pages should be submitted). You'll find information on how to send your work in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

OR

Successful completion of the VFS Foundation Visual Art + Design program

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

Requirements for Non-Canadian Residents

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

All of VFS’s programs require International Students to obtain a study permit. See the International Students page for more information.

 

In order 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.

Ready to Apply Now?

After you've talked to your Advisor, you'll be ready to start the application form (click the Apply Now button below). The application form takes 15-25 minutes to complete. Once you have created a password, you’ll be able to save your application as you go. If you need help at any stage, let your Advisor know.