VFS-VCC Joint VR/AR Design & Development Diploma


VFS and VCC have partnered to create a 16-month cross-institutional joint diploma program in VR/AR Design & Development. Students graduating from the joint program will receive a VFS production diploma and a 2-year diploma from VCC.


About The Program

What is the VFS-VCC Joint VR/AR Design & Development Program?

This program aims to create an opportunity for students who do not meet the requirements of the 8-month VR/AR Design & Development program at VFS and elevate the quality of student projects coming out of the program. The joint program will give students the opportunity to complete a practicum in the growing VR/AR ecosystem in Vancouver, address labour shortages in the industry, and allow trained international professionals eligibility to apply for post-graduate work permits issued for the duration of full-time studies at VCC.

The VFS and VCC joint program in the following format:

  • Term 1 at VCC – 4 months (15 credits)
  • Term 2 at VFS – 4 months (21 credits)
  • Term 3 at VFS – 4 months (21 credits)
  • Term 4 at VCC – 4 months (19 credits)


About Vancouver Community College

Located in the heart of the city, Vancouver Community College (VCC) offers academic, cultural, and social environments that inspire relevant, real-world training. With over 125 programs, students can choose from innovative and experiential learning in culinary arts, business, design, health sciences, hospitality, transportation trades, and music.

VCC is proud to inspire a new generation of students to discover their passions, gain essential skills, and learn what it takes to succeed in a competitive workforce.

VCC has a commitment to diversity, accessibility, quality, and relevance, making it a unique place to study. VCC believes that students have unlimited potential and makes sure graduates are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.


Total time to complete your VFS-VCC VR/AR Design & Development Joint Diploma

VFS-VCC VR/AR Design & Development Term Breakdown


Note: VFS VR/AR Design & Development is also offered as a standalone 8-month program. For more information, visit vfs.edu/programs/vrar.

Admissions Info

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 graduation or equivalent
  • English 12 with a C+ grade or equivalent
  • English Language Proficiency assessed at English 12 C+
  • Pre-calculus 12 with a minimum B grade, or equivalent

Recommended Characteristics

  • Proficient in the English language with good oral and written communication skills
  • Creative, motivated, and positive attitude towards learning
  • Good analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Interested in emerging technologies and the technology sector
  • Familiar and comfortable using VR headsets

Program Continuation Requirements

  • Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.3 (with no course less than 60%) in order to progress to VFS and back to VCC for the practicum.
  • VFS will accept students who have successfully completed term 1 at VCC.


Note: Students who apply for, and are admitted into, the joint VR/AR Design & Development Program will be considered admitted to all aspects of the program with respect to both VCC and VFS admission requirements.

Start Dates


Starts in September and ends in December the following year



Apply by August 10 to be among the first to join this exciting new program. Speak to an advisor today!


*Prospects can only enter the program in September intakes. Students must apply to VCC for the joint program directly. See “How to Apply” for more details*

How do I apply for the program?

All prospects wishing to apply, must apply with Vancouver Community College directly. Prospects must:

  1. Review admission requirement.
  2. Contact VCC admissions & registrar’s office by visiting:
    Registrar’s Office/Advising: https://www.vcc.ca/applying/registration-services/advising-services
    International Office: https://www.vcc.ca/international/contact-us/vcc-international-office
  3. Visit VCC’s joint program page: https://www.vcc.ca/programscourses/technology/information-technology/vrar-design-and-development


Disclaimer: Admission to VCC automatically satisfies full admission to VFS VR/AR Design & Development in Term 2 and Term 3. Applicants must meet VCC requirements.


Key Contacts

Prospective Students

Domestic: admissions@vfs.com

International: international@vfs.com


Applied students

Domestic: admissions@vfs.com or assigned Advisor*

International: admissions@vfs.com or assigned Advisor*


Prospective Students

Domestic: advisingservices@vcc.ca

International: study@vcc.ca


Applied students

Domestic: ro@vcc.ca
or 604.871.7000, option 4 to check application status

International: ieadmissions@vcc.ca



*Applied students are encouraged to contact their assigned Advisor

Plan your Pathway


Tuition for Joint Diploma Program

Domestic (VCC $336/credit | VFS $429/credit)

Term 1 VCC 5 courses $5,040
Term 2 VFS 7 courses $9,000
Term 3 VFS 7 courses $9,000
Term 4 VCC 1 course $6,384
TOTAL     $29,424

International (VCC $717.66/credit | VFS $785.71/credit)

Term 1 VCC 5 courses $10,682
Term 2 & 3 VFS 14 courses $33,000
Term 4 VCC 1 course $13,376
TOTAL     57,058


Students are eligible to apply or StudentAid BC from both institutions, as both institutions are offering full-time studies.

Domestic Students: $35
International Students: $145

Yes – see admission requirements.

Term 1 takes place at VCC’s Broadway campus. Terms 2&3 will be held at VFS in downtown Vancouver. The Term 4 practicum will be located off-campus with an industry partner. However, students will meet with their VCC faculty advisor at the Broadway campus on a regular basis.

No, this is a full-time program.

Students will be members of Student Union of VCC (SUVCC).

Students will have full access to services of the institution in which they are currently registered. While registered in VCC courses, students will be a “VCC student” and while registered at VFS, students will be a “VFS Student”.

Students may register with Disability Services to receive accommodation while a student at VCC. For continuity of service, VCC will inform VFS of a student’s accommodation with the student’s consent. VFS may also assess students with disabilities separately and provide accommodation suited for the environment and technologies at VFS.

VCC will provide support for students who are Indigenous for the duration of the full diploma, as VFS does not offer this service currently. This includes the use of the Gathering Space and access to Elders.

Students will have access to the VCC network, student email, and library resources during Terms 1 and 4 at VCC.

Student events: VCC students will have access to VFS VR/AR events that are offered for the duration of the diploma. Any student that is enrolled in, or planning to enrol in, the VFS-VCC VR/AR joint diploma program will be able to attend the VCC practicum event at the end of Term 4 (even if the student is not a VCC student).

The program is 16 months, spread over four consecutive terms. The maximum time for completion of Terms 2 through 4 is 20 months, where students could register in the practicum up to a maximum of 8 months after completion of Term 3. This requirement is due to the rapid evolution of technology in this area.

An official Letter of Offer is issued to qualified applicants if program seats are available.

Students can expect around 20 hours of class time per week, not including assignments and study time. International students should review the regulations and restrictions on the Government of Canada website.

Post-Graduation Work Permit is issued for the duration of full-time studies at VCC, which is an eligible Designated Learning Institution. Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility and length will be at the discretion of individual IRCC officers processing the applications. For details, refer to Government of Canada website.

For VFS, there are no student fees.

Student union, college initiative, campus resource, U-PASS (temporarily N/A) and graduation fees add approximately $400 per term at VCC.

Accommodation options for international students can be found here.

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