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 to VCC as early as October 1st for the next September intake.


*The joint diploma program will always start in September. Students must apply to VCC for the joint program directly.*

How do I apply for the program?

All prospective students for this joint diploma program must apply directly to Vancouver Community College.

Applicants will need to:

  1. Meet all the VCC admission requirements.
  2. Apply to the joint program through VCC.
  3. Submit all required information and documentation to VCC.
  4. Sign a VRAR Consent form to allow VCC to share application information with VFS.
  5. Submit visa approvals (for international students) by July 15 for the September start.
  6. Pay a deposit to VCC (term 1 tuition) and a deposit to VFS (5%).

Students will not need to meet VFS’ VR/AR Program requirements if they have been accepted by VCC into the joint program and complete term 1 at VCC with a 2.3 GPA and no course less than 60%. 

Please go to the VCC Joint Diploma Program page for more information.

Key Contacts


VFS - varinfo@vfs.com for all inquiries & applied students are encouraged to reach out to their assigned Advisors.



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


Plan your Pathway


Here is an estimate of the tuition fees for the joint diploma program. Please note that VCC fees are calculated per credit. The numbers below are rough estimates and will fluctuate depending on the year. VCC estimates include student fees. Please contact VCC for the most up-to-date and accurate tuition fees.

VFS does not have student fees and students can consult with a VFS Advisor to identify any current promotions or scholarship opportunities.

Domestic Estimates

Term 1 VCC 5 courses $5,103
Term 2 VFS 7 courses $9,000
Term 3 VFS 7 courses $9,000
Term 4 VCC 1 course $7,098
TOTAL     $30,201

International Estimates

Term 1 VCC 5 courses $11,489
Term 2 & 3 VFS 14 courses $33,250
Term 4 VCC 1 course $14,656
TOTAL     $59,395


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

VFS application fees are waived for students applying to the joint diploma program.

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.

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 21 hours of class time per week, not including assignments and study time. But due to the intensity of the program, we do not recommend that students work while completing their studies.

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.

Accommodation options for international students can be found here.


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