The VFS-BCIT Pathway Program

Vancouver Film School (VFS) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have partnered together to create the VFS-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling VFS graduates to fast-track into BCIT’s School of Business.

About The Program

What is the VFS-BCIT Pathway Program?

This pathway allows students graduating from all of the VFS’ advanced diploma programs (1 year) to fast-track into BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma program, and/or Bachelor of Business Administration program. Gain a production-business education that will prepare you to succeed in today’s creative economy.

VFS Programs eligible for this pathway are the following:

  • All Advanced Production Programs (1 year diplomas) except Makeup Design for Film & Television

BCIT Degrees eligible for this pathway are the following:

  • BCIT Business Management Advanced Diploma
  • BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)

About BCIT

The British Columbia Institute of Technology is celebrating 50 years of applied education, and has been integral to building the economic, social, and environmental prosperity of British Columbia since 1964, producing more than 160,000 career-ready graduates over that time. BCIT offers degrees, diplomas, and certificates in a variety of polytechnic studies, educating 48,000 full- and part-time students annually.

Total time to complete Business Management Advanced diplomas

Total time to complete the BBA

Plan your Pathway

Ten of VFS’s core diploma programs are part of the VFS-BCIT Pathway. Students who do not meet the requirements for these programs are eligible to enroll in one of VFS’s preparatory programs, which includes Foundation Visual Art & Design and Acting Essentials. The new Animation & Concept Art program is currently pending VFS-BCIT Pathway approval.


VFS Preparatory Programs (Acting Essentials, Foundation Visual Art & Design)

- Application form

- High school completion or equivalent

- Copy of passport / Government I.D.

- Two reference letters, including at least one from an academic teacher

- TOEFL 68 (iBT) or IELTS Band 6.0 or VFS-approved equivalent


VFS Core Programs: Year 1 (All Other Programs)

- Application form

- High school completion or equivalent

- Copy of passport

- Two reference letters, including at least one from an academic teacher

- Program specific requirements

- TOEFL 80 (iBT) or IELTS Band 6.5 or VFS-approved equivalent


BCIT Core Program: Year 2

- Successful completion of a VFS core

- Program: Year 1 with a GPA of 2.0/64.5% or higher

- IELTs Band 6.5 or BCIT-approved equivalent


BCIT Degree Program: Year 3

- Successful completion of BCIT's Business Management Advanced Diploma (70% overall in all 14 courses), and 70% cumulative average in the following courses:

ECON 2200 - Macroeconomics
COMM 3310 - Advanced Communication for Business Management
FMGT 5210 - Managerial Accounting
OPMT 5515 - Quantitative Methods for Managers
MKTG 4010 - Marketing Management Strategic Planning

BCIT's full-time Business Management Advanced Diploma program commences in the fall, after Canadian Labour Day weekend. To align with this, the best start dates for VFS programs are the Spring and Summer terms.

Self-directed studies also commence at the beginning of January, April, and September. Also, Summer Intensive sessions start in June, July, and August. For information about full- and part-time study options, contact the BCIT SITE Centre.

Live, work, and play in Vancouver, Canada – a world-class entertainment media centre. Full-time pathway programs are all located within short walking distance in the heart of downtown Vancouver.

Vancouver Film School – Admissions
198 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

BCIT Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street, Vancouver, BC

BCIT Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC

After you have completed your 3rd Term at VFS and you have received an official transcript from VFS highlighting all of your Term 1-3 grades, you will be eligible to apply to BCIT. Only 50 exclusive full-time seats are available for VFS graduates each September. Please note, self-directed study options may also be available.

You can apply for the VFS-BCIT Pathway on BCIT’s website. Click the green button which says Start Assessment to begin your application. Please note that students must have completed half of their course work at VFS before provisional acceptance can be granted for the Full-time program, and that all admissions requirements must be completed to register in Part-time courses. 

BCIT Business Management Advanced Diploma:

BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration:

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Disclaimer: Admission to VFS does not guarantee access to BCIT programs. Applicants must meet BCIT requirements. Seat capacity is limited.

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