The VFS-Capilano University Pathway Program


Vancouver Film School (VFS) and Capilano University (CapU) have partnered to create a cross-institutional pathway enabling VFS graduates to complete both a VFS production diploma and a Capilano University bachelor degree in as few as 3 years.

About The Program

What is the VFS-CapU Pathway Program?

This educational pathway program allows graduates of VFS’s Digital Design and Acting for Film & Television diploma programs to pursue a bachelor degree at Capilano University in the Design in Visual Communications or Performing Arts programs.

The goals of this pathway program are:
  • To enhance student mobility, industry (design, theatre, and related entertainment sectors), and private/public collaboration. 
  • To widen access to sectors where labor shortages exist, and assist international students achieve eligibility for post-graduate work permits.
  • To offer a complimentary of production and academic educational experiences in an accelerated format, thus providing cost/time savings for students wanting to pursue advanced education to enter the workforce.
  • To foster opportunities for faculty to collaborate and share resources.

About Capilano University

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university offering a wide range of programs and services that support students to succeed in their current studies, in their ongoing education, in their chosen careers, in their lifelong pursuit of knowledge, and in their contribution as responsible citizens in a rapidly changing and diverse global community.

The beauty of Capilano University's North Vancouver and Sunshine Coast campuses and the quality of education offered attract students from around the world. CapU has more than 10,200 students: 9,000 in for-credit programs and nearly 1,200 in non-credit courses, including 2,500 international students.

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

Total time to complete your CapU Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication

Total time to complete your CapU Bachelor of Performing Arts

Plan your Pathway


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

BDes Program:

  • Completion of the VFS Digital Design Diploma with a minimum of 2.5 CGPA.
  • B.C. Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent.
  • A minimum grade of C in either English 12 or English 12 First Peoples; and applicants whose primary language is not English must meet the Capilano English Language Requirement.
  • Submission of a program application (portfolio, two letters of reference, statement of intent, and two samples of design & illustration inspiration, all of which is uploaded to SlideRoom during the program application period(s)); personal interview and testing (timed tests of drawing, written communications, and creative thinking) if program application meets the department’s standards.

BPA Program:

  • Completion of a minimum 87 credits of 100-level or higher coursework as follows: 60 performing arts credits; 6 English credits; 9 elective credits (non-performing arts); and 12 additional upper-level credits.
  • Interview/audition.
  • Résumé outlining experience in any applied or performing arts discipline including any management, production and technical experience.
  • Two (2) reference letters from non-related individuals familiar with the applicant’s creative work.
  • An answer for the following: “As you see your future, what are the ways you can imagine working as an artist?” in any form or medium you see fit.

We recommend you begin your VFS studies one year prior to your CapU start date. Please check with your VFS advisor.

CapU BDes program starts in September.
CapU BPA program starts in January.

The VFS campus is located in downtown Vancouver, and the Capilano University campus is located in North Vancouver. Both can be easily accessed by Seabus and public transit.

BDes Program:

For September 2020, applications are open Oct. 1, 2019 – Apr. 7, 2020.

Submit a program application through the online portal, SlideRoom, during the program application period(s).  Applications must contain:

  • Portfolio of work (information on portfolio requirements can be found on the Application Details page of the program website)
  • Statement of intent
  • Two samples of design & illustration inspiration

BPA Program:

Spring 2021 intake opens February 2020.


For more information on how to apply to both programs at CapU, click here: How To Apply

Step-by step instructions on how to apply as an international student can be found on the CapU website.

$50 for domestic students and $135 for international students (subject to change).

No, these are full-time cohort programs that follow a specific profile.

  • VFS alumni who graduated within the past four years are eligible to apply for the Design pathway.
  • VFS alumni who graduated within the past five years are eligible to apply for the Performing Arts pathway.

After completing a VFS Acting for Film & Television diploma (within the past five years), you can apply for the BPA program through the VFS to BPA block-transfer agreement. Through this block transfer, students with a VFS Acting diploma will be awarded 75 credits towards the 87 credits required for entrance into the BPA program.

Any students who have completed the VFS Acting for Film & Television diploma within the past five years are eligible for block transfer into the BPA program. Students with who have obtained a Diploma will be awarded 75 credits towards the 87 credits required for entrance.

In order to be considered for admission to the BPA, students must complete the 9 non-performing arts credits and 3 English credit.   

Students are required to complete 3 credits in English and 9 credits in non-performing arts to be considered for admission.

For students that are unable to complete this requirement before entering the program, will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. If accepted into the program, these requirements will become Graduation requirements.  

It is encouraged that students try to obtain the credits before applying. 

Once applicants have submitted their program application, the program will review application results and make recommendations to the Admissions office, who will then assign a letter of acceptance. The program area will make the recommendations within one week of the interview & testing date(s).

BDes Program:

Seats are limited to 30 students.


BPA Program:

Seats are limited to 25 students.

Contact Sandra Ferens:

Due to the intensity of the program, working while in the program is not recommended.

For more information about work permits, please visit or contact the Centre for International Experience:

As the CapU BDes is a specialized program, students pay a supplementary per credit tuition fee above the standard university per credit tuition fee.

Laptop: Students are provided with a MacBook Pro in their first year of studies in the program. The cost is attached as installment payments to four program courses, one in each year of the program. As their entry begins in the third year of the program, VFS BDes Pathway students will be required to cover the first three installment payments in one sum in their first term, and the remaining payment will be applied to IDES 414.

The laptop is standardized for BDes students, with specific software and university-held licenses for font libraries and course-specific programs. Students cannot substitute personal equipment for university-issued equipment. Once all program courses have been completed and all payments have been made, laptop ownership will be transferred to the student.

For more information on tuition and other fees, please refer to the Tuition and Fees page on the CapU website.

There is no on-campus housing, but there is student housing available just a short distance from the North Vancouver campus. All full-time CapU students are eligible to live in residence. To apply or obtain further information, click here.

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

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The VFS Admissions team can assist you in selecting the program that best suits your goals, and to help you submit an application that reflects your abilities, giving you the best chance of being accepted.

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