The Vancouver Film School - Wilfrid Laurier University Pathway Program

This cross-institutional agreement enables VFS graduates to enter into Laurier’s Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Film Studies program. By completing the entire pathway, VFS graduates will have the opportunity to earn a Laurier BA (Honours) degree—the perfect complement to their immersive VFS production diploma, and an opportunity to combine their practical skills and experience with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge of film history and theory.

About The Program

What is the VFS-Laurier Pathway Program?

The VFS-Laurier Pathway offers an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in combining their hands-on training in film production, writing, or acting with an in-depth and comprehensive education in film studies. The VFS-Laurier Pathway offers a fast-track to the ultimate film education—an Honours BA in Film Studies from Laurier and a diploma in Film Production, Writing for Film and Television, or Acting for Film + TV from VFS in only four years, when studying full time.

Students attend Year One at VFS and then Years Two, Three, and Four at Laurier. The program at VFS counts as one year (5.0 credits) towards a four-year (20.0 credits) Honours Film Studies degree at Laurier. Students will receive an applied media diploma in Film Production, Writing, or Acting and an Honours BA in Film Studies. International graduates of the VFS-Laurier Pathway program will also be eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit.

About Wilfrid Laurier University

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading Canadian university, located in Waterloo, Ontario, and with additional campuses in Toronto, Brantford, and Kitchener, Ontario, as well as in Chongqing, China. The University is home to more than 18,500 full-time and part-time undergraduate students, and more than 500 faculty and staff. Long regarded as one of Canada’s preeminent undergraduate universities, Laurier’s Film Studies program is considered one of the top film programs in the country.

Eligibility

To be eligible for the pathway, students must have graduated from VFS’s Film Production, Writing for Film and Television, or Acting for Film + Television programs. In addition, they must also have completed a year-12 high school English literature course, or equivalent college-level course with a minimum grade of 60%, as well as a minimum 70% GPA from the student’s VFS program.

Plan your Pathway

Select your VFS program

Three of VFS’s core diploma programs are part of the VFS-Laurier 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.

Vancouver Film School campus photo

F.A.Q.

The VFS-Laurier Pathway is ideal for students and/or families who desire:

  • A fast-track to the ultimate film education—an Honours BA in Film Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma in Film Production, Writing for Film and Television, or Acting for Film + TV from the Vancouver Film School in only four years.  
  • To combine hands-on training in film production, writing, or acting with an in-depth and comprehensive degree education in film studies
  • To work and/or reside in Canada (international)
  • Acting for Film + Television
  • Film Production
  • Writing for Film and Television

Yes, alumni who have graduated from the programs listed above within two years will map seamlessly into the Film Studies BA program at Laurier.  Laurier will also review the education and work-experience qualifications of those who graduated more than five years ago to ascertain eligibility.  

VFS students can count their VFS program as credits towards their Honours Film Studies BA at Laurier. In other words, your year spent at VFS counts as a year of coursework towards completing your degree at Laurier. How your courses “transfer” to Laurier depends on which program you completed at VFS. Please see the chart below.

A. VFS's Film Production program counts as 5.0 credits towards Laurier's Film Studies Honours BA (20.0 credits) as:

  • 1.0 in Film Studies 100-level (junior) credits
  • 2.0 in General 100-level (junior) credits
  • 2.0 in Film Studies senior (200- or 300- level) credits as follows
    • FS 275: The Business of Film
    • FS 370: Intro to Video Editing
    • FS 371: Advanced Video Editing
    • FS 374: Screenwriting & Directing

B. VFS's Writing for Film and Television program counts as 5.0 credits towards Laurier's Film Studies Honours BA (20.0 credits) as:

  • 1.0 in Film Studies 100-level (junior) credits
  • 3.0 in General 100-level (junior) credits
  • 1.0 in Film Studies senior credits as follows
    • FS 275: The Business of Film
    • FS 374: Screenwriting & Directing

C. VFS's Acting for Film + Television program counts as 5.0 credits towards Laurier's Film Studies Honours BA (20.0 credits) as:

  • 1.0 in Film Studies junior (100-level) credits
  • 4.0 in General 100-level (junior) credits

January and September of the Laurier academic calendar are the intake options for students entering the 2nd year of the Laurier Film Studies program.

Step 1: You must apply to Laurier using the Ontario Universities Application Centre for the period you would like to enter (September or January).  You must submit your application directly to the Ontario Universities Application Centre.

You can also find further information on the application process for international students in Laurier's International Admissions Toolkit

Domestic students can find further information in Laurier's Admissions Toolkit.

 

Step 2: Once you have completed 6 months of your program your mid-program grades will be available.  Email Reception at VFS at reception198@vfs.com and request an official transcript.  Once received, please deliver to WLU admissions as follows:

Email: international@wlu.ca

Mail: International Recruitment & Admissions

75 University Avenue West

Waterloo, ON N2L 3C5

 

Laurier people who manage that account will match the documents with the submitted application from OUAC. 

 

Step 3: Once an offer of admissions is made to the student, they will receive (online to see and download) their offer letter and conditional letter of acceptance which they can then take to CIC to extend their study permit.

The application fee is $240 CAD for all students.

Tuition e-bills are sent out to students in late July/early August for the fall term, mid-November for the winter term, and early April for the spring/intersession/summer term. They are due at the end of August for the fall term, mid-December for the winter term, and late-April for the spring/intersession/summer term. For more information on tuition due dates, please visit the Laurier Registration Page.

  • Students admitted to Laurier from VFS will be required to have a Year-12 high school English literature course, or equivalent college level course with a minimum grade of 60%
  • The minimum GPA for entry to the Academic Programs at Laurier from VFS is a cumulative average of 75% (B- average)

Class sizes range from large for first-year classes (200 students) to medium for second- and third-year classes (50 students) to small for fourth-year classes (22 students).

Class sizes are limited; however, Film Studies students are given the first chance to enroll in Film Studies courses and there are always enough places for students who enroll on time.

Qualifying study permit holders in Canada who are studying full-time may gain work experience by working both on and off campus while completing their studies.  For more information and to assess your eligibility please visit the CIC website.

Working on Campus

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-oncampus.asp

Full Time versus Part-Time

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/resources/tools/temp/students/consider.asp

The definition of full-time or part-time varies depending on the educational institution. A study permit may be issued whether or not the student’s studies are on a full-time or part-time basis (i.e., the condition that study permit holders must actively pursue studies does not require them to be enrolled on a full-time basis), as long as they are enrolled at a designated learning institution. However, the student must have a full-time status in order to work on or off campus.

Working Off Campus

http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-offcampus.asp

After completing Laurier’s BA Film Studies, you may apply for a post-graduate work permit.  

 

A Post-Graduation Work Permit cannot be valid longer than the length of your studies in Canada.

 

If the official length of your program of study is:

Less than two years, but more than eight months:

  • You may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of your program of study (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months).

Two years or more (Laurier BA (Honours)):

  • A work permit may be issued for three years

 

You must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation (for example, a transcript or an official letter) from your institution indicating that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program.

 

You must have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit.

 

For more information about work permits and to keep up to date with changes, please visit the CIC website.

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