The VFS-Royal Roads University Degree Pathway


Vancouver Film School (VFS) and Royal Roads University (RRU) have partnered to create an exciting and accelerated degree pathway where students can obtain both a VFS advanced diploma and a Royal Roads University bachelor’s degree in as little as two years.

About The Program

What is the VFS-RRU Degree Pathway?

Graduates from VFS’s one-year 3D Animation & Visual Effects; Acting for Film & Television; Animation Concept Art; Classical Animation; Digital Design; Film Production; Game Design; Programming for Games, Web & Mobile; and Writing for Film, Television & Games programs are eligible to transfer into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication (BAPC) at RRU.

The RRU program is delivered in two formats:

  • as an accelerated one-year, on-campus model
  • as a two-year blended model incorporating online learning with two short on-campus residencies

After completing this educational pathway, international students are also eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit.


About Royal Roads University

Located in Victoria, British Columbia, Royal Roads University (RRU) is a special purpose public university that offers a unique model for post-secondary education in the 21st century.

RRU delivers blended and campus-based programs designed to advance students and professionals in a world increasingly driven by knowledge and innovation.

Royal Roads University offers a wide range of both graduate and undergraduate degrees, as well as executive education in Business, Management, and Social and Applied Sciences.


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

Total time to complete your RRU Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication

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

RRU BAPC Program

  • Completion of VFS diploma (60 credits) in 3D Animation & Visual Effects; Acting for Film & Television; Animation Concept Art; Classical Animation; Digital Design; Film Production; Game Design; Programming for Games, Web & Mobile; or Writing for Film, Television & Games, with a minimum GPA of “B” (3.00/4.33)
  • Applicants from VFS must complete RRU’s ‘Academic Writing and Critical Thinking’ course five weeks before the BAPC program start date with a minimum final mark of 73%. Click here for details.
  • Applicants from VFS who meet the requirements outlined above will be eligible for admission to RRU with full block transfer, provided all other entrance criteria are met (per the program admission requirements on the RRU website) and space remains available in the BAPC program

We recommend you begin your VFS studies one year prior to your RRU start date. Please check with your VFS advisor. Students may apply to RRU before completing their VFS program. Applicants would need to submit an unofficial copy of their transcript showing the marks so far. Successful applicants would receive a conditional offer of acceptance and would need to submit an official transcript to RRU on completion of the VFS program.

**To be considered official the transcript must be sent to RRU directly by the VFS Registrars office and be received in a sealed envelope.

  • VFS program start dates are program-specific, but most programs have between two and six start dates a year.
  • RRU BAPC two-year blended program starts in the spring.
  • RRU BAPC one-year on-campus program starts in the fall.
  • The VFS campus is located in downtown Vancouver.
  • The Royal Roads University campus is located in Colwood, near Victoria.
  • Fill out the online application and submit any supporting documents by email to Official transcripts must be sent directly to RRU from the VFS Registrars office and be received in a sealed envelope.
  • No, these are full-time programs that follow a specific profile.
  • Alumni who have taken one of the VFS programs outlined in the agreement prior to the effective date are eligible to apply through the current agreement. If there were any differences to the courses/curriculum in the VFS program when the alumni completed the program they would be considered under standard application requirements.
  • Applications are considered complete when any supporting documents have been received in the admissions office at RRU. Applications are adjudicated when complete and the applicant can expect a decision within 8 weeks.
  • The application fee is currently $ 123.81 for domestic students.
  • Seating is limited in the program. The average class size is 25-30 students. When a program is full the successful applicant can go on a waiting list or be admitted into the next program intake. If there are enough applicants on a waiting list a second cohort may be added.
  • Students enrolled in the 2 year blended program can still work full time while completing their studies. Students can expect to spend 15-20 hours per week on course work although this can vary depending on study styles and course workload. Students will be required to attend two 2 week residencies and will not be able to work during this time.
  • Students in the 1 year on-campus cohort can work but it is not recommended to work more than 16 hours per week due to the intensive workload of the program.


Begin Your Journey

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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