Vancouver Film School and Wilfrid Laurier University expand Pathway partnership

Announcement Highlights:

  • English majors can earn both a Laurier Honours BA and a VFS diploma in just four years.
  • Double-majors students are also welcome to enter the Pathway in VFS’s Writing for Film, Television & Games program.
  • All students are eligible for VFS’s Excellence in Media scholarships.

(VANCOUVER, B.C.) September 23, 2019 – Vancouver Film School is proud to announce the expansion of its existing Pathway partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies to offer a diploma program for English students in Writing for Film, Television & Games. Previously the program was available only to Film Studies students.

The VFS-Laurier Pathway offers an unparalleled opportunity for students interested in combining practical training in film production, writing, and acting with a comprehensive university education. The Pathway offers a fast track to the ultimate film education, granting an Honours BA in Film Studies or English from Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma from the Vancouver Film School in just four years.

The Pathway can be approached two ways:

VFS students: First year completing the diploma program in Writing for Film, Television & Games at VFS, then three years at Laurier completing the English and/or Film Studies Honours BA.

Laurier students: First two years at Laurier for English and/or Film Studies, third year at VFS for the Writing diploma program, then a fourth year at Laurier to complete the Honours BA.


“This expanding and continuing partnership between Laurier and Vancouver Film School combines the unique pedagogy of our respective institutions, distinct from one another but identical in our commitment to bring the best resources possible to the student experience,” said James Griffin, president of Vancouver Film School. “This commitment means stepping out of convention with the goal to improve. Without doubt, students graduating from the Laurier/VFS pathway initiatives will have unique advantages and make their mark quickly in Canada’s creative industries.”

"We are excited to add Laurier’s English program to the Pathway, making it available to more students interested in training for a career in screenwriting,” said Philippa Gates, Laurier professor and one of the lead organizers of the Pathway. “The Pathway opportunity builds on the English program’s creative writing courses. Students interested in creative writing and screenwriting can now take advantage of the amazing opportunity the Pathway provides: combining technical training in filmmaking at VFS with the critical analysis of literature and cinema at Laurier. This is a winning combination for students who are seeking a robust career in the film and or television industries."

About Wilfrid Laurier University

Laurier’s Honours BA in English offers students a chance to study British, Canadian, American, Indigenous, and World literatures through a progressive curriculum design that emphasizes the most enlivening developments in literary studies and creative writing. Laurier’s Honours BA in Film Studies highlights the prominent role played by film and visual media in our experience of the world, and focuses on the study of international film history, film industries, and individual films as texts and artworks. Both programs help students to develop skills of critical reading, analysis, and writing, all in preparation for work in a globally connected world where effective communication is key to professional success.

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About Vancouver Film School

In 1987, VFS revolutionized entertainment arts education with the introduction of the world’s first one-year intensive film production diploma program. Today, VFS is Canada’s premier post-secondary entertainment arts institution, offering acclaimed and award-winning one-year diploma programs in 3D animation, film, TV, programming, video game, motion and interactive design. For the past 30 years, VFS has been devoted to delivering the highest quality education, and developing the next generation of leaders in the entertainment and creative media industries.

For more information about this program, or to schedule interviews, please contact:
Anthony Grieco,
Head of Curriculum and Program Development
Vancouver Film School

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Christopher Ian Bennett
Executive Producer & Head of Marketing
Vancouver Film School

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