3D Animation + Visual Effects
Study art, animation, and storytelling in a studio setting.
Gain experience with traditional arts, computer animation, and cinematic storytelling skills in a professional, studio environment.
You are creative and passionate about animation, and enjoy creating stories that are inspired by your life experiences. You see computer animation as an instrument for telling your stories. You have the ability to evolve high-level concepts and still dive into the granular aspects of 3D design. You’re working to build a rock-solid art foundation that includes cinematic and technological training. You are a production artist.
Study traditional arts and computer animation and build the foundation to work within the 3D computer animation environment.
Advance your 2D and 3D animation skills as you start to delve into the art of Life Drawing. Complete courses in 3D lighting, texturing, and visual storytelling.
Determine the focus for your final project. Prepare for, and pitch, your final project ideas. Dive into the pre-production of your project.
Moving into the studio, review your work weekly with mentors and instructors. Begin advanced courses in your chosen field.
Having completed, to deadline, all 3D pre-production requirements, get started on production of your project, maintaining a full production schedule under the guidance of your project supervisor.
Finalize everything and produce the final cut of your reel. Examine industry practices and ethics, and the steps to getting your start in the industry.
3D Animation / Modelling / Visual Effects
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Our Animation instructors come right from the industry, and offer an unparalleled education based on decades of real-world experience, designed to give students the skills, contacts and confidence to kick start their careers.
We’ve designed our new campus to mirror the professional studios that surround us in Gastown, among the coffee shops, restaurants, and beautiful brick buildings. You’ll create with our custom-built character rig (built by Long Winter Studios), and render through the Qube! render farm, as you collaborate with artists from other disciplines, such as filmmakers and sound designers.
As an Animation + Visual Effects graduate, you’ll leave VFS as a well-rounded artist with specific skillsets. Depending on the size and style of the animation studio you work in, you may specialize in one field or work in many.
As an Effects Artist, you’ll be responsible for the creation of natural and supernatural phenomena and compositing them into a finished image. Effects range from the subtleties, like the removal of wires, to extremely complex effects, like water or explosions.
You’ll create animatics and reference, and use that material to create an authentic character performance. Animators are "actors" and you’ll need to have an intuitive understanding of physical and emotional performance. Whether for film, television, or games, animators breathe life into a wide range of characters.
Using a Designer's conceptual drawings, you’ll create the 3D geometry that Animators later use to create motion. A team of multiple Modellers may be broken up into different positions, including Character Modeller, Prop Modeller, and environment Modeller.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the 3D Animation and VFX industries. Take a moment to browse some of their accomplishments and achievements. The Alumni Success Stories feature tales of triumph and fame, and will open in another window to take you to the VFS Blog page. Grad Career Highlights offers a glimpse at some of our amazing alumni credits and contributions to the industry.
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CAD $35,250For more information on payments and financial aid, go to Finances.
CAD $53,250For more information on payments and financial aid, go to Finances.
Courses start every two months.
You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
Send samples of your work that include life (preferred), still, or character drawings, and 3D computer work (maximum 12 pieces total). When you apply to the 3D Animation + Visual Effects program, we expect that you have some 3D experience. If you don’t have sufficient 3D experience you may be given conditional acceptance based on the strength of a combination of your other computer artwork (e.g. Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.) and your drawing skills. You'll find information on how to send your portfolio in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.
When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Foundation program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.
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