Acting for Film + Television

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Transform your relationship with yourself and others. Develop an actor's instrument and a comprehensive understanding of the craft and business of acting.

Creative Economy

In Vancouver, the creative economy is absolutely booming. In fact, the entertainment arts and creative media industries have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. And, VFS plays a major role across the world’s creative and cultural sectors. In just the past year alone, VFS alumni participated in more than $19 billion in global box office and sales of film, television & gaming entertainment production. 

Alumni Success

Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire Acting industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kids of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.

VFS Alumni

An Acting for Film + Television VFS Education

In 12 months you will graduate with:

  • A diploma in Acting for Film + Television
  • Video of your class's projects, professional headshots, and a promotional package highlighting your acting work
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board
  • A graduation launch on CastingWorkbook.com, including a one-year membership

Term 01

Acting core principles. Begin the mental, physical, and emotional preparation necessary to enter into the craft of acting.

Term 02

On camera. Experience the technical and creative demands of television auditions.

Term 03

TV audition techniques. Expand your range and presence through improv and advanced skills to master any audition.

Term 04

Special skills + special FX. Discover the demands of sitcom acting, and the special skills necessary for motion capture, green screen, and heightened dramas.

Term 05

We develop your Voice Acting skills with on-the-mic training. Exploring Animation, ADR Voice Coaching sessions will further encourage ease and range in your voice to prepare you for the demands of feature film auditions.

Term 06

Final project shoot. Shoot your film project and promo reel in studio to showcase your talents, and learn how to find an agent and drive your own career.

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Requirements

You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.

Department Standards

Upload your audition to a video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, a personal website, etc) and send a link to the school.

Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS according to the Content Requirements provided below and must be clearly identified as such. 

Content Requirements

The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format:

  1. State your name on camera
  2. Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute
  3. Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute
  4. If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (e.g. singing, dance, physical action, etc.)
  5. Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes:
  6. Why did you choose your audition pieces?
  7. How long have you wanted to act?
  8. Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career?
  9. What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor?
  10. If you can't be an actor, what would you choose to be?

See this video on How to Submit a Self Tape

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Essentials program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

For more about language requirements and other information for international students, visit the International Students page.

Student Work

While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Acting industry, and spend a lot of hands-on time creating professional-quality work. And, nothing is a greater testament to the incomparable industry resources and career preparation that define VFS’s education model, than the top quality work our students produce. Here, a portfolio of outstanding work is just the beginning. Just take a look.

Discover the Acting for Film + Televsion program

Our talented and dedicated faculty talk about the program, and why VFS is the best option for launching an Acting career.

Industry Partners

VFS doesn’t just teach you about the industry, it IS the industry. With veteran instructors, mentors and an education Advisory Board recruited straight from the professional world, we are able to constantly update our award-winning curriculum to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. Plus, students also have lots of opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders during special workshop sessions, training presentations, and industry social events hosted by VFS.

Campus Life

Your year in Acting for Film + Television puts you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from writers and filmmakers to makeup artists and sound designers. This downtown training facility features near round-the-clock access to rehearsal space, computers, and everything you need to perform at your best. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading film and television production studios.

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