Acting for Film + Television
Transform your relationship with yourself and others. Develop an actor's instrument and a comprehensive understanding of the craft and business of acting.
You are inspired by the power of acting. You understand the critical relationship between the actor, the story, and the camera, and how it shapes an audience's reaction to a feature film, TV, or web series. You are ready for relentless self-discovery, and to take the necessary steps on your journey. You possess the commitment to hone your most valuable instrument – YOU. You are an actor.
CLIMB. Begin the mental, physical, and emotional preparation necessary to enter into the craft of acting. You'll encounter the core principles, including acting technique, camera skills, movement, voice, and improvisation.
LEAP. Elevate your acting techniques, critical sensibilities, and performance range. Experience the technical and creative demands of television auditions.
DIG. Expand your range and presence through improv and collaborations with Film Production. Investigate how your life story informs your performances, enabling you to bring greater truth to your work.
EMERGE. Apply your growing skills to deep scene study and personal monologues. Discover the demands of Sitcom and the high stakes skills necessary for motion capture, green screen, and heightened dramas. Share your work at the end of the term in a live presentation.
FREEFALL. Experience an intense acting workshop that aims to free your impulse to elevate every performance. Voice Coaching sessions will further encourage ease and range in your voice to prepare you for the demands of feature film auditions and your introduction to the world of Voice Acting.
HORIZON. Think beyond the school and cement the work you’ve accomplished in the year. Shoot your film project and promo reel in studio to showcase your talents. Define how to be the driver of your own career and consider strategies for getting an agent.
Our Acting 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.
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.
As a graduate of the Acting for Film + Television program at VFS, you’ll be trained to act in a variety entertainment media. Each avenue draws upon a unique aspect of your acting training and will encourage the ongoing pursuit of your artistic growth.
As an actor for film and television, you may take your first step as an extra or with a guest role. An opportunity in a feature film could raise your profile, helping you to land future roles, while securing the role of a continuing character on a series can provide you with years of lucrative work.
There is a burgeoning demand for actors with particularly expressive voices and wide vocal ranges. You provide the voices for animated characters, or bring words to life for radio and voiceovers.
Acting in commercials is often considered the "bread and butter" of the acting world, and relies heavily on strong improv skills. Engagements are short-lived but pay well.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the film and television 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 $20,500For more information on payments and financial aid, go to Finances.
CAD $30,500For 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.
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.
The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format:
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.
We’re here to help you submit an application that best reflects your abilities, and gives you the best chance of being accepted. We've helped thousands of people complete a successful year at VFS by answering questions like these: