Develop your instrument, and work with an ensemble, in four months of exploring truth in performance to discover if acting is the ideal creative path for you.
You are ready to find out if acting is the right outlet for your passion to tell stories. You’re looking to build your self-awareness, and develop your instrument, both vocally and physically, to approach any performance platform—a film set, a stage or a boardroom—with more presence and confidence. You are a creative force.
LET'S PLAY. Dive into the skills necessary to pursue an acting career. Explore introduction to camera, improvisation, and audition, along with the essential actor’s building blocks of voice, movement, text analysis, and acting techniques. Commit to the craft through serious play.
LET'S CONNECT. Integrate the actor’s various disciplines to work more deeply with scripts to create vibrant characters. Build your actor’s toolbox to play freely in front of a camera and to connect more fully with your voice, body, imagination, and each other. The first steps in finding your confidence as an actor.
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 four months in Acting Essentials 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.
You'll graduate from Acting Essentials at VFS ready for higher-level training; with an indepth understanding of acting techniques, and an awareness of presence that will showcase your confidence in acting and a range of other disciplines.
61% of students who complete Acting Essentials go on to specialize in VFS's Acting for Film + Television program.
Another 3% of Acting Essentials students choose to further their skills in the entertainment arts through one of VFS's other programs.
Others who complete Acting Essentials, choose to explore other career options with a newfound self-confidence.
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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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.
All you need is a passion for acting and the arts, a strong desire to express yourself and tell stories through performance, and a willingness to collaborate with peers and instructors. Acting Essentials is ideal for those who feel a need to expand their foundation as an actor and for those without a portfolio sufficient to gain entrance into VFS's one-year Acting for Film + Television program.
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