VFS’s signature programs and facilities are at the heart of a creative economy worth $3.4 billion in B.C. alone. From film production and 3D animation to game, digital, and VR/AR design, VFS is helping shape the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2020, VFS alumni were credited on 5 of the top 10 highest grossing animated films worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire Animation industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kinds of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.
A VFS Classical Animation Education
In 12 months you will graduate with:
- A diploma in Classical Animation
- A master demo reel of your final project
- A traditional art and animation portfolio
- Access to the VFS Alumni Directory + Job Board
- Industry connections that will help guide your career
Delve into the fundamentals of drawing, animation, and basic art direction.
Enhance your drawing skills with storyboard and background design exercises.
Explore more complex animation concepts like animating a character’s thoughts and emotions through acting principles.
Create storyboards for an animated film, character model sheets, layouts, and final artwork for rendering.
Progress to the art direction, digital ink and paint phase of production on your final project.
Assemble a traditional animation portfolio in preparation for graduation.
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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 still-life drawings, life drawings, and character sketches (maximum 12 pieces). You'll find information on how to send your work 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.
While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Animation 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.
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.
The new 42,000 square-foot Animation campus is located in the middle of downtown Vancouver. This facility closely mirrors a real-world professional studio and gives you access to every amenity you will need to create amazing work, from studio space to a custom-built life drawing theatre.
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 single year at VFS by answering questions like these:
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