Create a demo reel that showcases your animation skills.
Create an attention-grabbing reel of animated work that showcases your classical animation techniques, storytelling skills, and grasp of modern digital tools.
You are inspired by the limitless creative potential of animation. You understand that the technology of animation is constantly evolving, but the principles of crafting unforgettable characters and engaging journeys remain stronger than ever. You have a storyteller's eye and the passion to thrive in today's entertainment industry. You are an animator.
Delve into the fundamentals of drawing, animation, and basic art direction. Refine your visual art skills by working with live models.
Enhance your drawing skills with storyboard and background design exercises. Interpret storyboards to create character model sheets and layouts.
Explore more complex animation concepts like animating a character's thoughts and emotions through acting principles. Put your growing knowledge to practice in creating production storyboards.
Apply your skills to the production of your final animated film project. Create storyboards, character model sheets, layouts, and final artwork for rendering, with guidance from your mentor.
Progress to the digital ink and paint phase of production on your final project. Focus on art direction and final look development.
Complete post-production on your final project and create a new animated short in Flash. Assemble a traditional animation portfolio in preparation for graduation.
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.
The new 42,000 square-foot Animation + Visual Effects 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.
As a VFS Classical Animation graduate, you’ll be trained to perform in a variety of roles in creating a traditionally animated film. Depending on the size and style of the studio you work in, you may specialize in one field or work in many.
There are several career paths for you as an animator, including hand-drawn characters, 2D and 3D digital art, hand-drawn effects, and digital effects. Generally, animators use their skills to turn still art into moving entertainment. Entry-level positions for traditional animation include assisting and clean-up, and, for 2D digital, include animation, posing, and character builds.
You'll be responsible for creating 2D animation using computer software rather than pencil and paper. As a 2D Digital Animator, you must be fluent in Adobe’s Flash, Toon Boom’s Harmony, and a variety of other programs.
Layout Artists set up the scene for the animators. You'll create composition and camera moves in preparation for animators.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the Animation industry. 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.
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Courses start every four 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 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.
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