Creature Animation

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Breathe life into animals and creatures in this fundamental pillar of modern live-action and full CG animation. Learn how to apply the analysis of animals and humans to create and edit projects in real world productions.

Creative Economy

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. As the industry grows and expands at an exponential rate, there is an increasing demand for creature and VFX animators in the industry.

Alumni Success

Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire Animation and VFX industries. 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.

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A Creature Animation VFS Education

In 6 months, you will graduate with:

  • A diploma in Creature Animation
  • A master demo reel of your final project
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory & Job Board
  • Industry connections that will help guide your career

Term 01

Learn the fundamental mechanics of physical creature animation, along with its processes, tools, and applications.

Term 02

Break down the dynamic physical actions of creature animation, enabling you to perform sophisticated actions with complete creatures.

Term 03

Complete a final film project in groups, enhancing your ability to gauge what works and does not work in all aspects of your production.

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Career Options

The Creature Animation program offers students the opportunity to expand their knowledge of animation in a highly-specialized field. As creature animators are in high demand, this program is VFS’s way of evolving alongside the animation industry. This program prepares graduates to pursue careers as Creature Animators, VFX Animators, and Layout Artists.

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Portfolio Requirements

Demo reel of production, student or personal work (5-10 samples) that displays animation experience

Post-secondary degree/diploma/certificate in computer animation and/or 1 year production experience in animation or game pipelines, which includes:

  • 1-2 years of experience working with Maya
  • Proficiency in Adobe CC Suite
  • Intermediate knowledge of 3D animation
  • Basic knowledge of camera and lighting
  • Basic knowledge of rigging

Portfolio Requirements

Demo reel of production, student or personal work (5-10 samples) that displays animation experience

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 Animation and Visual Effects industries, 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.



Created by Syed Jafri

Creature Modeling/Surfacing Reel


Created by Ethan Lee



Created by Benjamin Erdt

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

We're designed our new campus to mirror the professional studios that surround us in Gastown, among the coffee shops, restaurants, and beautiful brick buildings. You'll create with our custom-built character rig (built by Long Winter Studios), and render through the Qubel render farm, as you collaborate with artists from other disciplines, such as filmmakers and sound designers.


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