Foundation Visual Art + Design
Build a foundation in traditional art techniques combined with training in modern visual media.
You are passionate about art and design. You know you have a future in visual media but need to develop a body of work that will reveal your potential. Whether you're inspired by film, design, or animation, you are driven to explore your creative identity and discover exciting new possibilities. You are an artist.
Explore your drawing and lens-based skills as a basis for creative development. Gain hands-on experience with 2D composition, investigate the history of media, and explore filmmaking, with emphasis on documentaries.
Broaden your creative skillset through extensive visual art work. Delve into the psychology of art and media history alongside classes that develop your writing and drawing skills.
Demonstrate a growing understanding of creative communication and expression. Apply media production principles in motion graphics, video, and animation.
Complete a personal project that draws upon the creative skills you've developed in previous terms. Select your specialization for your final project in filmmaking, animation, or design.
Define concept development and fully commit to the creation of your final project. Prepare for the production challenges of your chosen stream with specialized courses that will help direct your work.
Complete your final project and assemble your portfolio, website, or show reel to prepare for graduation. Present your completed work to a faculty panel for final critique and grading.
Animation / Film / Digital DesignSee program breakdown and full course descriptions for more information.
All VFS 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 inside Foundation Visual Art + Design will put you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from animators and filmmakers to designers and actors. This downtown training facility features near round-the-clock access to computers, work space, and production resources. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading animation studios, film productions, and design agencies.
As a graduate of Foundation Visual Art + Design, you'll have a high-quality portfolio and hands-on visual media experience that will allow you thrive as a creative talent. The skills and confidence you develop will equip you for success in related VFS programs.
20% of students who graduate from Foundation Visual Art + Design go on to advanced VFS programs that focus on the Film + Television industry.
After completing Foundation Visual Art + Design, 28% of graduates continue to specialize in VFS's Animation and/or Visual effects programs.
17% of Foundation Visual Art + Design graduates further their studies in either Game Design, Digital Design, or Programming for Games, Web + Mobile.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful professionals in the entertainment and creative arts 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.
The Foundation Visual Art + Design program is ideal for those needing to develop a portfolio required to enter one of VFS's professional programs, or for those that enjoy more than one entertainment arts discipline and are unsure of what they wish to pursue as a career. There are no program-specific entrance requirements.
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