School of Animation

 

Online Certificate Course

 

Build your character design skills and create a powerful portfolio.

Register for VFS’s School of Animation Online Certificate Course to gain experience in character design for animation & video games and acquire the prerequisites for Vancouver Film School’s one-year, full-time animation programs.

We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, and anyone looking to make a career change. When you finish an online certificate course at VFS, you will receive a digital certificate of completion confirming your experience.

 

Cost:

$950 $650 (special limited-time offer!)
Combine & save: Take two or more certificate courses and get $50 off each.

Course Duration:

7-week course, every Tuesday, 6-9 p.m. PST

Location:

Online

 

Prerequisite:

Some experience with character drawing OR knowledge of human anatomy relating to design

 

**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the course in order to register.

**Please note that courses may be cancelled at any time due to low enrolment. Upon cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund.

 

If you have any questions, please contact: industryworkshops@vfs.com

Introduction to Character Design (online)

Ever wondered how famous characters like Batman are created? Want to learn what makes a character stand out in a compelling narrative? In this 7-week course, you will discover how to design effective characters for animated stories & video games and analyze & distill what makes a character memorable. From shape to clothing to prop colour choices, character designers consider every detail of how a character becomes an integral part of a story.

You’ll learn from industry professionals about the character design pipeline, from concept to research to actual design. By the end of this course, you will have designed a basic character that can be used as part of your portfolio to apply for post-secondary study.

 

Learning Outcomes – Participants Will:

  • Identify what makes a character stand out and be memorable.
  • Learn how design choices are made to enhance a character’s effectiveness.
  • Create and organize character sheets – an important piece of the puzzle.
  • Learn about the industry pipeline.
  • Learn how to draw with intent.
  • Explore how to give critiques and constructive feedback to your peers.
  • Create stories for your character and design a basic character to use as part of your portfolio.

Requirements:

  • Computer with dual monitors (recommended), microphone, and camera
  • Stable Internet connection (wired connection recommended)
  • Sketchbook and sketching materials (pen, eraser)
  • Something to sketch on (i.e., a notepad, iPad, tablet, pen & paper)
  • Drawing tablet/Cintiq/iPad (i.e., some sort of drawing tablet)
  • Adobe Photoshop or drawing program of your choice (Procreate, Infinite Painter, ClipStudio Paint, Fresco, etcetera)

 

Tuesdays, September 13 to October 25, 2022 – **ONLINE course**

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Shermond Wong

2D Artist | Truly Social Games

Shermond is a Concept Artist working in the video game industry. Previously, he has worked in animation as a character designer. Though Shermond specializes in digital art, he was trained in traditional art. Having achieved a Master’s in Fine Arts (Concept Art) from Academy of Art University, he is well versed in creating characters, creatures, environments, and props for video games & animated feature films.