Game Design


Entry-Level Online Workshops


Learn new skills for your portfolio and career development.

Whether you have prior training in a related field or no experience at all, our entry-level workshops have everything you need to take meaningful steps towards portfolio development for post-secondary study and your dream career. We welcome enthusiasts, high school students, mature students, and anyone looking to make a career change. Developed by VFS's team of industry professionals, these workshops will give you insight into what the Game Design program at VFS can help you achieve.



Workshop Duration:

4-day course, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PST




**Students must confirm they are at least 16 years old at the beginning of the workshop 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.


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Introduction to Game Art (online)

Vancouver Film School presents an online training workshop designed to teach you how to model and texture 3D artwork in Maya and Substance Painter, two professional software tools used by game artists in the industry. You will focus on efficiency and performance that are vital for game art. By the end of this intensive workshop, you will understand the basics of the 3D modeling game art pipeline: modelling low and high poly, UVs, baking, and texturing.

This workshop will take you through the basic modeling pipeline and have you create your own realistically textured prop, and is intended for people who are interested in learning 3D art for games, regardless of previous experience.

Learning Outcomes - Participants will:

  • Understand the basic pipeline of high and low poly modelling, UVing, texturing, and baking.
  • Learn the fundamentals of using Maya and Substance Painter.
  • Build a 3D model and textures that can be exported into a game engine.
  • Create a render to showcase your 3D model.


  • Computer, microphone, and camera (optional)
  • Wired Internet connection (software will not operate properly using Wi-Fi)
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Substance Painter
  • Note: Your computer must be able to handle GPU-intensive baking


*If you do not have Maya/Substance Painter or a powerful enough computer, we will provide remote access to VFS computers for the duration of the workshop.


September 25-26 & October 2-3, 2021 – **Sorry, the registration is now closed.**


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Header artwork by Rodolfo Kusterde Abreu, VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects graduate, 2017
Section artwork by George Tsioutsias, VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects graduate, 2018