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 shaping the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2019, VFS alumni were credited on 17 of the 20 highest grossing films and on 6 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.3 trillion in revenues in 2020.
Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire Sound Design industry. 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.
A VFS Sound Design for Visual Media Education
In 12 months you will graduate with:
- A diploma in Sound Design for Visual Media
- A personal demo reel and lifetime access to the online VFS sound effects library
- Access to the VFS Alumni Directory + Job Board
- Attain industry connections that will help guide your career
Discover the current industry practices in audio, and familiarize yourself with the main audio tool of the industry, Pro Tools.
Implement concepts, theory, and tools from the previous term in projects that involve editing background audio, Foley, dialogue, and sound effects.
Explore more complex techniques and concepts, and gain practical knowledge in game audio while working on a Game Design-created game.
Expand on your skill sets with practical knowledge while working on a film with students the Film program and a game from Game Design students.
Become more self-directed as you delve deeper into sound for film and game audio.
Present your final portfolio work to an industry panel for feedback and industry prep training to direct your path after graduation.
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Oct. 2020 & later dates
For more information on payments and financial aid, please contact us.
Oct. 2020 & later dates
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You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.
A maximum 500 word letter of intent on why you wish to take the Sound Design program. This should detail your passion for Sound, and why you feel you would be successful in the industry. Detail any previous experience in music or sound recording, sound mixing, etc. Outline why you feel you can be successful in sound design. If you have examples of audio work you have done, this should also be provided. You can send a weblink to a sound file or a compressed audio file (mp3 etc).
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.
While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Sound Design for Visual Media industry, 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.
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. VFS Sound Design for Visual Media is an Avid Learning Partner. Sound Design students will receive Avid’s 101 & 110 Protools curriculum which offers the ability for students to become certified Avid Protools users.
Located in downtown Vancouver, the Sound Design for Visual Media campus offers students all the industry-leading tools, learning resources, and production space for developing professional-level portfolios. The close proximity to other VFS campuses – such as Film Production and Game Design – helps foster the spirit of interdisciplinary collaboration. This area is also home to some of the world's leading video game developers and film and TV productions.
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