Sound Design for Visual Media

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Discover professional-level sound design techniques in a demanding production environment that closely echoes the industry.

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 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the 15 highest grossing films and on 5 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.

Alumni Success

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.

VFS Alumni


At the end of the Sound Design program, a number of local industry professionals came to hear our final projects and provide us with critical feedback. At this event, one of the industry professionals was the VP of a local post-production studio. He asked me to come see him after graduation to discuss potential contract work. We reviewed my demo reel at this meeting and the next day I was working.

Craig George

Sound Design for Visual Media Graduate

The Haunting Hour, The L Word

The Sound Design program at VFS allowed me to completely reinvent myself. I went from a boring, mindless job to a challenging and creative career. I was able to apply practical knowledge from the Sound Design program into a variety of film, TV, and game projects.

Dorian Pareis

Sound Design for Visual Media Graduate

Snakes on a Plane

I learned more in my one year at VFS than I did in my four years as an undergrad at university.

Jodie Kupsco

Sound Design for Visual Media Graduate

Dead Rising 2

VFS was the launching point for my career, it was the turning point that took me from a small town to traveling the world doing what I love, creating engaging experiences. The contacts I made and the guidance of the Instructors were a key factor in why I am where I am today. I hold a recommendation for a student from the instructors at VFS in the highest regard and will continually look at hiring alumni from this school as a source for people I would want to have on any team, it is a breeding ground for talented, passionate and reliable people.

Steve Bigras

Sound Design for Visual Media Graduate

Mass Effect 2 & 3, Dragon Age 2, Dragon Age: Inquisition

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

Term 01

Discover the current industry practices in audio, and familiarize yourself with the main audio tool of the industry, Pro Tools.

Term 02

Implement concepts, theory, and tools from the previous term in projects that involve editing background audio, Foley, dialogue, and sound effects.

Term 03

Explore more complex techniques and concepts, and gain practical knowledge in game audio while working on a Game Design-created game.

Term 04

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.

Term 05

Become more self-directed as you delve deeper into sound for film and game audio.

Term 06

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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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.

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 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.

Overwatch Cinematic Trailer


Created by Huston Wielenga

Mass Effect 3


Created by Gentry Jones

Deux Ex


Created by David Tinoco Gallardo

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. 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.

Campus Life

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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