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

In Vancouver, the creative economy is absolutely booming. In fact, the entertainment arts and creative media industries have some of the fastest growing economies in the world. And, VFS plays a major role across the world’s creative and cultural sectors. In just the past year alone, VFS alumni participated in more than $19 billion in global box office and sales of film, television & gaming entertainment production.

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.

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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.

Write us a letter demonstrating why you wish to take the Sound Design program (maximum 500 words).  You'll find information on how to submit requirements in the application form, or you can ask your Advisor.

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

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Our talented and dedicated faculty talk about the program, and why VFS is the best option for launching a Sound Design career.

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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