Women In Game Design


2021 Game Design Scholarship



Scholarship and Work Experience Opportunity for Women in Games Design


Game developers are starting to recognize that 44% of their customers are female and that equity in the gaming workspace should be a priority. The best way to bring about that change is by having more women build the games.

Vancouver Film School in partnership with The Coalition and Blackbird Interactive is proud to announce a new scholarship and work experience opportunity for women looking to enter the game industry.

VFS is creating a scholarship fund of $100,000 that will be used to fund two full scholarships for the Game Design program as well as partial scholarships for additional applicants.

The recipients of the full scholarships will receive monthly mentorship from design professionals at The Coalition or Blackbird Interactive. Upon graduation, each of the full scholarship winners then receive a six-month paid design contract as their respective game studio.

**All mentorship and work opportunities are for Canadian candidates, unless recipient has a valid work permit.


Eligible start dates: August and October 2021

Application deadline: May 25, 2021

Scholarship Details:

Vancouver Film School will be awarding scholarships valued at more than $100,000 to creative students wanting to apply for its prestigious Game Design program, ranked #1 in Canada by the Princeton Review.

  • Scholarship submissions open on March 8, 2021.
  • Closing date is May 25, 2021.
  • Winners will be announced by June 2021.
  • VFS will be awarding 2 full-tuition scholarships and up to $25,000 in additional partial scholarship funding.
  • The scholarship is open to students 17 years or older at the time of application.
  • The scholarship is open to applicants from anywhere in the world. (*International applicants outside North America will be subject to student study permits and visa requirements.)
  • In June 2021, VFS will select and announce the winners of the 2021 scholarship.
  • Applicants will need to enroll at VFS for either of the following start dates: August 30, 2021 or October 25, 2021.


About VFS Game Design

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 2020, VFS alumni were credited on 5 of the top 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry estimated to be worth more than US$300 billion by 2025. Also, Game Design students won the Best Student Project award from Unity again. That makes it two years in a row that VFS students have achieved this great feat.

VFS Laurels

Blackbird Interactive

Blackbird is an independent game development studio located in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Founded in 2010, Blackbird is dedicated to creating uncompromising immersive games with a strong narrative and distinct art style. Blackbird Interactive is best known for its 2016 release Homeworld: Deserts of Kharak™, it's 2020 early access release Hardspace: Shipbreaker and is currently working on Homeworld 3 and two other major unannounced projects.

The Coalition

The Coalition is a growing team of talented, creative, fun-loving professionals, united in their passion for Gears of War. As a Microsoft first-party studio, we focus on pushing the limits of interactive entertainment and taking Gears to new heights.

Application Process



The application process is simple, and is broken into two very important parts:

Part 1 – Official Scholarship Application
Part 2 – Official Application to Enroll at Vancouver Film School

(*Note to applicants – there is a standard $100 application processing fee for this section and it can take up to 30 minutes to complete.)

No official application will be considered or reviewed unless both parts are successfully completed by the applicant.

Application Process will require applicants to provide general contact and background information and provide the following information for review and consideration by VFS:



Link to your portfolio. Link to your portfolio. Show us your artistic talent! Do you have any creative or artistic work samples that might relate broadly or specifically to game design? Include links to anything you might want us to consider. (Examples of acceptable submissions could include: drawings and sketch samples, portfolio pieces, board games you have created, game play apps, links to your online work, etc.)

We recommend Dropbox or Google Drive for easy review by our scholarship selection committee. Upload your files then “share” using the share link. When sharing, set the sharing permissions to “public” or “anyone with the link can view the file/document.

If we cannot view your files your scholarship application will be considered incomplete.


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Personal Submission PT. 1

  • Q1 – In 100 words or less, tell us why you want to be a game designer and what your dream project would be?

Personal Submission PT. 2

  • Q2 – In 100 words or less, tell us about a significant hardship you have had to overcome in your life, or a significant obstacle standing in the way of your creative education.

Personal Submission PT. 3

  • Q3 – When in-class instruction is allowed, we inform every applicant that Vancouver is considered one of the best cities in the world to live, but it’s also an expensive city compared to many others. It can cost you at least C$25,000 a year for basic food, travel, and accommodations. This scholarship will only cover partial school tuition costs. Tell us in your words how you plan to be able to make this opportunity work for you financially for 12 months.

Upon successful completion, applicants will be given a confirmation of completion notification email.

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Upon successful submission of application, a VFS Admissions advisor will contact you to connect personally, and provide you with an introduction of the school, online learning options, and life in Vancouver.

Winners will be notified sometime in June, 2021 and will be announced publicly by VFS shortly thereafter.





Artwork by VFS GD56 PG17 & SD95 graduates, 2020