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Vancouver Film School - VFS

Address: 198 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6B 1H2, Canada

Description Vancouver Film School - VFS

  • Location: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Age of the pupils: from 18 years old
  • Educational programs: short-term one-year Diploma courses
  • Language of instruction: English.

Canada's largest school of professional excellence and spectacular arts - Vancouver Film School - VFS - was founded in 1987. Today students from more than 50 countries of the world study here: theoretical and practical studying is harmoniously combined in any of the educational courses, which helps graduates to quickly and successfully find a job.

Teaching staff deserves attention - these are the practices with a great work experience, true professionals who know the trends of modern art and at the same time the history of profile specialties, offering students the most relevant, useful and practical knowledge. Among them there are winners of the most prestigious world awards: Oscar and Emmy, Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, they work in the most famous companies of the planet:

  • Paramount
  • Nokia Games
  • Brightlight Studious
  • Electronic Arts.

Among the latest works are "Smallville", "Over the Hedge," Star Trek: Enterprise, Spiderman 2.

In total, VFS offers 14 major programs in the field of entertainment arts:

  • Computer and game design;
  • Acting skills;
  • Scenario-based art;
  • Make-up;
  • Make-up for movies and TV, etc.

The educational programs are annual, therefore very intensive: in most cases, applicants are required to confirm already sufficient experience of education, experience and provide a portfolio.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Vancouver Film School - VFS

Program name
from 10 750 $CAD / 16 weeks

Intensive one-year theses

A year's diploma / certificate course is very intensive: in just 6-12 months, students have time to get both theoretical and practical knowledge for a successful career or career advancement. Thanks to qualified practical teachers and a wide network of partner institutions, graduates do not have problems with internship and subsequent employment.

The following variants and subjects of the course are offered:

  • Acting skills, film and television actors

Professional acting education, ability to work in front of the camera, mastering the script, owning voice and body, modeling your own body language.

  • Visual art and design
  • Film production.

Studying all the main aspects, methods of production of gaming, short films and video:

  • Cinema
  • Directing
  • Video editing
  • Artistic management
  • History of cinema
  • Production.


  • Make up and make-up for film and television
  • Sound Design and Visual Arts
  • Scenario for cinema and TV
  • 3D animation and visual arts, effects.

Students study all sorts of aspects and sections of 3D animation:

  • Lighting and directing
  • Motion
  • Storyboard
  • Drawing
  • Character development
  • Composition
  • Sculpture
  • 3D objects modeling.


  • Animation and concept art
  • Classical animation

Full cycle of manufacturing of the animation product, including phonogram, detailed development of characters and all basic animation techniques.

  • Digital Design

Mostly this is the animation of the characters (the course is more designed for experienced students, who have a strong portfolio). Combination of classic cartoon techniques and the latest computer technologies and techniques, scenario and cinematographic skills, flash-animation, TV advertising and even print advertising, brand promotion, websites and music video is provided.

  • Game design
  • Programming for games (Web & Mobile)

The dates of the beginning of courses depend on the chosen program - for convenience all courses are divided into blocks:

  • Block A (3D animation and visual effects, acting skills, actors for film and television, film production, visual art and design, sound design): January 2, February 26, April 30, June 25, August 27, October 22
  • Block B (classical animation, digital design, game design, make-up and make-up for film and television, screenwriting for film and television): January 2, April 30, August 27
  • Block C (animation and concept art, programming and the game industry (Web & Mobile): February 26, June 25, October 22.
from 30 750 $CAD / year

Acting essentials

  • Age of participants: from 16 years
  • Duration: 4 months (2 semesters)
  • Start of classes: January-February, April, June, August, October
  • Level of English: IELTS 6.0 (with indicators not lower than 5.5) / TOEFL iBT 68 / TOEFL PBT 520 / PTE - 52-57 / TOEIC - 700 / B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) - Grade C / LPI - Level 4 / Duolingo - score of 50 - 60.
  • Level of education: diploma
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Degree on completion: Certificate (Certificate in Acting Essentials).

Vancouver Film School - VFS provides everyone with the opportunity to complete a preparatory program in the field of acting (Acting Essentials). To enter the program it is not necessary to have an extensive acting experience and a creative portfolio - it is enough to be interested in the development of acting and art, a strong desire to express oneself and tell stories through performances. Acting Essentials is ideal for those who feel the need to expand their activities as an actor, for those who do not have a portfolio sufficient to directly enter the one-year course of VFS Acting for Film Television.

Studying lasts 4 months (2 semesters): classes begin several times a year, which allows applicants from different countries to enroll in the course at a convenient time. The program consists of a complex of disciplines and subjects, giving a large amount of knowledge and developing a variety of skills. Curriculum disciplines (modules) include:

  • Actor play
  • Vote
  • Text analysis (film, television and theater script)
  • Motion
  • Improvisation
  • Camera
  • Listening
  • "Voice experience"
  • "Motion Experience"
  • Professional laboratory.

All classes are conducted by highly qualified teachers, professionals in their field. Primary attention is paid to practice: students speak to each other and the public a lot, learn to properly use speech, behave naturally on stage and under the camera lens, quickly delve into the script and understand their tasks. Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a certificate (Certificate in Acting Essentials) and can continue their education by enrolling in the VFS Acting for Film Television degree program.

Foundation Visual Art & Design

  • Age of participants: from 16 years
  • Duration: 12 months (6 semesters)
  • Beginning of studies: January, April, June, August, October
  • Level of English: IELTS 6.0 (with indicators not lower than 5.5) / TOEFL iBT 68 / TOEFL PBT 520 / PTE - 52-57 / TOEIC - 700 / B2 First (formerly Cambridge English: First (FCE)) - Grade C / LPI - Level 4 / Duolingo - score of 50 - 60.
  •  Level of education: diploma
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Degree at the end of education: Diploma (Diploma in Foundation Visual Art + Design).

Vancouver Film School - VFS offers everyone the opportunity to complete an extensive preparatory program in visual art and design (Foundation Visual Art & Design), which leads to a diploma (Diploma in Foundation Visual Art + Design). The program is designed for anyone who wants to develop in these areas and build a successful and interesting career. Education lasts 12 months and is divided into 6 semesters: the start of studies is possible several times a year, which is very convenient for applicants from different countries. Participants choose one of the available specializations:

  • Animation
  • Movie
  • Digital design.

The program includes a large number of disciplines: the first four semesters are attended by general modules, and starting from the fifth semester, subjects are studied by specialization. Students receive extensive knowledge and skills in the sciences studied, in the process of using the best and most modern equipment. Following the results of studying, special projects and works are carried out, which demonstrate the level of acquired skills and show what progress the student has made. In addition, Vancouver Film School gives its students an excellent opportunity to express themselves and show their talents as a potential employer - industry experts regularly attend school, classes and watch / listen to final projects.

from 6 720 $CAD / 16 weeks

Accommodation, housing and food

In the school special coordinators of the Accommodation Department work to help each student to find the right accommodation option for the duration of their studies. Accommodation with animals is usually allowed, but for them an additional fee is taken. The partner organization Bell Accommodation Services is also with students of Film School: here you can choose the option of both short-term and long stay.

Usually students together rent an apartment (by room),  or guest house, townhouse: there is a whole section on the school's website where people can leave an application and find a roommate. If you find yourself a neighbour, the contribution to the Accommodation Department is not paid. In the applications the target ("I am looking for a neighbour" or "I am looking for a place of residence"), the address, the gender of the future neighbour, the cost per month, as well as the requirements for smoking and keeping pets, a little information about yourself is indicated. 

In addition, you can leave an application for the search for a host family: many students prefer to live in the homes of local residents when studying abroad. Vancouver Homestay International has been working with Vancouver Film School for many years: you will only be offered with reliable, law-abiding Canadians who provide students with comfortable and safe conditions.

Furnishing is already included in the price (the price may vary depending on the location and quality of the equipment). Additionally, utilities (electricity, cable TV and internet, telephone) are paid.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : 3d animation, 3D Animation + Visual Effects, Acting Essentials, Acting for Film + Television, Acting skills, Acting: Audition. Cast. Shoot: Script to Screen , Animation Concept Art, artistic direction, Branding + Identities, Classical Animation, computer programming, Creating and Animating FUI – Futuristic User Interface, digital design, English for Creative Arts, Film Production, Film Production: Cinematic Storytelling, Film Production: Finishing the Story: Editing & Post Production, Filmmaking, Firearm combat, Foundation Visual Art + Design, game design, Hand-to-hand combat, history of cinema, Illustrator + InDesign, Lighting design, Makeup Design for Film + Television, Makeup Design: Makeup for Stage + Screen: From Trauma to Tattoos, Motion + Performance Capture , Motion Picture Industry Orientation, Movie VFX, Part-Time Courses, Photoshop, Programming for Games, Web + Mobile, Scenario art, sound design, Sound Design for Visual Media, Sound Design: Intro to Protools, staging, Summer Intensives, Sword combat, Typography, Unity Certification, VFX Compositing, VFX Workshops, video editing, Visual and digital art, Writing for Film, Television + Games, Writing for Games, Writing: Creating a TV Series


  • Prestigious and famous educational institution
  • Quality Educational Programs
  • Special preparatory programs are available (language and subject)
  • Highly qualified specialists and teachers
  • Various studying options with the subsequent transfer to the undergraduate university partners
  • The possibility of accelerated bachelor's degree (1 + 2-2.5 years)
  • The direction of "Animation" for several years recognized as the best in the world.
  • The rest of the directions are regularly included in the top 5 best programs.
  • Included Mentorship Program in the areas of design and animation, students work on the final project under the guidance of experts from leading world studios, which allows them to prove themselves before graduation;
  • Included career preparation (Career Prep Course) teaches students to be professionals in their field, to properly present themselves and their talent, to have an interview;
  • Invited experts regularly conduct classes and master classes.
  • Student work gets "on the table" the best studios in North America
  • Vancouver is the third largest film production center in North America (after Los Angeles and New York)
  • Over 45,000 jobs in film, television
  • The annual contribution to the Canadian economy is about 12.5 billion dollars.

Equipment Vancouver Film School - VFS

Vancouver, one of the largest and most developed cities in Canada, is located on the Pacific coast in the southwest of Canada. Vancouver has three times ranked first in the ranking of the best cities in the world: the reason for the superbly developed infrastructure, warm, comfortable climate of temperate latitudes, developed economy and opportunities for tourism, accommodation and business. The city is surrounded by picturesque parks, gardens, manicured suburbs, and in the immediate vicinity (in transport accessibility) there are beautiful ski resorts.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The dates of the beginning of the courses depend on the chosen program - for convenience, all courses are divided into blocks:

  • Block A (3D animation and visual effects, acting skills, actors for film and television, film production, visual art and design, sound design): January 2 , February 26, April 30, June 25, August 27, October 22
  • Block B (classical animation, digital design, game design, make-up and make-up for film and television, screenwriting for film and television): January 2, April 30, August 27
  • The block C (oncept art, programming and the game industry (Web & amp; Mobile): February 26, June 25, October 22.

Note the weekends and holidays in which the school is closed:

  • 1-2 January (New Year)
  • February 13
  • 14-17, April 24-28
  • May 22
  • 1, 3 July
  • 9, 21-25 August
  • September 4
  • October 9
  • 11, 13 November
  • 18-31 December (Christmas holidays).

The following components are paid additionally:

  • Registration fee and consideration of documents
  • Accommodation and meals
  • Tutorials, books, and materials
  • Examination boards
  • Additional leisure activities and excursion (optional)
  • Roundtrip air tickets
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Mandatory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (payable at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 CAD
  • Registration fee (for accommodation) 400 CAD

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

  • High enough level of English: TOEFL iBT from 68-80 ("paper variant" - from 520-550), IELTS from 6.0-6.5 and above or equivalent
  • Availability of school certificate (full secondary education) or diploma of higher education
  • A specific requirement is established for each specialty (portfolio, motivation letter, monologue record, script synopsis, etc.).

Each entrant goes through a personal interview. If the student does not have a high level of language knowledge, he may be offered an intensive ESL course (English as a second language).

Scholarships Vancouver Film School - VFS

Any active, successful and persistent student can receive a scholarship from the VFS Next Level Scholarships school: its size ranges from 1000 $ CAD to 10,000 $ CAD. Please note that scholarships are allocated very quickly - the faster you apply and the documents are collected, the higher your chances of getting a substantial discount on education.

Students also have the opportunity to get the VFS-Rookies Scholarship (usually given to students in the direction of 3D Animation + Visual Effects program) - it can cover a full one-year course. Five scholarships are awarded jointly by the VFS and the Vancouver Economic Commission (VEC): two for the Programming course and three for the new students of the 3D Animation + VFX direction.

Scholarships for students of acting and drama - for example, Sears Drama Festival Scholarships - can cover $ 3000 CAD-8000 $ CAD depending on the chosen program. Together with the Vancouver School Board (VSB), a scholarship for students of annual degree programs is calculated individually.

In cooperation with Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC) and the memory of Mary Kennedy, an outstanding graphic designer and educator, are awarded an educational grant of $ 5,000 CAD to new students of Digital Design. Scholarships from the Brandon Flock Scholarship Foundation are also awarded: the lump-sum payment is $ 5,000 CAD-$ 10,000 CAD, but is awarded mainly to Canadian, non-foreign students.

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