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Vancouver Film School
198 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  Canada
V6B 1H2
1 800 661 4101


Copyright @ 2016 VFS

You are creative and passionate about animation. Now make it a career you will love. In one year, get the skills, knowledge, and industry expertise to make a living in film, TV, or interactive media.

Our intensive curriculum packs three years of training into one year, so you get working right away. The hyper-focused, fast-paced curriculum at VFS means building a strong foundation in many disciplines.

Department Head Vanessa Jacobsen has spent several years cultivating close relationships with the industry both here and abroad so that you have access to the jobs you want. All our instructors have substantial experience in animation, so you’re learning from award-winning industry professionals who have been there and know what it takes to succeed.

Our brand-new, state-of-the-art 42,000 square foot Animation facility has everything you could ever need, including a lightning-fast render farm, two surround sound theatres, and a 280° green screen studio.

Vancouver is “Hollywood North” – a mecca for the entertainment arts, and animation and visual effects in particular. From large visual effects studios to game developers, we have it all.

Our faculty and professional mentors work closely with you throughout your year to help you understand the industry and craft a killer portfolio and résumé. Wow your future employers, open doors, and get your dream job!

3D Animation + Visual Effects
Develop a comprehensive understanding of the artistic and technical pillars, and then choose a specialization that will propel you into the career you want: visual effects artist, modeler, or animator.

You’ll learn:

  • Animation
  • Modeling
  • Visual Effects
  • Cinematography
  • Compositing
  • Sculpting
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Surfacing
  • Software Skills (Maya, Nuke, ZBrush, Premiere, Shotgun)
  • Lighting
  • Rigging
  • Matte Painting
  • Career Preparation

Classical Animation
Learn the cornerstones of animation and develop an understanding of motion, weight, balance, colour, and design, as well as the discipline and intensity required for studio work.

You’ll learn:

  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Layout
  • Digital Ink and Paint
  • Character Design
  • Acting for Animation
  • Colour
  • Life Drawing
  • Animation Pipeline
  • Composition
  • Digital Software Skills (Flash, ToonBoom Harmony)
  • Storytelling
  • Animatics
  • Career Preparation

Animation Concept Art
Develop your skills using digital tools, and gain the knowledge and industry expertise needed to create a conceptual portfolio that captures the emotional core of your story.

You’ll learn:

  • Visual Development
  • Look Development
  • Character Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Life Drawing
  • Digital Painting
  • Vehicle and Prop Design
  • Environment Design
  • Media Studies
  • Software Skills (Photoshop, Sketchbook, Flash, Harmony)
  • Career Preparation

To learn more, fill out this form or call 1-800-661-4101


"I’ve worked at well-known studios around the world, and to be honest, VFS students have a work ethic I rarely see in other artists."
Joshua Herrig, VFS 3D Animation & Visual Effects Graduate

Lighting Artist, Man of Steel

"The school was great. I still remember things the teachers taught me. It really gave me a great foundation. It works."
Andrew Overtoom, VFS Classical Animation Graduate

Animation Director, SpongeBob SquarePants

"It was intense. But Vancouver Film School was my first real glimpse into the animation world. They molded me into the person and professional that I am today."
Juani Guiraides, VFS Digital Character Animation Graduate

Animator, The Avengers



  • American Sniper
  • Fast & Furious 7
  • Frozen
  • Game of Thrones
  • Godzilla
  • Gravity
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
  • The Last of Us
  • Malificent
  • My Little Pony: Equestria Girls
  • Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
  • Paddington
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction






VFS is a provincially accredited post-secondary institution; we are PTIB and EQA-approved.


Contact us and we'll be hapy to answer all your questions, including information about tuition and start dates.


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