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Become a Production-
Ready Artist in One Year

3D Animation & Visual Effects

Classical Animation

Animation & Concept Art

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.

One Year — Fast and Focused
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.

Instructors Who Know the Industry

Department Head Vanessa Jacobsen has spent several years culminating close relationships with the industry both here and abroad so that you have access to the jobs you want. 100% of 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.

Stunning Facilities
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-degree green screen studio.

Located in Vancouver, Canada
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.

Career Development and Guidance
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.

During your year, among other things, you’ll learn: 

  • Animation
  • 3D Modeling
  • Visual Effects
  • Character Design
  • Storyboarding
  • Compositing
  • Sculpting
  • Visual Storytelling
  • Surfacing
  • Lighting
  • Rigging
  • 3D Texturing
  • Matte Painting

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.

During your year, among other things, you’ll learn: 

  • Animation
  • Storyboarding
  • Layout
  • Digital Ink and Paint
  • Character Design
  • Acting for Animation
  • Colour
  • Life Drawing
  • Animation pipelines
  • 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.

During your year, among other things, you’ll learn: 

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

Find out more about our new Animation & Concept Art program.

Foundation Visual Art & Design
Are you unsure which program is for you or not quite ready for our fast-paced curriculum? Consider Foundation Visual Art & Design, the VFS entertainment arts discovery program.

In this highly practical essentials program, you’ll gain hands-on experience in areas like game design, programming, interactive design, film production, animation, visual effects, sound design, writing, makeup design, and more. After one year, you’ll graduate ready to successfully enter and complete the majority of our other programs and prepared to specialize in a field that you’re passionate about.

Get the Animation Career of Your Dreams in Just One Year
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
SpomgeBob 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
The Avengers

Alumni Credits

  • The Avengers
  • Avatar
  • SpongeBob SquarePants
  • Iron Man 3
  • District 9
  • Halo 4
  • Family Guy
  • Game of Thrones
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Assassin’s Creed III
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2
  • The Dark Knight Rises
  • The Triplets of Belleville
  • My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


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