Diploma in Visual Effects for Film & Television


Vancouver Institute of Media Arts

Vancouver, Canada

About Course

Key information
: 1 Year
Study Type
: Full Time
Tuition fees
: 38.00 CAD / Total
Exam Accepted
: IELTS 6.0/9 | TOEFL 80/120 | PTE 60/90
Exam Intake
: Sep | Mar
Conditional Scholarship
: NA
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  • Diploma in Visual Effects for Film & Television

  • Learn how to make visual effects for movies, television and web series in VanArts' HOUDINI-Certified one-year intensive program. Our instructors have worked on some of the industry's biggest blockbusters and will mentor you all of the way through the program.

    Check out our video with Department Head Wade Howie talking about how our program is currently being delivered as blended learning: both on campus and online.

  • VanArts’ Visual Effects program is designed to familiarize you with the fundamentals of visual effects production. In the first 3-month term you will learn the basics of 3D Modeling, Animation & Rendering, 2D Image Manipulation & Compositing, and the history of visual effects techniques. The goal for Term 1 is to build a strong understanding of the building blocks of FX production as it applies to feature films, TV series or video games & cinematics.

  • During the second term you will begin to master the concepts and tools learned in Term 1, plus introductions to industry-standard software HOUDINI for dynamic visual effects. Intermediate FX topics such as Dynamic Simulations and Character Rigging will be studied with an emphasis on how and why things work the way they do. The goal for Term 2 is for you to understand the process of VFX production on an abstract level.

  • In Term 3, you begin “colouring outside the lines” as you are required to apply your skills in inventive and innovative ways to solve a variety of production requirements. Advanced topics such as Procedural Modeling and Destruction will emphasize creative solutions to complex production problems. You will also begin specializing in areas of particular interest for your final demo reel, and be introduced to Matte Painting. The goal for Term 3 is for you to demonstrate innovative and analytical thinking as well as artistic and technical expertise

  • The final term at VanArts is dedicated to the production of an industry grade demo reel for showing to potential employers. Working under the guidance of industry-pro faculty, you will create a showcase for your particular skills and talent and polish it using industry-standard softwares. Weeklies and tech support ensure the final quality of your reel, the most important asset and foundation for your entry into the industry. Visit us on YouTube to view samples of student demo reels in VFX

Entry Requirement

  • Applicants must be high school passed.

Application Process

  • More than half of our student body are international students who contribute greatly to the multi-cultural environment at VanArts, coming from countries all over the world. We are proud of all our graduates who have made their mark in their respective industries worldwide

  • Students from all countries outside Canada must apply for these documents in advance at the Canadian Embassy office designated for your country. If you are not sure where to apply for your visa, visit the Government of Canada website and search for the specific website for your country’s visa office.

    Please plan ahead and apply for your visa immediately upon receiving your Acceptance or Conditional Acceptance Letter. You must have your student visa and study permit approved no later than 3 weeks before your program starts, or else we may need to defer your enrollment to the next start date. Please keep us informed as to the status of your visa application processing.

    Some countries may also require you to have a medical, police check or other documents before your visa is approved. Failure to submit all of these documents and evidences may result in your visa being rejected, often with little chance of appeal. Before applying for your visa, please read all details carefully on the official Citizen and Immigration Canada website.

    Required Documents

    There is a nominal fee for the Student Authorization/Visa which is paid to Citizen and Immigration Canada. When you apply for your study permit, you will likely require the following for submission:

  • A letter of acceptance for your program of study from VanArts.
  • Evidence of financial support during your study period, i.e., a notarized letter or affidavit from your bank or parents, or student loan documents.
  • Evidence of intentions to return to your country of origin after your studies are complete.
  • Evidence of prepaid tuition fees, your tuition receipt or a certified cheque or bank draft payable to VanArts.
  • Proof of citizenship, i.e., passport or birth certificate.
  • Include the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number O19331363352 on your study permit application.

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