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Duration

2 years

Tuition

$38,833

  Vancouver

Sep 6-Aug 25

Commitment

Full-Time

Delivery

Classroom

Credential

Diploma

Year Founded

1968

Scholarships

no

Prepare for an exciting career in Vancouver’s growing special effects industry with training in Capilano University’s Digital Visual Effects (VFX) diploma program.

Learn from dedicated instructors who have years of experience working in film and TV while developing your skills in digital compositing, modelling and texturing, animation, special effects software, matte painting, lighting and rendering and more.

Gain a solid understanding of production methods and developing distinctive content while learning on the same equipment used by the VFX pros who create engrossing visual worlds on the big screen. Study your craft on cutting-edge tools in Capilano University’s state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Our facilities include virtual reality and motion capture-equipped studios, Cintiq drawing tablets, high-speed render farms, professional filmmaking equipment and 3D printers.

When you graduate from this intensive two-year VFX Diploma program, you’ll have an impressive demo reel to show to prospective employers and be ready to work in any film or television special effects department.

What You’ll Learn

  • Work with complex computer graphics technologies applicable to the visual effects industry, including writing computer code to control advanced effects software.
  • Be proficient in a range of visual effects skills and have the ability to analyze the appropriate technology use for the specific creative needs of a production pipeline.
  • Be motivated and engaged in on-going and self-directed learning in the technology, development and creative processes of visual effects and future technologies relevant to their industries.
  • Create and develop their own creative content and intellectual properties, with the potential to produce these projects independently and to evaluate the strategic and appropriate market potential for independent or studio projects.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the visual effects industry, as well as its organizations, production companies and cultural communities.
  • Engage in the growth of community and partnership within the field.
  • To analyze and implement the technical, conceptual and artistic processes necessary to produce high quality work as independent filmmakers, or as part of the production pipeline for a production company or studio visual effects team.
  • Demonstrate a professional and collaborative attitude, excellence in interpersonal skills and communications, and will understand the roles, responsibilities and relationships within a production team.

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Student Reviews (2)

Capilano University

Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts

Max P.

Vancouver • November 4, 2020

Graduated From

Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts

Overall:

5 out of 5

Instructors:

5 stars

Curriculum:

5 stars

Job Assistance:

5 stars
I graduated in 2016 when the film industry in Vancouver was booming. There were plenty of jobs waiting for me when I graduated from CapU on local and international productions. The education was pretty well-rounded and helped me become a better filmmaker....

I graduated in 2016 when the film industry in Vancouver was booming. There were plenty of jobs waiting for me when I graduated from CapU on local and international productions. The education was pretty well-rounded and helped me become a better filmmaker. Class sizes were small and taught by top-notch faculty. I would recommend my program to anyone who is serious about a career in this industry.
Capilano University

Cap U Film Program

Anonymous

Vancouver • November 3, 2020

Graduated From

Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts

Overall:

3 out of 5

Instructors:

4 stars

Curriculum:

3 stars

Job Assistance:

4 stars
Admission standards could be higher. Basically, you're in if you have the money. The problem is this led to classes full of young students who didn't take the course material seriously enough. As a mature student, I wanted people who were going to push me...

Admission standards could be higher. Basically, you're in if you have the money. The problem is this led to classes full of young students who didn't take the course material seriously enough. As a mature student, I wanted people who were going to push me, but I didn't get that. Profs are mostly good, with industry experience and some connections you will benefit from as a student on the film production side. Overall, I'd give my experience an "average" grade. If you want to get into writing or directing, many people should consider and English degree from a reputable university plus on-the-job experience.

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