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Virtual Reality Diploma (VR)

The VR diploma program is designed to enable aspiring virtual designers to learn the process of creating 3D virtual reality through computer animation. Students will learn the process of transitioning from idea to conception to finally polished 3D VR work.  

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Quick facts

Online and Combined Diploma
12 months
4 terms

Student profile

Creative ability60%
Technical ability40%

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Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulation with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

10 Years of delivering excellence in online education, pioneering online learning since 2009.

Fall Term Starts on:
Monday, Sep 27th, 2021.


Fall Term Application Deadlines

Round 1: Aug 1st, 2021 (20% scholarships available if eligible)
Round 2: Aug 15th, 2021 (10% Scholarships available if eligible)
Round 3: Sep 13th, 2021 (No Scholarships available)

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline posted on our school website are subject to a late processing fee.


Live Classes on:
Tuesdays & Thursdays 6 pm Pacific Time

There are morning classes and evening classes to include students in the northern and southern hemispheres. The class schedule is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

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Diploma Program Description
Virtual Reality

This VR program is designed to enable aspiring virtual designers to learn the process of creating 3D virtual reality through computer animation. VANAS students will learn the process of transitioning from idea to conception to finally polished 3D virtual reality work. VR students will create their own organic and inorganic and assets for their final project.   

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We are a fully accredited Studio School designed to give students practical skills in workplace environments

Choose from our 2-Delivery options, design your education around your values and lifestyle

1) Live 100% Face-to-Face Online

Offers the flexibility and freedom for parents and students to shape their education, learning from industry experts and from a trusted Canadian Accredited Education internationally recognized.

Expand your local network

Join your regional chapter while experiencing a live, focused and extraordinary program.  We partner with your institution to deliver high quality education in your home country.

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2) Combined (Online + Onsite)

Time is divided between online and onsite learning. Every week students spend 3 hours with in-person sessions and interacting with their peers and Industry professionals.

Experience Vancouver Canada

Outside the weekly in person sessions, access course content and weekly communication online, while experiencing Hollywood North in Vancouver, one of most livable cities in the world.

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Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring game designers, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like to design strategies, enjoy people dynamics and have a wild imagination.

People with the technical ability to convey their ideas through video game engine software.

Target Student

Aspiring video game designers who are deeply passionate about interactive media and bringing life to their game designs.

People who already recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Entertainment industries.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.

We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.

Admission Requirements


High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test that includes
a computer knowledge assessment,
Internet knowledge assessment,
English reading and writing skills
assessment. Start Here

Letter of Intent

Please submit your Letter of Intent 
for the enrolment requirements of 
the Virtual Reality 
Diploma program. Click here.

English Proficiency

International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a good oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify this.

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Program Duration

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Study and Work in Canada

International Students have the option to study from their
home countries or within Canada.

Designated Learning Institution

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.


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Program Outline

Virtual Reality Diploma

Term 1
Foundations of
Virtual Reality

The purpose of this term is to provide students with an introduction to Virtual Reality. They will go through the process required to create interactive virtual environments. VANAS students will design and model 3D interior and exterior environments.

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
Organic Environment Modeling

The purpose of the second term is to provide students with an introduction to modeling Organic Environment modeling. VR students will go also learn how to do life drawing. At the end of the term, students will be able to model organic environments in VR with clarity, balance, and volume.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Animation &

The purpose of this program is to provide students with an introduction to 3D Animation Foundations.  Students will also learn how to do 3D Character Sculpting in Virtual Reality.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4
Virtual Reality

Students create a Virtual Reality Experience for use in their demo reels.  Students will either use Virtual Reality tools to create organic and/or inorganic models. 

Duration: 3 months

Students must obtain a minimum grade of a B- to successfully pass.

Course codes: VRTY-100,  VRTY-200,  VRTY-300,  VRTY-400.

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

Onsite + Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 2 live session per week, one hour per session - Full time
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week


  • Class times are listed at the top of this website page
  • Class times are also visible on the application form
  • Flexible times for you to work and study at the same time

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Software & Hardware Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software.
Academic discounts are available to our students.

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System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System


Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Component Recommended Specs Minimum Specs
Processor Intel i5-4590 / AMD Ryzen 5 1500X or greater Intel i3-6100 / AMD Ryzen 3 1200, FX4350 or greater
Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 1060 / AMD Radeon RX 480 or greater NVIDIA GTX 1050 Ti / AMD Radeon RX 470 or greater
Alternative Graphics Card NVIDIA GTX 970 / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater NVIDIA GTX 960 4GB / AMD Radeon R9 290 or greater
Memory 8GB+ RAM 8GB+ RAM
Operating System Windows 10 Windows 10
USB Ports Rift 3x USB 3.0 ports, plus 1x USB 2.0 port 1x USB 3.0 port, plus 2x USB 2.0 ports
Video Output (Rift) Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output Compatible HDMI 1.3 video output

Recommended Books

Characteristics of Games by George Elias
Half Real by Jesper Juul

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.


The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.


The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.


A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),


Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

The Virtual Reality program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Degree Pathways


Post-Graduation Work Permit

While VANAS programs do not qualify for the post-graduation work permit, some of our educational partners do.

The post-graduation work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. For more information, visit: cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp

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Meet your next industry teachers

Some of the Studios VANAS alumni work at


“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn
character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a
digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!”

Career Pathway

1 year

VANAS Virtual Reality
(VR) Diploma

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1 year

2nd Year Option

Portfolio Polishing
& Production Experience

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4 weeks

VANAS Professional Career
Development for Artists

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4 weeks

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