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Writing for Animation

The Writing for Animation course will provide practical instruction in the entire writing process unique to the animation industry.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
12 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability95%
Technical ability5%

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.

Summer Term Starts on
Monday, July 5th, 2021

Application deadlines: 

Round 1: May 3rd, 2021

Round 2: June 7th, 2021

Round 3: June 27th, 2021

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline posted on our school website will be reviewed. However, they are subject to a late processing.

Live Classes on:
Mondays & Thursdays 7:00 pm
Pacific Time

The class schedule is subject to change depending on faculty availability.

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On the picture “ANIMATION: FROM SCRIPT TO SCREEN.” The panel members are (left to right): Jack Enyart - writer/voice actor, Larry Houston - producer/director, MJ Lallo - voice director/voice artist

Certificate Program Description
Writing for Animation

The purpose of this VANAS program is to teach students how to write for animation. Students will learn to create premises, outlines, and final scripts for animation in the proper format; as well as prepare to develop and present original properties of their own. Included will be a study of writing for animated short films, features, and TV episodes.
VANAS Writing for Animation course is fully online so students can study from anywhere in the world. 

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Who Should
Attend this program

Beginners, aspiring storytellers, people that like to create digital entertainment. Must enjoy using computer writing software.

Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes screenwriting work done in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games industries.

Target Student

Beginners, aspiring screenwriters who are deeply passionate about telling stories and entertaining audiences.  Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

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


14+ years of age or older
(If under 19 years of age, parent or guardian consent is required)

Assessment Test

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


No portfolio requirement, this is a begineers hands-on course open to the general public.

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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Course Duration

Number of
per week
Number of
Live Classes

Program Outline

Writing for Animation

Term 1
Introduction to Writing for Animation

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of Writing for Animation. Students will learn what is the Story Structure and how to Generate Ideas for it. During the first month of Writing for Animation course, students will also study the Shot and Story Structure Breakdown.

Duration: 1 month

Term 2
Writers Block and Rewriting

During the second term, VANAS students study Writers Block and Rewriting. The focus of the Writing for Animation course is on learning “Plan of Attack”. Students learn the Progress of the story and work on the 1st Draft of Benchmark. 

Duration: 1 month

Term 3
“Plan of Attack” Continuation

During the third term, VANAS students continue working on “Plan of Attack”. The focus of the Writing for Animation course is to complete the final draft of the story. Review of the final story draft. Writing for Animation course recap.

Duration: 1 month

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

Course codes: WFA-100,  WFA-200,  WFA-300

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

Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session
  • 1 live support class per week, one hour per session
  • Office hours online support


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 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 Requirements

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

Word Processing Software


Free for VANAS Students

Celtx Software


Free for VANAS Students

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System


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

Windows System

Webcam & Headset with built-in mic

Students must keep their computer cameras on at all times unless directed otherwise. Students must be on-screen, visible, and present throughout each class. Students who do not or cannot turn their cameras on will be marked absent.

Additional Requirements

Recommended Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or better.

Monitor with a 1920 X 1080 display. 2 monitors are better.

Recommended Books

Animation Writing and Development: from Script Development to Pitch” by Jean Ann Wright

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 Writing for Animation program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

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Student Showcase

Writing for Animation

Meet your next industry teacher

Some of the Studios VANAS alumni work at


Invest in Something Extraordinary: You

Premium Higher Education with all-inclusive industry values.
VANAS welcomes you, works for you and cares for you.

3-month Certificate Course

$1,499 CAD
  • Introductory courses have an industry
  • focus curriculum and taught by
  • industry teachers who are leaders
  • in their fields. These courses are
  • intended for students to discover
  • new learning areas by bringing
  • awareness and application
  • simultaneously. There are no
  • pre-requisites, anyone can attend.

We offer a simple model where the tuition is the same for Canadian and International Students for all our courses and programs.

Tuition fees are in Canadian Dollars (CAD), reviewed annually by the Advisory Board and are subject to change without notice.

When paying with Paypal or a Credit Card a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% of the total amount will apply.

Learning is better together.

Friend tuition discounts to foster collaboration with your friends and family members

I would recommend this VANAS program to anyone out there who has an idea for animated series sitting in their head. This program will squeeze it out of you and put it on the paper. This is the crucial step that most of the creative folks who are not writers per se don't take. Don't let the fact that you come from a field other than TV/Film discourage you. Moreover, it is our different walks of life and personal experiences that often create unique stories. The animated sitcom I created - OAKSTERDUM, is heavily based on me and my experiences.

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