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Animated Short Films Diploma

This online program is designed to enable aspiring animation filmmakers to learn the production process of creating an animated short film using 3D computer software.

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Artistic ability50%
Technical ability50%

What is an Animated Short Film?

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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.

Diploma Programs start:
Monday July 8th, 2019

Application Deadline is June 28th, 2019

We are a 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 Friday from 10am-1pm, 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.

Animated Shortfilms
Online Diploma Program Description

The objectives for this Online Program are to welcome aspiring Animators and prepare them for entry level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools for them to become successful professionals in the Animation industry.

Through a series of assignments, students will learn to bring life to two dimensional digital characters to achieve sincere believable performances. This is an online 2D Computer Animation Course.

Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring Animators, people that demonstrate problem-solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination.

Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts through computer animation software.

Our
Target Student

Aspiring Animators who are deeply passionate about motion, emotion, performance in Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.

Students 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.

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Admission Requirements

Age

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.

Portfolio

If no portfolio is submitted,
student must successfully
pass the corresponding
Introductory course.

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.

Additional Requirements

3D Animation Diploma (1-year minimum) or BFA Animation Degree or Masters Animation Degree or 2 years of professional animation experience.

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.

Study Visas and Work Permits
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Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
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Program Outline

Animated Short Film Diploma

Term 1
Animated Film
Pre-production

Animated short film ideas are explored and developed. Students create and present several stories, along with supplemental visuals that result in a final story selection. The story is expanded visually from a pitch board into a comprehensive storyboard. The static storyboard transitions into a moving 2D Animatic

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
3D
Layout

A finished 3D layout is assembled based on their 2D animatic. The 3D modeling and technical setup process is conducted to incorporate the student’s characters, props and their sets. Final dialogue and music is recorded and broken down for synchronous purposes. Blocking of character animation commences.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Animated Film
Production

Blocking of character animation key poses continues. Successful transitioning from and into the poses and actions before and after each scene to carry sequence flow. Addition of breakdown key poses to refine character’s actions, timing and arcs. Cleaning-up and polishing of animation commences. Bringing life to an animated character and obtaining a believable performance to support the story is the ultimate goal. Color studies of the character and the background are finalized through the completion of Color Scripting.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4
Animated Film
Post-production

This course completes the production of a short 3D Animation film. Animation is finalized and polished to bring students storytelling abilities up to industry standards. Final textures and materials are applied to all models. 3D lighting is created for each scene. This final term includes the rendering and compositing of each scene. Animation Festivals are researched and studied for the entry guidelines, festival circuits, screenings, marketing materials including the professional opportunities and benefits available to filmmakers.

Duration: 3 months

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

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

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

100% Online
Live Classes

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

Assignments
Workload

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

Times
Schedules

  • Schedules are assembled by time zone
  • Applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.
  • We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

All Inclusive Education

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference to supplement their learning and improve their understanding.

Artistic100%
Software100%
Development & Special Needs100%
Lab Time100%
Office Hours100%

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
 Click to call: 1 888-677-8827 or email: info@vanas.ca

Software Requirements

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

Maya Animation Software

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Free for VANAS Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Software

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VANAS Students save 60%

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

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Internet

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

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Recommended Books

The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
Inspired 3D Short Film Production by Jeremy Cantor

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
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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.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

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Degree Pathways

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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

Alumni Showcase

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Meet your teachers

Some of the Studios VANAS alumni work at

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“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!”

Industry Driven.

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

Talk to a human?
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Invest in Something Extraordinary: You

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

Introductory Courses
 

$499 CAD/month
  • Accredited Introductory courses with
  • 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.

1-Year Diploma
 

$18,500 CAD
  • A 12 months accredited diploma program
  • that will take you in a semester-based
  • learning journey. VANAS Diploma
  • programs are career focused with
  • a learning methodology that will
  • take you from foundations, to
  • development to understanding;
  • designed with an all-inclusive
  • educational pedagogy.

2-Year Diploma
$37,000 (Save 34%)

$24,500 CAD
  • An accredited 2-year diploma program
  • is a common choice for many learners,
  • it allows them to complement, redefine
  • and expand their abilities in order to
  • reach a mastery learning stage.
  • The quality of their work has the
  • intention of achieving the studio
  • quality seen in a production
  • environment.

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

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

FAME Member Pricing

Discounts off select programs

Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act
and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions
registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

Graduation Rate: 99%
Median Salary After Attending: $58,500

Learning is better together.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Enrollment Confirmation Deposit?

To indicate your commitment to Vancouver Animation School (VANAS), and to reserve your seat in the program, you are required to pay a non-refundable tuition deposit to VANAS.

The amount of your deposit is based on the cost of your program, individual financial plan and your selected payment option.

Before paying your deposit, you must have received your Offer of Admission from VANAS.

Is there an application fee?
Is the tuition the same for Canadian and International Students?
Are there any Payment Options?

For Diploma programs, the following payment options are available:

Payment Options  Frequency Amount Due
A Full Payment $18,500
B Per Term $4,810
Are there any additional taxes to be paid?
Are there any Tax Reduction Options?

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awesome Artist
you are meant to be.

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