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Concept Art Diploma

The Concept Art Online Diploma program provides aspiring artists with the necessary foundation tools and the key to becoming successful Conceptual Artists. 

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Artistic ability90%
Technical ability10%

How this program works:

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Diploma Programs
Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

Online Program Description
Concept Art Diploma

The objectives for this online program are to welcome aspiring Concept Artists and prepare them throughout the course of studies for entry level positions in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.

This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools and the key to becoming successful Conceptual Artists.

Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring Concept Artists, people that have an ability to draw, to create and have a wild imagination.  Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts into drawings.

Our
Target Student

Aspiring artists who are deeply passionate about Concept Art, who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at.

Artists looking to build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game 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

Age

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

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test

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.

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
Citizen and Immigration Canada
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Program Outline

Concept Art Diploma

Term 1
Drawing Preparation &
Drawing Foundations

Students will learn how to create Concept Art for use in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries. They will expand their knowledge of various digital drawing and painting software. Students will learn how to effectively transition from traditional drawing methods to finalizing their images with Wacom and Cintiq Tablets.

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
Characters &
Environments Design

Students will learn how to design characters, creature and environments. Principles and techniques of character design will be covered. Students will create their own designs and learn how to judge visual quality. Classical design concepts and techniques from the animation industry will be incorporated.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Production
Design

Students will learn how to prepare their designs to be reproduced by other departments within the studio or overseas. Design and technical challenges are resolved before artwork is released to the production stage.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4
Portfolio
Development

Students will complete a series of milestones that will enable them to build a comprehensive portfolio. Students will gain insight and experience by experiencing different recruiter interviews. This will improve their necessary interviewing skills that are required to secure employment. Industry conduct, practices and professional behavior will be explored.

Duration: 3 months

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

Course codes: CONC-100,  CONC-200,  CONC-300,  CONC-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.

Bonus Live
Mentorship Classes

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference.

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

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be

Software Requirements

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

Photoshop CC

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VANAS Students save 60%

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 Basis of Successful Art: Concept and Composition
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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.

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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Student Showcase

Concept Art Diploma

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!”

Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

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). 

Career Pathway

VANAS Concept
Art Diploma

1 year

1 year

VANAS Digital Matte
Painting Diploma

(Optional)

VANAS Advanced 3D
Modeling Diploma

(Optional)

1 year

1 year

VANAS 2D Computer
Animation Diploma

(Optional)

VANAS Professional Career
Development for Artists

(Optional)

4 weeks

Become the
awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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