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Digital Matte Painting Diploma

The Digital Matte Painting Diploma online program provides aspiring artists with the necessary foundation tools and the skills to become successful Matte Painters. 

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

Diploma Programs
Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

Online Diploma Program Description
Digital Matte Painting

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 visual effects artists, 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 compositing software.

Target Student

Aspiring Matte Painters who are deeply passionate about visual effects, film, set extensions, compositing.

Artists 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 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


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

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test


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

Number of
per week
Number of

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

Program Outline

Digital Matte Painting Diploma

Term 1

This course introduces students to two-dimensional drawing and digital painting by focusing on learning the basic principles and techniques required to produce the preliminary sketches; the digital photography as the foundation for production quality digital matte paintings. Assignments will emphasize studies on how to create images that are realistic, including the assessment of perspective quality and how to apply classical painting techniques to the digital painting medium.

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
Software Foundations

This course introduces students to three-dimensional software foundations by focusing on learning the software and tools required to produce professional quality Digital Matte Paintings. Students learn how to create realistic environments to produce digital matte painting set extensions and how to apply classical painting techniques.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Advanced 2.5D
Matte Painting

This course provides an introduction into Advanced 2.5D Matte Painting. The focus is on learning advanced workflow techniques required in a visual effects studio and its Digital Matte Painting department. Students will learn how to digitally manipulate images of existing interior and exterior locations. How to judge image manipulation and painting quality will be demonstrated by applying key workflow concepts from classical painting.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4
Portfolio &
Demo Reel

This course provides an introduction to matte painting portfolios and the development process to create them. The focus of this course is on creating a Digital Matte Painter’s portfolio. Students will learn how to assemble a portfolio with a diversity of artwork, so that it will have greater appeal to a variety of Digital Matte Painting studios. Learning on how to judge the quality of portfolios and demo reels, with emphasis on the digital painting of environments.

Duration: 3 months

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

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


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


  • 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.

Development & Special Needs100%
Office Hours100%

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awesome Artist
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Software Requirements

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

Maya Animation Software


Free for VANAS Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Software


VANAS Students save 60%

Nuke Software


VANAS Students save 70%



VANAS Students save 70%



Free for VANAS Students

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


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 Invisible Art - by Mark Cotta Vaz
The Digital Matte Painting Handbook - by David B. Mattingly

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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.

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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Digital Matte Painting Diploma

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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 Digital Matte
Painting Diploma

1 year

1 year

VANAS Concept Art


VANAS Advanced 3D
Modeling Diploma


1 year

4 weeks

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Development for Artists


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