Digital Matte Painting Diploma

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

Study Online or In Vancouver, Canada.

10 Years delivering Online Education

Who should attend?

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.

Who is our target student?

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

Who is not our target student?

Artists looking for general education, undecided, or unknowledgeable about career paths. We recommend taking our Introduction to Digital Arts course to find and recognize their strengths.

Some of the studios our alumni work at:

Rare Limited is a British video game developer and a studio of Xbox Game Studios based in Twycross. Rare are known for their games spanning many genres, which include platforming, first-person shooter, action-adventure, fighting, and racing. Some of their most popular titles include games from the Donkey Kong, Banjo-Kazooie, Conker, Viva Piñata, Grabbed by the Ghoulies, and Battletoads series, as well as games like GoldenEye 007 and Sea of Thieves. The company was established in 1985 by brothers Tim and Chris Stamper, who also founded Ultimate Play the Game. During its early years, Rare was backed by an unlimited budget from Nintendo, primarily concentrated on Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) games. During this time the studio created successful games such as Wizards & Warriors, R.C. Pro-Am, and Battletoads. Rare became a prominent second-party developer for Nintendo, which came to own a large minority stake of the company. Throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, Rare started selling their games under the trademark name "Rareware" and received international recognition and critical acclaim for games such as the Donkey Kong Country trilogy, Killer Instinct, GoldenEye 007, Banjo-Kazooie, Perfect Dark, and Conker's Bad Fur Day.
At WildBrain we inspire imaginations to run wild, engaging kids and families everywhere with great content across all media. With approximately 13,000 half-hours of filmed entertainment in our library – one of the world’s most extensive – we are home to such brands as Peanuts, Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Caillou, Inspector Gadget, Johnny Test and Degrassi. At our 75,000-square-foot state-of-the-art animation studio in Vancouver, BC, we produce such fan-favourite series as The Snoopy Show, Snoopy in Space, Chip & Potato, Carmen Sandiego, Go, Dog. Go! and more. Our shows are enjoyed worldwide in more than 150 countries on over 500 streaming platforms and telecasters, and our AVOD business – WildBrain Spark – offers one of the largest networks of kids’ channels on YouTube, garnering billions of views per month from over 150 million subscribers. We also license consumer products and location-based entertainment in every major territory for our own properties as well as for our clients and content partners. Our television group owns and operates four family entertainment channels that are among the most viewed in Canada.
Surrounded by mountains and water in beautiful Vancouver, BC, we are smart people who like smart people. We create mobile games with a social core that engage players and provoke us with creative new problems. We value data, informal leadership and keeping it all balanced. When we set out to make games with massive online communities, we knew that we first had to create the ideal environment for building ambitious things: a place where brilliant and inspiring people come together to build games that make millions of players happy. We realized that we needed to find incredibly talented people and get out of their way. Since then we've paid careful attention to how we like to work together - these are some of our guiding principles: Ownership; Have Wonderful Arguments; The Best Ideas Win; Keep Growing.
Ubisoft Entertainment SA is a French video game company headquartered in the Montreuil suburb of Paris, with several development studios across the world. Its video game franchises include For Honor, Assassin's Creed, Prince of Persia, Far Cry, Rayman, Rabbids, Watch Dogs, Just Dance, and the Tom Clancy's series.
At The Focus, we recognize that great creative work can only be produced with talented and diverse people. The most advanced technologies can only go so far without the right people wielding them. For this reason, we’ve created The Focus, a careers hub for all kinds of creative professionals in visual effects, advertising, creative experience and animation. The Focus aims to foster a diverse community and lead the way into a more inclusive creative industry, representative of the world we live in. We will bring you the latest creative industry content, thought leadership, and career development opportunities, plus job alerts tailored to your interests.
Sprung Studios Ltd was established in 2005 by James Chaytor, initially specialising in interaction design within the corporate sector, before developing into the first creative studio with an international reputation for functional and beautiful UX/UI design for the games industry. The studios have come a long way since being a handful of people in a loft office near Brighton Station. We continue to maintain our dedication to quality work and pride ourselves on a friendly, creative and collaborative work environment.
Sony Pictures Imageworks Inc. is a Canadian visual effects and computer animation studio headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with an additional office on the Sony Pictures Studios lot in Culver City, California. SPI is a unit of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group.
Smoking Gun Interactive is an independent video game development studio based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is known for developing medieval MMO tower defense game Age of Empires: Castle Siege, which is published by Microsoft Studios.
Since 2015 we’ve produced 7 animated series and 320 completed episodes. Our 2-D animated series reached 22 billion views on YouTube and are also placed on other platforms worldwide. Our goal is to give every child confidence in their ability to make the world a better place. We want to inspire kids and teens with 3 big ideas: the world is full of opportunities, they need to take care of it, and they can be anything they want to.
Riseup Labs game development studio develops games and designs plots behind them through fruitful game art solutions. Unique ideas, dynamic animations, lively characters define our projects and increase clients' dreams. Riseup Labs is a pioneer and best game development company in Bangladesh. Here you can turn your creative ideas into games by bringing the best quality and cost-effective solution. We run independent projects, jointly build games with the client's team, and provide further operational services. Our developer's expertise allows us to cover all gaming platforms and develop a fantastic product that matches the customer's vision and player's preferences.
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Quick Facts

You can study 100% live Online, or Combined in Vancouver, Canada

Student profile:

Creative Ability:

60

%

Technical Ability:

40

%

Number of terms

4

Hours per week

20

Program total hours

990

Number of months

12

How this program works

Watch video (3 min)

Fall Term

Starts On:

September 27, 2021

Application Deadlines
Round 1:
Sunday, August 1, 2021
(20% scholarships available if eligible)
Round 2:
Sunday, August 15, 2021
(10% scholarships available if eligible)
Round 1:
Monday, September 13, 2021
(No scholarships available)
Applications submitted after the deadline posted on our school website are subject to a late processing fee.
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Live Classes On:

Writing for Animation Mondays & Thursdays at 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Virtual Reality Diploma Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Video Game Design Diploma Mondays at 9:00 pm & Wednesdays at 7:30 pm Pacific Time

Professional Career Development Saturdays at 10:30 am Pacific Time

Effects Animation Diploma Mondays & Wednesdays at 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Digital Matte Painting Diploma Mondays & Wednesdays at 7:00 pm Pacific Time

Concept Art Diploma Mondays & Thursdays at 6:00 pm Pacific Time

Animated Short Films Diploma Tuesdays & Thursdays at 10:00 am Pacific Time

Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma Mondays & Wednesdays at 6:00 pm Pacific Time

3D Character Computer Animation Diploma Mondays at 7:00 pm & Wednesdays at 4:00 pm Pacific Time

Introduction to Digital Arts Saturdays at 9:30 am & Wednesdays at 12 pm Pacific Time

Esports Diploma Tuesdays & Thursdays at 11:00 am Pacific Time

2D Computer Animation Diploma Mondays at 9:00 am & Thursday at 5:00 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.

Meet your next industry teachers

Blaine Toderian

Calvin
Leduc

Damian
Ciancio

Ralph
Soll

Christopher Vacher

Chris
Woods

Meet our entire industry faculty

Learning style

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

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.
VANAS is a fully accredited Studio School designed to give students practical skills in workplace environments

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.

Learning style

Online education designed around your values and lifestyle

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.
VANAS is a fully accredited Studio School designed to give students practical skills in workplace environments

Expand your online global network

Throughout your course of studies, you will meet with your teachers who are industry professionals, and you will interact with your peers who are like-minded individuals to expand your global network.

Learning style

Online education designed around your values and lifestyle

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.
VANAS is a fully accredited Studio School designed to give students practical skills in workplace environments

Expand your online global network

Throughout your course of studies, you will meet with your teachers who are industry professionals, and you will interact with your peers who are like-minded individuals to expand your global network.

Online Live Classes

• Small class sizes
• Two live session per week, one hour per session  Full time
• One 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

• 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

Program Outline

Digital Matte Painting Diploma

Term 1

2D Perspective Foundations

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

3D 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

Term 1

2D Perspective Foundations

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

3D 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

Course codes: DIMP-100, DIMP-200, DIMP-300, DIMP-400. Students must obtain a minimum grade of a B- (73%) to successfully pass the course. Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

Admission Requirements

The following is the minimum criteria for students eligibility

Age
High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older
Assessment Test
Prospective students must successfully pass general the assessment test in our application form. The test assesses Computer Knowledge, Internet knowledge, English reading, and Writing skills.
Portfolio
For diploma programs, a portfolio must be submitted as part of the application. ‍ If students do not have a portfolio, they may earn their way to admission by successfully passing the Introduction to Digital Arts 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.

System Requirements

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

Maya
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Free for VANAS Students
Windows
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12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended) Chrome internet browser
Adobe Creative Cloud
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VANAS Students save 60%
Apple Mac
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12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended) Chrome internet browser
Graphics Card
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Recommended Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or better.
Nuke
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Discounted for VANAS Students
Internet
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Broadband, High Speed connection 10 Mbps Download (Recommended) 1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)
Monitor
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Computer Screen with a 1920 X 1080 display. 2 monitors are better.
ProEXR
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Discounted for VANAS Students
V-Ray
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Discounted for VANAS Students
Webcam
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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.
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Study and Work in Canada

Vancouver Animation School offers international students the option to study from their home countries or within Canada. VANAS DLI number is O19283928982

Designated Learning Institution

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada. Classes are conducted online and onsite, and on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.

Study Visas and Work Permits

Students will need to apply for a Student Visa and are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.

Citizen and Immigration Canada

Citizen and Immigration Canada reserves the right to grant student visas and work permits on an individual basis.  In order to apply for a Student Visa, students must be accepted into the program.

Accredited. Trusted. Respected.

Private Training Institutions Branch

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

Education Quality Assurance

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

Canadian Information Center for International Credentials

The Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC) was established in 1990, after Canada ratified the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

EduCanada

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

Invest in Something Extraordinary: You

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

1-Year Online Diploma

$18,500 CAD

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$18,500 CAD

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$1,499 CAD

$1,499 USD

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$499 CAD

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$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

A 12 months accredited diploma program that will take you on 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.

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1-Year Combined Diploma

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

$24,500 CAD

An accredited 1-year blended diploma program is a common choice for many learners. Time is divided between online and onsite learning where every week, students spend 3 hours on in-person sessions interacting with their peers and industry professionals. Designed to allow students to take advantage of experiential learning.

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1-Year Online Diploma

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$1,499 CAD

$1,499 USD

$1,499 CAD

$18,500 USD

$18,500 USD

$499 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

A 12 months accredited diploma program that will take you on 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.

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Combined Diploma (Online + Onsite)

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$1,499 CAD

$1,499 USD

$1,499 CAD

$18,500 USD

$18,500 USD

$499 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

$18,500 CAD

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