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Introduction to Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games

Welcome to the exciting world of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games. In this introductory course you will learn and experience hands on the different positions and tasks that artists and technical artists have for the next generation of blockbuster projects for TV, Movies and Video Games productions.

Accredited. Trusted. Respected.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Technical ability30%
Artistic ability70%

How this program works:

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Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulations with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

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Introduction Courses start:
Monday January 6th, 2020

Deadline to apply: December 27th, 2019

Live Classes on:
Mondays 11am
Pacific Time

Introduction to Animation, Visual Effects (VFX) & Video Games
Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of the digital Entertainment industries. In this online accredited course you will learn and experience the different roles artists and technical artists play in a production pipeline,  you will understand their daily tasks, required abilties and responsibiilties, that make these roles important for the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries.

Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring Professional Artist and Technical Artists, people that demonstrate problem-solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination through digital products.

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

Our
Target Student

Aspiring Professional Artists and Technical artists looking to enter the digital entertainment industries, individuals who are deeply passionate about Digital Arts, Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games.

Students who are curious about Digital Art and Technology education, in particular for the Entertainment Industries.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general fine arts education,  with an opposition to commercial art or making a living of their artwork.

Computer programmers looking for general coding education.

Program Outline

Introduction to Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games

Week 1
Concept Art & 3D Computer Modeling

  • Character Design - 3D Sculpting
  • Environment Design - Simple Modeling

Week 2
2D Computer Animation

  • Bouncing Ball
  • Arcs Timing and Spacing

Week 3
3D Computer Animation

  • Snowman Jump
  • Anticipation, Action, Reaction

Week 4
Digital VFX & Computer Simulation

  • Colliders
  • Rigid Bodies

All assignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: INAVG-100,  INAVG-200,  INAVG-300,  INAVG-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
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session
  • Office Hours support

Assignments
Workload

  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week

Class
Times

  • 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

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

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

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.

Introduction to Animation, VFX, Video Games 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.

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.

“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!”

Invest in Something Extraordinary: You

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

Introductory Online 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 from beginner to advanced
  • levels of understanding and knowledge
  • can attend.

1-Year Online 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.

1-Year Combined Diploma
(Online + Onsite)

$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. Every Friday from
  • 10am-1pm, students spend 3 hours with
  • in-person sessions and interacting with
  • their peers and Industry professionals.
  • Designed to allow students to take
  • advantage of experiential learning.

Quality of Education Matters

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.

When paying with Paypal or a Credit Card a non-refundable convenience fee of 3% of the total amount will apply.  If the payment is international,  credit card processors take an additional 1% since it's considered cross-border.

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.

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.

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 $5,438

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Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

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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

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