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Introduction to Digital Arts

Welcome to the exciting world of Animation, Visual Effects and Video Games. In this online certificate 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.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
12 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 consulation with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

Introduction Course starts:
Monday, September 28th, 2020

The application deadline for the Fall term has passed, however, you can still apply for the VANAS diploma and introduction programs. 
Note: If applying after the application deadline, a late application non-refundable fee of $125 CAD (Canadian Students) $250 CAD (International Students) will be charged on top of the regular application fee.

Live Classes on:
Mondays, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Pacific Time

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Introduction to Digital Arts
Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of 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 abilities, and responsibilities, that make these roles important for the Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Game Industries. You will also build your first portfolio.

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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.

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.

Admission Requirements


14+ years of age or older
(If under 19 years of age, parent or guardian consent is required)

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test that includes
a computer knowledge assessment,
Internet knowledge assessment,
English reading and writing skills


No portfolio requirement, this is a begineers hands-on course open to the general public.

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.

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Course Duration

Number of
per week
Number of
Live Classes

Program Outline

Introduction to Digital Arts

Term 1
Introduction to Concept Art and 3D Modeling

This course introduces students to the fundamental principles of Concept Art and 3D modeling. Students will work on their own character and interior designs. 

Duration: 1 month

Term 2
Introduction to 2D and 3D Animation

During the second term, VANAS students study 2D and 3D Animation. Students will learn the difference between 2D and 3D animation. 

Duration: 1 month

Term 3
Introduction to Visual Effects and Computer Simulation

During the third term, VANAS students study Houdini Visual Effects and Computer Simulation. Introduction to Digital Arts course recap. 

Duration: 1 month

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

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

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

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 online support


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


  • 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

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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%

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

Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston
Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair

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.

The Introduction to Animation, Visual Effects (VFX), and Video Game course 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.

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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.

3-month Certificate Course

$1,499 CAD
  • Introductory courses have 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.

We offer a simple model where the tuition is the same for Canadian and International Students for all our courses and 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.

Learning is better together.

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

“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!”

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