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Introduction to Digital Matte Painting

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring matte painters to experience the creation process of digital elements in the film industry.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

How this program works:

Watch video (3 min)

Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

Introduction to Digital Matte Painting
Online Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Digital Matte Painting.  In this Introduction to Digital Matte Painting online course you will learn the basic tools needed in the Animation and Visual Effects industries.

Matte painters are key to the studio and its pipeline, they are planning, creating and designing the visuals of what could be the next blockbuster visual effects and animated movie.

Who Should
Attend this program

Beginners, Aspiring Matte Painters, people that like to draw and paint with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using software (photoshop, maya, nuke).

Artists that like to create and have a wild imagination. Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done for animated movies and visual effects.

Target Student

Aspiring Digital Matte Painters who are deeply passionate about generating computer generated imagery (CGI) for Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.

Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

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.

Program Outline

Introduction to Digital Matte Painting

Week 1
Street Corner I

  • Season Change
  • Sourcing Photo References

Week 2
Street Corner II

  • Adding Snow
  • Finalizing Footage Plate

Week 3
Landscape I

  • Season Change
  • Sourcing Photo References

Week 4
Landscape II

  • Season Change
  • Finalizing Footage Plate

All asssignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: INDMP-100,  INDMP-200,  INDMP-300,  INDMP-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


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 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%

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


VANAS Students save 60%

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

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.

"VANAS has equipped me with a strong understanding of my profession
and has given me a good base to continue to work upon.
The teachers were absolute gems and really pushed me when I needed it.
I really enjoyed the fact that they are working professionals that gave me
the tools, knowledge, and confidence I needed for a continuously updating industry".

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 Introduction to
Digital Matte Painting

4 weeks

1 year

VANAS Digital
Matte Painting Diploma

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awesome Artist
you are meant to be

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