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Introduction to Esports

This online course provides an introduction to Esports. The focus of the course is on learning the Esports foundations.  Students will learn about the history of Esports, Streaming, Lifestyle and the current status of the industry.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Creative ability80%
Technical ability20%

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.

Introduction Courses start:
Monday May 18th, 2020

Application Deadline is May 13th, 2020.

Live Classes on:
Tuesdays, 9:00am Pacific Time


Online Certificate Program Description
Introduction to Esports

This short online course provides an introduction to Esports. The focus of the course is on learning the Esports Foundations, the professional lifestyle of the players, how streaming works, and the current status of the industry. This esports course was created for beginners. No previous experience or portfolio required. 

Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring Esports leaders, people that demonstrate problem solving skills in an Esports organization, people that like to build Esports communities and ecosystems, enjoy people dynamics and have a passion for athletes and Esports.

Target Student

Aspiring Esports organizers who are deeply passionate about its industry dynamics, aspiring leaders who successfully engage and develop the Esports community.

People 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 Entertainment 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


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.

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

Program Outline

Introduction to Esports

Week 1
History of

This lesson will be an introduction to the history of Esports. The professional and competitive gaming industry has existed for less than 50 years and grown exponentially in the past 10-15 years. The focus is on exploring the timeline of major events, successful titles, and influential people that have helped the industry evolve. Students will learn how to research and create reports on their favorite Esport titles in order to obtain more in-depth industry knowledge.

Duration: 1 week

Week 2
Introduction to

In this lesson you will learn what streaming is and how it works within the entertainment ecosystem of Esports and gaming "influencers". Streaming is a major contributor to the recent growth and development of the Esports industry; opening up new markets for viewers, contributors, and investors alike. The focus of this lesson will be on learning the basic principles, techniques, and best practices involved in creating a great stream. Students will learn best practices on how a gaming stream is created and maintained, in order to create a baseline level of industry knowledge to build from, over the course of pursuing an Esports Diploma.

Duration: 1 week

Term 3
Professional Esports

In this lesson you will learn about the structure of Esports organizations and a professional Esport athlete lifestyle during a competitive seasons. We will look at famous examples of Esports organizations and follow the journey of some of Esports most iconic athletes. The focus of this lesson is on learning the foundations of Esports organizational structure including owners, general managers, teams, players, coaches, and team managers. Students will learn how Esports athletes train for major tournament events while maintaining their well-being during busy travel seasons.

Duration: 1 week

Week 4
Status of the
Esports Industry

In this lesson you will learn about the current status of the Esports industry. We will look beyond the business aspect onto elements that equally determine its ongoing success. These include overall public perception, major themes across Esports titles, evolving competitive "metas", and developments across teams and organizations. The focus of the lesson is on understanding the major factors behind the current success of Esports, the major difficulties overcome in reaching its current success, and implications for the future. Students will learn how to evaluate an esports title's success in order to prepare for roles in esports that may entirely depend upon the success of the competitive scene.

Duration: 1 week

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

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


  • 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.

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.



Free for VANAS Students

Word Processing


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

Raising the Stakes: E-Sports and the Professionalization of Computer Gaming (The MIT Press) by T. L. Taylor

The Esports Market and Esports Sponsoring by Julian Heinz Anton Ströh

A Newborn Business: Esports by Zoltan Andrejkovics

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 Esports 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.

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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!”

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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