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Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School

Vancouver Film School


Address:  198 West Hastings Street, Vancouver BC, V6B1H2 Canada

Website: https://vfs.edu/

School Details

Key Facts

  • Vancouver Film School is a recognized world leader in entertainment arts education, offering 13 full-time programs to over 1000 students across eight campuses.
  • Nearly half of our students are international, coming from over 50 countries.
  • In 2014 in cooperation with Shanghai University, VFS launched the Shanghai-Vancouver Film School in Shanghai.
  • VFS has partnerships with leading industry software and hardware manufacturers including HP, AVID, Adobe, Final Draft.
  • VFS alumni have been honoured at the Oscars and Emmys, have premiered at major international festivals, and work at top companies like Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Blizzard.

Rankings & Accreditation

  • Winner of The Georgia Straight‘s 2014 Readers’ Choice Award for Best School for Training in Film & Media
  • VFS Game Design is the only one-year program recognized in the Princeton Review’s Top 25 Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design for 2013
  • 38 wins (2008-2014) at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show (IMATS) Student Competition
  • Vancouver Film School is registered and accredited with the Government of British Columbia’s Ministry of Advanced Education and the Private Career Training Institutions Agency of B.C.
  • Vancouver Film School has also achieved the Government of BC’s EQA (Education Quality Assurance) designation.

Student Population

  • Total: Between 1,000 and 1,200 students at any given time.
  • International: Approximately 50% of students.

Entry & Requirements

  • Each program at VFS has specific requirements. For details regarding universal requirements, program specific requirements and English language requirements please visit the website: https://vfs.edu/admissions.

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees: $10,500 to $53,250 (varies depending on program)
  • VFS program tuition rates include resources (equipment, books, etc…)
  • VFS has a Housing Coordinator to help students locate off-campus apartments, condominiums, basement suites, shared houses, long-term hotels, and homestays in Vancouver (fee required).

Scholarships & Financial Aid

  • Yes


Vancouver Film School was founded on the philosophy that one year of concentrated work, that balances industry-led theory and hands-on production, gives students the necessary skills to craft a professional-level portfolio or reel.



  • 3D Animation & Visual Effects
  • Classical Animation
  • Animation & Concepts Art
  • Acting for Film & Television
  • Acting Essentials
  • Digital Design
  • Film Production
  • Foundation Visual Art & Design
  • Game Design
  • Makeup Design for Film & Television
  • Programming for Games, Web & Mobile
  • Sound Design for Visual Media
  • Writing for Film & Television

Link to the academics webpage:  https://vfs.edu/programs

VFS offers 13 world-class, post-secondary programs—spanning every aspect of the entertainment arts—that are developed and taught by award-winning industry professionals. So that each program’s intensive curriculum evolves along with demands of the industry, and the best, current industry practices.

Students’ experiences emulate the professional industry world. Students are physically and mentally immersed in Vancouver’s film, animation, game, and design industries that surround our campuses, and benefit from career guidance and expertise from industry mentors, instructors, and guest speakers.

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