Last week, from July 9 - 13, VanArts welcomed our annual guest speaker & founding advisory board member Bill Matthews, retired Manager of Artists' Development at Walt Disney Animation Studios. We started the week with our traditional Q&A session with senior animation instructor Charles Phillips about his career at Disney, NASA and Sheridan College. The rest of the week, Bill met with animation students one-on-one to offer career advice and feedback on their work.
Bill Matthews has been a guest instructor and visiting industry professional at VanArts since 1996. He is one of the founding instructors and directors of the Sheridan College Animation Program and is recently retired as Manager of Artist Development and ongoing consultant for Walt Disney Feature Animation. Bill worked on effects animation for Disney's Sleeping Beauty and for NASA, and has been writing traditional animation curricula for public schools and colleges for over thirty years.
Thanks Bill for another enjoyable visit, and for your continued support of our staff & students over the years!
(Photos by Reem Abdel-Jabbar)
VanArts' Digital Photography department is pleased to announce that one of our instructors and one of our graduates have both won First Prize awards in the prestigious International "Prix de la Photographie Paris" (PX3) 2012 Competition. Winning photographs from this competition are selected from thousands of entries across 85 countries, exhibited in a high-profile gallery in Paris and published in the high-quality, full-color PX3 Annual Book.
This double-victory is an excellent testament to how VanArts strives to mentor our students to bring them up to the level of our world-reknowned professional instructors.
VanArts Graduate Brian Van Tighem won First Prize in the professional level Press Travel/Tourism Category for his "Desert Visions" series, as well as an honourable mention in the Fine Art category. Brian shares with us, "A big thanks to all the instructors at VanArts! I'm still working on integrating all the information I given there...a year to teach but years to study!"
VanArts Lead Instructor (Commercial Photography) David Ellingsen won First Prize in the Fine Art/Still Life Category for his entry entitled "SeaLife".
Check out David's life and work at www.davidellingsen.com
VanArts Acting for Film & Television Graduate Everett Shea is currently on stage in a local production of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, running until July 28 at Coast Capital Playhouse in White Rock. The stage production is directed by Wendy Bollard, who also teaches in our full-time Acting for Film & Television program.
Of Everett's performance in the role of Christopher Wren, reviewer Alex Browne for Peace Arch News says, "Shea's performance as Wren is quite delightful, easily winning over the audience with Christopher's delicate sensibilities, ardent aestheticism and macabre sense of humour – as well as revealing his underlying agitation – without ever resorting to caricature."
Director Wendy Bollard is a singer, actor, producer and director with over 25 years of vocal experience. After graduating from Anthony Holland's Vancouver Film and Theatre School she moved to England where she studied at The Actor's Centre in London and performed at various venues throughout London and Dublin. As a trained singer with a critically-acclaimed jazz CD, Wendy has performed at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, the West Coast Music Festival, and was the featured vocalist with the Dal Richard's Orchestra. Wendy sits on the Culture Committee for the City of White Rock, is a board member for Peninsula Productions and recently started her own production company 16th Ave Productions.
VanArts is pleased to announce our new articulation and degree pathway partnership with Laureate University's Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand.
Through this articulation, graduates of our diploma programs in 3D Character Animation, Game Art & Design and Visual Effects can receive academic credit to transfer directly into their 3rd and final year of a Bachelor of Art & Design or Bachelor of Creative Technologies. This means a student can earn a professional diploma from one year at VanArts, followed by a BA degree after one more year in New Zealand.
Upon receiving their degree, they may also be eligible to apply for a work permit. Media Design School is one of the top graduate employers for WETA Digital and they have an overall 90% placement rate for industry employment, including close relationships with local studios Oktobor Animation, Sidhe and Gameloft.
Entry Criteria for the articulated degree program is:
1. Successful completion and pass of designated program of study at VanArts
2. Transcripts from studies at VanArts
3. Presentation of final portfolio
4. A 2500-3000 word research essay to demonstrate education and written ability to be successful in a third-year degree class
For more information, visit www.mediadesignschool.com or contact us for more details. You can also visit our Degree Pathway Partnerships page for an overview of the articulations we have with different universities.
According to the website of Vancouver's Mayor Gregor Robertson, a motion is being brought forward to support our local digital media sector.
Vancouver’s economy has been bolstered tremendously over the past three years by the creation of well over a thousand new high-skilled, high-paying jobs in digital media and visual effects. These sectors now employ a total of over 25,000 employees in 1300 companies, and Vancouver is now one of the world’s top three global clusters for digital media jobs.
This could spell only good news for graduates of VanArts, who continue to contribute to our local industries for animation, games, and visual effects, not to mention the new frontiers in digital photography and web development which make Vancouver the "new media center for Western Canada."
(Photo courtesy Metro Vancouver)