Character Animation

Featured Faculty: Wayne Gilbert

Oct 17, 2014

Our featured faculty for this week is our Head of Character Animation and Dean of Faculty Wayne Gilbert. 

Wayne Gilbert has worked in the industry for 35+ years on films ranging from Care Bears to Star Wars and video games Skate and Skate 2, plus 2 Clio Awards, 5 animated short films (including the award-winning Let Go), and has written and illustrated 3 books (including Simplified Drawing for Planning Animation). All can be seen at Wayne has worked his way into positions of Animation Director and Art Director through studios such as Nelvana, ILM, Walt Disney Canada and EA Black Box


In this short video, Wayne talks about why the Character Animation program at VanArts is the best training you can get for jobs in the industry. 

CONTACT US TODAY to arrange for auditing a class with Wayne Gilbert.

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VanArts Grads Bring 'The Prophet' to the Screen

Oct 16, 2014

The new animated feature film based on Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet is being screened as part of Vancouver's SPARK Animation Festival for 2014, and VanArts is proud to say that several of our own graduates worked on it locally at Bardel Entertainment. The Prophet was directed by Roger Allers, who had previously directed The Lion King at Disney, and also working on the project alongside our own graduates was former Disney animator Nik Ranieri and many other seasoned industry professionals. 

VanArts grads who contributed their talents to the film were Ariel Chao, Julia Liu, Pavitra Pires, Ghaydaa Saleem, Ricardo Cesar and Santosh Seshabhattar.

Congratulations to all who got to work on The Prophet and see it screened in Vancouver! Visit for more information on the animation festival. 

Bardel is currently in a hiring frenzy as they gear up for several shows from Dreamworks, which is good news for our current students and all who dream of a career in animation, where LOTS is happening right now!  Contact us today to inquire about auditing a class or applying to VanArts. 

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VanArts in Mexico

Oct 16, 2014

Staff and Faculty from VanArts have just returned from spending a week in Mexico, sharing the good news about our programs to students there who dream of a career in the arts. VanArts has welcomed and graduated many students from Mexico over the years who are now making their mark in the industry on a worldwide scale. 

Our lead instructor for Game Art & Design Izmeth Siddeek gave a presentation to a full house of over 600 students at Universidad de Monterrey, about his ground-breaking research in real-time motion capture for games. Later in the week, our director of admissions Shane Moore greeted participants at several Expo-Estudiante career fairs in Monterrey and Mexico City, and topped it off with a Free Information Session. 


At the session, Shane premiered this video which we are now proud to share online, featuring four VanArts graduates from Mexico who are now working in the animation and visual effects industries here in Vancouver. Play the video to hear what they have to say about their experience! 

Want to join us? Contact us today about attending a webinar, auditing a class or applying to VanArts! 

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New Degree Pathway:University of the Fraser Valley

Oct 10, 2014

VanArts is pleased to announce a new local degree pathway partnership with University of the Fraser Valley right here in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. This pathway allows our graduates to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree within two years of additional study at their campus in Abbotsford, less than one hour's drive from Vancouver. read more about New Degree Pathway:University of the Fraser Valley

From Australia to Vancouver: A Grad's Journey

Oct 2, 2014

In this featured video, 2D Animation graduate Emily Cooper from Perth, Australia shares about her experience studying in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Emily was one of several grads from her class hired at local studio Atomic Cartoons

VanArts is proud of the wide variety of international students from Australia and elsewhere who have made the journey to study with us and have their lives changed.  Want to join us?  Contact us today. 

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Graduation Fall 2014

Sep 16, 2014

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of Fall 2014! At the Vancouver Playhouse on Sept. 11th, 2014, we celebrated the achievements of graduates in all of our programs. It was our largest grad celebration ever and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Can't wait to see where their careers take them in the future! read more about Graduation Fall 2014