Character Animation

Year in Review: Video Features

Dec 11, 2014

In 2014, we have produced a number of videos that give a strong overview of life at VanArts, highlighting our faculty, graduates and various events around the school. As a "year in review" feature, we've collected them here for your viewing enjoyment all in one place! Enjoy watching and we hope to see you in 2015! read more about Year in Review: Video Features

Christmas Gathering & Food Drive 2014

Dec 5, 2014

Students and Staff got into the Christmas spirit this week with a fun gathering to kick off our annual Food Drive. Our Broadcasting Department was there to document the event and interview our students about the community, work and play that goes on here at VanArts! 

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Year in Review: VanArts Grad Credits on Screen

Nov 21, 2014

2014 has been a great year for VanArts graduates in Character Animation, Game Art & Design and Visual Effects who got to see their names in the credits of top feature films & TV series. Many of these films opened at #1 in the box office and the industry for animation/VFX is still booming with studios hiring like crazy and major houses like Sony Pictures Imageworks and Industrial Light & Magic expanding their operations just blocks away from VanArts. read more about Year in Review: VanArts Grad Credits on Screen

VanArts visits Beijing Film Academy in China

Nov 21, 2014

VanArts President Alan Phillips is currently visiting schools and giving presentations in China, in cooperation with the Maple Leaf Educational Systems Student Recruitment Fair. He has just paid a visit to Beijing Film Academy, the largest film academy in Asia which has attracted guest professors such as James Cameron and other prolific names in the film industry. read more about VanArts visits Beijing Film Academy in China

FXGear Donates Software to VanArts

Nov 6, 2014

VanArts would like to thank FXGear for their generous donations of Qualoth and FXHair software for use by our students in Character Animation and Game Art & Design

Qualoth is the primary software used by Dreamworks Animation for simulating cloth on their feature films, and serves as a stable, reliable alternative to Maya nCloth, especially for fast motions on characters. FXHair serves the same purpose for excellent simulations on hair for creatures and characters. Through conversations with our faculty at SIGGRAPH 2014 this summer, FXGear was glad to provide us with these tools to help bring our students' demo reels to the next level! 

For more information, visit

If you wish to audit a class in Animation or Game Art & Design at VanArts, CONTACT US TODAY or REGISTER FOR A FREE WEBINAR

Images courtesy of FXGear

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New Degree Pathway: Full Sail University

Oct 30, 2014

VanArts is pleased to announce a new degree pathway partnership with Full Sail University in the United States, for graduates in Character Animation, Game Art & Design, Visual Effects and Web Development. Located in Winter Park, Florida (just minutes from Orlando), Full Sail is a school designed to give students real-world experience in entertainment, media arts, and technology. 

This partnership allows animation, game art and visual effects graduates from VanArts the opportunity to transfer up to 52 credits towards a Bachelor of Science Degree (in Computer Animation or Game Art) at Full Sail, completing their degree in as few as 18 months of study. VanArts graduates in web development can transfer up to 46 credits towards a Bachelors in Web Design & Development completing in as little as 13 months

For more information and details on the benefits of this new pathway, visit our Full Sail pathway page here. >>

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Presentation by Pro Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University

Oct 30, 2014

This week VanArts was privileged to receive a visit from Professor Brenda Cherednechenko, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Arts & Education at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. Brenda delivered an interactive, dynamic presentation to our student body on "From Studying to a Career in Creative Arts ," challenging and inspiring them to think about their future plans and goals in a way that will propel them to success. read more about Presentation by Pro Vice-Chancellor at Deakin University

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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