This special video features a behind-the-scenes look at our Digital Photography students observing a professional photo shoot by their instructor Adam Blasberg. The shoot served as a demonstration of Advanced Lighting and Production, and really showed the students what it takes to make it happen!
Shot & Edited by Digital Photography Program Manager, Jeff Bell.
One of the most exciting developments at VanArts has been our degree pathway partnerships with universities and colleges around the world, which give our graduates the option of continuing their studies towards a Bachelors' degree in their chosen field.
VanArts' President Alan Phillips and Student Services Director Ken Priebe both had the recent opportunity to visit some of these schools in person, see their beautiful campuses and meet their staff and students. The schools visited were Bond University in Queensland, Australia (above left and below), Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia, and Media Design School in Auckland, New Zealand. All three campuses are beautiful, dynamic, and full of creative energy, with excellent programs and facilities for students to pursue their studies.
At Bond University: (Left to right) Professor Raoul Mortley, Dean of Faculty in Humanities & Social Sciences, Mr. Alan Phillips, President of VanArts, Ms. Veronica Boulton, Faculty Business Manager, Dr. Michael Sergi, Director of Film & Television
At Deakin University (above photo: Motion Capture Lab), we also got to catch up with our fellow VanArts 2D Animation graduate Rhin Kelly (below), who is currently studying at Deakin pursuing her Bachelor's degree in Film and Digital Media under the pathway program (and really enjoying the experience.) We look forward to seeing more of our graduates choose this option of pursuing their degree at these fine institutions!
For a detailed look at which VanArts programs are eligible for applications to these degree pathways, visit our Degree Pathways page here >>
VanArts is pleased to announce a new degree pathway available for qualified graduates who wish to pursue an honours degree after acquiring their diploma with us.
The University of Gloucestershire, located in Cheltenham Spa, UK, can accept applications for advanced standing into the 2nd year of a 3-year honours degree program. Graduates of the following VanArts programs can transfer into the following degrees:
Game Art & Design = BSc (Hons) Interactive Games Design
Broadcasting for Radio & Television = BA (Hons) Radio Production
Digital Photography = BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography
Web Development & Interactive Design = BA (Hons) Multimedia Web Design
Contact us for more information, and find out more about University of Gloucestershire by visiting them at http://www.glos.ac.uk/international
At VanArts we love hearing stories and getting e-mails from our graduates to see what projects they are working on as their careers unfold. Here are a few examples of what our Digital Photography grads have been up to lately...
Our own Program Assistant Belle Ancell has been recently hired as a freelancer for Canada's Gay & Lesbian newspaper Xtra West, and just had her first cover photo published for a featured article on Vancouver's Little Sister's bookstore. Her blog states that she feels "like a giggly school girl" at this great opportunity.
Check out more of Belle's work at belleancellphotography.com
Taylor McBride, our youngest graduate to date at 18, has been hired as a retoucher for event photography by The Collective You, and also as an intern with Steve Kirby at The Image Lab. Taylor has had the opportunity to work on massive campaigns for clients including Miller Beer, Esso Gas and Nike, and to work alongside other artists like Phillip Jarmain.
In Taylor's words, "I would not be where I am today without going to study at VanArts. Thank you for all your support over the year!"
Chena San Martin, one of our graduates from Mexico City, has her photography featured in a new book which just launched here in Vancouver, Love & Cooking: The Erotic Cookbook by writer Tanille Geib. On working with Chena, Geib says on her website, "One can easily be caught up in the excitement that builds once she's developed an image in her mind's eye. This creative energy helps bring out the best in her models who forget themselves and come to share in that moment - a joint venture on either side of the lens."
Of all this inspiring creativity exhibited by our VanArts staff & graduates, Chena herself sums things up perfectly when she says, "The world is full of pictures that I can't stop taking."
It often seems the real capital of Australia is Whistler, BC. The beautiful world class ski resort, home to the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, attracts visitors from around the world, particularly those from "down under."
Given this strong connection, VanArts is running a special offer for students from Australia and New Zealand. To receive a free trip to Whistler you must apply, be accepted and enrol in the September 2013, March or September 2014 intakes.
The package includes:
- Three day ski or snowboarding pass
- Two nights hotel accomodation
- Free equipment rental
- Bus shuttle to/from Whistler
All application requirements must be submitted by June 30, 2013 to qualify. The trip voucher will be issued to students in good standing three months after the start date of your qualifying intake, and the trip must be taken during your year of study at VanArts. This offer is open to students from Australia and New Zealand, is non-transferable, non-redeemable and does not include airfare or travel to Canada.
VanArts is pleased to announce that all of our programs now feature articulations for degree pathways with Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
Various Bachelor Degrees specific to each program can be earned in as little as one full year (3 trimesters) at Deakin, after graduating from the diploma program of their choice at VanArts.
VanArts graduates from 2D/3D Character Animation are eligible to receive up to 12 credit points of advanced standing towards the 24-credit point Bachelor of Film and Digital Media (Animation Major) or Bachelor of Animation and Motion Capture degree programs. The latter degree is also available to VanArts graduates in Game Art & Design and Visual Effects.
VanArts graduates may have the option of completing these Deakin degree programs over one full calendar year (three consecutive trimesters) of full-time intensive study (4 credit points of study per trimester x 3), or over two years (two trimesters per year x 2) of reduced load full-time study (3 credit points of study per trimester x 4).
VanArts graduates in Acting for Film & Television, Broadcasting for Radio & Television, Web Development & Interactive Design and Digital Photography are now also eligible for 8 credit points into various degree programs at Deakin, for completing 4 credit points each in four trimesters. An additional 12-credit articulation is also available for Digital Photography into their Bachelor of Creative Arts - Photography major.
For international students at Deakin, their work permit is part of the student visa allowing them to work up to 20 hours per week.
Detailed assessments for the VanArts-Deakin articulations can be explored and accessed at the following link: deakin.edu.au/courses/credit/search.php
From this link, up-to-date information can be found by simply:
1. Selecting Canada from the first drop box;
2. Selecting VanArts from the second drop box;
3. Selecting the VanArts Diploma program from the third drop box; and
4. Selecting the Deakin degree program from the fourth drop box
For more information, you can also visit Deakin at www.deakin.edu.au
Deakin University CRICOS Provider Code: 00113B
The current senior class of Digital Photography at VanArts is hard at work on their portfolios which are due in 3 short weeks!
Recently they enjoyed one of the shooting highlights of year, as they worked with renowned BMX and mountain bike photographer Ian Hylands on the Action and Sports module.
This intense set of classes is an series of advanced workshops studying the capture of motion using both natural light and studio strobes. It's a great opportunity to shoot models and athletes in varied locations and lighting situations. They were able to shoot dancers, bikers, martial artists, gymnasts and figure skaters.
The junior group is in full swing with their own location shoots, highlighted by two wedding workshops, including one in an actual church to put them in the shoes of a working wedding photographer. Sandra Leung from Yaletown Wedding Gallery puts them through their paces. Term 2 really allows our students to experience the realities faced by working photographers, shooting everything from brides to babies to emulating images created by greats such as Greg Gorman.
Both classes were treated to an amazing and enlightening conversation with one of the most popular travel/humanitarian photographers working today, David Duchemin. There was frank discussion about money, planning, creativity and doing what you love. We were lucky to have David in before his latest project which you can read about here.
We're excited to send off one of our most talented groups ever in our senior group and welcome a new class of photographers to Vanarts in less than a month!
In this video (the first segment featured in the episode), Corwin talks about his new book Living the Dream and the work he does to manage creative entreprenuers. Much of the footage in this feature was shot in our very own campus studio space, and many of our photography students can be spotted in the various cover mock-ups and footage from his recent book launch.
Congratulations Corwin on being featured here! Read more at corwinhiebert.com.
Happy New Year from VanArts! If your New Year's Resolution for 2013 is to learn some new skills or explore the arts, VanArts presents its annual part-time courses throughout the year which typically meet once a week in evenings or weekends.
For a list of courses, click on any of the following links by category:
Click on any course to learn dates, times and costs. We hope to welcome you into our part-time courses in 2013!
Questions? Contact us at 604-682-2787 x104
Last week VanArts hosted our special Food Drive Morning Show to celebrate the Christmas season, collect food for the needy, and with the help of our Broadcasting Department, provided a fun way for staff & students in all departments to mingle and connect.
Enjoy our Inside VanArts video highlights below and thanks to all who pulled together to make this fun event happen!