"Camera Obscura" Phenomenon Discovered in Studio

Nov 14, 2014

Even with all the technology available for digital imaging today, the basic principles of nature and science can still amaze and delight. 

Today in the VanArts photography studio, an interesting phenomenon was discovered during a Painting with Light course with instructor Patrick Koslo. On this particular day with the dark studio, position of the curtain and beautiful sunny day outdoors, a camera obscura effect was created when an inverted image of the Vancouver skyline just outside was actually being projected onto the wall. Staff and students were amazed, spread the word and marveled at this unique occurrence before returning to their studies. As Koslo put it, "I call it magic." 

In this video, Head of Photography Ian McGuffie explains that this optical trick is exactly what the practice of photography and all visual image-making taught at VanArts is based on. 

CONTACT US TODAY to inquire about auditing a photography class at VanArts.

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Photography Student Lands Cover of Applied Arts Magazine

Nov 13, 2014

VanArts is pleased to give a shout-out to our own Jodi Schulz, who was a winner in Applied Arts Magazine's Student Awards and has her work featured on the cover of their November/December issue, on newsstands now! As of this Fall, Jodi is now an honours graduate in Digital Photography and we look forward to seeing more bright things in her future career. 

See Jodi's series of award-winning images here. >>

CONTACT US TODAY to inquire about auditing a photography class at VanArts, and if you are in the Toronto area, talk to us next week at the Applied Arts Creative Schools Expo

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Featured Photographers: Martina + Reem

Nov 7, 2014

VanArts is proud to highlight one of our grad/faculty duos known as Martina + Reem, who are a force to be reckoned with in the photography world. Martina Kopp and Reem Abdel-Jabbar, both graduates of our Digital Photography program, have had a great deal of success in a constant stream of high-profile shoots, features and awards in the fashion world. Reem also manages the studio and teaches classes to our current students with the same level of excellence she brings to her professional work. 

Most recently, Martina + Reem completed the creative fashion concept Royals for The Storm Magazine, were awarded 2 Honorable Mentions in the 2014 International Photography Awards (IPA), and had features in Bon Bon Magazine, WOVE Magazine, Magpie Darling, and many more!  

Follow them at @MartinaReem and check out their website for all the latest and greatest! 

Want to learn photography with the amazing faculty at VanArts?
CONTACT US TODAY to inquire about auditing a class. >>
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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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Chris Gailus from Global BC visits VanArts

Nov 5, 2014

Students and staff in the Columbia Academy at VanArts Broadcasting Program were privileged to receive a visit today from Global BC's News Hour anchor Chris GailusIn our lecture theatre, he answered questions and spoke about his broadcasting career which has taken him from Alberta to Dallas and New York to Vancouver, and spoke with students about changing trends in the broadcast industry.

Chris says it's a great time to be entering this field as a career, and we certainly thank him for taking time out to pass his stories and advice to us here at VanArts! 

Want to learn more about a career in Broadcasting? Register for our Free Webinar >>

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Featured Faculty: Ali Efe

Oct 31, 2014

VanArts' featured faculty for this week is our Head of Web Development & Interactive Design, Ali Efe. 

Ali began his educational and professional career with a Bachelors of Science in mechanical engineering and an Masters of Science in computer engineering, from Beykent and Pamukkale Universities in Turkey. Soon afterwards Ali studied web design and computer programming at the Institute of Advanced Media in Canada. Throughout his educational career he has been very active as a researcher, IT technician and web programmer, participated in several conferences and published articles. More recently he has designed and built websites for a wide variety of clients in Vancouver.

In this special video, Ali explains the benefits of studying web development at VanArts and talks about our expanded focus on the future trends of development for mobile devices. 

To speak with Ali directly and learn more about a career in web development & design, register for our webinar

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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: Ross den Otter & Sarolta Dobi

Oct 23, 2014

Last night at VanArts, we held a small taster session with our Digital Photography department, featuring a demonstration on portrait lighting by our instructor Ross den Otter. For several years, Ross and his wife Sarolta Dobi of Pink Monkey Studios have guided and mentored our photography students towards excellence in their work. 

Leaving their small B.C. towns of Courtenay and Summerland in the mid-eighties and meeting at Langara's respected photography program led not only to a thriving partnership in business but also to a thriving partnership in life. Pink Monkey Studios, established in 1996 by the husband-and-wife team of Ross and Sarolta, has skillfully filled the portfolios of actors, models, and corporate executives from across the Lower Mainland for over a decade.  Establishing and maintaining quality relationships with all their clients, the Monkeys' branched out to commercial and on-set film work as well, expanding the scope of their business.

Ross has also been featured recently in the Georgia Straight in an article highlighting his career and photography show from this past summer. His photo for the story was also taken by our own photography program assistant Belle Ancell.  

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Ross and Sarolta are but one example of the excellent instructors who offer instruction for professional photographers at VanArts. CONTACT US TODAY to inquire about auditing a photography class, attending a webinar or applying to the program. 

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