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

"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. 

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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! 

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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

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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! 

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