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! 

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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.  

Read the full article here >>

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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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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