New Degree Pathway:University of the Fraser Valley

Oct 10, 2014

VanArts is pleased to announce a new local degree pathway partnership with University of the Fraser Valley right here in beautiful British Columbia, Canada. This pathway allows our graduates to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree within two years of additional study at their campus in Abbotsford, less than one hour's drive from Vancouver. read more about New Degree Pathway:University of the Fraser Valley

Prashant Raj - Visual Effects Graduate

Oct 10, 2014

Prashant Raj, from India, talks in this featured video about his experience studying at VanArts and working in the visual effects industry here in Vancouver. Prashant has worked as a VFX artist at Image Engine, Digital Domain, Gener8 and Prime Focus, on feature films including Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Harry Potter, Elysium, Zero Dark Thirty, Maleficent, Godzilla, Guardians of the Galaxy and many more. 

CONTACT US today to inquire about auditing a class in Visual Effects! 

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Featured Faculty: Wade Howie

Oct 10, 2014

Today's featured faculty member is Wade Howie, Head of Visual Effects and Game Art & Design.

As a pioneering artist in digital visual effects, Wade's production career spanning 3 decades has included 12 years with George Lucas' Industrial Light and Magic as VFX Supervisor/Director, Head of Modelling and Animation, & Creative Director for animated TV and commercials.  His other roles include Art Director for games at Electronic Arts, on-set Supervisor for various CG/live action hybrid productions, and journeyman FX and lighting artist for film & TV.His feature credits include Terminator 2, Hook, Star Trek VI, Jurassic Park, The Mask, Casper, The Wild, Watchmen, TRON:Legacy and The Thing.

As well as training and mentoring new CG artists in industrial settings across Europe, US, Canada and Africa, Wade has worked as a college professor and consultant for new studios bringing CG artists online. Wade has also contributed at software development firms Alias Research Inc. (Maya) and Side Effects Software Inc. (Houdini), and has a background in traditional art and design as well as filmmaking. 

Wade has received many awards for the commercials he has supervised: Clio (Animation): Star Wars Pepsi (Marfalump)Clio (VFX): Dodge 1997 campaignAnimation Magazine Awards: Hefty GingerBread Man & Data Dancers, and Prix Pixel/INA, CGX: Pepsi Japan Pepsiman campaign.

In this short video, Wade talks about both programs at VanArts and what makes them the best training you can find for jobs in this industry.  

CONTACT US TODAY to arrange for auditing a class with Wade Howie. 

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Fashion Photography Workshop with Chris Haylett

Oct 9, 2014
Chris Haylett, one of Vancouver's top fashion photographers, shows our senior class in Digital Photography how he works on a fashion set. Our fashion module is a series of shooting demos, retouching classes and workshops that has students working with some of the best photographers in the industry.
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New Awards for Photography Grads

Oct 9, 2014

We always love hearing about our graduates in Digital Photography winning awards for their amazing work! 

VanArts is proud to give a shout-out to Katrina Gurr (Class of 2013) who was a Top-Pick in the Opus Big Picture 2014: Black & White Edition Gallery compeition by Opus Art Supplies. For her photo entitled "Resemblance" (left), Katrina won a facemounted print of her work and a feature in their Visual Arts Newsletter. 

Read more and view a larger image here at the Opus website >>

Also, we are excited to hear that Jens Kristian Balle (Class of 2012) received 2 Honorable Mentions in the presitigious International Photography Awards (IPA 2014) for his images of local Vancouver actors Al Dales and Frank Crnkovic. The photos entitled "X" and "Donkey" were awarded in the category for Professional Advertising, Self-Promotion.

Read more and view larger images here on Jen's blog >>


Keep up the good work guys; you're doing VanArts proud! 


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From Australia to Vancouver: A Grad's Journey

Oct 2, 2014

In this featured video, 2D Animation graduate Emily Cooper from Perth, Australia shares about her experience studying in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. Emily was one of several grads from her class hired at local studio Atomic Cartoons

VanArts is proud of the wide variety of international students from Australia and elsewhere who have made the journey to study with us and have their lives changed.  Want to join us?  Contact us today. 

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Graduation Fall 2014

Sep 16, 2014

Congratulations to our Graduating Class of Fall 2014! At the Vancouver Playhouse on Sept. 11th, 2014, we celebrated the achievements of graduates in all of our programs. It was our largest grad celebration ever and we are very proud of their accomplishments. Can't wait to see where their careers take them in the future! read more about Graduation Fall 2014