Changes to International Student Program

Jun 3, 2014

If you are an international student considering or already coming to VanArts, there is good news!

As of June 1st 2014, changes have been implemented to the International Student Program by Immigration Canada for designated learning institutions. Part of these changes pertain to options for working off campus for students who hold a valid study permit, and VanArts is on this list of institutions (DLI #019331363352). 

To read more about these changes and how they may impact you, visit

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Inside VanArts: VFX Group Project

Jun 2, 2014

Check out our new featured video which takes you behind the scenes of our Visual Effects students' group project! Under the direction of instructor Jim Hebb, Founder of The Embassy VFX, students decided to create a short commercial spot for VanArts, using students from our Acting program in the hallways of our campus and a local motion capture studio. The commercial itself is currently in final stages of post-production, and will be released soon. 

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VanArts Grads Bring Maleficent to the Screen

May 28, 2014

Disney's new film Maleficent opens this weekend, with credits from 16 of our Visual Effects & Animation graduates:

Scott Eade - Head of Layout, MPC
Melaina Mace - Matte Painter, MPC
Blaine Toderian - Animator, MPC
Shane Wicklund - Compositor, MPC
Daniel Gonzalez - Compositor, ILM
Aaron Strasbourg - Stereo Paint Artist, Prime Focus
Mahima Kapoor - Roto Artist, Prime Focus
Prashant Raj - Roto Artist, Digital Domain
Alvin Grado - Compositor, Gener8
Xuelian Li - Compositor, Gener8
Lola Akinwusi - Asset Artist, Gener8
Steven Des Roches - Asset Artist, Gener8
Vikas Ganer - Asset Artist, Gener8
Anastazja Karolewska - Asset Artist, Gener8
Aren Kittelsen - Asset Artist, Gener8
Suresh Padmaraj - Asset Artist, Gener8

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Animation Grad Wins Top Award at Student Film Fest

May 28, 2014

Congratulations to 2D Animation graduate Spencer Soares, who won Best Canadian Film at the Toronto Student Film Festival, with his VanArts student film Take Your Son to Work DaySpencer currently works as a Harmony Animator at Atomic Cartoons in Vancouver, and he also recently participated as an exhibitor at the local Vancouver Comic Arts Festival (along with several other grads).

Spencer's success was also featured in an article for BC's daily newspaper The Province.
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VanArts Grad Credits on New X-Men

May 26, 2014

The newest film in the X-Men series, X-Men: Days of Future Past, opened at #1 at the box office this weekend, featuring credits and work from 9 VanArts graduates in Visual Effects for Film & Television

Alex Reinach - VFX Assoc. Production Coordinator, MPC
Boon Hoe Law - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Samuel Simanjuntak - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Yoan Souligoux - VFX Technical Director, MPC
Stacy Fish - Lighting Technical Director, MPC
David Lavoie - Jr. VFX Technical Director, Prime Focus
Rohit Nayak - Matte Painter, Digital Domain
Johnson Chuang - Matchmove Aritst, Method 
Carlos Guillen - Compositing Artist, Mokko Studio

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Journey from Ashcroft to Animation

May 23, 2014

VanArts welcomed a group of high school students this week from Ashcroft Secondary School in Ashcroft, British Columbia, who came to hear about the exciting post-secondary education that we offer for the media arts. For this special occasion, we invited one of their own alumni, Regan Greenwood, who came to VanArts' 2D/3D Character Animation program after graduating from Ashcroft. Regan is now working as an Animator at Atomic Cartoons here in Vancouver, and she took a short break from production to share about her experience with our guest students. read more about Journey from Ashcroft to Animation