"VanArts was a great experience for me. I learned more there in one year than in four years in University. VanArts pushed me and expected me to do the best I possibly could. Not only did I learn how to prepare myself for a studio environment by learning the animation principles, but the school also taught me to work hard and smart. Time management is so crucial to the success of your professional and personal work, and I've been able to take what I've learned at VanArts into my current and future projects."
-Rory Neil, Flash Animator @ Toonzone Studios
VanArts caught up with several of our past graduates at the Spark Animation Festival in Vancouver, September 8-12, 2010. Here is what they had to say about the animation program and their professional careers.
"After graduating from VanArts, I worked in an animation company in Mexico City, as a 3D animator on TV commercials. A guy who worked at PDI (Antz, Shrek and Madagascar) owns the company, and before too long I was hired to work in a CG feature film."
-Rolando Bonilla, Animator, Mexico
"I was attracted to VanArts because their program specializes in animation. Studying the 2D Animation Diploma Program, I hoped to learn the industry-based skills and principles of character animation through the personal instruction that VanArts offers in the relaxed atmosphere of Vancouver. The progress I have made because of the quality of the teaching exceeded the expectations I had when I joined the school."
-Mike Cusack, Animator, Motion Picture Company, UK
“Even though I’m using a computer now, everything I know about animation I learned from the 2D program at VanArts and the fantastic instructors there.”
-Alan Rogers, Animator, Space Chimps, Ice Age: The Meltdown
"I found that VanArts was a great asset in my continuing education in the arts. The small class allowed the teachers to give me one on one attention when I needed it. Their passion for the animation field shined through in their teachings. VanArts started me on the road to a field that I love. I can't imagine doing anything else with my life and VanArts was there to prepare me!"
J. Meeka Stuart - Animation Director, Pip Animation Studios, Ottawa