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Attend Our Next OPEN HOUSE (In-Person) or INFO SESSION (Online)

Are you ready to explore the vibrant world of digital media and arts at one of the leading art schools in Vancouver? Join us for an exclusive Open House at the VanArts, where you’ll:
  • Discover the latest grad success stories
  • Experience student created works, including playable video games
  • Witness behind the scenes magic at the greatest media arts college in the world
Local to Vancouver? Come visit our campus, meet our students and apply in-person.
(Click the link below to register.)
  • Wednesday, July 3, 2024
    5pm to 8pm - Drop In Anytime!
Can’t visit us in person? No worries! Our Online Info Session brings the VanArts, the art Institute of Vancouver experience to you. Join us to discover why we are the premier art school in Vancouver. Our online info session is perfect for those who want to understand what makes VanArts stand out among art schools in BC. Located in the bustling hub of Vancouver, our programs are designed to provide you with the skills needed to thrive in the dynamic fields of film, game production, animation, visual effects, and digital media.
From anywhere in the world, join us on Zoom for an interactive info session about everything VanArts!
(Click the link below to register.)
  • 2D/3D Character Animation
  • Acting for Film & Television
  • Acting Foundations
  • Art Foundation
  • Professional Photography
  • Game Art & Design
  • Visual Effects for Film & TV
  • Web Development & Digital Design
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3 Great Reasons to Attend VanArts

Our Grads are Working

Within 6 months of graduation, over 90% of our students begin working in their chosen field. Those who work in the animation, visual effects, video game and film industries have their names in the credits of popular movies, TV shows and games. VanArts grads are everywhere, walking the halls of the top studios in Vancouver and beyond. We love seeing our graduates appear on the screen, and the entertainment industry is always looking for fresh talent. You could be the next one to join them.

Our alumni network keeps expanding thanks to industry relationships and a curriculum that is made to match the needs of the real world. Numerous success stories of our alumni uplift prospective students and improve our standing as a prominent establishment among art schools in Vancouver.

The industry knows that the VanArts, the art Institute of Vancouver will turn out competent experts. As a VanArts graduate, you become a part of a family of artists influencing the direction of entertainment.

Graduation Success

Our Grads are Successful

We are constantly hearing stories from our graduates and their successful careers. Whether they are working in a studio, winning awards, traveling the world as photographers, or building the next generation of apps and online businesses, every VanArts grad has their own unique story to tell. Whatever you want to accomplish creatively and professionally, VanArts can give you the tools for a successful career.

With every accomplishment, they demonstrate that an education with VanArts, acts as a springboard for a rewarding career rather than merely a stepping stone. As one of the premier art schools, VanArts equips students with the skills and industry connections necessary to excel.

By selecting VanArts, you’re joining a group of forward-thinking individuals who are influencing digital media and the arts, making it the art institute Vancouver is proud to have.

Campus Acting - Andrew Fleming

Living in Vancouver or Plan to Visit? Sit in on a Class

Committing to go to school is a big decision. VanArts wants you to be 100% comfortable that you’re making the best choice, which is why we open our doors and let you check out what it’s like to be a student here. If you are local to Vancouver or plan on visiting the city, speak to our admissions advisors and they will help you set a date and time to be a student for a day. You can ask questions of the students and instructors, explore our hallways, and get a feel for the school.

There’s no better way to understand the unique energy and creative atmosphere at VanArts than by experiencing it yourself.

Within a class, you’ll witness the hands-on learning and collaborative spirit that define our programs. As a leading art school in Vancouver, VanArts offers an educational experience that stands out among all the other art schools.

Contact Us today to schedule your visit and see for yourself why VanArts is the right choice for your creative future!

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Come To VanArts

VanArts was founded in 1995 with Academy-Award winning animator/director Lee Mishkin as its founding program director. Recognizing the industry’s need for a skilled and specialized workforce, for over 25 years VanArts has offered a variety of highly focused diploma programs designed to prepare students for work in specific areas of the media arts including Visual Effects Production, Game Art & Design, Character Animation, Professional Photography, Acting for Film & Television, and Web Development & Design.

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What Students Say About VanArts

“Only one month after graduation I landed my first job at Cinesite, and then at Digital Domain. I am currently at Disney Vancouver working on Moana 2, and it is awesome.”

Carina Lotecki, CFX Artist
Walt Disney Animation Studios, Vancouver

“I discovered a love for film animation at VanArts. I’ve been in the industry for over 15 years, working for Dreamworks, Sony, WETA, and now loving my job at Disney. It’s a dream come true.”

Chatrasal Singh, Senior/Lead Animator
Walt Disney Animation Studios, California

“I had absolutely no experience in Web before joining VanArts. I learned programming languages and the logic behind them, making it easy for me to understand what to do and how to do it. It made me ready for the job.”

Italo Carillo, Front End Web Developer

“I graduated with honours at VanArts. The most important thing I took from the program, in addition to a solid foundation of skills, was the network of people I had the opportunity to meet, of which several have developed into important career relationships.”

Kelsey Hale, Professional Photographer

“I love visual art, movement, and telling stories, so my life goal was to find a way to do that professionally. My credits now include The Last Kids on Earth for Netflix and several Peanuts specials for Apple TV.”

Meg Leader, 2D Animator
WildBrain Studios, Vancouver

“I chose VanArts because of their detailed curriculum, industry-pro faculty, and the chance to replicate a live game project studio pipeline. I joined Remedy and have delivered 3 titles, Control, Control DLC, and Alan Wake 2.”

Raja Ghosh, Sr. Environment Artist
Remedy Entertainment Plc, Espoo, Finland

“The year I spent at VanArts was a dream come true, lots of work and totally worth it. Everything I learned helped me take my skills to the next level and get a job in the most important place for animation: Vancouver!”

Samuel Rico, Crowds Supervising Animator
Sony Pictures Imageworks, Vancouver

“The overall vibe at VanArts convinced me. I got my first gig soon after graduation, and booked roles in multiple film & television series. There’s always so much more to learn which is why I love doing it.”

Thomas Nicholson, Professional Actor