A Message from Your Department Head
Nathan Leggatt is an online technology pioneer with vast experience in the web industry.
Watch this important message from Nathan explaining how our classes are running in a blended delivery method for local students during the pandemic, and how students outside Vancouver can opt to take the entire program online.
Meet Nicole Schouten
Nicole, from Atlanta Georgia, moved to Vancouver Canada in March 2020 to begin her studies in Web Development & Design.
In this video, she talks about the transition to online delivery in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how VanArts has sustained the high quality of education for her and her classmates.
Meet Italo Carillo
Italo, from Brazil, started at VanArts with no programming knowledge. Since graduating, he has used his skills to earn a lucrative job as a Front-End Web Developer.
In this video, he talks about his job and how VanArts helped him acquire the skills to get there.
Chat with Our Graduates
Italo joined in to this live Q&A webinar we hosted on Dec 3, 2020 — along with other current students and professional working graduates — to talk shop about working in the modern web industry.
Watch the entire conversation here:
Basics and Fundamentals of Commercial Website Development
At VanArts we start from the beginning with design basics and how to write code so candidates with no experience will not be overwhelmed. At the same time our industry-professional instructors pass on instrumental skills and principles which are often lost or overlooked by individuals with more experience in the related fields. Term 1 at VanArts sees you introduced to the industry standard tools for art and design. You will build a solid foundation in the area of design after learning the core concepts and key principles that make up the industry. The fundamentals of programming as well as how to effectively plan and develop your own scripts are taught. You will learn to code and design your own functional static websites from scratch. In the first term your introduction to project management sees you develop interpersonal and communication skills for dealing with clients. You will be exposed to key business trends such as online promotion and Search Engine Optimisation that will lead to improving your websites’ popularity, visibility and relevance.
HTML5 CSS SEO Programming Fundamentals Flow Charts Photoshop Illustrator Mock-Up Development Blogging & Content Development Latest Design Trends Online Promotion
Refining Your Skills
Term 2 is all about refining your design and coding skills. You graduate from creating static sites to highly dynamic, interactive and enriched websites. Responsive design and adopting a mobile first approach to development are key areas of note in this term. The business concepts of online web analytics and how to increase conversion rates to maximise monetization and business exposure are taught. In programming you will learn the world’s most popular web development languages. You will develop your critical thinking skills to the point where you will write code that will not only improve user experience but also solve complex problems. Design-wise, you will become highly proficient in Photoshop and Illustrator developing detailed mock ups not only for the digital world but for print media as well. By the end of this second term, you will be able to build and design a custom-programmed Content Management System (CMS).
Real Life Client Interaction and Team-Based Project Management
In Term 3 a big emphasis is placed on learning the industry’s most highly sought after Front-End development frameworks. These modern advances in web technology are incredibly important industry skills to have in today’s market and will allow you to vastly increase the interactive capabilities of your projects. Students learn how to design compelling user interfaces for eCommerce applications and how to improve overall design usability across a wide range of web development disciplines. You will study the history and trends of typography and will employ these new skills to develop your own personal font. Students will embark on a major team project that sees them adopt the highly popular Agile Scrum software development methodology. This will prepare you for working in technology start-ups, big web/software companies and design agencies. You will put your skills in project management to the test as Term 3 sees you develop live projects for real clients.
Angular.js Node.js Font Pairing Expressive Typography UI Typography Wordpress Development Monogram Design Agile Scrum Project Management XML Git & GitHub AJAX 3D WebGL User Experience (UX) Design Creative Planning Strategy Resume/Interview Preparation
Developing Entrepreneurship and Preparing for Industry
The goal of Term 4 is to finish and polish, to inspire, and to allow your creativity to emerge in a more powerful, meaningful and professional way. Your key focus is on creating your portfolio and preparing intensively for your new career. In addition to setting you up for the rigors of a freelance, agency or industry career, Term 4 seeks to spark your entrepreneurial persona by taking you through the process of developing your own viable business venture and seeing it through to test launch. As a student you will learn to develop cross platform mobile applications for iPhone, Android and Windows Phone. Throughout this process, emphasis is placed on keeping usability and user experience at the forefront and staying in-line with best design practices. You will learn to develop useful plugins for the lucrative WordPress market and will perfect your overall design planning, presenting and artistic skill set. Your programming skills will be honed to allow you to interface with the biggest platform APIs in the world such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Ultimately as Term 4 draws to a close, as a VanArts graduate you will have become a very versatile and competent professional that is fit, prepared and excited for the thriving web industry.
PhoneGap jQuery Mobile InDesign MongoDB Adobe Premiere Pro Video Production & Editing Business Planning & Strategy APIs for Facebook, Twitter & YouTube React.js Angular 4 Typescript UX Personas Wordpress Theme Development
Nathan LeggattDepartment Head
Working in technology for almost 20 years, Nathan has founded a number of companies including Abendago, an international online software firm which produces back-end web services for small to medium sized businesses. At Abendago Nathan set the technical direction of the company, worked with developers, managed projects and oversaw a team of developers. In 2008 Nathan founded a startup, raised money, secured patents, and networked with influential tech leaders from Facebook, Yahoo, Dropbox, Twitter, and Microsoft. Nathan was also invited to present at some of the largest technology conferences in North America, including DEMO, MetaBridge, and SXSW. Along with other affiliations and accolades, Nathan is an alumni of the invite-only C100 in the Valley, and has been covered in TechVibes, Startup North, Startup America, The Globe and Mail, Business in Vancouver and Yahoo Finance for his technical accomplishments. Producing over 500 software projects during his career, many of which he was directly responsible for the entire coding stack, makes Nathan an ideal member of the VanArts Interactive Design Program. In his spare time, Nathan enjoys hiking, backpacking and having coffee with other entrepreneurial individuals.
Alicia Carvalho is a certified graphic designer with a number of years of experience, working both with in-house teams and running her own design studio. Formally trained as a print designer with a keen eye for composition she excels in all things layout design and typography. However, worked closely with both marketing teams and web developers she has a deep understanding of how design can work across a variety of on and offline mediums. In her studio Alicia works with a variety of small to medium-sized businesses, specializing in branding and custom type projects.
Anup has worked in software for over 15 years in customer facing software roles developing websites, mobile apps, API’s and integrations. He founded a web design business named InSkyDesign which he ran for 10 years. In 2015 he founded a start-up named gitSQL which brought him over to Vancouver on a business trip. He fell in love with the city and moved to Vancouver in 2019 from Great Britain. He now works at PAI Health as a Lead Software Engineer as well as directing technical development of gitSQL as CTO. In his spare time he loves spend time with his wife and two young boys, exploring Canada.
Patrick is the Executive Director for DigiBC, a non-profit organziation that represents BC’s diverse digital industries, such as video games, digital marketing, wireless technologies and digital visual effects. Previous to his time at DigiBC, Patrick served for five years as the Creative Director and Senior Copywriter for a digital marketing agency. Before that, he created a popular movie news website called Coming Attractions that broke hundreds of scoops about blockbuster Hollywood films. He is an experienced digital leader in the areas of: creative direction, team leadership, copywriting, ideation, eCommerce strategy, growth hacking, social media, gamification and world-building. He has received a Top Entertainment Website Award from IGN (2000), was nominated for a Webby Award (1999), and has been interviewed by the New York Times, Vanity Fair, People, Entertainment Weekly & others about online subjects. Patrick has created, supervised and launched successful strategies for websites, e-mail campaigns, social media and viral campaigns for over 60+ companies working for digital marketing agencies. His focus is on delivering a positive return on investment, be it for a VanArts graduate just launching their new online business, or an established bricks-and-mortar business seeking to up their digital results.
Scott has been a media producer, consultant and instructor since 1997. Most recently he has worked with Identify Photo on a number of video productions as a producer and sound engineer for non-profit organizations and is an active musician and entertainer. Scott’s work experience also includes many years with the Gulf Islands Film & Television School as 3D Animation program manager, soundtrack composer, video mentor and co-producer of the school’s official YouTube Channel launch. He has developed websites, print materials and produced animation for his award-winning short Frog Song, the documentary Contact the People (2002 Sundance Film Festival premiere), plus sound design for Lisa Jackson’s NFB short Suckerfish and Richard Reeves’ camera-less animated film 1:1
Yuvraj Singh is carrying on with a miraculous experience from a peculiar journey, starting as a nominee in Guinness Book, further getting the title of Child Prodigy by Yahoo! & Accenture, and currently working with the vision to outreach new heights in the field of information technology. He started playing with the computer when he was 4, and did his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from India. He believes in sharing knowledge rather than keeping it to himself, and always up for working on an idea that can make an impact on human life.
Mustafa is a Full Stack Web Developer with over 10 years’ experience working at companies like Oracle, Foresee, Bitstew Systems, DNN, etc. He began his career as a Web Designer and then went on to work on various platforms and technologies. He is working on his current startup, a maker/retail sharing app called Coshelf, and is also assisting various startups in Vancouver and Canada, He is an expert on front-end frameworks, which he sees as a mix of logic and visualization, and a new medium for thinking and communicating.
Thomas Girard is an Emerging Scholar award recipient and MA GLS Candidate at Simon Fraser University (SFU). He has an undergraduate design degree from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, and was accepted to Royal College of Art, London, but chose to study at SFU with opportunity to do coursework at Wolfson College, Oxford. Girard is currently an Instructor at his alma mater, where he teaches certificate and degree level interaction design in their pioneering offerings.
Sarah Thompson believes in creative, thoughtful, and results-based design practices. With over 7 years experience in the design world along with owning and operating an agency, she has a zeal for all things branding related, from project conceptualization to completion.
Steve is a IT professional with over 35 years of field experience. After obtaining a degree in Computer Science, he went overseas where he spend about 10 years in Japan and Singapore, working as a programmer and IT consultant for various financial institutions. Returning to Canada in 1999, he has been running his own IT consultancy for 20 years. His customer base is mainly small and medium sized business in the lower mainland who want to make a good online impression with websites, and social media. His main strengths are the technical side of Word Press, theme and plugin development, PHP programming and website hosting.
Terry is a seasoned web professional with a career spanning nearly 20 years. He has worked with a wide variety of organiaztions and continues to do so as the Creative Director and Principal of Vibe9, a website design and development company he founded in 2003.
Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts – Honours in Geography from the University of British Columbia as well as a Certificate in Internet Marketing from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. Terry is a self taught designer and front-end developer. Terry has a keen interest and a wealth of experience in the planning, design and development of modern websites and touchscreen applications.
In his spare time, you are likely to find Terry playing guitar or catching air on his bike in Squamish with his wife and two boys.
Terry is one of those passionate people who always has something new to learn, knowledge to share, and a smile to give.
Program Duration12 Months
Next Start DatesSeptember 7, 2021 March 14, 2022 September 6, 2022 March 13, 2023
As a leading centre for new digital media, Vancouver is the ideal place to study Web Development and Interactive Design. At VanArts, you will receive the city's only program which offers a 40-40-20 split between web design, programming and business development, all under the guidance of working professionals in the field. Through hands-on classes based on current and future trends for web and mobile development and design, you emerge fully equipped with the necessary skills and industry contacts to launch your career in this thriving industry.
Here at VanArts we are proud to watch our graduates become fully-fledged developers over the course of the program. Our students work as UX designers for creative agencies, as front-end developers for tech companies and have gone on to launch their own successful freelance businesses.
This program has been approved by the Registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
VanArts has articulation agreements in place with several well established universities/colleges in Canada, the USA, Australia, and the UK. These degree pathways allow you to complete your bachelor’s degree in as little as one year after your studies at VanArts. This gives you the advantage of two credentials; a professional diploma and an undergraduate degree. These partnerships may not only save you money in tuition cost, but allows you to transition easily from VanArts to the partner institution while continuing your educational pathway in your chosen field of study. For international students, completing your BA degree in as little as two years of additional study with our local university partners provides you with the option to apply for a Canadian work permit, which may lead to permanent residency or Canadian citizenship. This list represents the pathways, universities and specific degrees available for graduates of Web Development & Interactive Design at VanArts:
10% deposit upon acceptance to hold your seat
40% six weeks prior to start date
50% by end of Term 1 (3 months into studies)