In addition to the skills taught in the program itself, VanArts is well connected to the industries we serve. Many of our instructors are still active in the industry, able to make recommendations and referrals to art directors and supervisors. Departments also arrange for guest speaker & studio recruitment presentations and tours of local studios. Studio reps have visited classrooms specifically looking for fresh talent, and many of these visits have resulted in job offers on the spot.
Final demo reels from graduating classes are shared regularly with our own database of industry contacts, and Student Services maintains communication with graduates about job opportunities, animation festivals, and local industry events.
There are several annual events for these industries in Vancouver, including the Spark FX/Animation Festivals, R2R Behind the Scenes Expo, and many others. We will notify you when these events are happening.
Other useful resources include, but are not limited to:
Vancouver SIGGRAPH Facebook Group
Above all else, it’s the relationships made at VanArts with instructors and classmates that lead to golden career opportunities for anyone who works hard, stays in touch, and is dedicated to being professional about their craft.