Vancouver Film School (VFS) is ranked the #1 Canadian and #1 International animation program, according to Animation Career Review. In fact, VFS has topped ACR’s Canadian list for the past five years and their international list for the past three. For this success, VFS credits their one-of-a-kind educational model – fast-paced, production-based industry programs that get students trained, hired, and working in the creative industries in just 12 months.
VFS’s School of Animation features three unique advanced production programs: 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, and Animation Concept Art. The 3D program – where students can master 3D Animation, Modelling, or Visual Effects – remains the most popular, due to an explosive 3D & VFX industry that’s always hungry for new animators.
About Vancouver Film School and the animation industry itself, Colin Giles, head of VFS’s School of Animation, adds: “VFS has graduated thousands of artists over the past 30 years that are now working and leading the industry around the globe. We have an immersive, production-based education model. It’s fast paced, and our one-year intensive diploma programs give students direct training in their field of choice.”
There’s never been a better time to start an animation career in the billion 3D & VFX industry where animators are always hired and always working.
1. The animation industry is colossal
He continues, “We have over 55,000 square feet of production space, a wide scoping industry mentorship program, a large full-time staff of experienced professionals, and a direct onsite relationship with Canada’s leading performance capture studio Beyond Capture. Locally here in Vancouver, the animation industry has grown by about 300% in some cases. There is so much content being created and produced that there are simply more opportunities across a wider spectrum of the industry for graduates.”
2. Vancouver is the #1 animation hub in the world
There are over 60 animation studios in Vancouver, and VFS has an in with all of them. At VFS, you’ll network with professionals from the likes of Disney, Sony, Bardel, Industrial Light and Magic, Method Studios, Double Negative, Mainframe Studios, Zoic, Atomic Cartoons, Titmouse, Imagine Engine, & many more around Vancouver and the world. You won’t have to wait to join the industry AFTER school – you’ll be joining it AT SCHOOL.
3. VFS trains animators faster than anyone
A 3D Animation education at VFS not only sets you up for success in 3D & VFX – it also opens doors in an industry catering to more than 2.5 billion gamers worldwide. Worth over 0 billion in 2021 and projected to reach 7 billion by 2025, the video game industry is the largest in the entertainment world. And, with an expected 3,000+ new animation jobs in games by 2028, there will continue to be a demand in the video game industry for you!
4. VFS trains animators for the video game industry too
The demand for animators in the 3D & VFX industry is colossal, and Vancouver Film School’s 3D Animation & Visual Effects program can get you there in one short year. Your opportunity starts now.
5. There will always be work for animators
Animators are ALWAYS working and ALWAYS hired. VFS alumni are consistently credited on the highest grossing films, TV shows, & games in the industry, from Spider Man: No Way Home to Game of Thrones and Halo Infinite. The longevity of your animation career is undeniable.
6. Our alumni go on to be industry leaders
Take it from Oscar-winning VFS alum Lino DiSalvo (Frozen): “You will have work in this industry forever. People will want to work with you, and you will be a rockstar.” There has never been a better time for you to start your animation career.
Now more than ever, the 3D & VFX industry needs animators. In fact – in 2020, there were over 62,000 animation jobs in the US alone! In 2021, the animation industry was valued at .34 billion and is expected to more than double in size to billion by 2028.
Despite the job uncertainty that looms over many industries, one thing’s for certain: there’s never been a better time to start your animation career. But why exactly is that? And why is VFS the best option?
The bottom line – VFS gets you industry-ready in just 12 months. That’s faster than all traditional 4-year programs. Learn the ins and outs of 3D & VFX quickly so you can start gaining experience and earning immediately.