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Rozhin Moslemi

Jaemin Hwang

Rozhin Moslemi

Nelson Fernandes Junior

Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media Diploma

Credential
Diploma

Duration
2 year(s)

Prepare for an exciting career in Vancouver's growing special effects industry with training in Capilano University's Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media Diploma program.

Learn from dedicated instructors who have years of experience working in film and TV while developing your skills in digital compositing, modelling and texturing, animation, special effects software, matte painting, lighting and rendering and more.

Gain a solid understanding of production methods and developing distinctive content while learning on the same equipment used by the VFX pros who create engrossing visual worlds on the big screen.

Study your craft on cutting-edge tools in Capilano University's state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Our facilities include virtual reality and motion capture-equipped studios, Cintiq drawing tablets, high-speed render farms, professional filmmaking equipment and 3D printers.

When you graduate from this intensive two-year program, you'll have an impressive demo reel to show to prospective employers and be ready to work in any film or television special effects department.

As of the Fall 2021 intake, this is the new name of the former Digital Visual Effects diploma program. Students admitted into the Fall 2021 intake onwards will graduate under this new program name.

Learning outcomes

  • Work with complex computer graphics technologies applicable to the visual effects industry, including writing computer code to control advanced effects software.
  • Be proficient in a range of visual effects skills and have the ability to analyze the appropriate technology use for the specific creative needs of a production pipeline.
  • Be motivated and engaged in on-going and self-directed learning in the technology, development and creative processes of visual effects and future technologies relevant to their industries.
  • Create and develop their own creative content and intellectual properties, with the potential to produce these projects independently and to evaluate the strategic and appropriate market potential for independent or studio projects.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the visual effects industry, as well as its organizations, production companies and cultural communities.
  • Engage in the growth of community and partnership within the field.
  • To analyze and implement the technical, conceptual and artistic processes necessary to produce high quality work as independent filmmakers, or as part of the production pipeline for a production company or studio visual effects team.
  • Demonstrate a professional and collaborative attitude, excellence in interpersonal skills and communications, and will understand the roles, responsibilities and relationships within a production team.

Intakes

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 6, 2020 – Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 5, 2021

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 23, 2021

Important dates

Applications open

Oct 5, 2021 – Aug 2, 2022

Portfolio dates

submissions accepted Oct 5, 2021 — March 11, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting start

Jul 4, 2022

Fee payment deadline

4:00 PM - Aug 22, 2022

NOTE: Important dates may change.

How to Apply

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay an application fee of $50, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs. 
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If you are currently in Grade 12, you must request that the Ministry of Education submit your transcript directly to Capilano University.
  • Documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio.

Applicants must submit their portfolio through the online portal SlideRoom.

upload to SlideRoom

Your portfolio should include 10–24 images. These images could consist of the following:

  • Scans or photographs of artwork (drawings, paintings, sculptures, props),
  • photography,
  • videos,
  • animations,
  • website designs,
  • graphic designs.

The portfolio should simply reflect a passion for image-making, be it digital or traditional. Solid knowledge of photography/cinematography, with a strong background in computer skills, is an asset.

An interview might be requested if more information is required and the applicants we wish to interview will be contacted by email. In-person interviews are preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged.

In addition to uploading a portfolio, you will also be required to answer some questions that address your interests and reasons for applying to the Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media diploma program.

High school and post-secondary transcripts are required and will be requested through the Registrar’s Office.

Once you create your account in SlideRoom, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission as much as you like but remember that we can review it only after you click the SUBMIT button!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2022

  • Apply to Capilano University before submitting your portfolio to SlideRoom. 
  • The deadline for uploading a portfolio is March 11, 2022.

Late applications will be accepted if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. Please contact vfx@capilanou.ca for more information.

If possible, applicants are encouraged to attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions about our programs.

For students who have previously attended post-secondary, even though you submitted a digital copy of your transcripts on EducationPlannerBC, you must submit official university or college transcripts for transfer credit.

Please send all official documents to:

Registrar's Office
Birch Building, Room BR230
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and the signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing university or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Once you've been accepted into a program, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
  • If you wish to receive transfer credits, please submit official university/college/International Baccalaureate (IB)/Advanced Placements (AP) transcripts either electronically or by mail:

     

    Registrar's Office
    Birch Building, Room BR230
    2055 Purcell Way
    North Vancouver, BC
    V7J 3H5

Admitted Students

Most CapU programs need proof that you:

Every student must apply to CapU through EducationPlannerBC (EPBC), a website for applying to universities and colleges across British Columbia.

Visit Apply Now to make sure you're ready to fill in your application.

  • When you submit your application, you will need to pay a non-refundable application fee of C$135, which gives you the opportunity to apply for 2 programs.
  • You will need to upload a digital (PDF) copy of your transcripts and supporting documents at this time.
  • If your original transcripts and supporting documents are not written in English, please submit a translated copy.
Apply on EPBC

After submitting your application on EducationPlannerBC you will receive an acknowledgement message from us to your personal email.

  • This email will include your Student ID number and your myCapU account and email address.
  • Instructions on how to track your application will also be included.
  • All future messages from us will be sent to your myCapU email.
  • If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.
Funding for International Students

Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio.

Applicants must submit their portfolio through the online portal SlideRoom.

upload to SlideRoom

Your portfolio should include 10–24 images. These images could consist of the following:

  • Scans or photographs of artwork (drawings, paintings, sculptures, props),
  • photography,
  • videos,
  • animations,
  • website designs,
  • graphic designs.

The portfolio should simply reflect a passion for image-making, be it digital or traditional. Solid knowledge of photography/cinematography, with a strong background in computer skills, is an asset.

An interview might be requested if more information is required and the applicants we wish to interview will be contacted by email. In-person interviews are preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged.

In addition to uploading a portfolio, you will also be required to answer some questions that address your interests and reasons for applying to the Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media diploma program.

High school and post-secondary transcripts are required and will be requested through the Registrar’s Office.

Once you create your account in SlideRoom, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission as much as you like but remember that we can review it only after you click the SUBMIT button!

Important Dates and Deadlines

Fall 2022

  • Apply to Capilano University before submitting your portfolio to SlideRoom. 
  • The deadline for uploading a portfolio is March 11, 2022.

Late applications will be accepted if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. Please contact vfx@capilanou.ca for more information.

If possible, applicants are encouraged to attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions about our programs.

You've already sent digital copies of your transcripts to EducationPlannerBC as part of your CapU application, but we also need physical copies of your official high school, college or university transcripts.

If you're applying to CapU as a new student, you can use your myCapU account to apply for entrance awards.

Please send your official documents to:

Capilano University
Centre for International Experience, Room LB127
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, B.C.
V7J 3H5

Official documents may include:

Students must submit official high school and university or college transcripts for admission.

These documents must be sent directly from that institution to Capilano University. They must include the seal of the institution and signature of the authorizing school representative.

We will accept photocopies of transcripts if certified by the authorizing high school, university, or college officer. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Students may also submit photocopies of academic documents verified by the issuing authority. These authorities include the Ministry of Education, the high school, university, or college, the apostille* or by the appropriate examination board.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

*Apostille countries refers to an international form of a notary seal as certified by the Hague convention. These would be official notary documents from countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, etc. and can be accepted in place of original or school-certified documents. The Apostille is prepared by either the Ministry of Education or the Ministry of Justice in these countries.

Please note: Documents issued in a language other than English must also include certified English translations. Documents must be in the original language of the issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

An academic document is original if issued to the student by the institution following that institution’s policies.

Notarized copies are not acceptable.

If you are accepted into a program, you will receive a letter of offer in your myCapU email inbox.

  • You will need to confirm your acceptance into the program by paying a tuition deposit outlined in your letter of offer.
  • This deposit will go towards your first-semester tuition once you are registered for courses at CapU.

After paying your tuition deposit, you will receive a letter of acceptance in your myCapU inbox. This may be used to apply for, or renew, a study permit.

  • Depending on your citizenship, you may also need to apply for an entry visa.
Permits & Visas

Once you've been accepted into a program and have applied for your study permit, you'll need to start planning your courses.

  • You will be notified of your acceptance through your CapU email and your myCapU account.
  • View our page for admitted international students to learn how to prepare for your first day.
Info for Admitted International Students

Apply Now

Are you ready to rise to the challenge?

Apply now to CapU

Transfer Students

Find out how you can transfer your credits from another post-secondary institution to CapU.

Applying as a Transfer Student

Returning Students

If you're returning to CapU to complete your program or to apply into a new program, please contact the Registrar's Office.

Contact Registrar's Office

Switching Programs

If you want to change your program of study, you need to submit a new application to CapU.

Re-apply to CapU

Tuition and Fees

Are you applying as a domestic or as an international student?

Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $19,498 $1,638 $21,136
Year 2 $19,498 $1,638 $21,136
Total $38,996 $3,276 $42,272
Tuition Fees Total
Year 1 $33,921 $1,638 $35,559
Year 2 $33,921 $1,638 $35,559
Total $67,842 $3,276 $71,118

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Required Courses

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
VFX 100Visual Effects Foundation I3.00 credits
VFX 110Digital Compositing I3.00 credits
VFX 120Visual Effects Modelling and Texturing I3.00 credits
VFX 130Visual Effects Animation I3.00 credits
VFX 140Digital Matte Painting I3.00 credits

 

Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits
VFX 101Visual Effects Foundation II3.00 credits
VFX 111Digital Compositing II3.00 credits
VFX 121Visual Effects Modelling and Texturing II3.00 credits
VFX 131Visual Effects Animation II3.00 credits

 

Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
VFX 200Visual Effects Lighting and Rendering3.00 credits
VFX 205Visual Effects Production I3.00 credits
VFX 210Digital Compositing III3.00 credits
VFX 231Visual Effects Animation III3.00 credits
VFX 240Digital Matte Painting II3.00 credits

 

Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

Required:
CMNS 133Business Writing for Digital Visual Effects3.00 credits
VFX 215Visual Effects Production II9.00 credits
VFX 220Visual Effects Demo Reel3.00 credits

Total program credits: 60.00

Have a question?

Get in touch with us!

About this program

Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media
604 986 7516
vfx@capilanou.ca

About this program

School of Motion Picture Arts
604 983 7516
Bosa Centre for Film and Animation
vfx@capilanou.ca

General inquiries

Student Information Services
Birch Building, room BR230

604-984-4900
604-984-1798 (fax)
registration@capilanou.ca