About School

VanArts was founded in 1995 with Academy-Award winning animator/director Lee Mishkin as its' program director. Recognizing the industry’s need for a skilled and specialized workforce, for 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, 2D & 3D Character Animation, Professional Photography, Acting for Film & Television, Web Development, and Broadcasting & Online Media.

Thousands of VanArts graduates work around the world in creative industries. Our alumni have won Emmys, Golden Globes, Oscars, Visual Effects Society awards and D.I.C.E. Video Game awards.

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VanArts is located on four floors in downtown Vancouver. We are steps away from major VFX, video game and animation studios. Lunch rooms are on every floor, there is a rec room with pool table, and our classrooms are secured by ID passcard and door codes.

Employment Rates

Over all programs there is a 92% employment rate within 6 months from graduation.

Student Showcase

Take a look at some of the traditional and digital artwork VanArts - Vancouver Institute of Media Arts students produce during their education.

Regina V. Esteva

Games have been my biggest passion and safe haven since I was a kid. I've always wanted to work in games and my love for architecture made Environment Art the perfect fit for me. I've been preparing a...

Kim Justine Cangcungco

I realized it when I was younger, creating things from scratch and just being creative. And the inspiration came from sketching, drawing a lot during my childhood days.

Atul Kshirsagar

It's almost a year back when I decided to take proper training in the Visual Effects field. My passion for movies & films always kept me on the edge and made me curious about things going behind a per...

Harsh Mistry | Lead FX TF, Digital Domain

After graduating from VanArts I got a offer from Method Studios. If you know what you’re doing and you have got the passion, this is the place that you should be.


VanArts’ programs are united by one single focus: to make you the best creatively, intellectually and emotionally for an exciting career in your chosen profession. In short, we want you to learn the skills that make you job ready to work in Animation, VFX or Game Art.

2D/3D Character Animation

The school's Character Animation diploma program at VanArts places your focus on character animation through body mechanics and performance, and strong foundation training in modeling, lighting, character building and art direction.

We are the go-to school for training in industry-standard softwares MAYA for 3D and Toon Boom's HARMONY for 2D, with students in the 2D stream using modern 19-inch Yiynova tablets.

Animation courses in story, visual language and life drawing support your development as a character animator, all guided by award-winning faculty with experience working at studios such as Disney, Dreamworks and Industrial Light & Magic.

Game Art & Design

The Game Art & Design diploma program is a hybrid of traditional and digital art, right from foundation to specialization. Here you get to focus your craft in creating concept art and assets for the film, game and television industries, with an equal emphasis on art development for mobile gaming and 3D console games.

The instructors in our game design courses are industry leaders who will educate you on best practices. They will prepare you for work in 2D/3D environments, character modeling, lighting, texturing, interface design and concept development. Get valuable feedback from and make connections with guest speakers and industry VIPs.

Visual Effects for Film & Television

VanArts' diploma program in Visual Effects for Film & Television is the leading destination for training in a rapidly growing and booming work force.

We have been recognized by SideFX Software as a certified Houdini Training Partner. In addition to HOUDINI, our Visual Effects program instructs students in other leading industry tools, such as MAYA and NUKE.

As a certified Houdini training program, all Visual Effects students receive a free commercial license of Houdini from SideFX Software ($2,000 value) upon graduation.

Your journey as a visual effects artist at VanArts is simple: master the tools, specialize in achieving visual and technical quality, and produce a professional demo reel based on what studio supervisors and recruiters want to see.

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