Vancouver Film School (VFS)

General Information

Hands-on production experience, mentorship with working professionals, and a portfolio or demo reel showcasing your skills. All in just one year. VFS graduates contributed to The Lord of the Rings, Pirates of the Caribbean, Clerks, Lost, and Battlestar Galactica and work for companies like Pixar, Electronic Arts, and Lucasfilm.

Founded in 1987, it has achieved international recognition.The Vancouver Film School has campus locations around Downtown Vancouver and comprises six buildings.As part of the school's 20th anniversary in 2007, in August 2006 one million dollars was set aside in scholarships for new students. In March, 2008, Vancouver Film School and YouTube launched a competition for three full-tuition scholarships for the creators of the three videos submitted and voted as favorites by the YouTube community.

In November 2007, the school was ranked No. 5 worldwide by the American magazine "3D World," with criteria such as the distribution of student films and prizes in festivals around the world.

VFS offers one-year, hands-on production programs, including Film Production, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Acting for Film & Television, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Game Design, Makeup Design for Film & Television, Sound Design for Visual Media, and Writing for Film & Television. The school also runs a four-month Acting Essentials course and a 6-month Digital Character Animation program.

Programs

Filmmaking
3D Animation
Screenwriting

Degrees

BA

Film School Rating

Vancouver Film School (VFS) EXPOSED

Depending who you ask, this is the best and worst film school.

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Was it worth it? (Overall)
3.2

Vancouver Film School…the studio that ...

Equipment & Facilities
3.2

There is a lack of equipment but the ...

Instruction & Professors
1.6

Crappy teachers ( who are all last year's ...

Film Industry Connections
1.6

It's hard to make film industry connections ...

Hands-on Experience
2.4

You spend your first year not working on ...

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Quick Reviews & Comments

When you are thinking about

When you are thinking about pursuing a career in films then you would like to have a degree from the best school, surely it is not possible for everyone to get admission into Harvard but there are many other good B Schools around. Similarly you may not always be able to get enrolled into the best film schools but education from the top tier film schools is what we all desire.

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VFS offers one-year, hands-on

VFS offers one-year, hands-on production programs, including Film Production, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Classical Animation, Acting for Film & Television, Digital Design, Entertainment Business Management, Foundation Visual Art & Design, Game Design, Makeup Design for Film & Television, Sound Design for Visual Media, and Writing for Film & Television. The school also runs a four-month Acting Essentials course and a 6-month Digital Character Animation program.
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This is one of my favorite schools. Great !!
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I would like to ask whether

I would like to ask whether the Vancouver Film School has any dedicated course for music. I would love to have a degree in music but do not know where to start from. Any suggestions would be welcomed.

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I'm planning applying for

I'm planning applying for Script Writing Course? VFS had at the time, a great faculty. I've heard nothing but nice things about those instructors.
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In depth reviews...

If you're doing research you might want to check out http://www.artschoolreviews.ca/category/reviews/vancouver-film-school.

There are a bunch of full page reviews of various VFS programs offered, written by alumni who've been there.

Film Production
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While you get a good

While you get a good education, don't expect this place to look and feel like a real school. The facility is inside a leased floor in an office building. most obvious was how dirty everything is. the washrooms are never cleaned, neither is the carpet floors, or the microwave, etc, you get the picture. Also, the plumming is almost always leaking in the hallways, etc.

While 90% of the teachers weregreat, the other 10% were sooooo bad, it almost ruined the good ones, still the level of instruction was pretty great.
The labs and equipment were pretty resticted- we were only allowed use during the 'paint' and 'digital ink' part of the course. Outside of this time, forget hoping to practice anything, or even expanding your portfolio with the scanners and stuff.
For the films, you are given a lot of freedom, as long as its not offensive/hate/porn, so this is why the school does well. good instructors and the freedom to be creative with what we have.

to 'Jenb'

hey, it will only get to you if you let it. pick your friends wisely from your class and work with people who seem as dedicated as you. These guys will eventually be your co workers, and connections are everything in this business.
Also, lets not forget how wold-renown this vancouver fs is for the animation program. The alum are known for being super talented and successful. I would have loved to go here.

I have seen a lot of reviews

I have seen a lot of reviews which describe how there are some really really talented people in the program who are super dedicated but that they also admit students who have no talent and who end up complaining and dropping out of the program.
I am just wondering if you can elaborate a little about if/ how this effects the other students, I mean, there must be group work involved, what if you are grouped with lazy/ uninterested students? does this happen at all? I a super dedicated to learning all I can about filmmaking, but I really don't want to feel like my experience and learning is tainted by losers (sorry for the harsh language)... Basically, will this detract from me reaching my potential at ths school?

My experience at VFS

4

I graduated VFS (1yr film prod.) and successfully exhibited our film at festivals. Here's how we stood up compared to other film schools:
* We had the absolute best cinematography in the student category, our lighting was second to none.
* Relatedly, our color correction was the best. The whole color correction experience you get at VFS is excellent (but you have to get selected to be a DP though)
* Sound likewise - we had the best quality sound mix, due to excellent sound recording practices and great teachers.
* We weren't the worst, but were not as good as NYU or Columbia in terms of directing, these schools have more of a focus on directing. If you want to direct, VFS is still a good choice because it forces you to work in a professional environment with an AD, DP, etc - this is no "take a camera and shoot something".
* Our writing was middling - there is writing instruction at VFS, but not super.

Experiences at the school:
The other students varied considerably, there were some top notch people at VFS, and some not. They give scholarships to the strongest people, and then fill up the classes with others who pay the full fees. These other people can be incompetent, but the school is so demanding, these people do not often get the chance to get in the way. My advice here: make friends, not enemies (you can forget about them when you graduate).

One of the best things about VFS is that they have a top quality 3D CG program, so you get to meet people in that field.

There were some excellent teachers. Unfortunately the school bled it's best teachers because they found other opportunities out in the industry. Film History, for instance, is no longer what it once was.

Equipment is excellent. We did not shoot on 35mm but 16mm, but the transfer (done by Technicolor) was superb, so I don't think this is a drawback. When I attended there were no HMI's, (the focus was on lighting design, not technology which was good), but since then I believe they have changed this.

There are marks and there are tests. It can be tough to do well.

There isn't a great alumni network but some of our alumni are great. VFS is more practical, more Hollywood than most film programs.

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