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World-Class Faculty

All of our Department Heads and instructors at VanArts are top industry professionals with industry work experience. They are here because of their passion for teaching and desire to help you become a creative professional they can proudly work alongside.

Compared to the broad general curriculum offered at many other schools, programs at VanArts are much more focused and specialized. Because of our size and strong industry connections, we can quickly adapt what we teach to ensure your education is based on the skills you need to work in your chosen field.

Specialized, Adaptable Curriculum

Through a small, focused classroom environment you will receive substantial one-on-one attention from your instructors. You will have your own personal workstation for the year and the close-knit collaboration with your peers and faculty will lead to lifelong friendships and partnerships.

Small Class Sizes

More than half of our student body are from all over the world, which expands your network in an increasingly global industry. If you wish to continue your studies after graduating from VanArts, degree pathways are available through our university partners in Canada, United States, UK, Australia and New Zealand.

An International Network


In Just One Year You Could Have Your Dream Job


Ready to Start? 

Take a quick look behind-the-scenes of our purpose-built campus in beautiful Vancouver BC.



2D Character Animation

  • Great for cartoon fans
  • Crosses over with comics & illustration
  • Harmony software industry-standard
  • Many jobs on animated TV series

3D Character Animation

  • Characters are 3-dimensional & lifelike
  • Great for technical artists
  • Maya software is industry-standard
  • Jobs in feature films, video games & TV
LEARN MORE TODAYMeet Our Animation Faculty

The hit animated TV series Rick and Morty is produced in Vancouver at Bardel Entertainment, and many of our own animators have been a part of it, including Nathan Litz, who won this year’s Emmy for his direction on the show.

Other shows that our graduates have worked on include: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, Hilda, The Dragon Prince, Teen Titans Go, Mega Man, The Incredibles 2, Disney's The Lion King, Transformers: Rescue Bots, and many, many more…

A total of 9 VanArts alumni worked on the ground-breaking film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse at Sony Pictures Imageworks in Vancouver. One of them was Samuel Rico, who has served an an Animation Director for studios in Mexico and now animates on features such as Hotel Transylvania 3 and The Angry Birds Movie 2.

Into the Spider-Verse has been a game-changer for animated filmmaking, winning both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and hard-working animators like Sam got to share in the glory!

There's demand for both 2D & 3D Animation careers. Choose the track that appeals the most for your career goals.

Located in Vancouver Canada, the world's #1 hub for digital media arts, VanArts offers the following one-year diploma programs: 

  • 2D Character Animation
  • 3D Character Animation
  • Game Art & Design
  • Visual Effects
  • Acting for Film & Television
  • Professional Photography
  • Web Development & Digital Design

New 6-month certificate program:

  • Art Foundation

Our graduates are successful, working in studios, winning awards, and running their own creative businesses all over the world.

Whatever you wish to accomplish, VanArts will give you the foundation to make it happen. 

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