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VanArts Institute

EC Quick Facts

Which EC course should I take

  • Intensive Course (30 lessons per week)

TOEFL waiver granted for

Graduates of the agreed pathway level with EC

Why VanArts Institute?

World-Class Faculty

All of our Department Heads and instructors at VanArts are top industry professionals with decades of experience. They are here because of their passion for teaching and desire to help you become a creative professional they can proudly work alongside. 
Specialized, Adaptable Curriculum 
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. 
Small Class Sizes 
Through a small, focused classroom environment you will receive substantial one-on-one attention from your instructors. You will have your own personal work-station for the year and the close-knit collaboration with your peers and faculty will lead to lifelong friendships and partnerships. 
Vancouver: An industry hub
Vancouver is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world, and is definitely one of the most beautiful. There is no better place to study media arts, as we are a film industry hub and home to hundreds of animation, game and VFX studios and new media companies. 

An International Network
Nearly half of our student body are international students 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.

Degrees offered
  • 2D Character Animation
  • 3D Character Animation
  • Acting for Film & TV
  • Broadcasting for Web, Radio & TV
  • Digital Photography
  • Game Art & Design
  • Visual Effects for Film & TV
  • Web Development and Interactive Design
Annual Tuition
  • It varies per program. For more information please click here.

Employment rate of graduates

It varies per program

Percentage of International Students
Approximately 45%


600-570 Dunsmuir St.
Vancouver BC
Canada V6B 1Y1

Application Information

Application deadlines

For students starting on September 8, 2015
International Deadline - May 31st 2015 (applications accepted on case by case basis after this date)
Domestic Deadline - June 30th 2015
For students starting on March 14, 2016:
International Deadline - December 31st 2015  
Domestic Deadline - January 31st 2016

New Students Admitted

  • September 8, 2015 start
  • March 14, 2016 start

Application Requirements

1. Portfolio (or Audition): Portfolios should consist of 12 examples of your best artwork, from whatever skill level you are at. Below are some guidelines for specific programs, and more tips are available here.
2D/3D Character Animation or Game Art & Design: you should have a minimum of 5 pieces of life drawing (figures, still life or portraits), the rest can be anything you like.
Visual Effects for Film & Television, photography, film/video projects, or graphic arts: Drawings are optional but not necessary.
Digital Photography: a sampling of your best digital or traditional photography.
Web Development & Interactive Design: graphics portfolio optional, not required
Broadcasting for Radio & TV (AUDITION): successful completion of a vocal audition, written test, and personal interview, either in-person or by phone. Applicants must showcase high proficiency in general broadcasting knowledge, industry awareness, & both oral and written English.
Acting for Film & Television (AUDITION): 2 audition pieces required - 1 contemporary monologue (must be from a play) and 1 Shakespeare monologue. Each piece should be no longer than 2 minutes; applicant should know both without using paper. In-person audition is preferred; we will accept DVD or online video, but may ask for a follow-up over Skype.

2. Letter of Intent: A one page personal statement describing your career goals, what sparks your interest for your chosen program of study and why you have chosen VanArts.

3. Resume

4. Proof of age with Photo ID (photocopy of passport or driver's license)

5. Transcripts: VanArts encourages applicants to submit all recent secondary and post-secondary transcripts. High school transcripts are required for candidates under 19 years of age.

6. English Proficiency Requirement: For students who are not fluent in English these are the options available for you to demonstrate English language proficiency. We may also require a telephone or in-person interview with you.
International English Language Testing Service (IELTS): minimum score required is overall 6.0.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum score required is 68 for iBT - internet-based test, 190 for CBT - computer-based test and 520 for PBT - paper-based test.
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC): minimum score required is 700.
Cambridge First Certificate in English (FCE): minimum level achieved - B2.
Pearson Test of Academic English: minimum score required is overall 54.
Pre-Arrival Learning English Course -Vital English: Completion of VanArts Intermediate Level 2.
ELS Educational Services Program: completion of level 108 for all diploma programs except Acting for Film and TV and Broadcasting for Radio and TV which require completion of level 112. Students who have completed their high school education and/or two years of post-secondary where English was the main language of instruction can meet the English Proficiency Requirement through submission of transcripts from their high school and/or college. Program admission requirements may not be waived by either the institution or the student.

Please note

To enroll in our full-time diploma programs, you must be at least 19 years of age OR a high school graduate. Admission into our full-time programs is based upon a comprehensive qualitative review of the submitted application packet.  Your application materials must demonstrate potential for the program of study you are applying for.

Documents required for an international applicant:
  • Portfolio
  • Letter of Intent
  • Resume
  • Proof of Age – photo ID such as passport or driver’s licence
  • Transcripts 
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency – Or acceptance into EC for conditional acceptance
  • VISA once they receive it

What do I need to apply?

Please check the following link