Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts School of Motion Picture Arts


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

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.

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.

  • 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.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Interview
  • Portfolio and/or demo reel of relevant work
  • Letter of intent

Additional information

  • View portfolio requirements and submission advice.
  • Letter of intent - indicate interest in the visual effects field and any previous related experience (if applicable).

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.00

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

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

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

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 questions about this program?

Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media

Adam Sale, Program Coordinator
604 986 7516

School of Motion Picture Arts

604 983 7516
Bosa Centre for Film and Animation

Student Information Services

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