Edison Leong

Rozhin Moslemi

Jaemin Hwang

Rozhin Moslemi

Nelson Fernandes Junior

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.

Study your craft on cutting-edge tools in Capilano University's state-of-the-art Bosa Centre for Film and Animation. Our facilities include virtual reality and motion capture-equipped studios, Cintiq drawing tablets, high-speed render farms, professional filmmaking equipment and 3D printers.

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.

As of the Fall 2021 intake, this is the new name of the former Digital Visual Effects diploma program. Students admitted into the Fall 2021 intake onwards will graduate under this new program name.

  • 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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

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

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Aug 3, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Oct 5, 2021 - Aug 2, 2022

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 4, 2022

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 22, 2022 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

Here's what you need to get started on your portfolio

Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio.

Applicants must submit their portfolio through the online portal SlideRoom.

upload to SlideRoom

Your portfolio should include 10–24 images. These images could consist of the following:

  • Scans or photographs of artwork (drawings, paintings, sculptures, props),
  • photography,
  • videos,
  • animations,
  • website designs,
  • graphic designs.

The portfolio should simply reflect a passion for image-making, be it digital or traditional. Solid knowledge of photography/cinematography, with a strong background in computer skills, is an asset.

An interview might be requested if more information is required and the applicants we wish to interview will be contacted by email. In-person interviews are preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged.

In addition to uploading a portfolio, you will also be required to answer some questions that address your interests and reasons for applying to the Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media diploma program.

High school and post-secondary transcripts are required and will be requested through the Registrar’s Office.

Once you create your account in SlideRoom, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission as much as you like but remember that we can review it only after you click the SUBMIT button!

Important Dates and Deadlines

FALL 2021

  • Apply to Capilano University before submitting your portfolio to SlideRoom.
  • Portfolio submissions to SlideRoom have been extended to August 5. Portfolio reviews from the March 1 deadline are underway and new submissions will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis.

If possible, applicants are encouraged to attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions about our programs.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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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

604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230