Fine & Applied Arts

Find your calling in our creative programs spanning the areas of film, television, theatre, music, costuming, design, animation and arts management.

Learning from internationally recognized professionals who have won numerous international awards including Oscars, Emmys, Junos and Jessies, you'll gain the skills you need to get into B.C.'s film, performing arts, animation and design industries.  

Many programs in the Fine & Applied Arts faculty include practicum placements, so you'll be ready to start your career before walking across the stage to get your credential.

Ramin Shadmehr, Capilano University Dean of the Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts.
When you become a CapU student in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts, your experience will go beyond just learning. You will also practice and collaborate with faculty who are leaders in their field. We are passionate about training and educating the next generation of artists working in the creative industries. In FAA, your imagination becomes a reality, and you become part of a family that creates a unique university experience together. Building your career starts here.
Ramin Shadmehr, Dean

Schools in the Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts

Whether you're looking to make your living on or off-stage, there is a program for you in the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts at CapU.

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IDEA School of Design

Become a designer and build an impressive portfolio in design, with training in art direction, illustration, publishing and more.

Study Design at CapU
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School of Motion Picture Arts

Get behind the camera and learn the art of film from mentors who know the industry. If you yearn to be at TIFF, VIFF or Cannes, start here.

Study Film at CapU
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School of Performing Arts

If you’re a performer, want to teach the next generation of musicians or see yourself on the business side of the arts, find your place here.

Study performing arts at CapU
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School of Animation & Visual Effects

Put your imagination to the test, with programs in 2D and 3D animation, as well as visual effects.

Study Animation & Visual Effects at CapU

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Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts

Gain the tools to become a filmmaker learning in our state-of-the-art facilities. Improve your skills in writing, producing, cinematography and more.

Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts Degree

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