CapU’s School of Animation and Visual Effects offers career-oriented programs that are dedicated to inspiring and training a new generation of talent in the animation and visual effects industries.
Why study animation or visual effects at Capilano University?
CapU's School of Animation and Visual Effects offers three separate 2-year diplomas: 2D Animation and Visual Development, 3D Animation for Film and Games, Visual Effects for Film, Streaming & Immersive Media, plus, a citation in Animation Fundamentals.
The curriculum is rigorous and industry-focused; it is designed to feel like and prepare you for work in the field. You'll expand your skills, build an impressive portfolio and begin to build your network through our well attended grad show.
Our computer labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment for digital production, and you’ll learn the skills needed to produce original, high quality work that is in demand. Faculty are all industry professionals who take great pride in running one of the best schools in Canada.
Depending on which program you choose, you will improve your abilities in drawing, design for animation, lighting, composition, 2D layout and backgrounds, art direction, character design, storyboard art, environmental design, effects simulations, live action-CG integration, augmented reality-virtual reality and more.
CapU animation and visual effects graduates are working in a wide range of fields at many top digital production studios in Vancouver and around the world. Others have gone on to form their own companies or successful freelance careers.
While Vancouver is known for its work on features and series, our programs can also lead to careers in game cinematics, commercials, advertising firms, educational content, not-for-profits and other content creation services. For a look at our recent graduates, please visit CapU Gradshow.
WarnerMedia bursary for Indigenous students
WarnerMedia bursary for Indigenous students Indigenous students registered in CapU film programs — including Documentary, Animation, Costuming, Indigenous Digital Filmmaking, Motion Picture Arts and VFX — are encouraged to apply for a WarnerMedia award.
Hit the Apply Now button to start the application process into any of our film programs. Once accepted, you can apply for the bursary through a direct email to Doreen Manuel, director of the Bosa Centre for Film and Animation.
The WarnerMedia bursary is here to help Indigenous School of Motion Picture Arts or School of Animation and Visual Effects students uplift Indigenous voices in film, animation and Visual Effects.