Digital Visual Effects - Portfolio Requirements

  • Applicants to the program must submit: 

    1) A personal statement or letter of intent

    Why are you interested in the Visual Effects Program? What are your career goals? Past achievements, influences? Explain if you have work experience in any field of media arts including: film, photography, animation, web design, video editing etc…

    2)  An online portfolio: submit a link with your letter of intent by filling out the Portfolio Submission Form  

    An online portfolio should be easy for us to access and view. A blog with good quality imagery, all on one page (not hidden in numerous pages/folders) is preferred so that we can simply scroll down and see all your work at once. The easier you make it for us to see your work the better it will be for both of us.

    All images should be posted online; good, reliable and free hosting for your portfolio is readily available, take a look at or Keep the design of the portfolio simple as we are interested in your artwork more than your web-design skills.

    Remember to remove any password requirement to your portfolio before you submit your link.

    Your portfolio should include 5 to 10 images. These 5 to 10 images could consist of the following: Scans or photographs of artwork (drawings, paintings, sculptures), photography, videos, animations, website designs, graphic designs.

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

    Portfolios submitted prior to the deadline can continue to be updated until the deadline.

    High school and post secondary transcripts are required. Applicants now in high school must have interim transcripts issued and submit these by the portfolio deadline. The BC Ministry download of high school grades will not reach us in time for our selection process.

    An Interview might be requested if more information is required and the applicants we wish to interview will be contacted by email; log in to your Capilano webmail by following the MyCap link at the top right-hand corner of the Capilano University website: to find our messages. In person interviews are preferred; however, phone interviews can be arranged.

    Important Dates and Deadlines


    Early Admission (recommended)

    - Apply to Capilano University in advance of submitting your portfolio - Admissions
    - Complete the Portfolio Submission form on or before January 31. Note: portfolios received after this date will be considered in the Regular Admission period.
    - Portfolios will be reviewed in February. Applicants will be notified of the results late February/early March.

    Regular Admission

    - Apply to Capilano University in advance of submitting your portfolio - Admissions
    - Complete the Portfolio Submission form on or before March 15.
    - Portfolios will be reviewed in March. Applicants will be notified of the results late April.

    Once you have submitted your portfolio you can continue to update it until the deadline. 

    Applicationsand portfolios received after March 15 will only be accepted if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. In the meantime, you can begin to work on your portfolio.

    If possible, applicants should 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.​