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Learn to Master Visual Magic: KPU’s Advanced VFX (Visual Production) Program

learn to master visual magic kpu’s advanced vfx (visual production) program

Learn to Master Visual Magic: KPU’s Advanced VFX (Visual Production) Program

Have you ever wondered how the graphics of your favorite video games were created? Perhaps you are curious how Netflix’s newest show achieved that mind-boggling visual effect. It all comes down to VFX—also known as Visual Effects. VFX is the art of using digital technology to create realistic and imaginative visuals that enhance storytelling in film, television, gaming, and more. 

Learning VFX at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is a journey into the world of digital wizardry. As a student of the program, you’ll learn to use software and techniques to integrate computer-generated elements with live-action footage. With access to the latest tools, students will be able to bring their creative visions to life in the world of VFX. 

About the Advanced VFX (Virtual Production) program

The Advanced VFX (Virtual Production) program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University is a 2-year long, full-time program with 96 credits delivered over six consecutive terms. The curriculum has been developed in partnership with the Centre for Entertainment Arts, which allows students to complete their diplomas while preparing to enter the workforce in their final terms. 

In the program, students will focus primarily on developing a strong foundation in technical skills essential for creating captivating digital effects, animations, and simulations in movies, TV shows, and games. By the end of the program, students will have gained the knowledge and skills necessary to start working in the entertainment arts industry in Vancouver. 


Program Overview

Over the six terms, students will learn about:

  • Various specializations in VFX
    • Modelling
    • Sculpting
    • Texturing
    • Surfacing
    • Lighting
    • Compositing
    • Etc.
  • Pre- and post-production
  • Critical analysis and review
  • Realistic production schedules
  • Industry-standard software and tools, processes, and workflows
    • Unreal
    • Nuke
    • Houdini
    • Etc.
  • Soft skills (teamwork, creative problem-solving, communication, and collaboration)

With the assistance of instructors and classmates, students will also create and develop a professional demo reel that reflects the current industry trends and style. The goal of the project is to be able to apply learned material to a real-life work experience while adding it to one’s portfolio of work. 

Portfolio requirements

Once you’ve completed your application, you will be required to send your portfolio. Your portfolio is not only a chance to show off your creative and artistic skills, but a way to show preparation and commitment to pursuing a career in the arts. Visit Entertainment Arts Portfolio Requirements for more information and suggestions on what to include in your portfolio. 

How do I apply? 

To apply for the program, you will have to first sign up for an EducationPlannerBC account (or log in if your account already exists). Once your account has been created, an applicant profile will have to be made before you can start filling out an application form. See more information here

But before you apply for admission to KPU, here’s how you can prepare:

  • Research KPU’s program offerings in the  University Calendar. Make note of your program intake type (Open Intake or Limited Intake), and program start date(s).
  • Check the application deadlines for your program’s next intake.
  • Familiarize yourself with the admission requirements for your desired program.
    • Do I meet one of KPU’s applicant categories?
    • Do I meet my Faculty’s admission requirements?
    • Do I meet my program’s admission requirements?

If you have questions about the above steps, you can meet with a Student Recruitment Coordinator at the Future Students’ Office for one-on-one assistance.

Please visit here to find out more about admission requirements.

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program eligibility

International students who graduate from the Advanced VFX program are eligible to apply for the Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), which allows them to obtain an open work permit to gain work experience in Canada for up to three years after graduation. See here for more information about the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. 

Future career opportunities

Graduates of the Advanced VFX program are ready to dive headfirst into a variety of industries and companies, from animation and visual effects studios to game development, film companies, and even self-started businesses. Because the skills obtained in the program can be applied to several fields, some might also find themselves contributing to industries beyond entertainment, such as advertising, architectural visualization, virtual reality, and more.

Popular career options include:

  • FX artist
  • Compositor
  • Modeller
  • Lighter
  • Texture artist
  • Storyboard artist
  • screenwriter
  • Matchmove artist
  • 3D generalist
  • Sound designer
  • Video Editor
  • Technical director

Source: KPU – Advanced VFX (Virtual Production), Top 5 Careers in Canada’s Film & Television Industry
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