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Advanced VFX (Virtual Production)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
2 years
Full time
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
On campus
Fall (September) | Spring (January) | Summer (May)
Application deadline: Fall – March 1 | Spring – August 1 | Summer – December 1

About this program

Advanced VFX (Virtual Production)

Looking for a career that connects your passion for digital art with film and video games? Through our Advanced VFX (Virtual Production) program you'll learn the skills you need to create the digital special effects in movies, TV shows and games. At KPU, you'll receive hands-on training with the tools of the trade to take on visual effects and motion graphics roles in the entertainment arts industry.

We've developed an intensive curriculum, in partnership with the Centre for Entertainment Arts, with 96 credits delivered over six consecutive terms. This compressed delivery ensures a more comprehensive education, while allowing you to complete the diploma and be ready for the job market in the quickest time possible.

Are you an entertainment arts student transferring to KPU from the entertainment arts programs previously offered at Langara College? Please visit Transfer Students for information about entertainment arts moving to KPU.

Admission requirements

The advanced curriculum of this diploma program attracts a range of students, including industry professionals and mature students who have a proven background in a creative or technical field. The program is intended to empower artists with the creative and technical skills needed to enter the demanding VFX, games and film industries.

Once you have completed your application, you will receive instructions on how to submit your portfolio. Your portfolio is your chance to show us your creative skills and interests. Please visit, the Entertainment Arts Portfolio Requirements for more information, including suggestions on what to put in your portfolio.

For further information on admission requirements, please visit the institute's website.

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Program content

We've designed the Diploma in Advanced VFX (Virtual Production)with a comprehensive curriculum to prepare you to enter the entertainment and creative arts industry confident and job-ready. Leveraging KPU's hands-on approach to learning, this two-year, full-time program delivers you the core practical and artistic skills employers look for and introduces you to industry software, such as Unreal, Nuke, Houdini and other leading-edge software.

This diploma program focuses on the fundamentals of visual effects and the integration of virtual production workflows and pipelines. You'll study a range of specializations in VFX, such as modelling, sculpting, texturing and surfacing, lighting, compositing and more.

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Program delivery

Our Advanced Visual Effects (VFX) program delivers a comprehensive education, covering the core practical and artistic skills you need to confidently enter the fast-growing film and game industries.

You'll learn the about pre- and post-production, critical analysis and review, realistic production schedules and soft skills, like team work, creative problem solving, communication and collaboration. You'll also learn to use a wide range of industry standard software and tools, processes, and workflows.

Plus, we'll help you create and develop a professional demo reel in line with the latest industry trends. So, you'll not only have the skills and experience but a killer portfolio to prove it. We know the industry and have the connections to help you find opportunities in studios, as soon as your skills and professional development allow.


Our goal is for you to graduate as a production-ready artist, well-versed in theory, software, tools and processes, as well as many soft skills. In fact, you could find work before you graduate.

Career paths

Graduates of theDiploma in Advanced VFX (Virtual Production)have the knowledge, skills and confidence to work for animation and visual effects studios, film companies, game development companies, or to pursue their own goals through self-publishing.

Graduates are qualified to as an FX artist, compositor, modeller, lighter, texture artist, matchmove artist or 3D generalist.

Students that apply themselves and maintain a high academic standing are more than capable of compiling a professional portfolio/demo reel and applying for work prior to graduation.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

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