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Animated Short Films Diploma

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Animated ShortFilm Diploma

The Animated Short Film Diploma program provides aspiring storytellers with the necessary foundation tools and the skills to become successful filmmakers. 

Type: Online Diploma
Duration: 12 months
Start Dates: Sep, Jan, Apr, Jul;
Admission Requirements: See below.

Program Description

This online program is designed to enable aspiring animators, animators and filmmakers to learn the process of creating an animated shortfilm. Through a series of assignments students will learn a full production pipeline, transitioning from pre- production to production and finally into post-production. All story elements and animation assets will be created by the student.


Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).


What does accreditation mean?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.


Program Duration

The Animated Short Films Diploma at Vancouver Animation School is a 4 term intensive. The Program consists of 20 hours of instruction consisting of 2 hours of live sessions plus activities per week. A total duration of 990 hours is delivered in 12 months.


Study and Work in Canada

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.  Students will need to apply for a Student Visa and are permitted to work for up to 20 hours per week for the duration of the program.  Citizen and Immigration Canada reserves the right to grant student visas and work permits on an individual basis.  In order to apply for a Student Visa, students must be accepted into the program.


Who should attend this program?

Animators, aspiring story tellers, aspiring filmmakers, artists with previous computer graphic experience interested in acquiring production experience.  Artists with the ability to convey their stories through computer animation software.


Who is our target student?

Animators, aspiring story tellers, aspiring filmmakers  who are deeply passionate about film making and storytelling.  Artists who already recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game industries.   At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.


Who is not our target student for this program?

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.  We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize their strengths.


Admission Requirements

  • 3D Animation Diploma (1-year minimum) or BFA Animation Degree or
  • Masters Animation Degree or
  • 2 years of professional animation experience
  • High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older
  • Must pass general assessment test and submit a portfolio. If no portfolio is submitted, student must successfully pass the Introduction to Animation course.
  • International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a good oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify the student level of english



Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes:  8 students
  • 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session (Watch sample class)
  • Weekly assignments comprised of milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers
  • Although all instruction is provided online, for students on a study permit, 20 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for interaction.  Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software to the VANAS Labs



Program Outline

Year TermCode Name of CourseCreditsDuration
1Term 1
FILM-100Animated Film Preproduction
63 Months
  COOL-100Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 2
FILM-200 3D Layout63 Months
  COOL-200Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 3
FILM-300 Animated Film Production63 Months
  COOL-300Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 4
FILM-400 Animation Post-Production
63 Months
  BUSI-400Business and Job Development
3612 Months 



The curriculum for the Animated Shortfilm online program has been carefully designed in extensive consultation with our Program Advisory Board.


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Required Materials

Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs.

Internet broadband / High Speed connection.

Software and Hardware

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware and Software. Academic discounts are available to our enrolled students.


Recommended Books

  • The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
  • Inspired 3D Short Film Production by Jeremy Cantor


System Requirements


     Windows: XP, Vista Vista 64 bit
     Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
     8 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Internet browser (Firefox, Chrome recommended)
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     QuickTime Pro


     Mac OSX Tiger or newer                    
     Processor: G5 / Intel
     8 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Internet browser (Firefox, Chrome recommended)
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     Quick Time Pro


Software Requirements


Autodesk Maya 2010 App Icon

Adobe Creative CloudAutodesk Creation Suite
Academic discounts are available to our enrolled students

Additional Information

Students must complete every assignment in the program and obtain a minimum average of letter B- (73%) per term to graduate successfully.

Graduates develop stories for Short Films and the film industry as a whole. These professionals typically work in computer animation and visual effects studios producing feature films and television series.


Tuition in Canadian Dollars

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Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). Read More


Graduation in Vancouver, Canada




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