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Digital Matte Painting Diploma

The Digital Matte Painting Diploma online program provides aspiring artists with the necessary foundation tools and the skills to become successful Matte Painters. 

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Digital Matte Painting.  In this Digital Matte Painting online course you will learn why Matte Painters play such an important role in the Animation and Visual Effects industries. Their mission is to create and to make people believe that what they see on the screen is real. Matte Painters are key to the studio and its pipeline; they are planning, creating and designing the visuals of what could be the next blockbuster visual effects and animated movie.

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

4 term intensive. The Program consists of 20 hours per week comprised of live classes and online activities with a total duration of 990 hours delivered in 12 months.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 corresponding Introductory 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 this.

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?

Aspiring visual effects artists, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination.  Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts through computer compositing software.

Who is our target student?

Aspiring Matte Painters who are deeply passionate about visual effects, film, set extensions, compositing.  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?

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.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes:  8 students
  • 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by 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.

Program Outline

Year Term Code Name of Course Credits Duration
1 Term 1
DIMP-100 2D Foundations (Still Images)
6 3 Months
    COOL-100 Online collaboration and activities 3  
1 Term 2
DIMP-200 3D Software Foundations for matte painters (Nuke, Maya) 6 3 Months
    COOL-200 Online collaboration and activities 3  
1 Term 3
DIMP-300 Advanced 2.5D Matte Painting 6 3 Months
    COOL-300 Online collaboration and activities 3  
1 Term 4
DIMP-400 Portfolio Development 6 3 Months
    BUSI-400 Business and Job Development
36 12 Months 

Required Materials


  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection


  • Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software
  • Academic discounts are available to our students

Recommended books

  • The Invisible Art - by Mark Cotta Vaz (Currently out of print)
  • The Digital Matte Painting Handbook - by David B. Mattingly

Next Start Date:

Diploma Courses Start on July 9th, 2018 Application Deadline: 6.24.2018 23:59 33 Days

System Requirements

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Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

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This program is listed under the BC Transfer Guide as block transfer.

Your tuition is protected

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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). 

“Vancouver Animation School has given me a real look into the professional work of a concept artist. The classes are with people that currently work in the industry and their advice have been priceless. It also helped me to get the connections with people in the industry and taught me how to start networking to nurture relationships (another priceless thing).”

Connect with us

270-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC.
V5J 3J1, Canada

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