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Introduction to Digital Matte Painting

This Introductory certificate course welcomes aspiring matte painters to experience the creation process of digital elements in the film industry.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of Digital Matte Painting.  In this Introduction to Digital Matte Painting online course you will learn the basic tools needed in the Animation and Visual Effects industries. 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.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

Who should attend this program?

Beginners, Aspiring Matte Painters, people that like to draw and paint with a good technical understanding, must enjoy using software (photoshop, maya, nuke). Artists that like to create and have a wild imagination. Artists that are intrigued of the behind the scenes work done for animated movies and visual effects.

Who is our target student?

Aspiring Digital Matte Painters who are deeply passionate about generating computer generated imagery (CGI) for Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.  Artists who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

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
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 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.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course Assignment workload
Street Corner I, Sourcing Photo References
15-20 hours
2 INDMP-200 
Street Corner II, Adding Snow 15-20 hours
INDMP-300 Landscape I, Sourcing Photo References 15-20 hours
INDMP-400 Landscape I, Seasonal Change 15-20 hours

Please note that in order to pass the course, all assignments have to be successfully completed and submitted on time.

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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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). 

VANAS has equipped me with a strong understanding of my profession and has given me a good base to continue to work upon. The teachers were absolute gems and really pushed me when I needed it. I really enjoyed the fact that they are working professionals that gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence I needed for a continuously updating industry.

Connect with us

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

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