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Concept Art Diploma - Part time



The Concept Art Online Diploma program provides aspiring artists with the necessary foundation tools and the keys to become successful conceptual artists. 

Type: Online Diploma
Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced
Duration: 24 months
Start Dates: April, September;
Admission Requirements: Pass General Assessment Test included in the application form, Submit a portfolio.  If no portfolio is submitted you must pass the Introduction to Concept Art course.

Program Description

The objectives for this online program are to welcome aspiring Concept Artists and prepare them throughout the course of studies for entry level positions in the animation, films and video game industries. This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools and the keys to become successful conceptual artists.


Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA), 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 accreditation means?

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

Concept Art at Vancouver Animation School is a 4 term intensive. The  Program consists of 10 hours per week comprised of live classes and online activities with a total duration of 990 hours delivered in 24 months.  A full time version is also available.


Who should attend this program?

Aspiring Concept Artists, people that have an ability to draw, to create and have a wild imagination.  Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts into drawings.


Who is our target student?

Aspiring artists who are deeply passionate about Concept Art, who 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 best philosophy.


Who is not our target student?

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


Class Times, Assignments and Workload

- Classes are delivered 100% online
- Small class sizes:  8 students
- 1 live session per week, 1 hour per session (Watch sample class)
- Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
- Online activities
- Assignments workload 10 - 12 hours per week
- Schedules are assembled by time zone, applicants will provide 2 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.
-Although all instruction is provided online, 10 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for students to interact with one another.  Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software.


Admission Requirements

1.- Complete Application Form including non-refundable fees.
2.- Pass General Assessment Test
included in the application form


Program Outline

Year TermCode Name of CourseCreditsDuration
1Term 1
CONC-100Drawing Foundations & Drawing Preparation
66 Months
  COOL-100Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 2
CONC-200Characters and Environments66 Months
  COOL-200Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 3
CONC-300Production Design66 Months
  COOL-300Online collaboration and activities3 
1Term 4
CONC-400Portfolio Development66 Months
  BUSI-400Business and Job Development
3624 Months 



 vanas-animation-curriculumOur curriculum for our concept art online school has been carefully designed by our faculty board.  We are constantly improving them, adapting them to the industry needs.  The curriculum is also adapted to the length of the program, bringing priority to the skills that are a must. 

While every art school has similar assignments, our advantage is how we approach teaching such assignments, diversity and variety is our second name.

Download Concept Art Curriculum



Required Materials

Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs.

Internet broadband / High Speed connection.


The Basis of Successful Art : Concept and Composition
Force: Character Design from Life Drawing
Framed Ink: Drawing and Composition for Visual Storytellers


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


System Requirements


     Windows: XP, Vista Vista 64 bit
     Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
     4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Firefox 3.0 
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     QuickTime Pro


     Mac OSX Tiger or newer                    
     Processor: G5 / Intel
     4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
     Firefox 3.0
     Flash Player
     Acrobat Reader
     Quick Time Pro


Digital Pen

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Wacom is committed to developing technology to meet the needs of specific professions and industries that can benefit from a more natural and efficient way to work.


Software Requirements

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Additional Information

Students must complete every assignment in the program obtain a minimum average of letter B- (73%) to be considered successful in order to graduate.

Concept artists develop plans and visual concepts for games and movies. These professionals typically work in computer gaming or movie studio environments, creating characters and scenery.


Tuition in Canadian Dollars

See Tuition and Fees breakdown


Your Tuition is Protected

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See Scholarships and Portfolio requirements


Financial Aid

See Financial Aid

Transfer Credits

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


Graduation in Vancouver, Canada.



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