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Introduction to Matte Painting

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

Type: Online Certificate
Cost: $499 CAD (includes application fee of $125)
Level: Beginner
Duration: 1 month
Start Dates: Jan, Apr, Jul, Sep.
Admission Requirements: None

Course 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.


Delivery Methods

  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 15:1 Student Ratio
  • 1:1 Personalized Critiques


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • Weekly Live Classes scheduled on your time preferences provided in your application
  • Weekly Assignments (Four assignments total)
  • Assignments Workload: 15 - 25 hours per week
  • Weekly 1 on 1 personalized critiques (4 critiques total)
  • Total hours of instruction: 7 hours
  • Total hours of assignments: 60 - 100 hours


Course Outline

Street Corner I, Sourcing Photo References
Street Corner II, Adding Snow
Landscape I, Sourcing Photo References to Acting
Landscape I, Seasonal Change

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


Who should attend this class?

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 at the behind the scenes work done for animated movies and visual effects.


Software needed



System Requirements


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the student will have a basic understanding of Digital Matte Painting.  Students will have gone through the process of assembling images; all in their own personal style.



Credits of this course can be used towards our Diploma Programs within six months of completion.


Academic Credential

A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration but specialized training program.  We are a studio school (20% theory 80% hands on).  Students will graduate with a Certificate credential.



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