Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT ARE THE VFS SUMMER INTENSIVES?

For individuals considering a full-time education in the entertainment arts, the VFS Summer Intensives are unique opportunities to spend a week inside VFS, experiencing what our programs offer. The 10 different Summer Intensives are specifically designed to give students the insight needed to make an informed decision about their future education choices.

It's our goal to provide you with an immersive week inside our school: five days that will answer all the questions you might have about VFS. Under the guidance of our faculty of respected industry professionals, you'll learn in a fast-paced, exciting environment while getting hands-on experience... and having fun!

HOW MUCH DO THE SUMMER INTENSIVES COST AND WHEN ARE THEY?

  • Acting for Film & Television: $985 CDN, July 21-25, 2014. Find out more.
  • Animation & Visual Effects: $995 CDN, July 28-Aug 1, 2014. Find out more.
  • Art, Film & Design: $785 CDN (or $385 when paired with a second Summer Intensive), July 7-11, 2014. Find out more.
  • Digital Design: $785 CDN, July 21-25, 2014. Find out more.
  • Film Production: $995 CDN, July 21-25, 2014. Find out more.
  • Game Design: $985 CDN, July 21-25, 2014. Find out more.
  • Makeup Design for Film & Television: $985 CDN, July 14-18, 2014. Find out more.
  • Sound Design for Visual Media: $785 CDN, July 28-Aug 1, 2014. Find out more.
  • Writing for Film & Television: $785CDN, July 14-18, 2014. Find out more.

Please consult the Summer Intensives homepage for up-to-date information.

IS THERE AN AGE RESTRICTION FOR THE SUMMER INTENSIVES?

Registrants must be 17 years of age or older.

DO I NEED PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE IN THE INDUSTRY IN ORDER TO TAKE A SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM?

Not at all!

WHAT ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL OPTIONS DO I HAVE?

Visit our Where to Stay page for accommodation options.

WHAT ARE THE HOURS EACH DAY OF THE PROGRAM?

Class hours are typically 9am to 4pm every day, but some Intensives may run classes until 6 or 7pm. You will receive a full schedule before your Intensive begins. An orientation session will take place at 8am on the first day of your program.

There will also be opportunities to talk one-on-one with VFS Admissions Advisors every day during your program, when you'll be able to find out even more about VFS, its programs, and what it takes to apply and get accepted. In addition, you will have an opportunity to tour VFS campuses with one of our Admissions Advisors.

Please contact Danielle Skurray if you are interested in a tour at dskurray@vfs.com, 604-631-3095 (local), 1-800-661-4101 (toll-free in North America).

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST FOR EACH PROGRAM?

The Summer Intensive fee includes the full curriculum and materials, lunch every day, a certificate of completion, and a VFS backpack. When you've finished your program, you'll also have some new work to add to — or form the very beginning of — your portfolio or reel.

IF I APPLY TO A FULL-TIME VFS PROGRAM, WILL THE COST OF THE SUMMER INTENSIVE BE APPLIED TOWARDS MY TUITION?

Yes. However, enrollment is subject to normal VFS Admissions processes, including availability, start dates, and class capacity. Please note that, should you take more than one Summer Intensive, only the program of the highest cost will be applied towards your tuition.

DO I RECEIVE COURSE CREDIT TOWARDS A FULL-TIME VFS PROGRAM IF I TAKE A SUMMER INTENSIVE?

We can't offer course credit for Summer Intensives at this time. These courses are specifically designed to provide students with an in-depth look at what you will experience as a student in our full-time programs and therefore do not represent any one specific course credit.

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE IN EACH COURSE?

The Summer Intensive class capacities are as follows:

  • Acting for Film & Television: 14
  • Animation & Visual Effects: 36
  • Art, Film & Design: 20
  • Digital Design: 12
  • Film Production: 20
  • Game Design: 25
  • Makeup Design for Film & Television: 16
  • Sound Design for Visual Media: 15
  • Writing for Film & Television: 20

I AM AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT. WHAT DO I REQUIRE IN ORDER TO ATTEND A VFS SUMMER INTENSIVE?

You do not need a study permit to attend a Summer Intensive. You MAY require a visa. Please see the Citizenship and Immigration Canada website to determine what you might need. VFS is not able to issue special letters of invite for Summer Intensives, and it is the applicant's sole responsibility to apply for any required visas or permits before attending a Summer Intensive.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS & CONDITIONS?

Visit our Terms & Conditions page for information regarding Summer Intensive requirements and policies.

WHO DO I CONTACT IF I HAVE FURTHER QUESTIONS?

You can contact VFS Event Coordinator Danielle Skurray at 604-631-3095, toll-free in North America at 1-800-661-4101, or at dskurray@vfs.com.

WHAT ARE SOME OTHER THINGS TO DO IN VANCOUVER WHILE I'M THERE ATTENDING A VFS SUMMER INTENSIVE?

Vancouver is known for its natural beauty and as a great destination for travellers. Want scenic mountain trails or beautiful beaches? Both are accessible from Downtown Vancouver by car, transit, and sometimes even on foot. From the popular Robson Street shopping district to world-renowned restaurants, you'll have no trouble finding plenty to see and do outside of Summer Intensive class hours.

Here's a small sample of other sights and sounds that we recommend: