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Vancouver Institute of Media Arts
VanArts logo.jpg
Type Private
Established 1995 (1995)
President Alan Phillips
Location Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Campus 600 - 570 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC Canada, V6B 1Y1
Nickname VanArts
Affiliations PTIB, EQA, StudentAid BC, EduCanada, NACC

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts (VanArts) is a private post-secondary school in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada founded in 1995. VanArts offers one-year diploma programs for the visual, media and performing arts plus degree pathways with university partners.

VanArts is designated through the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB).[1]


VanArts was founded in 1995 with Lee Mishkin as its founding program director.[2]

The first campus for VanArts was on West Broadway in Vancouver, and by January 1997 it had moved downtown to 837 Beatty Street. Originally offering programs for Classical Animation, then computer animation in 1998, the school expanded to offer Game Art & Design in 2003 and Visual Effects in 2004. Upon adding the first Digital Photography program in North America in 2006,[citation needed] VanArts needed to expand and moved to a new campus at 626 West Pender Street. In 2008, the William Davis Centre for Actors Study joined up with VanArts and became its Acting department. Another move happened in July 2010 to its current location at 570 Dunsmuir Street. 2011 brought new departments for Web Development & Interactive Design, and the addition of Broadcasting and Online Media.

The William Davis Centre for Actors Study[edit]

The William Davis Centre for Actors Study was opened in 1989 by William B. Davis. In 2008 the William Davis Centre for Actors Study became the acting department of VanArts.[3]

Notable alumni[edit]


VanArts offers 8 full-time 12 month programs:[5]

  • 2D Character Animation
  • 3D Character Animation
  • Acting for Film & Television
  • Broadcasting & Online Media
  • Game Art & Design
  • Professional Photography
  • Visual Effects for Film & Television
  • Web Development & Interactive Design


2011 marked VanArts’ first degree pathway agreement with Woodbury University[6] in Burbank, CA, soon to be followed by further pathways with Deakin University[7] in Melbourne, Australia, Bond University[8] and Griffith University[9] in Queensland, Australia, Media Design School[10] in Auckland, New Zealand, University of Gloucestershire[11] in the United Kingdom. In 2013, VanArts signed an agreement for its first local degree pathway with the Vancouver campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University.[12]

Local Partners[edit]


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "VanArts - About Us".
  3. ^ "VanArts - William Davis Centre for Actor's Study joins VanArts".
  4. ^ "Elle India Graduates 2016 - Photographer of the Year".
  5. ^ "VanArts - Programs".
  6. ^ "VanArts - Woodbury University".
  7. ^ "VanArts - Deakin University".
  8. ^ "VanArts - Bond University".
  9. ^ "VanArts - Griffith University - Queensland College of Art".
  10. ^ "VanArts - Media Design School".
  11. ^ "VanArts - University of Gloucestershire".
  12. ^ "VanArts - Fairleigh Dickinson University".
  13. ^ "VanArts - BCIT".
  14. ^ "VanArts - Emily Carr University of Art and Design".
  15. ^ "VanArts - Fairleigh Dickinson University".
  16. ^ "VanArts - University of the Fraser Valley".

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