Mar 05, 2022


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Bow Valley College CEA grand opening

Bow Valley College is proud to unveil its Centre for Entertainment Arts – a new academic and artistic training ground for the next generation of talented 3D animators, visual effects (VFX) artists, and game developers. At nearly 8,000-square-feet, the new Centre includes state-of-the-art technology and learning tools ahead of industry standards.

“The digital creative world is thriving, and Bow Valley College is thrilled to contribute home-grown talent at a time when Calgary’s TV and film industries are seeing growth at an impressive rate. Our new Centre for Entertainment Arts is the result of many months of planning to ensure we offer our students the studio environment and technology they need to be world-class animators and visual effects artists.” –Alison Anderson, Dean of Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts

The Minister of Advanced Education, Demetrios Nicolaides, and other distinguished guests were on hand to celebrate today’s grand opening.
“It is exciting to see the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts get off the ground with a dynamic new space. The programs offered are designed to give students the critical skills they need to succeed in industries searching for new talent. This Centre demonstrates that Bow Valley College is ready and willing to expand and adapt programming to meet the labour market needs of Alberta now and in the future. This goes hand in hand with our Alberta 2030: Building Skills for Jobs strategy as we ensure students are equipped with the knowledge and skills for the economy of tomorrow.” – Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education
Creative industries are part of an ecosystem that will be critical to diversifying Calgary’s economy. According to Calgary Economic Development, more than 12,000 businesses employ some 32,000 people in this field. And, for the second year in a row, MovieMaker magazine named our city one of the top places to live and work as a moviemaker in 2022.
“The Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will be vital to keep and attract much needed talent to Calgary. The Centre will provide a great opportunity for animators and visual effects artists to hone their craft and build a life in our city. This supports Calgary's momentum in the tv and film industry, makes Calgary a location of choice for major filmmakers and continues to drive economic growth.”–Mayor Jyoti Gondek, City of Calgary

“Congratulations to Bow Valley College on the opening of the Centre for Entertainment Arts. The Centre will help grow Calgary’s reputation in the creative industries sector as a place where inspired people can dream big, innovate, and make things happen in the new economy. The Centre’s future focused programs in game development, visual FX and animation, will expand the in-demand talent stream needed for our fast-growing creative industries sector.” –Brad Parry, President and CEO, Calgary Economic Development

The first cohort of students is working towards a diploma in Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling and a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate of Achievement. The Centre will offer an Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production) Diploma this spring. Industry experts with credits in major studio productions have been hired as their instructors.
“I am enjoying the beautiful campus, the software we have access to, and the faculty. All of my teachers are very established in the industry. They are qualified and experienced animators currently working on big film and TV projects. You don’t find that often, so I think we will have an advantage in getting a job. Not saying you don’t have to work hard, but you do have a leg up, coming to the CEA.” –Res Boitumelo, Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling student, Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts
Students interested in careers in game development and design can apply now for the upcoming inaugural diploma programs with a September 2022 start date.
Visit for more information about everything the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts has to offer. 

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