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Wild minds wanted. If you dare to dream about seeing the characters, creatures, and worlds of your imagination on the screen, big or small, you’ll be right at home at Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts. We offer four programs: Foundation in Entertainment Arts, Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling, Advanced Visual FX, and Advanced Game Development.

If you are an international student, you are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP), which will allow you to stay in Canada for two to three years to put your newly acquired skills to the test.

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Foundation in Entertainment Arts
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Diploma
Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling
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Diploma
Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production)
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Diploma
Advanced Game Development
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Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling Diploma: Potential career pathways include 3D animator, character animator, creature animator, rigger, modeller, texturing and surfacing artist, storyboard artist, Previz artist, and layout artist.
Advanced Visual FX Diploma: Potential career pathways include 3D generalist, 3D modeller, look dev artist, lighter, FX artist, compositor, texturing and surfacing artist, roto/prep artist, and matchmove artist.

Advanced Game Development Diploma: Potential career pathways include 3D environment modeller, game designer, level designer, gameplay programmer, systems programmer, tools programmer, UX designer/UI designer, materials artist, technical artist, balance designer, systems designer, and monetization designer
The class schedule for all Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts programs is full-time.

Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate applicants: submit a digital portfolio of five to 10 pieces (we recommend eight or more) of artistic work, such as sketches, renderings, and design variations in digital format. Successful portfolios reflect a broad range of techniques, influences, styles, and subject matter. For more information on creating and submitting your portfolio, please email info@bowvalleycollege.ca.

Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling Diploma and Advanced Visual FX Diploma applicants: submit a digital portfolio of 15 to 20 pieces of artistic work, such as sketches, renderings, and design variations in digital format. Successful portfolios reflect a broad range of techniques, influences, styles, and subject matter.

Advanced Game Development Diploma applicants: submit a digital portfolio of 15 to 20 pieces of artistic/technical work, such as sketches, renderings, games, design variations, and code snippets in digital format. Your portfolio should showcase your proficiency in digital design software, creativity, artistic range, and/or technical ability and should demonstrate your personal artistic interests and identity. Successful applicant portfolios will reflect a broad range of techniques, influences, styles, and subject matter.

Financial aid information sessions are held biweekly. To register, please email financialaid@bowvalleycollege.ca. For more information, visit our Financial Aid page.

ABOUT BVC X CEA

About Us

Bow Valley College has partnered with Vancouver-based Centre for Entertainment Arts, which has been providing its students with the skills and knowledge to enter the entertainment industry with confidence since 2019. Bow Valley College Centre Entertainment Arts is connected to the global animation, VFX, and gaming industries through its instructors and professional network, advanced curriculum, and student work-initiative program. The global VFX, animation, and gaming industries continue their rapid growth and provide creatively minded individuals with opportunities to build dynamic, future-proof careers.

About the Industry

With award-winning talent and crews, globally competitive incentives, infrastructure and world-renowned locations, Calgary is a location of choice for local, national, and international filmmakers. Hollywood blockbusters based in Calgary have included Inception, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Brokeback Mountain, Interstellar, and The Revenant, and Calgary-based TV productions have included “Fargo,” “Heartland,” and “Tin Star.” The Calgary Region is the location for over 80 per cent of Alberta’s film, TV, and commercial production. In 2021, over $520 million in film and TV production was spent in the region.

Your Portfolio

Applicants to the Centre for Entertainment Arts must submit a portfolio of their work. Successful portfolios will reflect a broad range of techniques, influences, styles, and subject matter, and will showcase design proficiency and creativity. Before you apply, you can request a free prospective portfolio assessment. You will meet with a recruiter and an employee of Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts to review your work. For an assessment, or for more information about portfolio requirements, email info@bowvalleycollege.ca.

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If you’re considering a career in animation, VFX, or game development and would like to strengthen your skills or discover which career is right for you, fill out the form below. We can provide you with critical information and put you in touch with one of our program directors.

+1 (403) 410-1400

Domestic: info@bowvalleycollege.ca

International: international@bowvalleycollege.ca

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