Art Institute or Vancouver Film School?

Interested in set designing, which school do you recommend?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    I assume you're referring to the Art Institute of Vancouver and the Vancouver Film School that I've listed contact information for below.

    The best thing for YOU to do is to research both schools thoroughly. Read through their websites with an eye out for the type of education YOU are looking for.

    To do that adequately means that you first should sit down and think about what it is you truly want to do with your life. Don't just think about the "job" you want to have, but also think about what it realistically take to get that job and build a viable career from it. Think about what kind of LIFE you want to live and if having that career will provide it, both during your success and BEFORE, while you're still working towards your goal.

    If you don't know the answers to those questions yet, reach out to professionals who do that specific job you're looking for. Take the time to learn what life is really like for those who have real careers by reading the books listed below. Find someone near you who does that job or something similar and ask if you can intern or volunteer or shadow them for a few days, just so you can see what it is really like.

    The point is, BEFORE you make a decision about your education and invest thousands of dollars and non-refundable TIME into it, make sure you know what it is you want to do that way, you can then choose the school and the courses that are right for YOU. One person may recommend the Art Institute while someone else may tell you that it was terrible. But what is right for those people may not be right for you. So research both schools (or others if those two aren't the right ones... a COMPLETE WORLDWIDE listing of filmschools is available at thoroughly. Contact them and ask very specific questions about how THEY can help you. Remember, you are the consumer and you are paying a lot of money to them for an education. Make sure they have the "product" that is right for YOU.

    And, with all of that in mind, also realize that no degree will guarantee you a job or a career in the film industry. The best a filmschool can do is to teach you some theory, history, and give you a little physical production experience. After that, it will be your hard work, determination, enthusiasm, passion, and perseverance that will be the key to your success. Take the formal education and build on it by volunteering to work on other local productions of any kind. Every practical real-life situation will teach you something that you will carry with you to the next experience. And as you reach out in that way, you'll also be meeting people and building your network. And it is through those personal relationships that careers are made.

    Good luck!

    Brian Dzyak


    IATSE Local 600, SOC

    Vancouver Film School

    198 West Hastings Street

    Suite 200

    Vancouver, British Columbia   V6B 1H2


    Tel. +1 604-685-5808, 1-800-661-4101 (tollfree)

    The Art Institute of Vancouver

    3264 Beta Avenue

    Burnaby , BC V5G 4K4

    Tel:  604.298.5400

    Fax: 604.298.5403

    Toll Free: 1.800.661.1885

    For inquiries on programs and school matters,


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