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Vancouver Film School Reviews

Updated January 13, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Student (game design): Great program for some people"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great teachers, awesome peers, nice facilities, and tons of hands on learning. You really do get out of it whatever you put in, and you will be surrounded by people who are putting in a lot.

    Cons

    It's pretty openly competitive, and the structure of the curriculum/final projects/industry night ensures that everyone is constantly under pressure to perform. If you aren't putting in late hours on classwork, you will fall behind. If you aren't actively networking and making connections with peers, faculty, and the local game scene, you won't get your money's worth. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, it probably isn't.


  2. "A Creative Family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    In terms of its educational model VFS is unlike any other school. It's programs and approach to educational design has evolved over 30 years and is highly unique, adaptive, and idiosyncratic as compared to traditional post-secondary programs. The college has carved out a top position among Canadian private institutions and through its awards, accolades, industry/educational partnerships has elevated the reputation of the entire sector. Because of its size and accelerated model, VFS has perhaps made the most significant contribution to BC's creative economy. Many VFS graduates have gone on to be founding members of BC's Tech and Entertainment Arts Sector including Hoote Suite, Blast Radius, Unbounce, Image Engine and more. If you want to be challenged to think outside the box, and work in a truly creative environment that supports student's progression--this is the place to work.

    Cons

    None that I can think of... VFS has provided me with opportunities and challenges that have exceeded all expectations. It is truly a creative environment that nurtures original ideas and empowers its staff.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it going.


  3. "Amazing place to work! Fantastic culture and creative environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    There's a reason so many employee stay working at VFS for long periods of time....it's a great place to work. Supportive, friendly, creative culture and incredible group of talented staff. So rewarding to see the students start their educational journey and complete the program as talented filmmakers, makeup artists, animators, etc.
    Benefits are good, and many perks to working here. Nice to work centrally in a downtown location.

    Cons

    No cons - it's a great place to work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


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  5. "Teaching Assistance Unity"

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    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Very nice place to work

    Cons

    location is not as good


  6. "Game Design Campus-Great Place With Great People, Scheduling Nightmare"

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    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Teaching Assistant in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Really Smart People
    -Often have free time to work on side projects
    -Current Head of Department, Peter Walsh is a really great leader

    Cons

    -The way they schedule you into classes has traditionally been done in an excel spreadsheet that has often a lot of errors, I believe they're just now updating it but currently it's a mess.

    Advice to Management

    -Get some better scheduling software


  7. "Getting Better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    It's neat to see how a lot of entertainment is made - it's kind of a backstage look into how acting, video game / 3D modeling, tv, or movie making works.

    Cons

    the campuses are spread far and wide and often you may need to go between them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep looking forward


  8. "Diverse. Fun. Intense."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vancouver Film School full-time

    Pros

    - Surrounded by brilliant coworkers in a creative environment.
    - Many opportunities to learn and share what I know with others.
    - Supported by managers and peers to pursue my goals.
    - Everyone seems to care about me and my success both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    - Every workplace has bad apples that can ruin it for others. Some whether knowingly or unknowingly carry a large amount of weight and set the tone for the school. There are frustrating times and some leaders need to understand the workforce is different from where it used to be.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your people and try to find initiatives to break down silos.
    - Embrace Technological Change. A simple analysis of current practices could alleviate costs on multiple levels by eliminating redundancies.
    - The changes that are taking place sound encouraging - keep it up. The environment and culture has improved greatly since September 2015


  9. "VFS had a lot to offer if it's what you need."

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    Former Employee - Film Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Film Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at Vancouver Film School (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good range of current equipment and technology for student access.

    Cons

    Expensive program that is too short to develop students into fully realized film crafts but good as a year long boot camp.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Film Production Instructor Perspective"

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    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Instructor in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great education for the students based on the time frame given. Great Campus and facilities. Good networking options and possibilities. Friendly staff and coworkers and management. Freedom to teach your style in your specialty.

    Cons

    Staff are valued less than students/clients. Appearance of industry leading
    Claim of industry standard not practiced, in content covered. students are oversold on what's offered and available at the institution. Added stress due to misleading marketing to students. Too much over hype. No continuity across departments in what's taught.

    Advice to Management

    Hold the content taught to a higher standard and consistency. Have some standardizing across your teaching expectations and content to aid in heavy turnover. Don't give instructors too much freedom in personal opinions in industry practices.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed for others, great for me"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Vancouver Film School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Students are amazing and the staff are the lifeline of the School. A plethora of personalities, backgrounds, experiences, and overall demographic contribute to Vancouver Film School's unique culture!
    Tons of opportunities to learn, develop and grow!
    Flexibility is next to none

    Cons

    If management likes you, you will be taken care of. If not, GOOD LUCK!
    Pay is not the greatest either....



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