• Bow Valley College
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We build thoughtful and robust artists to maintain a dynamic and rapidly expanding future-proof industry.

Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will open its doors in January 2022 with an ambitious and well-defined objective. We exist to help identify and train the future leaders of the animation and visual effects (VFX) industries for both domestic and international students. Bow Valley College has partnered with Vancouver-based Centre for Entertainment Arts to build a state-of-the-art facility that will ensure students can focus on what matters most without distraction.

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Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will connect Calgary to the global animation and visual effects (VFX) industry through our instructors and professional network, our advanced curriculum, and our student work-initiative program. 

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Build a solid foundation and then discover advanced curriculum.

The Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate program is a full-time, one-year program to prepare you for advanced studies in animation, visual effects (VFX), or game design. Students who are interested in a career in entertainment arts will be taught how to observe, represent, and ultimately develop fundamental visual decision-making skills in a variety of formats.

You will receive foundational, hands-on training in industry software and workflows. Students will also work to develop a strong personal portfolio.

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Foundation in
Entertainment Arts 
Certificate

Program software

Advanced VFX (Virtual Production) is a full-time, two-year program focused on the fundamentals of visual effects and the integration of virtual production workflows and pipelines. Students will study the various departmental specializations in VFX, such as modelling, sculpting, texturing/surfacing, lighting, compositing, and FX. The program also integrates virtual production workflows into these departments and courses by introducing Unreal. Unreal and other virtual production software and tools are used in the preparation, modification, and filming of VFX assets, in-camera. By replicating real-world fundamentals of virtual production and its fast-paced work environment of real-time rendering, artists are trained to be equipped both artistically, and technically in the realm of quick problem solving, teamwork, and collaboration.

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Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production)
Diploma

Program software

Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modeling is a full-time, two-year program focused on 3D Animation and 3D Modelling and its various departmental specializations, such as 3D animation (character and creature), rigging, 3D modelling & sculpting, and texturing/surfacing. The program also touches on the fundamentals of storytelling through acting and visual composition, look development, and the basics of compositing. The program teaches students production, art, observation, critical review and soft skills to round out their skillset. It teaches them how to interact with other disciplines, and enable students to prototype their own compositions and shots from concept through to completion.

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Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling
Diploma

Program software

"The CEA's expansion into Calgary is huge not just for western Canada, but the film industry at large. We've hired a number of CEA graduates and they all exceed our expectations. The school attracts instructors who are at the top of their field, and the curriculum is designed to prepare digital artists for the real world of production. Aspiring artists are not just learning creativity, or software skills, but also how to use these skills to build a strong career. I'm excited to see the CEA expanding, giving more opportunities to talented people."


Jeremy Stewart
CCO & Co-founder
Animism Studios

Define your future.

Discover your path and get the skills and knowledge you will need to successfully navigate it. The global visual effects (VFX), animation, and gaming industries continue their rapid growth and provide creatively minded individuals an opportunity to build dynamic, future-proof careers.

Working instructors ensure that your education is current and that you learn cutting-edge techniques and industry-standard software from experienced professionals.

Whatever your level of experience, we can help you discover your passion and define a path forward. If you already have experience, but you are looking for an advantage in our highly competitive industries, we can help sharpen your skills and a way to level-up from the competition. 

International Students are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) which will allow them to stay in Canada for two to three years to put their newly acquired skills to the test.

Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts is committed creating a world-class program that will connect our students, our city, and our province to the world. If you are considering a career in animation or visual effects (VFX), and would like to strengthen and refine your skills or would like to develop and discover which career path is right for you, reach out and speak with one of our representatives.

We can provide you critical information or put you in touch with one of our program directors to help you answer any questions you may have.

We are planting trees, but we are thinking of forests.

Calgary has everything required to become a global destination for the animation, visual effects (VFX) and gaming industries. Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, the city center is a modern, interconnected, architectural masterpiece with an abundance of affordable commercial space for studios to set up shop. Year-over-year, the film and television industries are bringing bigger and bigger productions to Alberta because Calgary is a global destination with diverse and celebrated cultures. Wherever you are from, whatever your background, you will feel welcome and at home in our amazing city.

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Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts.

We have the power to help students discover new pathways and unlock their creative potential. In order to be successful in the world of animation and visual effects, you need to be technically proficient as well as disciplined and professional. The competition will be serious. Take yourself seriously.

“As we continue to diversify Calgary’s economy, we have a real need to develop the talent that the industries of the present and future need. I’m encouraged to see Bow Valley College step into this space. As Calgary’s film industry continues to grow, there will be opportunities across related industries, like video game and digital design. This will mean that more students will be ready to step into a growing field and get valuable professional experience in the same place they are getting their education.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi

Foundation in
Entertainment Arts 
Certificate

The Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate program is a full-time, one-year program to prepare you for advanced studies in animation, visual effects (VFX), or game design. Students who are interested in a career in entertainment arts will be taught how to observe, represent, and ultimately develop fundamental visual decision-making skills in a variety of formats.

You will receive foundational, hands-on training in industry software and workflows. Students will also work to develop a strong personal portfolio. 

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Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling
Diploma

Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modeling is a full-time, two-year program focused on 3D Animation and 3D Modelling and its various departmental specializations, such as 3D animation (character and creature), rigging, 3D modelling & sculpting, and texturing/surfacing. The program also touches on the fundamentals of storytelling through acting and visual composition, look development, and the basics of compositing. The program teaches students production, art, observation, critical review and soft skills to round out their skillset. It teaches them how to interact with other disciplines, and enable students to prototype their own compositions and shots from concept through to completion.

Find out more 

Register your interest › 

Apply today › 

Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production)
Diploma

Advanced VFX (Virtual Production) is a full-time, two-year program focused on the fundamentals of visual effects and the integration of virtual production workflows and pipelines. Students will study the various departmental specializations in VFX, such as modelling, sculpting, texturing/surfacing, lighting, compositing, and FX. The program also integrates virtual production workflows into these departments and courses by introducing Unreal. Unreal and other virtual production software and tools are used in the preparation, modification, and filming of VFX assets, in-camera. By replicating real-world fundamentals of virtual production and its fast-paced work environment of real-time rendering, artists are trained to be equipped both artistically, and technically in the realm of quick problem solving, teamwork, and collaboration.

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Advanced Game Development is a full-time, two-year program comprised of industry-level courses covering game development’s core disciplines: art, design, programming, and production. Students will create various assignments, projects and games that will be assembled into a portfolio that is fit for working in the games industry.   

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Advanced Game Development 
Diploma

Program software

Advanced Game Development  
Diploma

Advanced Game Development is a full-time, two-year program comprised of industry-level courses covering game development’s core disciplines: art, design, programming, and production. Students will create various assignments, projects and games that will be assembled into a portfolio that is fit for working in the games industry. 

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