Language requirements

To succeed in any VFS program, you'll need to understand technical terms and be able to participate in presentations and in-depth discussions in English. Depending upon your program, you must meet either the Level 1 or Level 2 English language requirements as outlined below. 

Programs with Level 1 Language Requirements

  • Acting Essentials
  • Animation + Concept Art
  • Foundation Visual Art + Design
  • Makeup Design for Film + Television
  • Sound Design for Visual Media

Achieving the indicated scores in any of these tests satisfies the VFS Level 1 English language requirements.

TOEFL score of 68 internet-based (iBT), or 520 paper-based (PBT)
TOEIC score of 700
Cambridge ACE (completion of any level) or FCE ("First Certificate in English") Grade C
IELTS Band 6.0 (Academic level)
LPI Level 4
EC English Language Centre completion of High Intermediate
ELS Language Centres, completion of Level 109
ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) completion of Level 13
ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) completion of A1 Level (University Pathway Program)
Inlingua Victoria Campus, completion of Level 3B
Inlingua Vancouver Campus, completion of Level 3B
International House completion of Level 1
King George International College completion of English for Post-Secondary (EPE) with at least 80% in coursework
VEC (Vancouver English Centre) Articulation Agreement Level 11
VGC Language School minimum 80% grade for Level 7
Passing of VFS's internal English Assessment

Programs with Level 2 Language Requirements

  • 3D Animation + Visual Effects
  • Acting for FIlm + Television
  • Classical Animation
  • ​Digital Design
  • Film Production
  • Game Design
  • Programming for Games, Web + Mobile
  • Writing for Film and Television

Achieving the indicated scores in any of these tests satisfies the VFS Level 2 English language requirements.

TOEFL score of 80 internet-based (iBT), or 550 paper-based (PBT)
TOEIC score of 785
Cambridge ACE (completion of any level) or FCE ("First Certificate in English") Grade A or B
IELTS Band 6.5 (Academic level)
LPI Level 5
EC English Language Centre completion of Upper Intermediate
ELS Language Centres, completion of Level 112
ILAC (International Languages Academy of Canada) completion of Level 15
ILSC (International Language Schools of Canada) completion of A2 Level (University Pathway Program)
Inlingua Victoria campus, completion of Level EAP1
Inlingua Vancouver campus, completion of Level 4A
International House completion of Level 2
King George International College completion of English for Post-Secondary (EPE) with at least 85% in coursework
VEC (Vancouver English Centre) Articulation Agreement Level 12
VGC Language School minimum 80% score for Level 8
Passing of VFS's internal English Assessment

What Are My Other Options?

If you have not taken one of the above tests, or feel that your skill has improved since you took the test, you can meet our conversational requirements by taking a telephone-based test with VFS Admissions staff. To arrange for a test, please contact your Admissions Advisor. Some programs require writing abilities at a higher level, or more industry-specific langauge than can be indicated by the above tests. To satisfy writing levels required for some programs, we may ask for additional written submissions.

We realize that you may have to plan ahead in order to secure your seat at VSF, and that you may want to start applying before you've met the required conversational or written level of English. Our Admissions Advisors understand ESL issues and are more than willing to help you meet all language requirements to make sure they do not get in the way of your dream.

If you don’t pass an approved test or the VFS-conducted test, you may be accepted on a conditional basis. If you receive conditional acceptance, you must provide regular feedback to your Admissions Advisor on specifically what you are doing to improve your English before you start your course at VFS (e.g., attending ESL classes). Additionally, you must schedule and pass either an approved test or the VFS-conducted test no later than one month before your start date, or risk having your enrollment postponed or cancelled. 

Study Permits

All of VFS’s programs require international students to obtain a study permit. You must apply for your study permit at the Canadian Consulate or Canadian Embassy for your area, before your program starts.

To get a study permit you must provide:

You'll need to present the original acceptance letter from Vancouver Film School and proof of deposit.

The letter needs to show that there are sufficient funds in your account to support you while you're studying, including full tuition fees.

Your passport must be valid for the duration of your program.

Be sure to include the VFS’s Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number on your study permit application: O19239015912. Please note, the first digit in the sequence is the letter “O”, and not a zero.

For more information, contact:

Citizenship and Immigration Canada

Medical Insurance

All students must have medical insurance coverage while studying in Canada. You'll need to apply for coverage before you arrive in Canada, and it must cover you for your first 90 days in British Columbia. After 90 days living in BC, students can qualify for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP).

You can buy medical insurance from a private insurance company from the U.S., or from Intercon Insurance Services, which has an agreement with VFS to offer discounted rates to our students.

INTERCON INSURANCE

  • Intercon coverage can be used for injury or sickness requiring Emergency Hospital confinement or Emergency Treatment for up to CDN$2,000,000.00.
  • You must be a student of foreign nationality
  • You must not be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant
  • You must be enrolled in and attending a recognized institution of learning (Vancouver Film School)
  • CDN$1.72 per day per person.
  • CDN$53.32 per month per person.

Using these rates, international students in our full time 48-week programs can expect to pay up to a maximum of 639.84 CDN, depending on the length of insurance you request.

(Note: Rates and information quoted on this website are subject to change without notice.)

For more information, please contact Intercon's VFS representatives:

Cam Cheung

If you are a student, and have been living in BC for more than 90 days, you are eligible for BC’s Medical Services Plan (MSP). Click the link to obtain a copy of the BC Medical Insurance application.

International Offices

We have offices in high-demand spots around the world. Our International Admissions Advisors, based in these areas, can help you make an informed decision about your education at VFS. They are available to work with you personally, explain all the programs thoroughly, and give you student work to view. They can also discuss financing options and help walk you through the application, acceptance, and student visa process.

Brazil

Patricia Emidio

pemidio@vfs.com

Phone: +55 44 5485 2874
Fax: +55 44 5485 2899

Av. Roque Petroni Jr.,
999 - 43° andar - Sala 4322
São Paulo, SP, Brazil
04707-940

China

Grace Xu

gxu@vfs.com

Phone: 0086 10 6439 3701
Cell: +86 139 1159 6919

Office 1505 , Tower 2, Building A
Wang Jing SOHO, 10th Wangjing Street
Chaoyang District, Beijing City, China

India

Dorothy Mathias

vfsindia@vfs.com

Phone: +94.22.2605 0338

402, Windward Apartment
24st Road, Bandra (West)
Mumbai, 400 050, India

India

Shiva Kumar Guroodu

sguroodu@vfs.com

Phone: +91-40-66027272

Office 301, 3rd Floor
MGR Estates, Punjagutta
Hyderabad, A.P., India

 

Korea

Hakyun Lim

hlim@vfs.com

Phone: (+82-2) 2008-4900
Fax: (+82-2) 2008-4555

44/F Gangnam Finance Center
Yeoksam 4-dong, Gangnam-gu
Seoul, Korea, 435-984

Latin America

Barbara Martinez Ruiz

admissionsla@vfs.com

Phone: (5255) 47 37 73 40 or 
(5255) 56 64 33 97
Fax: (5255) 94 74 40 99

Angelina 6B, Col. San Ángel
CP 04000, México, D.F.

Taiwan

Ruth Nan

rnan@vfs.com

Phone: +886 2 7725 3600
Cell: +886 936 201 341

4F , 200 Sec 1, Keelung Road
Taipei, Taiwan 11071

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