Visual Effects for Film, Streaming, & Immersive Media – Capilano University


LOCATION: North Vancouver, British Columbia
SCHOOL TYPE: University
ENTRANCE DATES: January, May, and September
SCHOLARSHIPS: 2 Scholarship(s)
TELEPHONE: (604) 990-7914
TOLL-FREE: Not Reported
FAX: (604) 984-4985
ADDRESS: 2055 Purcell Way, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Nestled in the North Shore mountains and a mere 20 minutes from all that downtown Vancouver has to offer, Capilano University is a great choice for outdoor enthusiasts and urbanites alike. Founded in 1968, the University is best known for its jazz, film, animation and performing arts programs. CapU’s business, paralegal, early childhood care and education, music therapy and design programs are also highly regarded. Capilano University offers 97 programs, including 13 bachelor’s degrees as well as post-baccalaureate and undergraduate diplomas and certificates. To increase access to learning, in Fall 2019 the University is opening a new location, CapU Lonsdale, on the waterfront in North Vancouver. The University provides student residences near its main campus and also serves the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky corridor.

Capilano University is a teaching-focused university. With an average of 25 students per class, learners at CapU are afforded individual attention. Many of our instructors balance teaching with professional practice and share real-world experiences and industry connections. It’s not uncommon for a student’s class to end on a Friday and their first professional employment to begin the following Monday. Quality of instruction at Capilano University is rated by bachelor’s degree students at 97 per cent, one of the top ratings in British Columbia, according to B.C. Student Outcomes Survey results for 2016 to 2018.

Capilano University is named after Chief Joe Capilano, an important leader of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) Nation of the Coast Salish people. Our campuses are located on the territories of the Lil’wat, Musqueam, Sechelt (shíshálh) Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh) and Tsleil-Waututh Nations.


Areas of Expertise


Alumni and instructors from Capilano University have been nominated for, and won, Juno Awards; alumni have worked on Oscar-winning animation teams; and, for the second year in a row, a film written and directed by a Motion Picture Arts students was included in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival. Out of more than three hundred teams, CapU business students placed third in 2018 and second in 2017 in the American Marketing Association Collegiate Case Competition.

North Vancouver, B.C., home to Capilano University’s main campus, is an inspiring setting in which to learn and grow. When the school day is done, the outdoor adventures begin. Minutes from campus, you’ll find hiking and mountain biking trails, secret beaches and world-class ski resorts with spectacular views of the Vancouver skyline. Further up the Coast, where CapU serves the communities of the Sunshine Coast and the Sea-to-Sky Corridor, you’ll discover even more ways to enjoy the active West Coast lifestyle.


On Campus Housing

# Beds Lowest Highest
Female only: Lowest: $4,778 Highest: $5,551
Male only: Lowest: $4,778 Highest: $5,551


Starting at just $1,195 per month including your meals, your residence fees include a fully furnished room with a bed, storage, desk, chair and closet, unlimited high-speed wireless Internet, and access to laundry, washrooms and showers, as well as dedicated lounge and study spaces.

Four-month (Fall 2022 and Spring 2023) per semester costs:

  • Shared Double Occupancy Room = $4,778.29 (Update)
  • Single Occupancy Room = $5,551.34 (Update)
  • Application Fee = CAD$ 50
  • CAD$ 500 confirmation payment on acceptance is required
  • Estimated 2022-23 fees

Important Dates

  • April 10, 2022 – Priority Fall/Spring 2022-23 Application Deadline
  • May 31, 2022 – Late Fall/Spring 2022-23 Application Deadline
  • June 1, 2022 – Fall/Spring 2022-23 Waitlist Application opens
  • August 31, 2022 – Fall move-in day
  • October 17, 2022 – Spring Residence Applications open
  • February 1, 2023 – Summer 2023 applications open




Capilano University’s sports teams are known as the Blues. A proud tradition built on excellence attracts elite athletes every year to the school’s six teams.

The Blues have varsity programs for men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball. All teams compete provincially in the PACWEST conference which is part of the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA). Since the inception of the Blues athletics program in 1973, CapU teams have claimed 61 provincial titles and 15 national championships including the 2020 men’s volleyball national championship.

Blues sports provide an important part of campus life. With home soccer games at Lillooet Park and home basketball and volleyball games at the Centre for Sport and Wellness, there is opportunity most weekends to attend sports events at CapU and cheer on the Blues.

You can find the latest updates on Blues sports on Instagram @CapilanoBlues.


International Involvement


Internationalize your degree, your resume and your network by spending part of your studies at a partner institution in another country — for the same tuition fee you normally pay at CapU. Students typically apply in their second year of studies to go abroad in their third. View Study Abroad info on the CapU website.


Campus Tour



Enrolment Details

CapU enrolls approximately 12,700 students each year; 9,000 in for-credit programs, nearly 1,200 in non-credit courses and 2,500 international students.



Requirements for International Students


Capilano University is a “home away from home” for more than 2,500 international students from 80 countries around the world, supported by a team of dedicated international education professionals who guide students throughout the CapU experience.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must take one of the following English language assessment tests: TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language); ELA (English Language Assessment Test); Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System); CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test); PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English – Academic). Minimum requirements are on the Admissions web page.

View more international student information on the Capilano website.

English Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL 83 (internet), 560 (paper)
ELA 145
IELTS (academic) 6.5 overall, no one score less than 6
LPI Level 4 with an essay score of 26

Other ways to meet the language requirements:


Procedure for International Students


Step 1. Check the admission requirements

Before you apply, check to make sure you meet the admission requirements for the program you’ve chosen.

Use the BC Transfer Guide to see if you have credits that cover a prerequisite or count toward your program.

Step 2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program

Check the specific program page for application and document deadlines.

Step 3. Complete and submit your application

All students apply online through the link to EducationPlanner.


Academic Year

Type of System Semester
Entrance Dates January, May, September
Notes: Applications for admission for Fall term (September) can be submitted commencing early October; 11 months prior to the intended intake. Applications for admission for Spring term (January) can be submitted commencing early February; 11 months prior to the intended intake. There are however, early application deadlines for specific programs. For these application dates refer to the program website at The application fee is $50 for new domestic applicants and anyone applying for readmission, and $135 (plus a deposit) for new international applicants. If you’re a new international student applying to Capilano University for the first time, you need to pay a one-time $5,000 deposit. This deposit will be applied against your international tuition fees once you’ve registered in courses at the University.
Language of Instruction English


Tuition Fees

International Students: $3,191 – $34,851

Notes for International Students:


Tuition fees are comprised of the standard domestic tuition fee plus a surcharge. Certain specialized programs or courses have particular tuition or other fees which vary from those stated above. Domestic and International students are required to pay all tuition fees plus tuition surcharges, consumable fees and other relevant costs and charges listed below.


Supplementary Fees 2023 – 2024

Consumable Fee

NOTE: Varies per course. Specific materials/services required to complete a course other than the instructional component. For a list of Consumable Fees, please see Tuition and Other Fees.

CSU Health and Dental Plan Fee
Lowest $260
Highest $260

NOTE: $260.43 per year (Sep-Aug). The CSU Health and Dental Plan fees are charged in the Fall term each year. For change of coverage dates and deadlines, please click on the link above or visit Last day to opt-out of coverage is September 19, 2022.

Student Success Fee
Lowest $17
Highest $109

NOTE: $16.77 per credit to a maximum of $109.14. Applicable to all campuses.

Student Union Building Levy
Lowest $8
Highest $127

NOTE: $8.46 per credit to a maximum of $126.90. Student Union Building Levy to provide a new student union building (applicable to North Vancouver campus).

Student Union Equity and Sustainability Fee
Lowest $1
Highest $13

NOTE: Student Union Equity and Sustainability Fee (applicable to all campuses).

Student Union Membership
Lowest $47
Highest $77

NOTE: $47.18 flat plus $2.94 per credit a maximum of $29.40 (total $76.58). Membership dues for the Student Union (applicable to North Vancouver and Lonsdale campus). $18.87 flat (for Sunshine Coast, off-campus or online campuses).

Application/Re-Application for Admission
Lowest $50
Highest $135

NOTE: $50 for Domestic applicants
$135 for International applicants
Non-refundable fee submitted with an application to the University

Business and Professional Association Fee
Lowest $2
Highest $33

NOTE: $2.22 per credit to a maximum of $33.30. Charged on all courses that fall under the Faculty of Business and Professional Studies.

Term Enrollment
Lowest $31
Highest $31

NOTE: Enrollment charge.

U-Pass BC
Lowest $177
Highest $177

NOTE: A U-Pass BC gives students access to bus, SeaBus and SkyTrain services within Metro Vancouver, as well as discounts on West Coast Express. This transit pass program is mandatory for all Capilano Students Union members enrolled in three or more credits and attending classes within Metro Vancouver. Students who have a balance owing on their CapU student account will be denied a U-Pass. For more information on the U-Pass BC Program and how to use transit in Metro Vancouver, visit Translink’s U-Pass frequently asked questions. Any questions or concerns about the program can be emailed


International Students
In-School: 278 Lowest:   Highest:  

Notes for International Students


Entrance Scholarships Info

Other Scholarship Info

Student Loan Info

The online application opens on October 15, 2022
The deadline to apply online and submit supporting documents is March 1, 2023


2 scholarship(s) found.
Scholarship Value Deadline Monthly Views
Capilano | International Student Entrance AwardCapilano UniversityAny $1,500 March 01, 2023 Low
Y.P. Heung Foundation Post-Secondary AwardCapilano UniversityAny $3,000 March 01, 2023 Low


  • 2D Animation and Visual Development Diploma
  • 3D Animation for Film and Games Diploma
  • Acting for Stage and Screen Certificate
  • Acting for Stage and Screen Diploma
  • Advanced Arts and Entertainment Management Certificate
  • Animation Fundamentals Not Applicable
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism) (Post Baccalaureate Certificate) Certificate
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism) Post Baccalaureate Diploma Post-diploma
  • Arts and Entertainment Management Diploma
  • Associate of Arts Degree Associate
  • Associate of Arts Degree – Creative Writing Associate
  • Associate of Arts Degree – English Associate
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Interdisciplinary Studies Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Psychology Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Arts: Applied Behaviour Analysis (Autism) Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Business Administration Degree Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Communication Studies Degree Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Design in Visual Communication (IDEA) Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Early Childhood Care and Education Degree Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies – Education Bachelor
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies – Performance/Composition Bachelor
  • Business Administration Certificate
  • Business Administration Diploma
  • Business Administration Pathway Certificate
  • Communication Studies Diploma
  • Conducting in Music Certificate Certificate
  • Costuming for Stage and Screen Diploma
  • Documentary Certificate
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Certificate
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Diploma
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Infant and Toddler Certificate Certificate
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Pathway Certificate
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Post-Baccalaureate Diploma Post-diploma
  • Early Childhood Care and Education Special Needs Certificate Certificate
  • Education and Employment Access Certificate
  • Education Assistant (EA) Certificate
  • Engineering Certificate
  • Engineering Transition Diploma; University Transfer
  • English for Academic Purposes 3 Citation Not Applicable
  • English for Academic Purposes 4 Citation Not Applicable
  • Global Hospitality & Tourism Management Post-diploma; Co-op
  • Grip Work for Digital Imaging and Film Not Applicable
  • Health Care Assistant Certificate
  • Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Certificate
  • Indigenous Digital Filmmaking Diploma
  • Interaction Design Diploma
  • International Management Graduate Certificate Certificate
  • International Management Graduate Diploma Post-diploma
  • Jazz Studies Diploma
  • Kinesiology Bachelor
  • Kinesiology Diploma
  • Legal Administrative Assistant Certificate
  • Legal Studies (Paralegal) Bachelor
  • Lighting for Digital Imaging and Film Not Applicable
  • Lil’wat Nation Language and Culture Certificate
  • Local Government Administration Certificate
  • Local Government Administration Diploma
  • Local Government Administration (Advanced) Certificate
  • Local Government Leadership Development Certificate
  • Motion Picture Arts Bachelor
  • Motion Picture Arts Certificate
  • Motion Picture Arts Diploma
  • Music Diploma
  • Music Therapy Bachelor
  • Musical Theatre Diploma
  • North American and International Management (Graduate Diploma) Post-diploma
  • North American Business Management (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma) Post-diploma; Co-op
  • North American Business Management Applied (Post-Baccalaureate Diploma) Post-diploma; Co-op
  • Outdoor Recreation Management Diploma; Co-op
  • Paralegal Certificate
  • Paralegal Diploma
  • Performing Arts Bachelor
  • Psychology – Associate Associate
  • Rehabilitation Assistant Diploma
  • Retail Operations Certificate
  • Science Associate
  • Science – Biology Associate
  • Science – General Bachelor
  • Sechelt Nation Language and Culture Certificate
  • Technical Theatre Diploma
  • Tourism Management Bachelor
  • Tourism Management Co-operative Education Diploma; Co-op
  • Tourism Management International Diploma
  • Tourism Marketing Citation Not Applicable
  • University One for Indigenous Learners Certificate
  • Visual Effects for Film, Streaming, & Immersive Media Diploma


Admissions for Canadian Students
Admissions Office
Library Building, room LB152
North Vancouver, BC   V7J 3H5
Tel: (604) 984-4900

Admissions for International Students
Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE)
Library Building, room LB127, 2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC   V7J 3H5
Tel: (604) 990-7914

Financial Aid
North Vancouver, BC   V7J 3H5
Tel: (604) 984-4900

Registrar’s Office
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC   V7J 3H5
Tel: (604) 984-4900
Fax: (604) 984-1798

CapU Residence
Grouse Hall 101, #500 – 2420 Dollarton Highway
North Vancouver, BC   V7H 2Y1
Tel: (604) 990-7951


kalax-ay Sunshine Coast Campus
5627 Inlet Avenue, P.O. Box 1609
Sechelt, BC   V0N 3A0
Tel: (604) 885-9310
Fax: (604) 885-9350

Lonsdale Campus
CapU Lonsdale
250-125 Victory Ship Way
North Vancouver, BC   V7L 0G5
Tel: (604) 986-1911, Ext 5600

General Contact Information
Wong and Trainor Centre for International Experience (CIE)
2055 Purcell Way
North Vancouver, BC   V7J 3H5
Tel: (604) 990-7914
Fax: (604) 984-4985

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