Acting for Film & Television

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Transform your relationship with yourself and others. Develop an actor's instrument and a comprehensive understanding of the craft and business of acting.

Creative Economy

VFS’s signature programs and facilities are at the heart of a creative economy worth $3.4 billion in B.C. alone. From film production and 3D animation to game, digital, and VR/AR design, VFS is helping shape the entertainment and media industries’ transformation. In 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the 15 highest grossing films and on 5 of the 10 best-selling video games worldwide, in a global industry set to generate US$2.1 trillion in revenues in 2021.

Alumni Success

Vancouver Film School grads are some of the most successful and sought-after professionals in the entire Acting industry. You will find our alumni working all over the globe, pushing boundaries, discovering new frontiers, winning all kinds of awards and honours, and leading today’s creative economy.

VFS Alumni


I’m so happy I decided to follow my dreams and go to VFS. The instructors push you to your best potential and treat you like professionals. My cohort became my family and I learned to be confident, make bold decisions, trust my scene partner, and most importantly to not be afraid of failure! I was working on set right after graduation; it was so easy because I knew exactly what to do. If I could do the year all over again, I would! Thank you VFS!

Aliyah Marc

Acting for Film & Television Graduate

“The AI and the Burglar,” Therapeutic Fibbing, and Big People Tingz

VFS gave me a taste of all the different things you might find yourself exploring in an acting career. You get to dabble in so many areas of our art. Classes are practical and allow you to meet a plethora of passionate teachers and mentors. The program helps build a network of artists around you through collaboration with students from other programs. My year at VFS was full one, but gave me the confidence to say acting is what I want to do with my life.

Charles Brien

Acting for Film & Television Graduate

“P’tit Tremblay,”Menteur , and “Reverie”

VFS helped me grow and develop more than just my craft but my confidence, social skills, and empathy. I learned how to connect with my emotions and live every moment. I’m so grateful for my mentors and peers I can now call my friends and family. The school always pushed me out of my comfort zone, but maintained a safe space. One paragraph isn’t enough to describe how wonderful my time was. I’m proud to be among the artists who’ve trained at VFS.

Joaquin Salinas

Acting for Film & Television Graduate


I loved everything about Vancouver Film School. Every single teacher brought their authentic self, and their truthfulness, care, and support helped me grow as a person and also as an actor. Their curriculum is very up to date; they cover all aspects of acting and being creative. I am very grateful for everyone at school and the experience they gave me.

Sana Abbasnezhadmakoei

Acting for Film & Television Graduate


If you’re an aspiring actor and are wanting to attend a school that gives you day-after-day hands-on experience with real industry professionals, then VFS is the place for you! As an alumni of the Acting for Film & TV program I can’t recommend this school enough, with staff and instructors who genuinely prioritize your needs as a student and want to help you grow into the artist you want to be. I wouldn’t trade my time at VFS for anything in the world.

Trevor Hamer

Acting for Film & Television Graduate


An Acting for Film & Television VFS Education

In 12 months you will graduate with:

  • A diploma in Acting for Film & Television
  • Video of your class's projects, professional headshots, and a promotional package highlighting your acting work
  • Access to the VFS Alumni Directory and Job Board
  • A graduation launch on, including a one-year membership

Term 01

Acting core principles. Begin the mental, physical, and emotional preparation necessary to enter into the craft of acting.

Term 02

On camera. Experience the technical and creative demands of television auditions.

Term 03

TV audition techniques. Expand your range and presence through improv and advanced skills to master any audition.

Term 04

Special skills & special FX. Discover the demands of sitcom acting, and the special skills necessary for motion capture, green screen, and heightened dramas.

Term 05

We develop your Voice Acting skills with on-the-mic training. Exploring Animation, ADR Voice Coaching sessions will further encourage ease and range in your voice to prepare you for the demands of feature film auditions.

Term 06

Final project shoot. Shoot your film project and promo reel in studio to showcase your talents, and learn how to find an agent and drive your own career.

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You will be asked to submit one of the following along with your application. Your advisor can help with selecting the best option.

Department Standards

Upload your audition to a video hosting site (YouTube, Vimeo, a personal website, etc) and send a link to the school.

Please note that the audition must be specifically created for VFS according to the Content Requirements provided below and must be clearly identified as such. 

Content Requirements

The tape must be a maximum six minutes in length and must be in the following format:

  1. State your name on camera
  2. Demonstrate a contemporary monologue in less than one minute
  3. Demonstrate a short contemporary scene (applicant should be on camera and the reader off camera) in less than one minute
  4. If desired, provide a maximum one-minute demo of a special skill (e.g. singing, dance, physical action, etc.)
  5. Provide answers to the following questions in a maximum of two minutes:
  6. Why did you choose your audition pieces?
  7. How long have you wanted to act?
  8. Who inspired you to want to pursue an acting career?
  9. What are your strengths & weaknesses as an actor?
  10. If you can't be an actor, what would you choose to be?

See this video on How to Submit a Self Tape

When you talk to your Advisor, let them know that you've completed the Essentials program and they will put a copy of your diploma in your file for you.

For more about language requirements and other information for international students, visit the International Students page.

Student Work

While training at VFS, students are immersed in the Acting industry, and spend a lot of hands-on time creating professional-quality work. And, nothing is a greater testament to the incomparable industry resources and career preparation that define VFS’s education model, than the top quality work our students produce. Here, a portfolio of outstanding work is just the beginning. Just take a look.

Love Knot


Starliner Trailer 1


Starliner Trailer 2


Industry Partners

VFS doesn’t just teach you about the industry, it IS the industry. With veteran instructors, mentors and an education Advisory Board recruited straight from the professional world, we are able to constantly update our award-winning curriculum to keep up with an ever-evolving industry. Plus, students also have lots of opportunities to connect and network with industry leaders during special workshop sessions, training presentations, and industry social events hosted by VFS.

Campus Life

Your year in Acting for Film & Television puts you in close contact with students in a host of other VFS programs, from writers and filmmakers to makeup artists and sound designers. This downtown training facility features near round-the-clock access to rehearsal space, computers, and everything you need to perform at your best. You'll also be surrounded by the city's best cafes, restaurants, and cultural attractions – not to mention some of the leading film and television production studios.


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