Digital animation programs are moving to KPU’s Richmond campus from Langara this May.
This will mean 300 students will be transferring to KPU, and the college plans to further increase the number of seats offered in the digital animation programs.
Starting this May, KPU will offer diplomas in 3D animation and 3D modelling, advanced VFX (virtual production) and advanced game development.
The programs are being taught in collaboration with the Centre for Entertainment Arts.
In September 2023, KPU will add a fourth diploma program to the offerings, 2D digital animation.
There will also be a certificate program in entertainment arts for students who want to build a portfolio in anticipation of applying to one of the diploma program.
Animation and visual effects account for 70,000 full-time jobs in B.C., according to the BC Chamber of Commerce.
The entertainment arts computer labs will occupy refurbished space previously home to the Wilson School of Design before it moved to a new building on the campus in 2018.
“Bringing the entertainment arts programs to Kwantlen Polytechnic University opens up a world of opportunity for students, for industry and for Richmond,” said Diane Purvey, KPU provost and vice-president, in a press release.
The courses offered in these programs can also count toward a bachelor’s degree.