Education Opportunities-Private

Spotlight Academy
1975 Haslam Road
Nanaimo BC  
Ph: 250-755-8975 Fax: 250-722-2383
A PPSEC (Private Post Secondary Registered Trade Institution) responsible for training all ages in preparation for a career in front of the camera. Workshops by Industry Professionals.
Jacqui Kaese - Acting Coach, recently returned from New York where she worked as an acting coach to Cameron Bright who was appearing in the movie Birth starred Nicole Kidman, Lauren Bacall and Ann Hesche.
Cameron has also worked opposite Robert De Niro in Godsend, scheduled for release spring 2004. Jacqui has coached Cameron since he was 5 years old. Check out for recent credits.
John De Santis, Justin Chatwin, Eric Peter Kaiser, Jake kaese and Sean Sipos all got their starts with Spotlight Academy.

Coultish Talent
Agent: Zachary Tanner
Consultant: Jacqui Kaese
Ph: 250-734-3110

Victoria Academy of Dramatic Arts

185 - 911 Yates Street, Suite 332
Victoria, BC, V8V 4Y9
Ph: 250-580-2588
Dedicated to the training of actors for film, television and theatre. Offering an one year diploma program (Acting for Film, TV and Theatre), along with evening classes, private coaching, and customized independent programs of study (IPOS).

Art Institute of Vancouver - Burnaby

3264 Beta Avenue
Burnaby BC V5G 4K4
Ph: 298-5400 Fax: 298-5403

Choose from Diploma programs in 3D Modeling for Animation & Games, Animation Art & Design, Digital Film & Video, Game Art & Design, Professional Recording Arts, Professional Recording Arts (LIPA), VFX for Film & Television, Visual & Game Programming, Web Design & Interactive Media, and Web Design & Interactive Media & Foundation for Design. You can also pursue a Certificate in Electronic Music or Independent Recording Arts.

Blanche MacDonald Centre

100-555 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 3X7
Ph: (604) 685-0347 Fax: (604) 669-1415

Professional training in Make-up Artistry for Television and Film, Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Esthetics and Nail Technology.
Blanche Macdonald Make-up graduates are a vital part of the film community on a local, national and international level. Compiling credit after credit, graduates are establishing their reputations on feature film sets, television series, movies of the week, commercials, independent productions, theatre companies, cosmetic companies and the burgeoning fashion industry.

JCI Institute

Makeup Artistry and Hair Art Design
Suite #150 – 220 Cambie Street
Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada V6B 2M9


Columbia Academy

Electronic Multimedia Training Centre
1295 West Broadway
Vancouver BC V6H 3X8
Ph: 736-3316 Fax: 731-5458

Practical hands-on training in Radio & TV Broadcasting, Video & TV Production, Recording & Music Engineering.

The Gulf Islands Film and Television School

S-43, C-12
Galiano Island BC V0N 1P0
Ph: 1-800-813-9993 Fax: (250) 539-3290

Programs include Media Intensive Program for teenagers, one-week courses on classical & computer animation, documentary, and drama. Adult, teen and pre-teen courses offered March through September.

Northwest Film/Video Training Center

6/210 - 555 Brooksbank Avenue
North Vancouver, BC V7J 3S5
Ph: 983-5281 Fax: 983-5155

For those with previous education or experience in the film industry, 21 to 24 week full- time classes or evening and weekend workshops are offered in camera, lighting, editing, sound recording and more.

Trebas Institute

305 - 112 East 3rdAvenue
Vancouver, BC V5T 1C8
Ph: 872-2666 Fax: 872-3001

Film and Television program covers scriptwriting, production budgeting, directing and special effects techniques.

Vancouver Film School

200 - 198 West Hastings Street
Vancouver BC V6B 1H2
Ph: 604 685 5808 Toll Free in North America: 1800 661 4101 Fax: 604 685 5830

VFS offers a proven education for everything you see, hear, and experience in the entertainment industry. We offer full time programs in Film Production, Classical Animation, 3D Animation & Visual Effects, Digital Character Animation, Game Design, Digital Design, Sound Design, Makeup Design, Acting, Writing for Film & Television, and Foundation Visual Art & Design. Students learn practical skills and develop direct relationships with the people, industries, and ideas shaping these disciplines.

Pacific Film & New Media Academy

751 Discovery Street
Victoria, BC, V8T 1H1
Ph: (250) 381-3032 Fax: (250) 388-7349

Full-time programs in filmmaking, 3D animation, FX and acting. Hands-on experience taught by professionals.



There are also single courses, seminars and workshops offered in the Lower Mainland by various organizations such as:

Canadian Film and Television Producers Association

310 - 1140 Homer Street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2X2
Ph: 682-8619 Fax: 682-7909

The CFTPA is a non-profit, trade association representing almost 400 Canadian production companies involved in television, film and interactive media.


300 - 1131 Howe Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2L7
Ph: 685-2209 Fax: 685-2463


Praxis Script Development

200 - 1140 Homer street
Vancouver, BC V6B 2X6
Ph: 682-3100 Fax: 682-7909


Vancouver Women in Film and Television Society

Box 1238 Station A
Vancouver, BC V6C 2T1
Ph: 685-1152