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2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7   |    1.604.683.9200

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-- Angelo Rosa, Associate of Applied Science, Fashion Design, The Art Institute of New York City, 2014

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Our programs in the areas of Design, Media Arts, Fashion, and Culinary help you focus your talents and explore what you’re passionate about. In our collaborative environment, our instructors will guide and mentor you as we help you build the skills you need to start your creative career.

If you want to enhance the skills you already have, check out our Continuing Education and Training classes. We offer day and night classes in wine studies, culinary, animation, graphic design, interior design, kitchen & bath design, media arts, recording arts, photography, and web design.

Ai Vancouver among best schools for game design

For the sixth consecutive year, "The Princeton Review" ranks Ai Vancouver fifth in top 25 list of undergraduate schools to study game design for 2015 

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The Art Institute of Vancouver is located in a region known for innovative people. Here, you'll learn in a city that's focused on a distinctly west-coast lifestyle--one that's the continent's 3rd largest film and TV production center.

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Second Floor Bistro

The Second Floor Bistro is a student-run restaurant of The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Vancouver. The Second Floor's evolving menu features an enticing selection of dishes, from Pacific North West favorites to international fusions, inspired and created by our chefs-in-training.

The Second Floor Bistro allows our students to master all aspects of restaurant and culinary arts under the leadership of industry professionals, whilst showcasing the talents and creativity of the culinary program's senior students.

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The Ham or Jam Give Event The Ham or Jam Give Event

(Vancouver, May 2015)  On May 1 & 2, volunteers from The Art Institute of Vancouver participated in a great community service project – the Ham or Jam Give Event. The event is an initiative of Change My City Alliance. On Friday, May 1, 40 volunteers made up of students, faculty, staff and friends, bagged and boxed more than 600 sandwiches. On Saturday, May 2, 30 volunteers from the campus hit the streets of East Hastings and distributed the sandwiches. 


Change My City Alliance is a not-for-profit organization whose overarching mandate is tailored towards building an inclusive platform, which youth and young people can be a part of. The group teaches personal development and skills training to at risk and marginalized youth.


Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Vancouver, 2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7 ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

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The Art Institute of Vancouver Named Among the Top 10 Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design by  The Princeton Review The Art Institute of Vancouver Named Among the Top 10 Undergraduate Schools for Video Game Design by The Princeton Review

School ranks Fifth in Top 25 List of Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design For 2015

(VANCOUVER, BC March 2015) – The Art Institute of Vancouver announced today that for the sixth consecutive year it has been named to The Princeton Review’s list of the top 25 undergraduate schools for studying video game design. This year, the school is ranked fifth on the list, moving up three spots from last year’s rank of eighth place.

Among criteria The Princeton Review weighed to make its selections were curriculum, faculty, facilities, career services and technology. The survey was conducted in the 2014 academic year of 150 institutions offering game design coursework and/or degrees in the United States, Canada, and some countries abroad. Additional details on The Princeton Review’s ranking and methodology may be found here: http://www2.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/game-design

“It is an incredible honor to once again be ranked among the top schools for Video Game Design by The Princeton Review,” said Tim Moscato, Chief Operating Officer, The Art Institutes. “We have been included in the top ten since the list’s inception, and to be included in the top five is a testament to the quality of our education and our dedication to preparing students for careers in the gaming industry.”

Of the schools included on the list, The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President and Publisher, Robert Franek, stated, "For students aspiring to work in the burgeoning field of game design, we strongly recommend The Art Institute of Vancouver and each of the other schools that made our 2015 lists. They have exceptional professors and awesome, state-of-the-art facilities. Collectively, these schools have graduated legions of the industry's most successful video game designers, developers, artists, and entrepreneurs."

The Art Institute of Vancouver offers programs in the areas of Game Design & Programming and Animation.

To learn more about The Art Institute of Vancouver visit http://new.artinstitutes.edu/vancouver.  

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Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Vancouver, 2665 Renfrew St. Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7. ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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The Art Institute of Vancouver Presents Annual Fashion Show, Atelier The Art Institute of Vancouver Presents Annual Fashion Show, Atelier

WHO/WHAT:

More than just a fashion show, The Art Institute of Vancouver’s Atelier will be an inventive collaboration between fashion, food and film.

Fashion: 22 current students and recent grads of the Diploma in Fashion Design program will commandeer the runway, each showing three distinct looks. Among the designers showing will be Zong Peng and Jamaree Eiammanassakul, who recently debuted collections at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC. Both Peng and Eiammanassakul are 2014 graduates of the Diploma in Fashion Design program.

Food: Students in the Diploma in Culinary Arts program will create delicious bites inspired by the fashion.

Film: Students in the Diploma in Digital Film & Video program and students in the Diploma in Fashion Marketing program partnered to create fashion films that will be shown during the event.

WHERE:

The Art Institute of Vancouver

2665 Renfrew Street

WHEN:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

3:00 pm - Matinee

7:00 pm - Gala

TICKETS:

3 pm Matinee: $10

7 pm Gala: $30/$10 for standing room only

https://www.picatic.com/AiV2015FashionShow 

To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Student Affairs Department or program organizer in advance at 604-683-9200. 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. The Art Institute of Vancouver, 2665 Renfrew Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 0A7, Canada ©2015 The Art Institutes. Our email address is csprogramadmin@edmc.edu.

See aiprograms.info for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Game On! Kid Tested, Parent Approved? Game On! Kid Tested, Parent Approved?

It is no secret that kids love video games – they’re exciting, fun and engrossing.  As parents, we worry about the negative effects of screen time. Nevertheless, there are many video games that are not only fun, but also build and strengthen cognitive development—skills in problem solving, reasoning, math and science. How can a parent choose? “In past decades, educational video games were known for poor design and cheap production,” says Jason Wiser, faculty in the Media Arts & Animation program at The New England Institute of Art, “with wonderful exceptions like “Zoombinis” and “Oregon Trail” putting all this ‘shovelware’ to shame. But as gamers have grown up and become parents, the more discerning audience has helped give rise to a new generation of better games for kids.” Wiser will be launching his own children’s game app this summer, DinoTrucks, where children ages 3-10 experiment with open play by excavating bones and building dinosaurs.

A successful educational game’s core purpose should be fun and interactive, yet still teach as part of that interaction. “As consumers, children are very particular and tend to gravitate toward simple, flashy characters but for a game to hold their interest,  the game needs to be thought-provoking, creative, exciting and fun at its core – the learning is secondary” shares Mathew Quickel, faculty instructor of Computer Animation at The Art Institute of York-Pennsylvania. This is a message that is heard loud and clear by game and app developers who create games that were in line with their interests. “There has been a notable shift in game creation – it is common to see games created based on what children and their parents’ interests are,” adds Quickel.

According to the Entertainment Software Association, the video game industry is one of the fastest growing sectors in the U.S. economy and is projected to grow by five percent annually through 2015. As a subset of that, children’s apps and video games are expected to continue to grow as parents are willing to pay increased amounts for games that will entertain and teach. “Parents who buy games for their kids are typically more concerned with content than price; they are willing to pay for a good product,” Wiser says. Current trends include STEM-focused games like “The Counting Kingdom,” the ever popular first person “shooter” games (good for learning strategy and immersive team play), kids’ versions of adult games (i.e. Minion Dash, the Despicable Me game which is based on the endless runner “Temple Run”), and games based on established properties,  like “Olaf’s Quest” from Disney’s Frozen.

Both Wiser and Quickel agree that parents will determine what games they feel are “meaningful” and what they would like their child to play. They offer these tips when selecting games for kids:

  •     Become familiar with the Entertainment Software Ratings Board (www.esrb.com/). Their ratings are designed to help potential players understand the game's content and offer guidance on which games are appropriate for different ages.
  •     Explore www.familyfriendlyvideogames.com/. This site provides a report card on games, with detailed descriptions of game content, technical performance and kid friendliness. 
  •     Understand the types of games on the market: edutainment (educational games focusing on teaching the player), role playing games (that offer deep story and character development), action games (that train and enhance hand-eye coordination), simulation games (building, vehicles such as planes or cars) and strategy games.
  •     Use online reviews, ask other parents, ask your local store staff – and play games with your kids!


Bottom line? Video games are here to stay. And when appropriately used, they can provide an opportunity for children to learn, grow and have fun. 

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