Indigenous students can receive up to 100% non-repayable financial support to study Film Production, Screenwriting, 3D Animation, Visual Effects, Documentary, or Graphic Design in Vancouver, Canada.
InFocus Film School’s dedication to inclusive education includes supporting First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students in reaching their artistic and career goals in the creative industry. We are here to help you navigate and access support programs that lower the barrier to quality education.
Eligible students accepted into these programs can have their film school tuition subsidized up to 100%.
There are many routes and funding opportunities for Indigenous students to access a film education. For further information or guidance, contact our Admissions team.
If you are a First Nations band member, your band may offer scholarships, bursaries, or other funding options that will partially or even fully cover your tuition. Each band will have its own application process to access these funds and may have deadlines or timelines for when you can apply.
Contact your band’s post-secondary funding administrator for details on the application requirements they have. Our admissions advisors are here to assist you with any questions or documents you may need.
SCHOLARSHIPS AND OTHER FUNDING
If you are Inuit, Metis, or non-status, there are options available to you as well. Many sources of external funding and financial support exist for all indigenous students offered by government and non-profits across Canada. You can use the Indigenous Services Canada Indigenous Bursaries Search Tool to find bursaries and scholarships that apply to you.
Other resources to explore include:
- Congress of Aboriginal Peoples
- National Indian Brotherhood Trust Fund
- First Peoples’ Cultural Council
- Native Women’s Association Of Canada – Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET)
- Post-Secondary Student Support Program (PSSSP)
- Aboriginal Multi-Media Society
- Irving K Barber British Columbia Scholarship Society
- Indspire Bursaries and Scholarships
- Canada Post Aboriginal Education Incentive Awards
- New Relationship Trust Fund
STUDYING IN VANCOUVER
Located in beautiful British Columbia on the traditional and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples – the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh, and Musqueam Nations, Vancouver is a dynamic hub for media creators and storytellers from all walks of life. Nicknamed ‘Hollywood North’, Vancouver boasts a thriving film and television production center – the third largest in North America after New York and Los Angeles – and is the proud host to some of the world’s greatest film festivals including the Vancouver International Film Festival and DOXA Documentary Film Fest.
Along with a thriving film and TV industry, Vancouver is a world-class city for 3D, game, and visual effects production. Vancouver is home to some of the largest visual effects studios in the world including Industrial Light and Magic, Scanline, Sony Imageworks, Method Studios, and more.
With its outstanding natural beauty, Vancouver also offers many recreational benefits, access to the ocean, mountains, parks and fitness centres, all complemented by a lively arts scene and vibrant nightlife.
The Vancouver rental housing market can be daunting, but there are resources for both domestic and international students. If you do not already have a place to stay, here are some links to homestay and other accommodation resources.
Other accommodation resources for students:
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