Applying to Lost Boys
What does it take to join Lost Boys?
We know that choosing high level education career pathways is a big decision. If you are unsure if you have what it takes to be a Lost Boy or Girl, please contact us to find out how we can help get you prepared.
The classes often have students at various stages from beginner with little experience, all the way to students who may already have years of industry experience. Using project-based learning we will ensure you are challenged no matter what level you come in with and bring you to the next level.
For some excellent online courses to better prepare we recommend that you check out our new Online VFX Learning Portal
"Class size is limited. We advise applying 6 to 12 months in advance."
Transition into a fulltime fulfilling career in the Visual Effects Industry
The Visual Effects Industry is experiencing rapid growth creating exciting career opportunities for young creative professionals. Entrance requires a unique training path to effectively master this craft. Our constantly adapting curriculum and progressive teaching techniques have proven themselves to be the most effective path to this career. YOU CAN have a financially viable career that provides both creative outlet and unique problem solving challenges.
Ready to Apply?
Below is a list of items you will need to gather
We are rooting for you.
If you have any doubts we would love to help you work towards making your dreams into a reality.
All application items can be submitted by email to [email protected]. Feel free to email images or send a link to your website or to your Flickr, Picasa, Photobucket, YouTube, Vimeo, etc. page. For submission via DropBox or Google Drive contact us for further instructions.
Plan Ahead - Apply Early!
Class size is limited per intake to ensure you receive the best instruction ratio. We want to make sure you are getting the most our of you experience here.
Classes often reach their maximum student capacity six to twelve months in advance. If you are interested in applying to Lost Boys do not hesitate.
Please note if you are international you will need time for processing your study visa application (a copy of the study visa approval letter is required 90 days before the program start date)
*Student will also be required to have Medical Insurance for the duration of studies once they are in Canada.
- If the student fails to meet the minimum admission requirements, neither the institution nor the student can waive the requirements.
- If the applicant is under 19 years old and has graduated from high school, a parent or legal guardian must co-sign the enrolment Agreement and any other related financing documents.
- By accepting the student’s Enrolment Agreement, Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects does not warrant or represent that the student will successfully complete the course or will find employment upon completion of the course.
- The student understands that, as with any college, Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects does not promise to find the student a job, but we do try hard, just ask us about our placement rates!
- Procedure: All applications are assessed by our Senior Educational Administrator which is empowered to accept, defer or reject the admission of any applicant to a program. You will be advised of your acceptance by an official letter from the Admissions Office.
- Applications will not be reviewed for admission until all applicable documents are submitted.
- Applications will be reviewed in the order in which the application was received.
- Applicants will be considered based on a combination of artistic and career potential (indicated by portfolio, previous education and/or work experience) and personal attributes and motivation (indicated by personal statement and recommendation letter)
- Documents will not be returned unless specifically requested in advance
- Notification of admission decisions are usually sent to applicants within 4 weeks of the application deadline, if not prior.
- Offers of admission and information concerning enrollment and policies will be provided to all successful applicants prior to signing all contracts.
What the VFX Industry is saying about us?
Tuition & Support - *Updated March 2018
- Individually assigned Production Class VFX Workstation
for the duration of your study
- Access to our vast Digital Resource Library
- Private Training Institution – Student Tuition Protection Fund
- Graduation Ceremony
- Ongoing Job Placement Assistance and Career Consulting
Tuition Payment Schedule Breakdown
- Seat deposit is due 30 days after the acceptance and enrollment contract has been signed . The seat deposit holds you a place in the intake you and been accepted into. This amount is included as a tuition payment.
- 1/2 of the tuition less the above seat deposit is of due a minimum of 60 days prior to the start of the program.
- The balance 1/2 of the tuition is due at the 50% or before the mark of the program unless a prior agreed to payment plan have been arranged.
- The remainder of the tuition will be due 60 days prior to the start of classes, unless a payment plan has been to in advance.
- For tuition payments, we accept, cheques, money orders, bank drafts and wire transfers. In the case of a Student Loan, payments will be accepted directly from the Lender.
Students Should Supply
- Personal headphones
- An external hard drive for backups (At least 1 TB)
- A small padlock for your locker
To pay by Visa, Mastercard or Bank Transfer
Financial Aid for Canadians
As we are an Accredited Institution, Canadian students may be eligible for Financial Assistance from the provincial or federal government student loans program. More information can be found at the Student Aid BC Website.
- Each Country and Financial Institution appears to have different rules on issuing student loans. Please check with you Country, Province/State/Districts or Regions.
- Listed by Province:
Prince Edward Island
North West Territories
Canada and Provincial Student Loans are available to Canadian Citizens and Landed Immigrants/Permanent Residents who are enrolled in a full-time program. Government Student Loan funding is based on tuition fees, books, supplies, living expenses, income and available resources and reaches a maximum yearly level that varies province by province.
Applications are available by calling Canada Student Loans toll-free at 1-888-815-4514.
General information on the Canada Student Loan program is available at:
Canadian Government Website
* We do not offer any scholarships at this time.
Lifelong Learning Plan
LLP is a program that allows Canadian residents to withdraw funds from RRSPs, without penalty, to fund education. To apply, you must have a letter of acceptance to a full-time program from LOST BOYS. The LLP allows you to withdraw up to $10,000 per year (to a maximum of $20,000) for you or your spouse without the withdrawal being taxed. You have up to ten years to pay back your withdrawal.
Canada Registered Education Savings Plan
A registered education savings plan (RESP) is a, tax-deferred, savings vehicle generally used by parents to save for their children’s post-secondary education. Contributions to an RESP for a child beneficiary may be eligible for Canada Education Savings Grant payments (CESG). Investment earnings on contributions and CESG payments can grow tax-free until they are distributed and included in the recipient’s income and taxed accordingly. In most cases, the recipient is a student whose total income results in a minimal amount of tax.
The Royal Bank of Canada, Hastings & Granville Branch, in Vancouver, BC, has created a line of credit package for Lost Boys students.
Contact Phuong Nguyen at 604-665-6339 or [email protected]
The minimum amount for the Royal Bank Student Line of Credit is $5,000.
NOTE: The financial options that have been presented have no affiliation with Lost Boys and are listed for information only. Please read carefully the full text (and the fine print) of any contract in which you engage and be sure you understand it before you sign it. Lost Boys is not responsible for terms and conditions imposed by third-party services.
Financial Aid for International Students
International Student Information
Lost Boys Alumni come from all corners of the Globe.
Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects has welcomed students from many different countries including Canada, USA, Mexico, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Greece, Germany, Belgium, UK, Singapore, Lebanon, Thailand, Iceland, Korea, Japan, China, Vietnam, Portugal, Jamaica, Australia, Taiwan, India and more.
*Students will also be required to have Medical Insurance for the duration of their studies in Canada.
You will need a Study Visa/Permit and possibly a Temporary Resident Visa, depending on which country you are coming from.
Everyone needs a Study Visa for any program of study in Canada longer than six months. Please refer to the Canadian Immigration website before applying to find out your requirements.
The Canadian Consulate is quite thorough in examining Study Permit requests, and while most students coming to Canada will have the intent to try to get a Work Permit and stay in Canada, there are specific guidelines in how you approach this when interviewing for your Study Permit.
Students from outside of Canada wishing to attend Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects will require a Student Visa issued by Canada Immigration.
There is a nominal fee of $150 for the Student Authorization/Visa which is paid to Citizen and Immigration Canada. When you apply for your visa, you will likely require the following for submission:
- A letter of acceptance for your program of study.
- Evidence of financial support during your study period, i.e., a notarized letter or affidavit from your bank or parents, or student loan documents.
- Evidence of intentions to return to your country of origin after your studies are complete.
- Evidence of prepaid tuition fees, your tuition receipt or a certified cheque or bank draft payable to the school. Proof of citizenship, i.e., passport or birth certificate.
- Proof of citizenship, i.e., passport or birth certificate.
- Include the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) number O19274961822 on your study permit application.
Some countries may also require you to have a medical, police check or other documents before your visa is approved.
Failure to submit all of these documents and evidences may result in your visa being rejected, often with little chance of appeal. Before applying for your visa, please read all details carefully on the official Citizen and Immigration Canada website Guide 5269 – Applying for a Study Permit Outside Canada. For more details, visit the sites listed below.
If you have concerns regarding you eligibility for a study permit, it may be beneficial to obtain an immigration consultant. There are several here in Vancouver or you could locate one in your home town. As they are government certified and specialize in this area, they often have better success with acceptance rates.
If you are requiring a study visa for entry into Canada to study with Lost Boys, you may want to consult with a certified Canadian immigration consultant.
Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are regulated by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) to be authorized representatives recognized by the Canadian government.
Here is a list of Immigration Consultants that students have used in the past and recommended to us.
Should you decide to use another consultant please consider that only Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants are regulated by ICCRC (Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council) to be authorized representatives recognized by the Canadian government.
Work off campus
Study permit holders in Canada may gain work experience by working off campus while completing their studies.
As of June 1, 2014, you may qualify to work off campus without a work permit. If you qualify, your study permit will allow you to work up to 20 hours per week:
during regular academic sessions and full-time during scheduled breaks, such as the winter and summer holidays or spring break.
To qualify, you must:
have a valid study permit, be a full-time student, be enrolled at a designated learning institution at the post-secondary level or, in Quebec, a vocational program at the secondary level, and be studying in an academic, vocational or professional training program that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate that is at least six months in duration.
Use the self-assessment tool to see if you are eligible to work off campus without a work permit.
For more information visit: Work while you study in Canada
Young people between the ages of 18-35 may wish to consider participation in International Youth Programs such as the Working Holiday Visa, a Young Professional placement or an international co-op work position. Under these programs, students from countries with reciprocal agreements with Canada may work in Canada temporarily to gain international cultural and professional experience. Where there is no such agreement, young people may still be able to participate through an organization recognized by International Experience Canada.
More information on the programs and participating countries and recognized organizations is available at: Study and Work in Canada
We are very knowledgeable about the companies hiring, and help you to determine your strengths and goals in order to produce a demo reel that could get you hired in Canada or elsewhere.
We will use our extensive network of industry connections to make personal recommendations for you. It is not easy and there are no guarantees – you have to work hard to make your demo reel, learn about the industry, and practice your interviewing skills.
After you have completed the program. There are three steps to gaining employment in Canada:
1) find a company who will offer you a job,
2) have the company complete a Job Offer Validation with the local Human Resources division of the government, and
3) be approved for a Work Permit which typically be for a duration of one year (renewable).
For more information please visit: https://www.cic.gc.ca/english/work/apply-who-eligible.asp
If you are not confident in your English skills there are many ESL schools in Vancouver. You could spend a month prior to your studies brushing up your English skills and enjoying the city.
These are just a few of the schools available.
* Lost Boys | School of Visual Effects has no direct affiliation with the following school nor does specifically endorse any particular one.
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Costs of Living
Students may use the following examples as a guideline to estimate their costs of living during the school year. Our table provides some average monthly expenses and is intended to help you project your cost of living in Vancouver. Some meal and entertainment are listed per item.
When considering the cost of education it is important to consider cost of living. If your program runs for 1-4 years you have to consider the additional cost of living and the loss of potential income during that time. It all adds up!
Please note: costs of living will depend on the activities in which you choose to participate.
* Make sure you do not pay anything as a deposit before landing.
Please remember to always take pictures BEFORE and AFTER (prior to move in and post move out). This will help to ensure your deposit is returned to you when your tenancy is over.
The homestay Program provides students and travelers with an opportunity to stay with a Canadian family and learn about the Canadian culture. You will have 3 meals per day, a private room and many chances to practice your English through conversation with family members. If you are interested please register at one of the links below. There is a placement fee.
Some of the local hotels also offer monthly rates for fully furnished rooms. We can’t guarantee that the following accommodation will suit every student, but these places are generally inexpensive and suitable for a short stay.
YWCA 733 Beatty Street Telephone: 604-895-5830
Hostelling International Vancouver 1114 Burnaby Street (downtown) Telephone: (604) 684-4565
UBC Conference Centre Student Union Blvd. Telephone: (604) 822-1010