Practicum Overview

Unique to Lost Boys, our Advanced VFX Compositing Program includes a two month Industry Practicum placement. You will be placed inside local studios to gain unique workflow knowledge and further strengthen your industry connections.

This initiative has received immense industry support, with the majority of the local studios signing on to open their doors to our students, eager to find new talent.

The successful implementation of our Practicum has become a huge proponent to our high placement rates with many of our students receiving job offers weeks prior to Graduation!

Scott Hanley | Human ResourcesMoving Picture Company (MPC)
I can say from feedback and experience that all were 20 out of 20 for professionalism. Everyone was thrilled to have them here. While we always look at practicum scenarios from a student perspective, it's fun to see how much the artists enjoy having youthful students around who are eager to learn learn and help out.
Roula Lainas | Producer, Talent and BrandZoic Studios
Lost Boys is a great source for new talent. They have a true understanding of what the industry is looking for in resources. Their practicum program is one of the best ways to seek out rising stars.
Alan Chuck | VFX RecruiterMethod Studios
We really like how the Lost Boys practicum program is structured. The 8 weeks gives adequate time for a studio to train a practicum student in the first few weeks to be productive on a team, and to gauge a student’s skillset in an actual production environment for the remainder of the time. Also, the requirement of the practicum role giving appropriate skill challenges in their particular area of study, rather than in a non-related entry level role, is beneficial to the student and the studio, and to add to our industry’s talent pool in a more effective way.
Barry Liu | VFX Supervisor / Operations ManagerSide Street Post
The Lost Boys Practicum has given us a chance to evaluate students here at Side Street Post, exposing them to our systems and workflow as we undergo projects. It is a great opportunity for students to work with senior artists so they are exposed to the level of work required from them in the future.

Our Growing List of Industry Practicum Partners

MPC Artifex Hydraulx Vitality Double Negative MPC Zoic Framestore Method
MPC COSA MPC SideStreetPost Scanline BUF

It is important to understand the difference between a “practicum” and the more commonly heard term “internship.” Definition can vary from Country to Country. We are proud to be one of the only Visual Effects Schools to have successfully implemented a legitimate practicum component to our program. For more information as to the important differences, please visit the British Columbia Employment Standards Act and Regulations - Interpretation Guidelines Manual.

A relationship between Employer and the Academic Institution.

A practicum is defined as a “’hands-on’ training that is required by the curriculum, and will result in a certificate or diploma.” Since this is hands-on experience that involves practical application of theory which must be directly related to course study, and is required to obtain a post-secondary degree or diploma. Another important note is that a practicum can be no longer than 10% of the programs duration. A distinct differentiation between a practicum and internship is that you must offer it to all students in the program. As it is a component of study, it cannot be offered to some and not offered to others.

Our practicum is designed as an opportunity for students to be exposed to a real studio pipeline and they are assigned specific curriculum related tasks that are monitored in joint by the institution and the practicum placement host. This means that a PA or runner position would not be applicable to our Advance Visual Effect Compositing Program as it is not directly related to the field of study.

A relationship between the Employer and the Applicant.

The Employment Standards Act (ESA) defines internship as, “on-the-job training offered by an employer to provide a person with practical experience.” Where its definition under the Act differs from that for a practicum is that an internship is often offered to individuals who have already completed a diploma or degree program and are in search of work. Therefore, since an internship is not required for a student to obtain a diploma, and is offered to students or graduates in search of work, an intern’s duties fall within the ESA definition of “work”. Simply, if an intern performs duties and responsibilities that would normally be assigned to a paid employee, then ESA considers the intern an employee of the organization and, accordingly, is entitled to all appropriate wages, benefits and entitlements offered to other employees performing similar functions. An intern can work in any area of the studio including a PA or runner position as it is not required to be directly related to a course of study or is required for completion of studies.