What does it take to join Campus VFX?

The process

Step 1: Choose Your Program

After you have committed to joining Campus d’Effets Visuels, it is important for you to choose the right program. Go through each of our program section to see what suits you best and what you would like to expand your knowledge on. In addition, come to a decision on the career path you would like to take whether it is becoming a Compositing Artist, an FX Artist, or a Lighting Artist.

Step 2: Prepare Your Portfolio & Personal Letter

Once you have chosen your program, it’s time to prepare your application to attend Campus d’Effets Visuels. Contact our Admissions Advisors by filling out the Contact Form to help you through this process as it may feel a bit overwhelming. Carefully review the program requirements and all the required application criteria that you need to meet. Our advisors will ensure that this will be a smooth process for you!

Step 3: Submit Your Application

Now that you have everything ready to go, it’s time to submit your application to us for review. You may find yourself worried about your submission and feel nervous about our response. Don’t worry! Our advisors will help you every step of the way and will provide you with regular updates on the status of your application via email.

Step 4: Student Interview

If your application meets the requirement for Campus d’Effets Visuels, we may contact you for a brief interview to get to know you. We ultimately want a passionate individual that is driven to be successful. However, the most important part of this interview is to get to know your personality and how you will fit into our school. In addition, some preliminary skill tests may be applied depending on your skill-set or familiarity with the program you have chosen. 

Step 5: Acceptance Letter

You did it! You will receive a letter of acceptance through your email inviting you to join us here at Campus d’Effets Visuels. We can’t wait to be part of your VFX journey and be there every step of the way to support you in this process.

What you need

You must have proof of acquiring a post-secondary diploma which includes a transcript from any post-secondary institution. In addition to that, provide a piece of government issued identification that shows your birth date. 

You can do this by scanning, photocopying, or taking a well-lit photo of your school transcript and government ID

We only require a curriculum vitae to prove that the applicant’s studies have been interrupted for at least one consecutive year if the applicant did not have a post-secondary diploma. 

The full birth certificate with parental information. The certificate needs to be either in English or French (translated by a professional). This document is necessary in order to get the applicant their student number from the Education Department.

In addition, we require you to provide an official document of your citizenship or permanent residency. 

Please note: on the first day of class, students will need to provide a certified or original copy of their full birth certificate translated in English or French including their parental information. 

You will need to submit a financial plan to ensure you have arranged sufficient tuition and living costs for the duration of your studies. If you need assistance on this, please contact our advisors and they will guide you through this process. 

Your portfolio should be a demo reel showcasing your skills in the specific program you are looking to apply in.

To do this, you  must include 8–10 pieces of your best work in any visual medium, and can include photography, drawing, comic or graphic design, painting, sculpture, website design, and/or digital imagery. For specific program requirements, please click the program title below OR visit the program site using the menu bar above.

Compositing Artist (NTL.1P Artiste en composition numérique)

Students interested in the Compositing Artist (NTL.1P Artiste en composition numérique) program should have some photo or video editing experience or have basic understanding of compositing software such as After Effects or Nuke. 

FX Artist (NTL.1Q Artiste en effets (FX) 3D)

It is recommended that all applicants interested in the FX Artist (NTL.1Q Artiste en effets (FX) 3D) program should have a basic operational understanding of at least one 3D software package. (Houdini, Maya, Max, Cinema 4D, or Blender, etc.)

A personal statement describes your interests, influences, and career goals. This is where you would help us learn who you are and what we should know about you as a person. Furthermore, a letter of recommendation that can be from an employer, teacher, or instructor. 

Please contact our advisors for assistance in this section. 

All students will be required to have medical insurance for the duration of their studies with us at Campus d’Effets Visuels. 

Canadian Students:  please check with your home province for coverage in Quebec. Other provinces of Canada may be accepted but not all are. Quebec does not currently accept British Columbia Care Card. 

International Students: In Montreal, all international applicants need to get a Health Care Insurance. Only residents of Quebec are eligible for the Health Insurance. 

Please contact our advisors so that they can assist you in applying for health insurance. 

For International Students (Non-Canadian Residents)

Students from outside of Canada wishing to attend Campus d’Effets Visuels will require a Study Permit issued by Canada Immigration.
When you apply for your visa, you will likely require the following for submission:

  1. A letter of acceptance for your program of study.
  2. Evidence of financial support during your study period, i.e., a notarized letter or affidavit from your bank or parents, or student loan documents.
  3. Evidence of intentions to return to your country of origin after your studies are complete.
  4. Proof of citizenship, i.e., passport or birth certificate.
  5. Include the Designated Learning Institution (DLI) Number on your study permit application.
    • Montreal DLI: O142870681702

All our programs are taught in English. If you feel that you meet the speaking and listening requirements but have not updated your testing, you can request a telephone or virtual evaluation with the administration staff. It is in your best interest to ensure you understand what is being explained and get the most out of the program.

The following information is to give a general idea of what we are looking for in terms of English proficiency. For students whose first language is not English, below are the minimum scores required from any one of the following tests. We may also require a virtual evaluation. Other English test not listed may be considered, please contact us for more information.

    • Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP-G 2014): Test taken before or after April 2014: Level 6 is a Canadian English language test for immigration to Canada, Canadian citizenship, and for admission to Canadian universities and colleges.
    • Equivalent Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) score of 6
    • Canadian Academic English Language assessment (CAEL): overall score of 60
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 75 internet-based (iBT), 210 computer-based (CBT), or 520 paper-based (PBT)
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) (academic) :overall band score of 6, with a minimum of 5.5 in each section
    • PTE Academic: minimum overall score of 55 , and a minimum of 50 in speaking and listening
    • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC):700
    • or proof of completion of a secondary school or post-secondary education program in English, in Canada or abroad such as a transcript, diploma, certificate or degree from a post-secondary school


All international students applying for Montreal must apply for their CAQ first as it is required before submitting their study permit.

The processing time for CAQ is roughly 20 business days once all the documents have been received. If a document is missing or invalid, there may add additional delay to the process. 


  1. Legible photocopy of the identity pages of your passport containing your personal information and the passport expiry date
  2. Letter of admission from the registrar or admissions office of the educational institution you will attend.
  3. Proof of financial capacity.
  4. Proof that you will hold health and hospitalization insurance in Quebec for the first year of validity of your CAQ for studies and that you will continue to have the necessary funds at your disposal to purchase such insurance for the entire duration of your studies. 

The required documents must be in French or English. Documents in a language other than French or English must be accompanied by a translation signed and certified by a professional translator. Visit the CAQ site for detailed information and application process. 


Tuition Payment Schedule Breakdown

We understand that choosing a high level education career pathway is a big decision. More importantly, committing to investing money into your education can potentially be a costly venture. Please visit our Experience page for a breakdown of the value of being a student at Campus and what is included in the tuition package. 

  • Each Country and Financial Institution appears to have different rules on issuing student loans. Please check with you Country, Province/State/Districts or Regions.

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.

General information on the Canada Student Loan program is available at:
Canadian Government Website

* We do not offer any scholarships at this time.

For tuition payments, we accept, cheques, money orders, bank drafts and wire transfers.

Financial Aid for Canadians

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.

CIBC and The Royal Bank of Canada offers student lines of credit.

Useful CIBC Links: 

Useful Royal Bank Links:
Student Banking
Student Lines of Credit
Student Banking Package

These student lines of credit often start at a minimum of $1,000.00 CAD:

TD Canada Trust

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. Campus VFX is not responsible for terms and conditions imposed by third-party services.

Useful Royal Bank Links:
Student Banking
Student Lines of Credit
Student Banking Package

Costs of Living

All Costs are averaged and calculated by reputable online sources. However, it will not accurately depict the lifestyle that you may live. Thus, what you see here is a rough idea of what you may spend but not exactly! There are many economic ways of saving money that we can help find you.

Average Single Bedroom Housing Ranges From $900.00 to $1,230.00 per month
We recommend housing with other students to lower the cost of housing down to $600.00-$800.00 per month!

Phone = $65.00 per month

Transportation = $85.00 per month

Groceries and household items = $300.00 per month

Entertainment and dining out = $215.00 per month

Social Events = $120.00 per month

Health and fitness = $40.00 per month

Extras = $125.00 per month

Overall: A single person average monthly costs around $1,280.00 CAD without rent. This is a single person not a single student.

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