Calgary, Canada, March 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Bow Valley College is proud to announce that it will soon be home to the next entertainment arts center. Calgary is fast becoming a new hub for the digital and creative industries. To meet this demand, Bow Valley College is partnering with the Center for Entertainment Arts (CEA) to train students for careers in the exciting worlds of film, television and animation.
Programs that will begin at Bow Valley College Center for Entertainment Arts in January 2022 include an Achievement Diploma in Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modeling, an Achievement Diploma in Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production), and a Certificate of Achievement for the Entertainment Arts Foundation. The program enables students to combine artistic excellence with cutting edge technology and master the skills required to be technically proficient. You will also learn the discipline and professionalism that are critical to success in studio and production environments.
The Bow Valley College Center for Entertainment Arts will help Calgary forge stronger connections with the global animation and visual effects industry.
“Calgary’s technological shift is in full swing, and in response, Bow Valley College recognizes the urgent need to educate art-minded students. This partnership gives them the opportunity to make their dreams of becoming an animator or visual effects artist come true. There is currently a great demand for streaming content, films and animation. Bow Valley College Center for the Entertaining Arts will soon add to this rapidly growing sector by training the next generation of professionals in the field. “-DR. Misheck Mwaba, President and CEO of Bow Valley College
“It is critical that our post-secondary programs meet the demands of the developing job market, and I am delighted that Bow Valley College is doing just that by creating its Center for Entertainment Arts. The new suite of programs offered by Bow Valley College will ensure our students acquire the skills they need to face tomorrow’s challenges and put our province on the road to success. “–Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister for Continuing Education
“As we continue to diversify the Calgary economy, it is imperative that we develop the talent that the industries of today and tomorrow need. I am encouraged to see Bow Valley College enter this room. As the Calgary film industry continues to grow, opportunities arise for related industries such as video games and digital design. This means that more students are ready to enter a growing field and gain valuable work experience in the place where they receive their education. “Mayor Naheed Nenshi
“Bow Valley College has a longstanding reputation for providing Albertans with education and skills that meet business needs and drive economic growth. The Bow Valley College Center for Entertainment Arts is a welcome step in continuing that legacy and helping grow one of Alberta’s emerging, high-growth industries. Alberta has all the elements to support a thriving entertainment arts industry and needs the talent to fuel it. This series of programs will go a long way in supporting the strategic growth of Alberta’s creativity and entertainment business. “–Adam Legge, President of the Alberta Business Council
The Bow Valley College Center for Entertaining Arts launch comes at a time when Calgary’s new economy is seeking diversification and jobs in this growing sector are vital to economic recovery after the pandemic. According to Calgary Economic Development, more than 24,000 people work in the creative industries in our city. More than 4,400 companies employ these talented professionals. Earlier this year, MovieMaker magazine named Calgary 2021 one of the best places to live and work as a filmmaker.
“The creative industries make an important economic and artistic contribution to our city and are a key sector in the vision of Calgary in the new economy. The launch of the Bow Valley College Center for Entertainment Arts is a major initiative in developing local talent for the sector. With advances in digital technology, new opportunities are rapidly emerging in film, television production and the game industry. It is important to have a post-secondary facility where Calgarians with a passion for creation and entertainment can develop their skills and become in-demand talents for the industry. “–Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development
“This expansion to Calgary makes sense. It offers valuable and high-quality training in a rapidly growing, future-proof industry. And there are students pursuing careers in the entertainment industry, an option – if they are looking for a cheaper alternative to others
Global hubs. “–Stuart McIlmoyle, Vice President, External, Center for the Entertainment Arts
Learn from the best and brightest with world-renowned experience.
Bow Valley College CEA offers seasoned, reputable teachers – straight from the industry – the opportunity to teach a world-class curriculum so that our students learn from some of the best in film, television and animation.
“The CEA’s expansion into Calgary is enormous not just for Western Canada, but for the entire film industry. We have hired a number of CEA graduates, all of whom exceeded our expectations. The school attracts instructors who are at the forefront of their field, and the curriculum is designed to prepare digital artists for the real world of production. So, as well as learning creativity or software skills, aspiring artists learn how to use those skills to build a strong career. I am pleased that the CEA is expanding and giving talented people more opportunities. “–Jeremy Stewart, CCO & Co-Founder, Animism Studios
“CEA infrastructure, curriculum and excellent team of instructors are what you need to turn any city or province into a successful VFX and animation center. The talent is out there waiting to be discovered.” –Mohsen Mousavi, Emmy Winner VFX Supervisor, Scanline VFX
This is just the beginning of this expansion. The Bow Valley College Center for the Entertainment Arts will add more dynamic industry-specific programs in the future.
Interested students can learn more at bowvalleycollege.ca/cea.
About Bow Valley College
Calgary and the Largest Comprehensive Community College in the Region – With 17,500 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College is a leader in business, health, community studies, technology, adult upgrading, and English learning. We offer career programs that will give you the skills and confidence you need to find a job in the most in-demand industries in Calgary, Alberta and Canada.
About the Center for Entertainment Arts (CEA)
The Center for Entertainment Arts is a digital entertainment school that, in partnership with public institutions in Canada, offers diplomas in advanced 3D animation, visual effects, game design, game technology, and a certificate from the Foundation for Entertainment Arts. International students can apply for a work permit after completing their studies (PGWP) for up to three years.
Our curriculum provides students with the critical technical and professional skills and knowledge to enter the industry with confidence. We have assembled a team of teachers and lecturers with over 500 years of industry experience and 400+ movie, television, and game credits including blockbuster movies, world-renowned television, and fan-favorite video games.
Shannon van Leenen Bow Valley College 403-671-3274 firstname.lastname@example.org