Game developers recognize that 44% of their customers are female and that equity in the gaming workspace should be a priority. The best way to bring about this change is by having more women build games in the industry.
Therefore, Vancouver Film School has partnered with The Coalition, Blackbird Interactive, and A Thinking Ape to create a Women in Game Design scholarship fund of over $150,000 exclusively for women and non-binary persons looking to enter the game industry.
VFS’s 12-month Game Design program focuses on three core specializations: Coding, Game Art, and Level Design. Students tackle individual and team-based projects involving collaboration with other VFS programs including 3D Animation, Programming, Sound Design, Writing, and VR/AR.
Recognized as a Leading Game Design School in North America by Princeton Review Journal, the program is continually updated to remain in lockstep with the industry.
In 2021, VFS alumni were credited on 8 of the top 12 best-selling video games worldwide, including Minecraft, Far Cry 6, Fortnite, and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, in a global industry worth $180 billion in 2021 and estimated to reach more than US$257 billion by 2025.
Full-tuition winners will be selected personally by The Coalition, Blackbird Interactive, and A Thinking Ape. Full scholarship recipients will receive monthly mentorship from design professionals at these Vancouver-based game studios and, upon graduation, will also receive a six-month paid design contract at their respective studio. In certain cases, partial-tuition winners will also be awarded the mentorship and internship opportunities.