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1 June 2018 Newsletter - (Vancouver)

Hello everyone!

I hope you are all doing well and have had a wonderful week! We have lots of exciting things happening over the next few weeks. Please read below to find information about upcoming events, workshops, tutoring schedules, and lots of other important information. Please remember to check the newsletters weekly, as it will be updated with lots of important and exciting news.


VCAD Closed on Sundays
July 3, 2018

A friendly notice that starting next semester from July 3rd - September 22nd the campus will be closed on Sundays. We will remain open Monday-Saturday from 7:45am - 10:15pm.


Amir Fakhar

April's Student of the Month: Amir is an exceptional, and hardworking student. He has been an integral part of VCAD's peer tutoring program and has been a huge help to the Interior Design program. Well done on your achievement Amir!

Interested in VCAD Swag?

Click on the link to shop VCAD apparel:

Term Start and End Dates

Spring 2018: April 2, 2018 - June 23, 2018; Break: June 24 - June 30

Summer 2018: July 2, 2018 – September 22, 2018; Break: September 23 - September 29

Fall 2018: October 1, 2018 – December 22, 2018; Break: December 23, 2018 – January 5, 2019

Animation/Scripting/Environmental Modelling/3D Modelling

Mark Tsai
Wednesday: 4:00pm – 6:00pm Room 511
Friday: 4:00pm – 6:00pm Room 511


David Ibarreta
Tuesday: 10:30am – 12:30pm Room 511
Thursday: 10:30am – 12:30pm Room 511

Interior Design

Amir Fakhar
Monday: 12:30pm - 2:30pm Room 511
Tuesday: 12:30pm - 2:30pm Room 511

Maya/Environmental Modeling/Lighting & Texture/Photoshop/Substance/Production & Rendering / Zbrush

Jann Herrera
Tuesday: 1:30pm - 3:30pm Room 511
Friday: 3:30pm - 5:30pm Room 511

Maya / Environmental Modeling / Lighting & Texture / Photoshop / Substance / Production & Rendering / Zbrush

Christian Rigel Pascual
Monday: 12:30pm - 2:30pm Room 511
Tuesday: 12:30pm – 2:30pm Room 511

Graphic Design

Noushin Sahebnassagh
Monday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Room 511
Tuesday: 1:00pm – 3:00pm Room 511


Pooya Salahi
Tuesday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm Room 511
Thursday: 1:30pm – 3:30pm Room 511

Maya/Photoshop/Character Modeling/Storyboarding/Rigging/Scripting/Lighting & Texture

Ross Garrad
Monday: 11:00am – 1:00pm Room 511

Sewing (Fashion Design)

Wen-Chee Liu
Wednesday: 10:00am – 12:00pm Room 901
Thursday: 4:00am – 6:00pm Room 901

Student Ambassador News

We would like to introduce to you the newest member of the Student Ambassadors, Noushin Sahebnassagh! Noushin is a member of the Fashion Design program and has been an integral part of our peer tutoring program. Please read on to find out more about Noushin.

Hi! I moved to beautiful Vancouver ten years ago. I have an industrial design & graphic design background from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. And finally found my passion in fashion. I am in my third term of Fashion Design. I can’t wait to see where fashion design takes me in my career path after VCAD. I realized that fashion design allows you to explore individuality in a way that no other design field does. And helps you to communicate with others in deeper levels. I love working with people. I also tutor at VCAD. Tutoring at VCAD gives me a chance to connect with more brilliant students, to teach, and to learn from them.

Welcome to the Ambassadors Noushin!

Social Media Contest

Starting next week until the end of the Summer semester we welcome you to post photos on Instagram of your classes, projects, field trips, campus activities, and any other fun VCAD experiences that you wish to share.

Be sure to tag @vcadca and #vcadsummer for your chance to win awesome prizes!

Winners will be chosen every week so be sure to keep posting until the end of summer!

Spring 2018 Grad Exhibition Show

Come and view all the hard work that the grads of Spring 2018 have completed at the Grad Exhibition show. The show will take place on Wednesday, June 27th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at The Visual College of Art and Design. If you are unable to make the reception, you will be able to view the work throughout the entire week beginning Monday, June 25th until Friday, June 29th.

International Doughnut Day!

A big thank you to our Student Ambassadors for hosting today’s doughnut decorating contest. Winners of the contest are: Cole Garrant, Mizuki Saito, and Ridhima Srivastava. Congratulations! The event a success and fun was had by all. For pictures of the event please see the bottom of the newsletter.


Monique Motut-Firth

My practice is a multi-disciplinary process led exploration of image culture and its effects on the formation of the self.

I mine found-and-donated print materials as my primary source. It is important to me that the source materials are diverse in both era and subject matter as the work both questions and maps what I call the familial structures of images. Focusing on the aesthetically formal and abstract qualities of the pictorial language allows the images to lead the construction and lends to the linkage of contextually diverse subject matter into surprising new patterns. I join the images together using strictly formal considerations, following a line, shape or colour running from one image into another. The resulting scrap-systems play at re-considering the objective voice of the scientific, consumerist, mechanical and the diagrammatic. This new work is an extension of the methodology that I developed while completing my Master’s Degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design.

In this show, Machinations, the machine-like structures are built from images with a mechanical aesthetic no matter the original context; my scissors slice through satellites, car parts, furniture, steel girders, jewellery, and electronics… I join these images together without context or understanding of their original function or purpose to construct new imaginings while considering the potential for action and machine movement. In a way, this is similar to the language of the diagram, which requires the viewers to become a user and input their own field of expertise into the diagram activating a physical experience of thought and learning.

Working with animator Jayson Woolvett gave me an opportunity to truly activate the scraps in real time. To do this we had to determine the movements that each structure implied. We had to ask ourselves which type of machine it was? What does it do? How does it move? How does it react to other movements? How and when do we address the materiality of the paper source? The current Cold War political environment and the ongoing threat of nuclear war inspired the drone idea highlighting its connections to Surveillance Capitalism, a system in which the images you look at are looking back at you- recording your data.

If I had one sentence to summarize this project it would be: Building the artefacts of the future.

**Be sure to check out Monique's work in the Art Gallery, room 1003

Do You Have IT Related Questions?

We would like to inform you that VCAD is now offering an hour of computer/tablet training, every first and third Friday of the month, from 5:00pm to 6:00pm, in room 803.

Matt Rosenlund, Onsite Technical Support, will help you with technical issues.

During these training session, you will be able to:

  • Ask questions about tablets
  • Update tablets
  • Reset passwords for LMS/computer
  • Download ebooks using the Bookshelf app
  • Download Microsoft Suite
  • Ask questions regarding technical issues

Dates of training this term:

  • June 1
  • June 15
  • June 29

Please drop in to see us at Student Services if you have any questions or concerns.

VCAD Drawing Club

The next session of the Drawing Club will take place this coming Wednesday, June 6. The club will give students who have an interest in drawing an opportunity to practice their drawing skills and meet new people. Students are welcome to bring any work they may be working on; it can be either homework or personal.

The club will take place every Wednesday in room 803 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm. 

It is recommended that students bring their own materials and supplies.

Hope to see you there!

Events Outside of VCAD

Art Deco & Chocolate Tasting Walking Tour

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - Saturday, June 9, 2018

Recurring weekly on Thursday & Saturday


Bombhead at the Vancouver Art Gallery

March 3, 2018 - June 17, 2018

Recurring daily

Location: Vancouver Art Gallery

Address: 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2H7


Haida Now - Museum of Vancouver

March 16, 2018 - June 15, 2019

Recurring daily

Location: 1100 Chestnut St

Address: 1100 Chestnut St. Vancouver, BC V6J 3J9


Playland At The PNE

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - Sunday, September 16, 2018

Recurring daily


Location: Playland at the PNE

Address: 2901 E Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V5K 5J1


Cineplex Family Favourites:

Every Saturday morning at 11am Cineplex runs Family Favourite movies for only $2.99. A portion of the proceeds goes towards supporting WE Charity. For further info, please visit:


Sunday Markets:


Meet your Student Ambassadors

Eleni Orchard: I am a student in Marketing and Merchandising and Fashion Design. I moved to Vancouver last year from Vancouver Island to go back to school and to change my life. It was the best decision I have ever made and I am so excited to see where my career in fashion will take me once I am finished my studies at VCAD. I love living in the city, attending concerts, and spending time with friends.

Cole Garrant: Hi Everyone! My name is Cole! I’m here at VCAD for 3D Modelling and Animation. I moved here from Sherwood Park, Alberta. I’ve loved art and cartoons for longer than I can remember. Which is why I decided on a career change. I love to joke around and make people laugh and you’ll always find me with a coffee or a red bull.

Corrine Whitford: I'm Corinne and I am in Game Development and Design. I enjoy video games and creating art. I'm originally from Edmonton and moved to Vancouver for school. I also really really love cows!

Branden Shewchuk: Hi, I'm Branden, I'm from northern Alberta and moved to Vancouver to study 3D Modeling and Animation at VCAD. I am friendly and I'm always willing to help if needed.

August Onyschuk: Hello!! I'm from Alberta. The land of the strange and very straight minded. I moved here to begin a new chapter in my life and find a career doing what I love in the animation and game industry.

Carter Brown: Carter Brown moved to Vancouver from Toronto, where she completed her undergrad in Art History and Classics at the University of Toronto. After working in the art field for a few years she decided to pursue Interior Design, which brought her to Vancouver to attend the Visual College of Art and Design.

JJ Malcolm: Hi, my name is JJ Malcolm and I am in the VFX&Animation program. My main passion is visual art but I am also a writer interested in sci-fi, fantasy, and horror genres. My goal is to become a filmmaker so that I can bring my stories to life.

Noushin Sahebnassagh: Hi! I moved to beautiful Vancouver ten years ago. I have an industrial design & graphic design background from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. And finally found my passion in fashion. I am in my third term of Fashion Design. I can’t wait to see where fashion design takes me in my career path after VCAD. I realized that fashion design allows you to explore individuality in a way that no other design field does. And helps you to communicate with others in deeper levels. I love working with people. I also tutor at VCAD. Tutoring at VCAD gives me a chance to connect with more brilliant students, to teach, and to learn from them.

Student of the Month

We are excited to inform you that Student Services will now be announcing an award for Student of the Month! This student will be someone who displays the following:

  • Demonstrates exemplary behaviour
  • Has a positive attitude towards their academics, and to others
  • Demonstrates responsibility and is committed to their academics
  • Respectful to other students and to instructors
  • Follows classroom/campus rules and expectations

This award will be presented at the end of each month, so be sure to check your VCAD e-mails, and the newsletter to find out who the winner is. Prizes will be awarded!

Coupon Box

Be sure to check out the Coupon Box in the Student Lounge (room 510) where you will find various coupons for you to use. We ask to please only take the minimum to ensure that everyone has a fair opportunity to access the coupons. Please also feel free to bring in any coupons that you think your fellow classmates would appreciate!

VCAD Referral Program

Refer a friend and you could get up to $250!

Do you have any friends or family members who want to pursue a career in art and design? If you do, please stop by reception on the 5th floor and ask for a referral form, fill it out, and submit it to any of our admissions representatives!

Classroom Maintenance

This is just a friendly reminder that no food or drink (with the exception of water) should be consumed in any of the classrooms. It is important to maintain a happy, healthy, and clean working environment. We appreciate and thank you all for your help and cooperation!

Student Services

We understand how stressful academics can be! Good news! We are here to support you, and to assist you with anything you may need regarding your academics. If you need anything, or just want to say hello please feel to stop by Student Services on the 5th floor anytime.

Your student service coordinators are:

Diana Hernandez - Interior Design

Aliza Amarshi - Fasion Design, Marketing and Merchandising for Fashion

Claire Power - 3D Modelling and Animation, Visual Effects, Game Development and Design