Bow Valley College Launches Centre for Entertainment Arts

By Bow Valley College Modified on March 19, 2021

Calgary's newest hub for film, TV, and digital media programs will begin instruction in January 2022.

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Bow Valley College Launches Centre for Entertainment Arts

Bow Valley College is thrilled to announce it will soon be home to the next Centre for Entertainment Arts. Calgary is fast becoming a new hub for digital and creative industries. To meet that demand, Bow Valley College is teaming up with the Centre for Entertainment Arts (CEA) to train students for careers in the exciting worlds of film, TV, and animation.

Programs launching at the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts in January 2022 include an Advanced 3D Animation & 3D Modelling Diploma of Achievement, an Advanced Visual Effects (Virtual Production) Diploma of Achievement, and a Foundation in Entertainment Arts Certificate of Achievement. The programming will allow students to blend artistic excellence with state-of-the-art technology, mastering the skills required to be technically proficient. They will also learn about the discipline and professionalism critical to success in studio and production settings.

"Calgary's tech transformation is well underway, and in response to that, Bow Valley College recognizes the urgent need to train artistic-minded students. This partnership provides them with the opportunity to pursue their dreams of becoming an animator or a visual effects artist. There is a huge demand right now for streaming content, films, and animation. Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will soon be contributing to this rapidly expanding sector by training the next generation of professionals in this field."
–Dr. Misheck Mwaba, President and CEO of Bow Valley College

Bow Valley College to play a starring role in Calgary's film and TV industry

Launching the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts comes at a time when Calgary's new economy is seeking to diversify and when jobs in this growing sector will be critical to economic recovery, post-pandemic. According to Calgary Economic Development, more than 24,000 people are working in creative industries in our city. More than 4,400 businesses employ these talented professionals. And earlier this year, MovieMaker magazine named Calgary one of the top places to live and work as a moviemaker in 2021.

"Creative industries make major economic and artistic contributions to our city and is a key sector in the vision for Calgary in the New Economy. The launch of the Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts is an important initiative to develop local talent for the sector. New opportunities in film and TV production and the gaming industry are emerging quickly with advances in digital technology, and it's vital to have a post-secondary institution where Calgarians with a passion to create and entertain can develop their skills and become the in-demand talent needed for the industry."
–Mary Moran, President and Chief Executive Officer, Calgary Economic Development

Bow Valley College CEA will provide experienced, reputable instructors — straight from the industry — to teach a world-class curriculum so our students learn from some of the best in film, TV, and animation.

This is just the beginning of this expansion. Bow Valley College Centre for Entertainment Arts will be adding more dynamic industry-related programs in the future.


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