Photo (from left to right): North-Van Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite and Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson with Murray Stiller, Interim Director of the Capilano U School of Motion Picture Arts


“It’s a far cry from Abbey Road on a four-track tape,” said Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson when he checked out a remixing room in Capilano University’s Nat and Flora Bosa Centre for Film and Animation on January 29, 2016.

Wilkinson toured the Bosa Centre with North Vancouver-Seymour MLA Jane Thornthwaite and West Vancouver-Capilano MLA Ralph Sultan and announced $150,000 to Capilano University to deliver the Mt. Currie Aboriginal Sustainable Employment program: Industry Training Certificate in that community.

In an animation classroom, Wilkinson asked a student drawing at a digital easel about the access she has to that equipment. (The answer? All term.)

During a student-only portion of the tour, Wilkinson spoke of how the Ministry of Advanced Education provides post-secondary institutions nearly $2 billion in operating grants each school year. Students’ tuition typically covers less than one-third of the actual costs and the Ministry pays part or all of the rest.

He then asked nine current and former film students whether their training at Cap U met their expectations and whether it was worth the tuition.

“I graduated and a week later, I had my first job,” replied Andrea Hermary, who graduated with a four-year Bachelor of Motion Picture Arts degree in 2014. She edits on contract for TELUS Studios, SFU and the VanMedia consulting firm.

“The equipment here is unbelievable,” said a student who graduated with a degree in film and TV from UBC in 1985 and recently came to Cap U to complete a documentary film certificate. “It would cost you a fortune to get your hands on it.”

Fourth-year student Taylor Wilson said he’s spent $60,000 on tuition but has been able to pay large “chunks” of his debt off with earnings from film jobs he’s landed along the way.

Capilano alumni and film editor Jon Anctil described to Wilkinson how Cap U’s film school prepares students for the real world.

“You walk out of school onto the set and there’s no difference,” he said. “It’s an investment in you.”

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