01 Feb Asia Pacific Education Welcomes CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX to the family
VANCOUVER, Feb. 1, 2017
Asia Pacific Education Group (APEDU), a post-secondary education business that operates Canadian Tourism College, the longest operating tourism college in B.C. and Stewart College of Languages, began discussions with CG Masters six months ago and reached an agreement on January 31st to bring CG Masters into its family of schools. CG Masters is the third post-secondary college in B.C. APEDU has acquired in the last 12 months. All are designated by the provincial Ministry of Advanced Education’s Private Training Institution Branch (PTIB).
Chairman/President Feroz Ali welcomed CG Masters, stating “CG Masters is an industry leading school in its sector, and is helping to lift educational outcomes for all of its stakeholders, something APEDU is very focused on.” APEDU is also carefully selecting colleges to align with the priorities of the BC Government and the needs of industry, according to Mr Ali. Details of the transaction remains commercially confidential.
Co-Founder Vickie Boughen stated “After working incredibly hard at offering some of the best outcomes any animation school can provide, we are excited to be part of an organization that can provide us the resources we need to help us achieve our goal of being the most reputable animation and VFX school in the world.
Nick and Vickie Boughen are one of those dynamic “power” couples that seem to be in sync with everything. They are the perfect complement to each other. Nick has been one Vancouver’s most successful CG and VFX artists since 1997.
His work can be seen in iconic movies such as I, Robot, Invictus, and Angels and Demons. Vickie is one of those Administrators who has done it all from special event management to government relations and PR. In 2012 when they opened the doors of CG Masters School of 3D Animation & VFX, they realized their dream to turn the typical Animation and VFX training offered by most animation schools into ultra-realistic studio-ready training. As a VFX supervisor, Nicholas was tired of having to recruit and retrain digital media graduates to create commercial quality work acceptable to Hollywood studios. He believed this is something that the schools should be doing. So they constructed a school that is actually a production studio in the middle of New Westminster replete with a shooting studio with a 25′ green screen wall and screening room, feature-quality film and lighting equipment, full kitchen, team rooms, and render farm.
Since 2012 CG Masters has custom trained students in their intensive one-year diploma program. An astonishing 95% of their graduates have found studio work (when industry standard is normally 50-75%) and most graduates have been placed in the industry within 2-3 months of graduation. One of their graduates, Khari Anthony, has become a star at the school having recently finished working as a compositor on Beauty and the Beast and having his work featured in the trailer for the movie.
Radar, the resident black lab at CG Masters (because it’s normal to have a dog in a studio) was asked for comment, but declined, preferring to smugly smile at the prospect of joining a larger family.