Upcoming Workshops

Upcoming Workshops

To sign up for any of these workshops, either:

  • follow the Eventbrite link
  • email us at education@vivomediaarts.com
  • call 604-872-8337

Want access to discounts? Sign up to for an Extended Producer Membership, or redeem the Video Bucks you earned by volunteering.

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Refunds: Class sizes are small, and our instructors need to be paid–if you can’t make a class that you’ve signed up for, we need time to alert wait-listed participants. VIVO presently asks that withdrawals from workshops be requested by emailing education@vivomediaarts.com at least 12 days prior to the workshop date, if you would like to receive a refund minus a $5 administration fee. Thanks!

Sound Design

Learn how to create richly textured audio elements with composer and sound designer Alexandre Klinke, through sample manipulation, sound synthesis and processing.

Session 1: Saturday, May 6, 1pm-4pm
Session 2: Saturday, May 13, 1pm-4pm
Session 3: Saturday, May 20, 1pm-4pm

Three sessions, 9 hours total | $70, or $58 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Sign up @ Eventbrite


In this introductory workshop, students will get to create different sound effects for film, video and multimedia as well as creating custom virtual instruments for music production. The course will be based on Ableton Live, a flexible and sophisticated digital audio workstation, and powerful free plugin synthesizers such as Synth1 and TyrellN6. Learn the basics of audio synthesis, sampling and effects.



Topics covered:

  • Sound design main tools overview: synthesizers, samplers, audio effects. Manipulation of audio files using Live’s “warping” engine.
  • Sound synthesis basic theory and practical examples through specific exercises. Incorporating audio and MIDI effects to virtual instruments.
  • Manipulating sounds with samplers. Sound libraries and field recording.

By the end of the course each student will have created a number of sound effects and synth patches to incorporate into their own personal sound library.

No experience necessary!

Participants are asked to bring their own headphones, or may otherwise contact education@vivomediaarts.com beforehand to reserve a pair. Participants may also bring their own MIDI controllers, but are not required to do so.

See Alexandre’s bio above.


Camera, Lights, Sound!

Learn the basics needed to shoot your first videos with the help of artist Alysha Seriani!

Two sessions, 9 hours total | $70, or $58 with VIVO Extended Producer Membership (+GST)

Session 1: Saturday June 10, 12:30pm-5pm
Session 2: Saturday June 17, 12:30pm-5pm

Sign up @ Eventbrite

Basic technical aspects of camera operation, sound recording, and lighting principles are taught through demonstration and hands-on practical exercises using the Canon Rebel T4i high definition camera and its interchangeable lenses. Learn how to use manual settings to help you get the best shot. Understand exposure, gain, shutter speed, and white balance. Using the Zoom H4n, audio recording procedure and considerations will be introduced. The principals of three-point lighting will also be covered and practiced.

This workshop uses equipment you can rent from VIVO, so it’s a great primer to get you started on your videos! It also benefits participants interested in VIVO’s more intermediary video-making workshops.

Alysha Seriani is a filmmaker and producer living and working in Vancouver, BC. A recent graduate of Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts’ film program, she has directed and produced independent films and artist projects that have exhibited at film festivals and galleries such as the Vancouver International Film Festival, Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, IMAGES, Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, SFU Galleries and others around the world. Currently Alysha is focusing her own practice on soundscape composition and field recording, while completing post-production for two film projects.