Dean - Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts (acting)
"There has never been a better time in history for creative artists and storytellers, and I am tremendously enthusiastic about the opportunities for learners to pursue creative study and research interests, and to enter our local and global creative economies. I am truly humbled by the opportunity to become a part of, and to build upon, the incredible educational innovations that have occurred in our faculty."
– Ted Gervan
As the acting dean of Fine & Applied Arts (effective July 2018), Ted Gervan oversees and is responsible for the academic quality, direction and stewardship of CapU's globally-recognized programs in motion picture arts, animation, performing arts and design. He strongly believes in creating value for students, supporting labour market demands and career/educational mobility.
Ted has significant experience working with public and non-profit institutions (BCIT, Wilfrid Laurier University, University of the Fraser Valley and Regent's University London) to develop business and creative pathways for artists. Ted also has experience building both on- and off-campus industry partnerships (Beyond Capture, AMD, Bardel-Rainbow and Mastermind Studios). He looks forward to continuing that important work at CapU for the benefit of current and future students and alumni.
Born and raised in Midland, Ontario, Ted's creative journey began with undergraduate study in fine arts at McMaster University and post-grad industry training in digital animation at the Sheridan Institute. After graduating, he landed his first major feature film work on X-Men (1999). Since then, Ted has worked on a number of VFX film and television projects in Toronto, Vancouver and Australia.
In 2005, he began teaching and participating in program advisory work at The Art Institute of Vancouver where he eventually became associate dean. Ted played a key role in building capacity through applied media degree development and the successful completion of ACICS accreditation.
Ted completed his doctorate in educational leadership at Simon Fraser University, and his research contributions on students' sense of belonging were published in the Canadian Journal of Higher Education (2013). In 2016, he became vice-president of education at Vancouver Film School (VFS).
Internationally, Ted has worked on a number of projects to grow overseas collaborations. Notably, he supported partnership development and program launch for SHVFS—a VFS and Shanghai University post-secondary institution that graduates bilingual filmmakers and creative media professionals.
Ted lives in Coqutilam with his wife, their two children, and daschund. They enjoy travelling, walks, and many of the recreational opportunities BC offers.