2D Animation & Visual Development Diploma Portfolio Requirements

  • Here's what you need to get started on your online portfolio for the 2D Animation program:


    Your online portfolio should consist of 15 to 30 images and should be easy for us to access and view. A blog with good quality imagery, all on one page (not hidden in numerous pages/folders) is preferred so that we can simply scroll down and see all your work at once. The easier you make it for us to see your work the better it will be for both of us. 

    Remember to remove any password requirement to your portfolio before you submit your link.

    There are specific areas that you should cover in terms of what you are drawing. These areas, in order of importance are:

    1. Life drawing
    We'll look for your ability to draw the human form accurately. This means, proper proportions. Also,the more you draw, the more confident your line will look. Show structure as well as outline.

    2. Sketches of people (about as important as life drawing)
    This will consist of drawings of a wide variety of people at rest, at work, at play. Again, go for drawing accuracy. Sketches may be long studies of people at rest or quick "memory" drawings (where you quickly grasp the essential lines of a figure in motion and "fill it out" after the person has moved on). The best places for sketchbook drawing are: cafes, airports, markets, skateboard parks, buses...anywhere you can find a lot of people doing different things.

    3. Sketches of locations (there can be people in the drawings too)
    This shows us again, your ability to draw from life but also shows us your perspective drawing . Places that are interesting or challenging for you to draw: architecture, staircases, exteriors, interiors, technical drawings (a motorcycle parked at the curb or a bicycle against a gate...etc.).

    4. Life drawing of animals
    Rather than draw an entire zoo, just pick two or three different animals and really get to know them well. Learn their anatomy and proportions, then sketch them in different poses or from different angles.

    5. Your "cartoony" stuff
    Original character designs, doodles, comics and cartoons. Best to show a variety of styles. Creating two or three characters that fit the same style is good. Once you have a character, draw them in different situations...falling down, climbing a ladder, getting attacked by a little dog, etc.

    6. Anything else you think would support your application
    Animation or motion graphics, 3D work, fine art, experimental work. While not as important as the first five categories, feel free to post miscellaneous work to your online portfolio.

    7. Animation experience
    If you have work experience in animation or have taken courses elsewhere, or if you have specific interest that would help your application, feel free to write it in the comments section of the online portfolio submission form.

    What not to include in your portfolio:


    Originality is vital. Do not submit work that is not your own.If you have to include drawings you made from an anatomy book or any kind of group project, make sure you label what is not yours and whose work it is. If we see work that is not yours but looks like you're trying to pass it off as yours, it will reflect poorly on the whole portfolio.

    Drawing from photographs is less impressive than drawings from life because with a photo, much of the work is done for you already (and it usually looks flat and lifeless anyway). If you have to send us drawings you copied from photos, make sure you still have lots of examples of life drawing and sketchbook work.

    Good Luck!


    Important Dates and Deadlines

    Early Admission (recommended)

    - Apply to Capilano University in advance of submitting your portfolio - Admissions
    - Complete the Portfolio Submission form on or before January 31. Note: portfolios received after this date will be considered in the Regular Admission period.
    - Portfolios will be reviewed in February. Applicants will be notified of the results late February/early March.

    Regular Admission

    - Apply to Capilano University in advance of submitting your portfolio - Admissions
    - Complete the Portfolio Submission form on or before March 15.
    - Portfolios will be reviewed in March. Applicants will be notified of the results late April.

    Once you have submitted your portfolio you can continue to update it until the deadline.

    Candidates may be assigned a project or requested to attend an interview to complete the selection process.

    Applications and portfolios received after March 15 will only be reviewed if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. In the meantime, you can begin to work on your portfolio.

    If possible, applicants should attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions.​