3D Animation for Film and Games Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts, School of Motion Picture Arts

Credential
Diploma

Program Highlights

The two-year 3D Animation for Film & Games diploma program offers students the training necessary to bring 3D computer-generated characters and environments to life.

Students develop the artistic skills needed for a rewarding career in the computer graphics and animation industries.

Graduates will complete a professional-quality demo reel.

  • Demonstrate the skills, theoretical knowledge, and professional attitude necessary to function as a production artist in the animation industry.
  • Develop a plan to continue with lifelong learning, creative achievement, and professional growth.
  • Work in a creative production in a professional, responsible and confident manner.
  • Define and apply the concepts and production skills required to develop professional quality animation from initial concept through final production.
  • Create and maintain a professional portfolio that meets industry expectations and showcases their artistic and technical achievements.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, dedication and work ethic required to be a successful member of a production team.
  • Collaborate on team projects while being responsible for creating and managing time, resources and outcomes.

Intakes

CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$15,694 $1,134 $16,828
Year 2$15,656 $1,134 $16,790
Total$31,350 $2,268 $33,618

Note: Fees are subject to change.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 15.75

Required
DIGI 1303D Animation I4.50 credits
DIGI 1323D Design for Production I3.00 credits
DIGI 134Technical Direction and Rigging I3.00 credits
DIGI 136Life Drawing for Animators I2.25 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits

Second Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required
DIGI 1403D Animation II4.50 credits
DIGI 1423D Design for Production II3.00 credits
DIGI 144Technical Direction and Rigging II3.00 credits
DIGI 146Life Drawing for Animators II2.25 credits
DIGI 148Concept Art and Design I2.25 credits
DIGI 149Animation Action Analysis1.50 credits

Third Term

Total credits: 15.75

Required
DIGI 2303D Animation III4.50 credits
DIGI 2323D Design for Production III3.00 credits
DIGI 234Technical Direction and Rigging III3.00 credits
DIGI 237The Art of Visual Storytelling3.00 credits
DIGI 238Concept Art and Design II2.25 credits

Fourth Term

Total credits: 16.50

Required
ANIM 210Entrepreneurship in the Animation Industry1.50 credits
DIGI 243Look Development and Lighting3.00 credits
DIGI 245Professional Portfolio Development9.00 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100 level or higher3.00 credits

Total program credits: 64.50

Program Notes

Continuation Requirement: Students must successfully complete all 3D Animation courses in one term before continuing to the next term.

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 2, 2017 - Apr 3, 2018

Course Registration & Waitlisting

Jul 9-20, 2018

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 27, 2018  4 p.m.

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - Apr 2, 2019

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Interview, and portfolio and/or demo reel of relevant work.

A letter of intent indicating their interest in the animation field and any previous related experience (if applicable).


For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Here's what you need to get started on your online portfolio

All applicants must submit a link to an online portfolio consisting of 15 to 30 images demonstrating their artistic and creative skills. An online portfolio 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 we can simply scroll down and see all your work at once.

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

Good, reliable and free hosting for your portfolio is readily available, take a look at blogger.com or tumblr.com. Post only your best and most recent work. The portfolio should consist of a variety of the following types of artwork:

Life Drawing: Quick sketches, gesture drawings and sustained drawings of the human figure, clothed or nude or animals in various action poses. The drawings should show accurate proportions and your ability to draw structure (the simple shapes that make up the form). Make sure these drawings show a diversity of poses and angles (i.e. More than front on or profile views). Studies of anatomy, faces, hands, etc… are good additions.

Prop and Location Designs: This would include drawings of objects, location designs, scenery, vehicles, architectural drawings, still life, etc...These drawings should convey an understanding of line, light and shadow, colour, design and perspective.

Original Character Designs: This will showcase your interest in animated characters. This may include action poses, character expressions, model sheets, turnarounds and illustrations.

Original drawings, designs, sculpture, paintings or computer graphics work:
These will showcase other related artistic abilities and interests. This may be a selection of artwork that best describes your personal artistic interests and influences as well as the depth of your artistic achievements and may include website design, computer graphics, 3D images, motion graphics, fine art, photography or sculpture work.

Animation Experience / Letter of Intent
All applicants should include a short letter of intent in the comments section of the online submission form explaining their interest in the program, their past achievements and their future career goals in relation to the program and the computer animation field.

If you have work experience in animation or have taken courses elsewhere, or if you have specific interests that would help your application, please include them in the comments section of the online 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

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 3D ANIMATION PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED FOR FALL 2018.

FALL 2019

- Apply to Capilano University at least two weeks prior to submitting your portfolio - Apply to CapU
- Complete the Portfolio Submission Form on or before February 11, 2019.  Note: portfolios received after this date will only be considered if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the February 11 portfolio reviews.
- Portfolios will be reviewed in February or March. Applicants will be notified of the results in late March.

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

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.

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

How to submit your portfolio

An online portfolio 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.

Good reliable and free hosting for your portfolio is readily available, take a look at blogger.com or tumblr.com. Keep the design of the portfolio as simple as we are interested in your artwork more than your web-design skills.

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

Traditional and hand-drawn work should be scanned and posted to your online site. If you don't have access to a scanner check your local library or school. In a pinch a digital camera will work, however, the quality will likely not be as good due to lighting issues (like using a flash). Photographing artwork on an overcast day without a flash will give better results.

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Student Information Services


604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230
CapUinfo@capilanou.ca

School of Motion Picture Arts


604 983 7516
Bosa Centre for Film and Animation
animation@capilanou.ca