Animation Fundamentals Portfolio Requirements

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

    Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio - Admissions

    Review the instructions on the "How to Submit Your Portfolio" page on the Animation website.

    Visit the Portfolio Submission Form and follow the instructions to submit a link to your online portfolio directly to the Animation department.

    Applicants to the program should submit a link to an online portfolio consisting of 5 or more images demonstrating your artistic and creative skills. Post your best and most recent work. The portfolio should consist of a variety of drawings and/or designs and may include:
    • Quick sketches, gesture drawings and sustained drawings of the human figure, clothed or nude or animals in various action poses.
    • Compositional drawings of objects or locations including: household objects, architectural drawings, layouts, still life, etc.
    • Original drawings or designs showcasing your drawing abilities and personal interests.

    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 examples of life drawing and original sketchbook work.

    Good luck!

    Important Dates and Deadlines


    Portfolio deadlines for summer 2018: 

     Applications and portfolios are now being reviewed for the waitlist until June 5.

    Summer 2019:

    - Apply to Capilano University at least two weeks prior to submitting your portfolio - Admissions
    - 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.