3D Animation for Film and Games Portfolio Requirements

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


    3D Animation 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

    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.

    Late applications will only be accepted 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.​