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
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 IntentAll 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.
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
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!
APPLICATIONS FOR THE 3D ANIMATION PROGRAM ARE NOW CLOSED FOR FALL 2018.
- 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.
- 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 accepted if there are not enough
qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. In the
meantime, you can begin to work on your portfolio.
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.
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