2D Animation & Visual Development Diploma

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts School of Motion Picture Arts


2 year(s)

Program Highlights

The 2D Animation & Visual Development Diploma is a two-year career program that focuses on drawing, design and classical animation techniques.

In the program, you'll study historical and current techniques to boost your skills in design elements, form, timing, characters and industry principles.

You'll gain new abilities in character drawing, production design - including digital production tools - visual development and concepting, while also learning about emerging technologies and storytelling.

Taught by industry experts, the animation classes at CapU will help you develop an impressive portfolio of your work to show to future employers. 

Upon graduation, you'll have the skillset to start a career working in Vancouver's growing TV and film production fields.

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  • Develop interpersonal and leadership skills through collaborative and applied projects. demonstrate the skills, theoretical knowledge, and professional attitude necessary to function as a 2D 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.

Admission Requirements

English language requirements

English is the language of instruction at CapU. All applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language prior to admission.

If English is not your first language or you’ve received your education in a language other than English, you must meet our English Language Requirements.

Basic requirements

  • High school graduation

Program-specific requirements

  • Interview
  • Portfolio

Additional information

Applicants may be required to complete a drawing exercise.

Program Requirements

First Term

Total credits: 17.25

ANIM 103Design Elements in Animation I3.00 credits
ANIM 104Studio: Gesture and Form2.25 credits
ANIM 105Survey of Western Cinema: Animation3.00 credits
ANIM 116Animation: Timing and Principles3.00 credits
ANIM 117Animation: Introduction to Character Drawing3.00 credits
ENGL 100University Writing Strategies3.00 credits


Second Term

Total credits: 15.00

ANIM 106Animation: Quadrupeds and Effects3.00 credits
ANIM 107Character Animation I3.00 credits
ANIM 108Design Elements in Animation II2.25 credits
ANIM 109Studio: Advanced Drawing Techniques I2.25 credits
ANIM 110Production Design for Animation1.50 credits
ENGL or CMNS 100 level or higher3.00 credits


Third Term

Total credits: 15.00

ANIM 200Character Animation II4.50 credits
ANIM 201Visual Storytelling3.00 credits
ANIM 202Studio: Advanced Drawing Techniques II2.25 credits
ANIM 203Digital Production Tools for Animation2.25 credits
ANIM 204Advanced Production Design for Animation3.00 credits


Fourth Term

Total credits: 15.00

ANIM 205Character Animation III3.00 credits
ANIM 206Studio: Drawing Master Class3.00 credits
ANIM 207Visual Development and Concept Design3.00 credits
ANIM 208Professional Studies in Animation3.00 credits
ANIM 209Animation: Emerging Technologies1.50 credits
ANIM 210Entrepreneurship in the Animation Industry1.50 credits


Total program credits: 62.25

Program Notes

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


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