2D Animation & Visual Development Diploma
Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts
The 2D Animation & Visual Development Diploma is a two-year career program that focuses on drawing, design and classical animation techniques.
Students learn about animation and animation design. Many graduates find successful careers in TV animation or learn fundamental skills that ensure their success in further studies.
- 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.
Tuition and Fees Per Year
Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.
Total program credits: 62.25
Continuation Requirement: Students must successfully complete all courses in one term before continuing to the next term.
May 1, 2018 - Mar 6, 2019
Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts
Jul 8, 2019
Fee Payment Deadline
Aug 19, 2019 4:00 PM
Oct 1, 2019 - Apr 7, 2020
Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts
Jul 6, 2020
Fee Payment Deadline
Aug 24, 2020 4:00 PM
Note: Dates are subject to change.
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.
Applicants may be required to complete a drawing exercise.
For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar (pdf).
Here's what you need to get started on your portfolio
Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio.
Applicants must submit their portfolio and program applications through the online portal SlideRoom.
Your portfolio should consist of 15 to 25 images. There are specific areas that you should cover in terms of what you are drawing. These areas, in order of importance, are:
- Life drawing
We'll look for your ability to draw the human form accurately. This means proper proportions. Also, the more you draw, the more confident your line will look. Show structure as well as the outline.
- Sketches of people (about as important as life drawing)
This will consist of drawings of a wide variety of people at rest, at work, at play. Again, go for drawing accuracy. Sketches may be long studies of people at rest or quick "memory" drawings (where you quickly grasp the essential lines of a figure in motion and "fill it out" after the person has moved on). The best places for sketchbook drawing are cafes, airports, markets, skateboard parks, buses...anywhere you can find a lot of people doing different things.
- Sketches of locations (there can be people in the drawings too)
This shows us again, your ability to draw from life but also shows us your perspective drawing. Places that are interesting or challenging for you to draw: architecture, staircases, exteriors, interiors, technical drawings (a motorcycle parked at the curb or a bicycle against a gate...etc.).
- Life drawing of animals
Rather than draw an entire zoo, just pick two or three different animals and really get to know them well. Learn their anatomy and proportions, then sketch them in different poses or from different angles.
- Your "cartoony" stuff
Original character designs, doodles, comics and cartoons. Best to show a variety of styles. Creating two or three characters that fit the same style is good. Once you have a character, draw them in different situations...falling down, climbing a ladder, getting attacked by a little dog, etc.
- Anything else you think would support your application
Animation or motion graphics, 3D work, fine art, experimental work. While not as important as the first five categories, feel free to post miscellaneous work to your online portfolio.
- Animation experience
If you have work experience in animation or have taken courses elsewhere, or if you have a specific interest that would help your application, feel free to write it in the comments section of the online portfolio submission form.
Traditional and hand-drawn work should be scanned. 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.
The SlideRoom portal for the 2020 fall Admission period will open on October 1, 2019. Once you create your account, you can begin uploading your portfolio and other
requirements. Take your time; you may edit your submission as much as you like but
remember that we can review it only after you click the SUBMIT button! SlideRoom will
charge you a small fee to submit your portfolio.
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.
Important Dates and Deadlines
- Apply to Capilano University before submitting your portfolio to SlideRoom.
- Complete your SlideRoom submission on or before Friday, February 28, 2020.
- The SlideRoom portal will open October 1, 2019, and close February 28, 2020
If possible, applicants are encouraged to 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 about our programs.