Program Highlights

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.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverFallFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$13,360 $1,638 $14,998
Year 2$15,634 $1,638 $17,272
Year 3$0 $0 $0
Year 4$0 $0 $0
Year 5$0 $0 $0
Total$28,994 $3,276 $32,270

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.

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.

Important Dates

Application Dates

Oct 6, 2020 - Apr 6, 2021

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Jul 5, 2021

Fee Payment Deadline

Aug 23, 2021 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

How to apply

  1. Check the admissions requirements.
  2. Check the application and document deadlines for your program.
  3. Complete and submit your application through EducationPlannerBC.
    1. Upload all your required/supporting official documents.
    2. Pay your application fee.
  4. Admissions will review your application and contact you.

Admission Requirements

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 through the online portal SlideRoom.

upload to SlideRoom

Your portfolio should consist of 15–24 images. There are specific areas that you should cover in terms of what you are drawing. These areas, in order of importance, are:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.).
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.

Once you create your account in SlideRoom 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!

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

Fall 2021

  • Apply to Capilano University before submitting your portfolio to SlideRoom.
  • The deadline for uploading a portfolio has been extended to April 6. Those applying and uploading after March 1 will be considered on the waitlist.

Late applications will be accepted if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. Please contact animation@capilanou.ca for more information.

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.

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University Calendar.

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