3D Animation for Film and Games Diploma

Fine & Applied Arts, School of Motion Picture Arts


Program Highlights

The two-year 3D Animation for Film & Games diploma program offers students the training necessary to bring 3D computer-generated characters and environments to life.

Students develop the artistic skills needed for a rewarding career in the computer graphics and animation industries.

Graduates will complete a professional-quality demo reel.

  • Demonstrate the skills, theoretical knowledge, and professional attitude necessary to function as a 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


Campus Terms Full/Part Time
North Vancouver Fall Full-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$15,694 $1,091 $16,785
Year 2$15,656 $1,091 $16,748
Total$31,350 $2,182 $33,533

Program Requirements and Outlines

First Term

DIGI 130 3D Animation I 4.50 credits
DIGI 132 3D Design for Production I 3.00 credits
DIGI 134 Technical Direction I 3.00 credits
DIGI 136 Life Drawing for Animators I 2.25 credits
ENGL 100 Academic Writing Strategies 3.00 credits
First Term Credits Required 15.75

Second Term

DIGI 140 3D Animation II 4.50 credits
DIGI 142 3D Design for Production II 3.00 credits
DIGI 144 Technical Direction II 3.00 credits
DIGI 146 Life Drawing for Animators II 2.25 credits
DIGI 148 Concept Art and Design I 2.25 credits
DIGI 149 Animation Action Analysis 1.50 credits
Second Term Credits Required 16.50

Third Term

DIGI 230 3D Animation III 4.50 credits
DIGI 232 3D Design for Production III 3.00 credits
DIGI 234 Technical Direction III 3.00 credits
DIGI 237 The Art of Visual Storytelling 3.00 credits
DIGI 238 Concept Art and Design II 2.25 credits
Third Term Credits Required 15.75

Fourth Term


ENGL or CMNS 100 level or higher

ANIM 210 Entrepreneurship in Animation 1.50 credits
DIGI 243 Look Development and Lighting 3.00 credits
DIGI 245 Portfolio Development 9.00 credits
Fourth Term Credits Required 16.50

Program Notes

Continuation Requirement: Students must successfully complete all 3D Animation courses in one term before continuing to the next term.

Important Dates


Fall 2018

Application & Document Deadline

April 18

Course Registration & Waitlisting

July 9-20

Fee Payment Deadline

August 27

NOTE: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • 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 and/or demo reel of relevant work.
  • A letter of intent indicating their interest in the animation field and any previous related experience (if applicable).

Admission Notes

Please see the Portfolio Submission Form.



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Student Information Services

Admissions Advisor
604 984 4900
604 984 1798 (fax)
Birch Building, room BR230

School of Motion Picture Arts

604 983 7516
Bosa Centre for Film and Animation