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3D Character Animation Certificate - Part time

Note: This course is undergoing curriculum changes


This course welcomes aspiring animators to experience the exciting world of 3D Computer Character Animation.
Type: Online Certificate
Level: Intermediate
Duration: 12 months
Start Dates: Sep, Apr;
Admission Requirements: Submit application form including the non refundable application fee of $125 CAD; Pass General Assessment test.


The 3D Character Animation Certificate part time has the exact same content as the 3D Character Animation certificate delivered in a 12 months course (6 months also available).  This course is a complete condensed solution covering from foundations to advanced character animation performance. 


Tuition in Canadian Dollars

Option # PaymentsFrequencyAmount DueAmount Paid
A1Full Payment$9,000$9,000
B2Per Term$4,838$9,676


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Delivery Methods

  • This course is online
  • Award Winning Proprietary Online Campus
  • Studio Setting (20% Theory, 80% Practice)
  • Bi-Weekly Live Sessions (Synchronous)
  • Access 24/7 to Online Campus (Asynchronous 24 hrs, 7 days a week)
  • 8:1 Student Ratio


Class Times, Assignments & Workload

  • Classes are delivered Online
  • 1 Weekly Live Class (1 hour sessions)
  • Bi-Weekly Assignments (Four assignments total)
  • Bi-Assignments Workload: 15 - 25 hours per week


Course Outline

TermName of CourseCreditsDuration
Term 1 Software Foundations, Drawing Preparation & Animation Principles36 Months
 Week 1    Starting with Maya for Animators
Week 2    Maya Projects, File management, backups
Week 3    Hypergraph, Outliner, Hierarchies & Groups
Week 4    Animation Preferences, Key Frames, Playblasts
Week 5    Animation Curves / X-Sheet Timeline, Motion Trails
Week 6    Constraints
Week 7    Bouncing Ball - Blocking
Week 8    Bouncing Ball - Polishing
Week 9    The Rock - Blocking
Week 10  The Rock - Polishing
Week 11  Swinging Rope - Blocking
Week 12  Re-cap
Term 2 Body Mechanics, Locomotion & Acting36 Months
 Week 1    Walk Cycles - Planning
Week 2    Walk Cycles - Blocking
Week 3    Walk Cycles - Polishing
Week 4    Pantomine - Planning
Week 5    Pantomine - Blocking
Week 6    Pantomine - Refining
Week 7    Pantomine - Polishing
Week 8    Acting - One Character Dialogue - Planning
Week 9    Acting - One Character Dialogue - Blocking
Week 10  Acting - One Character Dialogue - Refining
Week 11  Acting - One Character Dialogue - Polishing
Week 12  Acting - One Character Dialogue - Polishing

Total Credits

612 Months


Who should attend this course?

  • Artists in Emerging countries
  • Producers who wish to assemble a team and understand concept art processes
  • Artists with a limited budget
  • Artists with limited time
  • Artists who need to go into production on a limited timeframe
  • 2D animators transitioning to 3D animation
  • Studios training their staff for Business Processing Outsourcing (BPO)
  • Artists with homeschool education
  • Artists with limited financial and time resources


Software needed

Maya animation software.  Enrolled students are eligible for educational discounts.

Quicktime Pro


System Requirements


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this program the student will have a basic understanding of 3D Character Computer Animation. Students will have gone through the process of bringing life to a cast of characters; all in their own personal  style.


Academic Credential

A Vancouver Animation School Certificate is a short term duration specialized training program.  We are a studio school (20% theory 80% hands on).  Students will graduate with a Canadian Certificate credential recognized internationally.


Graduation in Vancouver, Canada






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