The 3D Computer Character Animation Online Diploma Program welcomes aspiring animators and prepares them throughout the course for entry level positions in the animation, film and game industries.
Type: Online Diploma
The objectives for this Online Program are to welcome aspiring animators and prepare them throughout the course for entry level positions in the animation, film and game industries. This program provides them with the necessary foundation tools for them to become successful professionals in the animation industry. Through a series of assignments, students will learn to bring life to three dimensional digital characters to achieve sincere believable performances. This is an online 3D Character Animation Course.
This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA), designated under the British Columbia Education Quality Assurance (BCEQA), the Ministry of Advanced Education and listed under the Canadian Information Center for International Credentials (CICIC).
What accreditation means?
Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards. If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials. Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.
If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.
3D Character Animation at Vancouver Animation School is a 4 term intensive. The Program consists of 20 hours per week comprised of live classes and online activities with a total duration of 990 hours delivered in 12 months. A part time version is also available.
High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older
Must pass general assessment test and submit a portfolio. If no portfolio is submitted, student must successfully pass the Introduction to Animation course.
International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a conversational oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify this.
Study and Work in Canada
This full time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada. Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada. When studying in Vancouver, Canada; All classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another. Students will need to apply for a Student Visa and a Work permit for the duration of the program. Citizen and Immigration Canada reserves the right to grant student visas and work permits on an individual basis. In order to apply for a Student Visa, students must be accepted into the program.
Who should attend this program?
Aspiring animators, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination. Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts through computer animation software.
Who is our target student?
Aspiring animators who are deeply passionate about motion, emotion, performance in Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects, who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life. At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our best philosophy.
Who is not our target student?
Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths. We recommend taking our other short introductory courses we offer to find and recognize their strengths.
Class Times, Assignments and Workload
- Classes are delivered 100% online
- Small class sizes: 8 students
- 2 live sessions per week, one hour per session (Watch sample class)
- Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
- Online activities
- Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week
- Schedules are assembled by time zone, applicants will provide 2 time preferences in the application form. We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.
- Although all instruction is provided online, 20 hours of onsite lab accessibility is available for students to interact with one another. Students are responsible for bringing their own laptops with pre-installed software.
1.- Complete Application Form including non-refundable fees.
2.- Pass General Assessment Test included in the application form
|Year||Term||Code||Name of Course||Credits||Duration|
|1||Term 1||ANIM-100||Drawing Preparation & Animation Principles||6||3 Months|
|COOL-100||Online collaboration and activities||3|
|1||Term 2||ANIM-200||Body Mechanics and Locomotion||6||3 Months|
|COOL-200||Online collaboration and activities||3|
|1||Term 3||ANIM-300||Introduction to Acting||6||3 Months|
|COOL-300||Online collaboration and activities||3|
|1||Term 4||ANIM-400||Advanced Acting||6||3 Months|
|BUSI-400||Business and Job Development||3|
Our curriculum has been carefully designed by our faculty. We are constantly improving them, adapting them to the industry needs. The curriculum is also adapted to the length of the program, bringing priority to the skills that are a must.
While every art school has similar assignments, our advantage is how we approach teaching such assignments, diversity and variety is our second name.
This program is eligible for university pathways
Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs.
Internet broadband / High Speed connection.
Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston
Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair
Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software. Academic discounts are available to our students.
Windows: XP, Vista Vista 64 bit
Mac OSX Tiger or newer
|An additional video editing software is needed, students are able to choose their preferred editing software.|
Students must complete every assignment in the program and obtain a minimum average of letter B- (73%) per term in order to graduate.
Graduates will be able to work in different industries such as: Film, Video Games, TV, Web, Mobile. Working as an Animator, Jr. Animator, Assistant Animator.
Tuition in Canadian Dollars
Your Tuition is Protected
The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Career Training Institutions Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA).
See Financial Aid
This program is listed under the BC Transfer Guide as block transfer.
Graduation in Vancouver, Canada.