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Introduction to 3D Character Animation

The Introductory certificate course in 3D animation welcomes aspiring Animators to experience the exciting world of 3D Computer Character Animation.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Technical ability30%
Artistic ability70%

Program Description

Welcome to the exciting world of 3D Computer Character Animation.  In this 3D Computer Character Animation Online Certificate Course you will learn why Animators play such an important role in the Animation, Visual Effects and Video Game Industries.  Their mission is to bring the illusion of life to the animated characters, to connect with the audience, to make people believe. Animators are in the middle of the studio pipeline, they are acting and studying performances for the next blockbuster movie or next best-selling game.  This is an online 3D Character Animation Certificate Course.

Fully Accredited

This program is accredited by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB), 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).

Become the awesome artist you are meant to be.

What does accreditation mean?

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.

Admission Requirements

None.  This is a beginners course.

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.

At VANAS, we believe in the power of simplicity to succeed, focusing on your strengths is our philosophy.

We've got your back. Education by real artists who love helping artists succeed.

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 to find and recognize their strengths.

Class Times, Assignments and Workload

  • Classes are delivered 100% online
  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live sessions per week, one hour per session
  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week
  • Schedules are assembled by time zone; applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.  We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Program Outline

Week Code Name of Course
Week 1
ANIM-100 The Bouncing Ball - What is Animation?,  Drawing Assignments
Week 2 ANIM-200 The Rock - Animating with Weight, Drawing Assignments
Week 3
ANIM-300 Anticipation, Action, Reaction, Drawing Assignments
Week 4
ANIM-400 Walk Cycles, Drawing Assignments

Take creative control.

Required Materials


  • Webcam and Headphones are essential tools for Online Programs
  • Internet broadband / High Speed connection

Recommended Books
  • 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

Get in touch with your Academic Advisor.

Next Start Date:

Diploma Courses Start on July 9th, 2018 Application Deadline: 6.24.2018 23:59 33 Days

System Requirements

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Processor: 2 GHZ or higher
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player
Apple Mac OSX
Processor: G5 / Intel
4 GB RAM (8 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Software Requirements

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Your tuition is protected

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The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act, and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!.”

Connect with us

270-5490 Byrne Rd., Burnaby BC.
V5J 3J1, Canada

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