Learn how to tell dynamic and convincing 2D and 3D animated stories on screen from our talented professors who have worked on audience favourites like Tarzan, 9, and the Tom and Jerry Show.

Our program is based on the curriculum of Sheridan's renowned Animation program at the diploma level. You'll gain a working knowledge of traditional, 2D, and 3D methods of animation while becoming proficient with the 12 principles of animation. You'll develop strong and dynamic storytelling, drawing, and animation skills that are brought to life on screen through a series of projects and an eventual final film. When you graduate, you will be able to showcase convincing performances through both traditional and digital animation alongside a final production-ready portfolio.

Program Highlights

  • 3 years – 6 semesters
  • Delivered through a partnership with Sheridan College and is based on the curriculum of Sheridan's renowned animation program
  • Focuses on both 2D and 3D animation
  • Develop skills in the College's 13,900-square-foot animation studio on the latest equipment and software
  • The program is more concept-based than other animation programs and still emphasizes the importance of drawing techniques
  • Learn from highly-experienced faculty who have worked around the world for Disney and Amblimation

4D Learning Opportunities

In your third year, you may have the opportunity to showcase your work through:

  • The School of Creative Arts and Design graduate exhibition in downtown Sudbury.
  • A field trip to Toronto where you'll show off your best work to industry representatives.

Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)
  • Submission of a portfolio


  • Grade 11 or 12 credits in visual arts and/or media arts (M) or (O)

Additional Information

Graduates will be provided with an attestation noting that the curriculum for this program was provided through a partnership with Sheridan College. Sheridan and Cambrian have collaborated in the development and implementation of ongoing quality assurance processes to ensure that the program is consistent with the standards set by Sheridan College for Animation graduates at the diploma level.

Program Delivery

This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Program of Study

Semester 1 Credits
ANI 1001 Life Drawing I 3
ANI 1002 Animation I 3
ANI 1003 Design I 2
ANI 1004 Drawing and Painting I 3
ANI 1005 Digital Methodologies: Tools 2
ANI 1006 Visual Language 2
ANI 1121 Animation History and Styles 2
ENG 1002 College Communications 3
The following General Education course: 3
PSY 2700
Client Comm. & Leadership Develop
Credits 23
Semester 2
ANI 1008 Animation II 3
ANI 1009 Design II 2
ANI 1010 Story Concepts 2
ANI 1011 Drawing and Painting II 3
ANI 1039 Life Drawing II 3
ANI 1040 Digital Methodologies-3D I 3
ANI 1018 Digital Methodologies -2D Animation 2
Credits 18
Semester 3
ANI 1014 Animation III 3
ANI 1015 Design III 2
ANI 1016 Story and Visual Narrative I 2
ANI 1050 Digital Methodologies - 2D II 2
ANI 1041 Life Drawing III 3
ANI 1042 Digital Methodologies-3D II 3
ANI 2315 Layout and Design I 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
FIT 1115
Health & Wellness
MUS 1009
Rock Music, Culture & Technology
POL 1500
Canadian Political Studies
SOC 1010
Cross-Cultural Understanding
SSC 1000
Media and Current Events
Credits 21
Semester 4
ANI 1020 Animation IV 3
ANI 1021 Design IV 2
ANI 1022 Story and Visual Narrative II 2
ANI 1051 Digital Methodologies - 2D III 2
ANI 1025 Digital Methodologies-Modeling I 2
ANI 1043 Life Drawing IV 3
ANI 1044 Digital Methodologies-3D III 3
ANI 2415 Layout & Design II 3
Credits 20
Semester 5
ANI 1026 Production Processes-Story 2
ANI 1028 Animation V 3
ANI 1029 Design V 2
ANI 1030 Production Processes-Layout 3
ANI 1032 Design and Art Direction 3
ANI 1045 Life Drawing V 3
ANI 1046 Digital Methodologies-3D IV 3
One of the following General Education courses: 3
MUS 1009
Rock Music, Culture & Technology
FIT 1115
Health & Wellness
POL 1500
Canadian Political Studies
SOC 1010
Cross-Cultural Understanding
SSC 1000
Media and Current Events
Credits 22
Semester 6
ANI 1034 Animation VI 6
ANI 1035 Design VI 2
ANI 1036 Production Processes-Background 3
ANI 1038 Digital Methodologies-Modeling II 3
ANI 1047 Life Drawing VI 3
ANI 1048 Digital Methodologies-3D V 3
ANI 1052 Digital Methodologies - 2D IV 3
Credits 23
Total Credits 127

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in entertainment, information, and education, and training industries that include the following:

  • Feature
  • Television
  • Advertising
  • Internet
  • Video games
  • Visual aids

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates from Cambrian College may apply to continue their studies at Sheridan College.

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Program taught in:
  • English

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