Master today’s digital technology. Our Advanced 3D Animation program provides you with a comprehensive 3D animation skillset which will allow you to confidently enter production-ready roles in the fast-growing film and animation industry.
Leveraging Academy of Art University’s considerable experience as one of the top animation schools, as reported in 2018 by the Hollywood Reporter, the program enables students to become expert collaborators while honing their strengths within a specialized professional focus.
You’ll learn by doing in StudioX—our collaborative studio production environment—to create real commercial and independent films and games, with real deadlines, and real problems and challenges that come up in the course of making entertainment products. Interactions with instructors who work in animation, and feedback from industry representatives, help prepare you to launch your own journey into digital animation production.
Our entertainment arts programs are designed to equip you with a comprehensive toolbox of marketable skills that lead to success in the vibrant and growing entertainment arts industry.
Continuing Studies Diplomas are two-year, full-time programs designed to give graduates the skills and abilities they need to immediately enter the animation, VFX, and game design job markets, and to succeed in their careers. The program consists of 24 required courses over six 15-week terms. Most courses have three hours of lecture and two hours of lab each week. Additional studio lab time is also provided to complete assignments and projects.
International graduates who successfully finish their program are eligible to apply for a Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
This program is open to international and domestic students who have completed bc grade 12 or equivalent.*
To apply for the advanced 3d animation program you will need to submit the following:
A completed application form
A portfolio of 15-20 of your best pieces of work in either digital or hardcopy format. These could include sketches, renderings, design variations, etc., and should showcase your capabilities as an artist. Ideal portfolios will reflect a broad range of influences, styles and subject matter. We will be assessing your portfolio on how your work demonstrates the following:
Your proficiency, creativity, artistic range, and technical ability in collaboration;
Your ability to reflect on your own artistic interests and identity.
Demonstrated English language proficiency, with one of the following:
IELTS 6.5 with no band below 6.0
TOEFL (paper-based) with a total score of 550 or higher and an essay score of 4.0 or higher
TOEFL (Internet-based) with a total score of 80 or higher and a minimum of 18 in Listening, 20 in Reading, 18 in Speaking, and 20 in Writing
PTE Academic with a score of 58
CAEL 60 overall with essay 60
LPI (Language Proficiency Index) Level 4 with essay 24
ELA (English Language Assessment for VCC) 145
LET (Langara English Test) Level 2
Successful completion of LEAP Level 8 with a minimum of 70%
Successful completion of BC Grade 12 English or Communications or equivalent with a minimum of 70%
Successful completion of a post-secondary English or Communications course for which Langara College awards transfer credit with a minimum of 70% or B-
IB English A1 or A2 (HL or SL) with a score of 4
English Language and Composition with score of 3
English Literature and Composition with score of 3
*Please note that students who have not completed Grade 12 or equivalent may still apply to this program, but must be 19 years or older.
Career opportunities in 3D animation
Graduates will be prepared for many positions in the film and animation industry including:
Character Animator or Rigger
Colour Key Artist
Graduates who earn their Advanced 3D Animation diploma will have the opportunity to transfer to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco to continue their studies. The Academy offers fully accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees in more than 40 areas of study.
“I completed my education at the Academy of Art, and it launched my career. Having this excellent education provided me with all the needed knowledge to succeed in the VFX industry and end up as Head of Animation at DD.”
— Jan Philip Cramer,
Head of Animation at Digital Domain