Learn more about our 3D design program
Characters are the heart of every game, video, or marketing campaign. They're at the heart of your interest in 3D Animation, too. Bring your characters to life. Make them breathe. Give them a personality.
With the 3D Animation and Character Design program, you'll hone your previous multi-media skills into a valued and sought-after skill in the job market. You'll animate your ideas for game engines/development by life drawing and storyboarding, 3D modeling, texture mapping and lighting, character design, video editing, and audio effects creation.
You'll develop your creative concepts with like-minded and creative classmates. You'll plan and manage projects. With every step of the program, you'll see your ideas and dreams come to life.
You'll be prepared to work as a 3D animator, character designer, effects artist, storyboard artist and level designer for the film, video, animation, and game industries. Your skills will help you land jobs with companies creating television commercials, industrial and commercial videos, and educational material. How about architecture or real estate designs and promotions? These days, your skills will take you to limitless places.
Your ability to create characters while nurturing your love of design is the first step. Taking these passions into the dynamic media technology sector will be your destiny.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
Execute creative concepts and ideas through a variety and combination of techniques including hand-drawn, computer-generated, 2D and 3D storyboards and animatics.
Create sophisticated models for the entertainment, medical, and architectural industries.
Create 3D characters and creatures ranging from life-like and anatomically correct to cartoon and anime styles.
Combine texture mapping, shaders, lighting environments, animating cameras and ‘rigs' for 3D models and characters in animation sequences.
Synthesize a wide variety of digital effects in the creation of environment and creature materials and textures.
Apply 3D techniques that demonstrate characters with realistic motion and a full range of emotion in animated characters.
Incorporate 3D animated characters with composited backgrounds utilizing special effects.
Utilize a variety of digital applications including video and audio editing software and technologies.
Integrate sophisticated technologies into 3D animated films, videos, and games.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MMED-6010 Life Drawing & Character Studies
MMED-6011 Modeling Foundation
MMED-6012 Animation for Characters-Intro
MMED-6014 Texture, Lighting & Rendering 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MMED-6015 Anatomy & Character Study
MMED-6017 Animation for Characters 2
MMED-6018 Project Development Thesis
MMED-6019 Digital Character Project/Thesis
Students must complete a minimum of 8 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
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A College Diploma, or College Advanced Diploma, or College Graduate Certificate in:
Multi-Media Design and Production or
Interactive Media Design and Production or
Interactive Media Design or
Visual Arts or
Broadcasting - Television or
Interactive Media Specialist or
Advanced Multimedia or
Broadcast Television - Digital Post-Production or
Advanced Filmmaking or
Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media or
Graphic Design or
Game - Design
A Degree in Fine Arts, Media or Design
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above and completion of a portfolio*
Note:*The portfolio submission is required to demonstrate creative and technical abilities (any combination of graphic design, print, traditional and digital illustration, 3D computer work, life drawing, etc.).
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Recommended Academic Preparation
It is highly recommended that students have previous visual arts education or training.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on Portfolio*.
Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as 3D animators, character designers, effects artists, storyboard artists and level designers for the film, video, animation, and game industries. They will also be well prepared to work for companies creating television commercials, industrial and commercial videos, and educational material.