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    3D Animation

Program Code:DAN
Duration:2 Semesters (8 Months)
Credential Awarded:Ontario College Graduate Certificate

Program Description

Specialize in 3D computer-based modeling and animation. As a student in this program, you’ll use the latest in high-end computer workstations and learn the tools to problem-solve, and to create industry ready demo reels using Maya, Nuke, Mental Ray and the Arnold Renderer. This two-semester program allows you to focus your career on 3D animation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility:

  • A recognized degree or postsecondary diploma from an accredited institution in fine art, 2D/3D animation, photography, film/video, architecture or graphic design; OR
  • Mature applicants with 3 to 5 years of related work experience may be considered. Relevant résumé and references must be provided.
  • English proficiency at the postsecondary level.

Additional Requirements:

  • Portfolio 8 1/2 x 11 photocopies done in pencil, conté, ink, pastel or charcoal that include:
    • 6 life drawings: must show entire body including head, hands and feet of subject in various poses
    • 2 drawings of your own hand: drawn from observation.
    • 2 object drawings: everyday items from around your house such as a kitchen appliance, coffee maker, can opener, TV remote, stapler, etc.
    • 2 environment drawings: draw a twopoint perspective view of a room in your house from opposite corners; the horizon line should be at five (5) feet
    • 2 drawings of your choice: choose your best two drawings

Applicant Selection:

  • Applicants will receive notification of how and when to submit a portfolio.
  • Applicants are ranked based on the strength of their portfolio.
  • Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked applicants will be offered a seat in the program.


  • Although not required for admission, the following are recommended for your success in the program:
    • A background in one of more of the following: visual arts, classical animation, fine art, graphic design, or architecture/engineering or computer graphics
    • Experience with Windows operating systems
    • Additional experience with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere or any 3D program.


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Your Career

Our graduates are in high demand in this rapidly expanding field of film entertainment, television, gaming, forensics, interior design and industrial design. With your graduate certificate in 3D Animation, you’ll find exciting career opportunities as a digital animator, modeler, character rigger, and 3D painting/texturing and lighting specialist.


  • Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)
  • Computer Animation Studios Ontario (CASO)

Transfer Pathways

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at the following post-secondary institution(s):


University/CollegeDegrees Available
Davenport University• Any relevant Bachelor or Master of Business Administration

Important Academic Dates

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.


Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

2014/2015 Academic Year
Semester 1 Course Name Hrs/Wk
ACT351 Acting for Animators 2
ANI101 Animation Principles 4
MAY721 Modeling 1 - Concepts 3
MAY724 Animation Tools 3
MAY730 Basic Rigging 3
MAY740 Lighting, Texturing and Rendering 3
MGL102 Life Drawing I 4
STR121 Storyboarding - Film Principles 2
Semester 2 Course Name Hrs/Wk
DGT471 Advanced Digital Tools 3
MAY681 Project Development 2
MAY821 Advanced Modeling 2
MAY823 Lighting and Rendering 3
MAY824 Advanced Character Animation 3
MAY825 Dynamics/MEL 3
MAY830 Advanced Rigging 2
MGL202 Life Drawing II 4

2015/2016 Academic Year
Semester 1
Acting for Animators
Animation Principles
Animation Tools
Basic Rigging
Lighting, Texturing and Rendering
Life Drawing I
Storyboarding – Film Principles
Semester 2
Advanced Digital Tools
Project Development
Advanced Modeling
Lighting and Rendering
Advanced Character Animation
Advanced Rigging
Life Drawing II

Note: Some classes may be scheduled on evenings and weekends.

Contact Us

For general inquiries and to arrange a tour, please call (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33850.
Admissions Advisors:
Domestic Admissions Advisor: Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22840
International Admissions Advisor: Thomas Hein
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 22380
Registration & Records Advisor:
  Sharina Khan
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33008
Program Contacts:
Program Coordinator: Sean Craig
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33615
Program Chair: Mark Jones
Telephone: (416) 491-5050 Ext. 33488
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