Animation - 3D

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Program Code: 6423

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters (16 months continuous)

Start Date: Fall, Winter

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8627

The Animation - 3D program at Centennial College will, in 16 consecutive months, prepare students to successfully launch a career in digital animation.

Facilitated since 1996 by the School of Communications, Media and Design, the Animation - 3D program's intensive approach has become internationally recognized and has kick started the careers of hundreds of talented digital artists.

Focused on production-style training and a unique project-based learning experience that is applauded within the animation, visual effects and game industries, the undertaking will help students to develop new skills for careers in:

  • Animation
  • Film
  • Television
  • Broadcast design
  • Games
Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ANIM-010 Animation Fundamentals Story Arts Centre
ANIM-012 Broadcast Production Story Arts Centre
ANIM-013 Intro to Maya Story Arts Centre
ANIM-014 Character Design Story Arts Centre
ANIM-015 Animation Theory Story Arts Centre
ANIM-016 Compositing 1 Story Arts Centre
CO-109 Drawing for 3D Modeling and Animation Story Arts Centre
CO-120 Creativity in Context: Creating Theatre in the Community Story Arts Centre
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
ANIM-020 Modeling and Rigging Story Arts Centre
ANIM-021 3D Character Animation Story Arts Centre
ANIM-022 Matte Painting Story Arts Centre
ANIM-023 Sculpting and Acting for Animation Story Arts Centre
ANIM-024 Short Film Concept Development Story Arts Centre
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Story Arts Centre
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Story Arts Centre
Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
ANIM-030 Short Film Production Story Arts Centre
ANIM-031 VFX Compositing Story Arts Centre
ANIM-032 Tracking and Roto Story Arts Centre
ANIM-033 Rendering and Lighting Story Arts Centre
ANIM-034 Dynamics Story Arts Centre
CO-428 Integrated Media Story Arts Centre
GNED General Education Elective Story Arts Centre
Semester 4
Course Code Course Title Location
ANIM-040 Final Project Studio Story Arts Centre
ANIM-041 Scripting Story Arts Centre
ANIM-222 Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • The Animation - 3D program gives students 24-hour access to labs and workstations.
  • •Life drawing, acting for animation and storyboard training are some of the areas that will be covered.
  • •Because class sizes are small (maximum of 21 students per class), students will have opportunities to interact with industry professionals, who collectively have amassed more than 1,000 hours of instruction.
  • •Opportunities to hear guest speakers and participate in workshops and company studio tours will enhance training.
  • •Students will be assisted in producing demo reels that will showcase their abilities to potential employers.
  • •This School of Communication, Media and Design program boasts an industry field placement. While this opportunity is unpaid, it lasts eight weeks and will offer valuable on-the-job training and industry contacts. A list of Toronto studios accepting interns will be provided to all students. Students seeking industry field placement opportunities will be required to make direct contact with animation studios.
  • •An active alumni network will allow students to build their own list of industry contacts.

Educational Partners

Qualified graduates of Animation - 3D may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Seneca College, Ontario
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ontario
  • University of Wilfred Laurier, Ontario

Career Outlook

  • 3D character animator
  • Lighter
  • Modeler
  • Rigger
  • Texture artist
  • Technical director
  • Compositor
  • Level designer for games
  • Visual effects supervisor

Academic Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
  • English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent (minimum grade required) or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission

Additional Requirements

After applying at, students will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the mandatory Animation - 3D program admission session, where they will submit a portfolio of work consisting of:

  • 8.5x11 photocopies only (no originals please) work can be done in any media, traditional or digital
  • 4-5 full figure life drawings in variety of poses (not drawn from photos)
  • 2 drawings of hands (not drawn from photos)
  • 1 portrait drawing (not drawn from photo)
  • 1 still life using variety of household objects (not drawn from photo)
  • 1 perspective drawing of a room in your house (not drawn from photo)
  • 1 digitally created image using 2D software such as Photoshop, or 3D software (Maya or similar software); applicant's choice of subject
  • 1 page of original character design (not copies of existing work), with minimum of two full body poses, and two facial expressions
  • 1-3 pages of additional work; can be any of the following: 3D work, photography, sculptures, animations, paintings, extra life drawings, character/environment designs or a sketchbook

Note: Work should show applicants' curiosity about the way things look and move around them. Animation is a means of creative expression, so a portfolio should demonstrate an applicant's ability to generate ideas.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $6,067.00 $902.00 $6,969.00
International $14,060.00 $2,097.00 $16,157.00