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Program Details

  • Program Code:6423
  • School:School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design
  • Credential:Ontario College Diploma
  • Program Type:Post-secondary program

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Animation - 3D program at Centennial College runs for 16 consecutive months. In that time, it will prepare you to successfully launch a career in digital animation, film, television, broadcast design and games.

Created in 1996, on top of kick-starting the careers of hundreds of talented digital artists, this School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design animation program has an intensive approach that's become internationally recognized. Animation - 3D will focus on production-style training and will offer a unique project-based learning experience that's applauded within the animation, visual effects and game industries.

Program Highlights

  • The Animation - 3D program will give you 24-hour access to computer labs and workstations.
  • Among the subjects that will be covered are life drawing, acting for animation and storyboard training.
  • Small class sizes will provide ample opportunity to work closely with your industry professional instructors.
  • Industry-leading guest speakers, participatory workshops and company studio tours will enhance training.
  • You'll be assisted in producing demo reels that showcase your abilities to potential employers.
  • This School of Communication, Media, Arts and Design program boasts an industry field placement. While this opportunity is unpaid, it will last eight weeks and offer valuable on-the-job training and industry contacts. As you seek a placement, you'll be provided with a list of Toronto studios accepting interns and be required to make direct contact with these animation studios.
  • An active alumni network will allow you to build your own list of industry contacts.
  • Certified Houdini Training - Centennial College is a proud member of SideFX's Houdini Certified Schools Program, which recognizes our outstanding training in this industry-standard software.

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Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

Career Options, Academic Pathways and Partners

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Companies Offering Jobs

The Animation - 3D program boasts outstanding graduate hiring rates. Successful graduates have worked on films, TV shows and video games that include: Fantastic 4, Fight Club, Final Fantasy, Full Auto (Xbox 360), Happily N'Ever After, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Monster by Mistake, Monster Federation (PC), Over the Hedge, Panic Room, Pariah (PS2), Pryzm: Legend of the Dark Unicorn (PS2), Robots, Shark Tale, Strike Fighters: Project 1 (PC), Stuart Little, The Matrix, The Warriors (PS2), V for Vendetta, Wings over Vietnam (PC).

Articulation Agreements

Successful graduates of the Animation 3D Diploma program have the opportunity to apply their credits towards further study at the degree level. Listed below are the degrees from partnering institutions that are available for this program.

Please note that each partner pathway has a specific minimum grade requirement in order to qualify for transferring credits, which are assessed by the receiving partner institution.

Partner Institution Degree Program
Algoma University Honours Bachelor of Arts - multiple majors
Bachelor of Business Administration - Accounting or Human Resources Management or Marketing (also offered at the Brampton Campus)
Bachelor of Science - multiple majors
Davenport University Bachelor of Science - Technology Project Management
Griffith University Bachelor of Photography
Institute of Technology, Tralee Bachelor of Arts in Animation, Visual Effects and Motion Design
Lakehead University Honours or Bachelor Degree - multiple majors
Laurentian University Bachelor of Arts
Ontario Tech University (UOIT) Honours Bachelor of Arts - Educational Studies and Digital Technology
Seneca College Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University - Brantford Campus Honours Bachelor of Arts
Windsor, University of Bachelor of Arts / Liberal Arts / Professional Studies
York University Honours Bachelor degree - any major
Honours Communication Studies

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

For pathways to other Ontario post-secondary institutions, please view ONCAT.

 

Educational Partners

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

  • Algoma University, Ontario
  • Seneca College, Ontario
  • Ontario Tech University
  • 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

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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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 ontariocolleges.ca, you will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the mandatory Animation - 3D program admission session, where you 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); your 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 your curiosity about the way things look and move around them. Animation is a means of creative expression, so a portfolio should demonstrate your ability to generate ideas.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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1. Apply Online

Domestic Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca. 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 Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

International Students

 Apply directly to Centennial College here.

2. Submit Documents

Domestic Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

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 Ontariocolleges.ca.

International Students

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 Ontariocolleges.ca 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 my.centennialcollege.ca.

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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2019.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Ancillary Fees Total
Canadian $5,792.50 $1,228.00 $7,020.50
International $16,443.50 $1,737.00 $18,180.50

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