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Digital Animation - 3D Animation Concentration

Digital Animation - 3D Animation Concentration

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
2 Years
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Truro Campus • Truro Full time • In-class


The 3D Animation concentration is an option of the Digital Animation diploma program. You start this concentration in the second term of your first year.

This concentration develops advanced 3D modelling skills and techniques used in animation.

You learn how to transform a character concept to a finished 3D model ready for rigging (creation of a digital skeleton with joints and bones required for animation). You use image-based modelling to develop a 3D sculpture and demonstrate the different stages of workflow while you create and complete a realistically-rendered 3D model. You also focus on intermediate texturing and lighting techniques for 3D environments and various levels of animation. In addition, you learn how to combine these skills to create and produce a short 3D animated film.

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Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Career options

  • Upon graduation, you're qualified for entry-level positions such as 3D animator, 3D modeler, 3D rigger and 3D texture artist.
  • Self-employment and entrepreneurial career paths are also opportunities as graduates' benefit from a hands-on, project-based learning approach and exposure to the business.

Choose NSCC

  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
DATD 1002   Sculpture
DATD 1015   Digital Painting I
DATD 1500   Animation Production I
DATD 2000   Life Drawing II
DATD 2005   Character Design
DATD 2010   Structural Drawing - Anatomy II
DATD 2015   Digital Painting II
DATD 2030   Animation and Modelling
DATD 2500   Professional Portfolio Project
DATD 3000   Life Drawing III
DATD 3005   Storyboards and Animatics
DATD 3010   Animation Process I
DATD 3030   3D Production and Rigging
DATD 3035   3D Sculpting I
DATD 3039   Clay Sculpting I
DATD 4000   Life Drawing IV
DATD 4010   Animation Process II
DATD 4030   3D Production and Motion Capture
DATD 4033   Advanced Digital Painting
DATD 4035   3D Sculpting II
DATD 4040   Exploratory 3D
GAME 4020   Self-Promotion and Entrepreneurship

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