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Digital Animation

Digital Animation

Learn the art of visual storytelling and develop the creative and technical skills needed for a career in animation.

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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 Seats available


Digital Animation is a program that focuses on animation production. There's a common first semester where you develop your traditional artistic skills of drawing, painting, sculpture and visual language/composition. You also explore the two types of animation (2D and 3D).

At the end of first semester, you choose the concentration that you'll pursue: 2D animation or 3D animation.

Considerable time is spent with hands-on learning. Regardless of your concentration, you continue with life-drawing and the traditional art classes. You also study courses that are specific to the animation production pipeline, such as storyboarding, character design, layout and animation.

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Admission requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details
  • A portfolio is a significant factor in determining your admission into the program. For detailed information on what your portfolio needs to include, see the Digital Animation Portfolio Requirements (PDF 1.36MB). Drop your portfolio off at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.

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.

Co-operative education

  • This program is eligible for an optional cooperative education (co-op) credit course between year one and two.
  • Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment – in a field related to your program.
  • Opportunities are full-time work placements that last 12 to 16 weeks.
  • Our co-op program follows Co-operative Education and Work-Integrated Learning (CEWIL) guidelines.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Animation is a growing field in Nova Scotia and across Canada. In addition, it's a sector where small animation and gaming studios are benefiting from advances in technology and establishing competitive positions in the market.
  • Creative positions that require animation skills are found in a range of firms, including entertainment, software development, training, animation production, illustration and graphic design.
  • Upon graduation, you're qualified for entry-level positions with animation and gaming studios. Job titles may include junior 2D or 3D animator, junior designer, junior storyboard artist, junior layout artist, junior background artist, junior 3D modeler, 3D rigger and 3D texture artist.
  • Students in the program benefit from a hands-on project-based learning approach and are exposed to the business-side of the industry, so graduates may also have the opportunity to pursue self-employment or an entrepreneurial career path.

Choose NSCC

  • Every student has access to their own traditional animation desk and there are two computer labs with current industry-standard software.
  • A motion-capture system is available for those who specialize in the study of 3D animation.
  • Instructors with diverse skill sets will help guide and support your personal and academic direction.
  • 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 1000   Life Drawing I
DATD 1001   Animation Fundamentals
DATD 1010   Structural Drawing - Anatomy I
DATD 1040   Pre-Production Design
DATD 1045   Perspective Drawing
DATD 1050   Painting and Composition
DATD 1060   History of Animation and Film Theory
DATD 1075   Introduction to 3D
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

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