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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:
2 Years
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September 2019
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 Waitlist

Program Overview

Digital Animation is a program that focuses on character animation. There is a common first semester where you develop your traditional artistic skills of drawing, painting, sculpture and visual language/composition and you explore the two types of animation (2D and 3D). At the end of the first semester, you choose the concentration that you will pursue for the rest of the two years: 2D digital classical or 3D computer animation.

Considerable time is spent with hands-on learning. Regardless of your concentration, you will continue with life-drawing and the traditional art classes. You will also study courses that are specific to the art of animation, such as film theory, design, storytelling, storyboarding 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
  • Portfolio Submission – Your portfolio is a significant factor in determining your admission into the program. Drop off your entrance portfolio at any campus and it will be delivered to the Admissions Office for you.
  • Portfolio Instructions – Detailed portfolio requirements: Digital Animation Portfolio Requirements (PDF 2.25MB)
  • Advanced Standing – To be considered, you must apply to and meet the Admission Requirements for the Digital Animation program. Advanced Standing is based on academic credits (certificate/diploma/degree) completed from a recognized public institution within the past ten years that meet the Academic Requirements of the full first year of the program. Advanced Standing is subject to seat availability.

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

Employment Opportunities

  • Animation is a growing field in Nova Scotia and across Canada. In addition, it is 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 are qualified for entry-level positions with animation and gaming studios in careers such as junior 2D or 3D animator, junior designer, junior storyboard artist, junior layout artist, junior background artist, junior 3D modeler, rigging artist 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.

Other Info

  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) – This program is eligible for an optional co-op credit course. Co-op provides an opportunity for paid employment (of at least 12 weeks) in a field related to your program between your first and second year.

Concentration Options

During your first year, you identify a concentration among two concentrations:

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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