Animation Fundamentals Citation

Faculty of Fine & Applied Arts
School of Motion Picture Arts


Program Highlights

The Animation Fundamentals Citation introduces students to the process of creating traditional and computer animation.

In this program, you'll learn and practice animation techniques through hands-on exercises.

The program covers drawing for animation, design, animation principles and digital animation.

  • Design and prepare a portfolio of artwork suitable for applying to a full-time post-secondary animation program.
  • Produce a portfolio that integrates the principles, techniques and skills acquired in their coursework.
  • Develop introductory level competencies in the areas of character and location design, life-drawing and animation.
  • Demonstrate the knowledge, dedication and work ethic required to be a successful member of a creative team.
  • Create a future career plan of action to by continually developing a portfolio through learning and practice.


CampusTermsFull/Part Time
North VancouverSummerFull-Time

Tuition and Fees Per Year

Domestic Students
Year Tuition Fees Total
Year 1$2,142 $411 $2,553
Total$2,142 $411 $2,553

Note: Fees are subject to change. Some programs have fees for supplies and equipment that aren’t included in the estimate. To get an idea of what you’ll pay to study at CapU, try out our Tuition & Fees Estimator.

First Term

Total credits: 7.50

ANIM 010Animation Principles and Timing2.00 credits
ANIM 020Design Basics for Animation2.00 credits
ANIM 030Drawing for Animation2.00 credits
ANIM 040Digital Animation and Design1.50 credits


Total program credits: 7.50

Important Dates

Application Dates

May 1, 2018 - May 7, 2019

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 4, 2019

Fee Payment Deadline

May 1, 2019 4:00 PM

Application Dates

Jun 4, 2019 - May 5, 2020

Course Registration & Waitlisting Starts

Mar 9, 2020

Fee Payment Deadline

Apr 28, 2020 4:00 PM

Note: Dates are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

BC Secondary School graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent; or Mature Student status; or currently enrolled in Grade 11 or equivalent.

Capilano English Language Requirement for students whose primary language is not English: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): paper=560, internet=83, or English Language Assessment (ELA)=145, or International English Language Testing System (Academic IELTS)=6.5 overall, and no one score less than 6, or Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL)=70, or Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic)=56 or Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum B+ grade in each course.

Interview and portfolio

For the official publication of programs, course descriptions and admission requirements please view the Capilano University 2018-2019 Calendar (pdf).

Here's what you need to get started on your online portfolio

Submit an online application to Capilano University, this is required before you submit your portfolio.

Applicants to the program should submit a link to an online portfolio consisting of 5 or more images demonstrating your artistic and creative skills. Post your best and most recent work. The portfolio should consist of a variety of drawings and/or designs and may include:

  • Quick sketches, gesture drawings and sustained drawings of the human figure, clothed or nude or animals in various action poses.
  • Compositional drawings of objects or locations include household objects, architectural drawings, layouts, still life, etc.
  • Original drawings or designs showcasing your drawing abilities and personal interests.

What not to include in your portfolio

Originality is vital. Do not submit work that is not your own. If you have to include drawings you made from an anatomy book or any kind of group project, make sure you label what is not yours and whose work it is. If we see work that is not yours but looks like you're trying to pass it off as yours, it will reflect poorly on the whole portfolio.

Drawing from photographs is less impressive than drawings from life because, with a photo, much of the work is done for you already (and it usually looks flat and lifeless anyway). If you have to send us drawings you copied from photos, make sure you still have examples of life drawing and original sketchbook work.

Good luck!

Summer 2019:

  • Applications for summer 2019 are now closed.
  • Portfolio submission deadlines and instructions are currently being updated. Please check back by the end of June for the updated information. 

If possible, applicants should attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions.

How to Submit Your Portfolio

An online portfolio should be easy for us to access and view. A blog with good quality imagery, all on one page (not hidden in numerous pages/folders) is preferred so that we can simply scroll down and see all your work at once. The easier you make it for us to see your work the better it will be for both of us.

Good reliable and free hosting for your portfolio is readily available, take a look at or Keep the design of the portfolio as simple as we are interested in your artwork more than your web-design skills.

Remember to remove any password requirement to your portfolio before you submit your link.

Traditional and hand-drawn work should be scanned and posted to your online site. If you don't have access to a scanner check your local library or school. In a pinch a digital camera will work, however, the quality will likely not be as good due to lighting issues (like using a flash). Photographing artwork on an overcast day without a flash will give better results.

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