Animation

Notice:

This program requires applicants to submit a portfolio as part of the admission process.

About the Program

The Animation diploma program provides students with the opportunity to breathe life into inanimate objects. Using their creative talents, blending drawing, animation and production techniques, with strong storytelling skills, students will create a variety of 2D and 3D animations. Focus on the production pipeline and the ability to take an animation project from concept to completion is a critical component of this credential. Students will work in project-based learning environments and undertake a field placement, which will contribute towards their personal e-portfolio of work. This two-year credential is designed to prepare graduates with the skills necessary to address the animation career demands in the fields of TV, film, game, and web production.

Program Information

Length: Two-year Ontario College Diploma program
Delivery Sequence: Doon (Kitchener) - September/2020 - Fall | Winter | Fall | Winter
Location: Doon (Kitchener)
Start: September
First-Year Capacity: 70

Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

Tuition & Fees

Tuition fee details for the 2019-2020 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.

Domestic Fees

Estimated fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for Animation - Program # 1400

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2916.00 $2916.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $3690.33 $3367.33
Year Total   $7057.66
Doon - Fall 2019 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Administration Fee $0.00 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
Program Tuition Fee (ACR) $2916.00 $2916.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $40.00 $0.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $3730.33 $3367.33
Year Total   $7097.66

International Fees

Estimated International fees based upon the previous academic year (2019 / 2020) for
Animation - Program # 1400


Doon - Fall 2019 Level 1 & 2 (Program Start: 2019-09-03)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $0.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7899.33 $7076.33
Year Total   $14975.66

Doon - Fall 2019 Level 3 & 4 (Program Start: 2018-09-04)
Description Fall 2019 Winter 2020
International Program Tuition $6250.00 $6250.00
Student Priority Fee $0.00 $0.00
Recreation/Athletics Fee $70.50 $70.50
Graduation/Alumni Services Fee $0.00 $0.00
Administration Fee $0.00 $0.00
Technology Enhancement Fee $135.00 $135.00
Capital Development Fee $74.83 $74.83
CSI Association Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI - Advocacy Fee $0.00 $0.00
CSI Health Plan Fee $295.00 $0.00
Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Documentation Fee $40.00 $0.00
ISR $375.00 $375.00
ONE Card Fee $7.00 $7.00
CSI Legal Protection $28.00 $0.00
CSI International Health Fee $500.00 $0.00
CSI Advocacy Fee $12.50 $12.50
CSI Event Fee $40.00 $40.00
CSI Student Clubs $3.50 $3.50
Locker Fee $5.00 $5.00
Alumni Services $5.00 $5.00
Student Spaces $10.00 $10.00
Graduation fee $15.00 $15.00
Academic Support Fee $18.00 $18.00
CSI Academic Support Fee $5.00 $5.00
Health and Wellness Fee $20.00 $20.00
CSI Health and Wellness Fee $10.00 $10.00
Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
CSI Career Services Fee $10.00 $10.00
Session Total $7939.33 $7076.33
Year Total   $15015.66

Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.

For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.

Graduate Opportunities

Situated in Canada's Technology Triangle, students will have exposure to a wide range of career opportunities. Everything from commercials to phone apps contain some form of animation. Advanced simulation, video games, and immersive entertainment on multiple platforms, all require dedicated animation skills. Potential careers include animator, 3D artist, multimedia designer, or animation designer.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home

Pathways & Credit Transfer

Conestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions.

Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Program Courses

Course Details (1400)
Course Code Course Title and Description
Level 1
ARTS1840 Introduction to Character Design

Description: Visualizing character's structure, actions and emotions in a range of environments is critical in building projects your audience will want to experience! Students will practice designing original characters from their imagination. Colours, textures, and lighting are used to create mood and atmosphere to give a solid foundation to your projects.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1850 Introduction to Life Drawing

Description: Creating believable characters relies on understanding anatomy and physiology, and how they contribute to natural movement. This course is designed to give students an introduction to life drawing and how it relates directly to the development of animated characters, with a focus on gesture, structure and form.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ARTS1860 Creating the Story

Description: A strong story enriches the narrative in any experience, keeps the audience engaged, emotionally invested in the characters, and provides a foundation for the project. The methods used to visualize the story are unique to the medium and require a special approach. Students will draw on the visual language of film as well as developing characters and their environments. Capturing the essence of a character's movement and emotion within quick sketches is essential to the exploration and evolution of story ideas.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

COMM1085 College Reading & Writing Skills

Description: This course focuses on the reading, writing and critical thinking skills needed for academic and workplace success. Students will analyse, summarize, and discuss a variety of readings and apply the steps of planning, writing, and revising in response to written prompts. This course prepares students for post-secondary writing tasks, research, and documentation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

CON0101 Conestoga 101

Description: This self-directed course focuses on introducing new students to the supports, services, and opportunities available at Conestoga College. By the end of this course, students will understand the academic expectations of the Conestoga learning environment, as well as the supports available to ensure their academic success. Students will also be able to identify on-campus services that support their health and wellness, and explore ways to get actively involved in the Conestoga community through co-curricular learning opportunities.
Hours: 1
Credits:
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DMED1500 Broadcast Technologies for Animators

Description: The tools used to produce animation are vast and this course puts them into perspective. Students will use current editing and animation software combined with cinematic techniques to create a short animation project that demonstrates visual storytelling skills acquired both in class and in additional workshop time.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1360 Animation Theory

Description: Students will be introduced to the theories and principles of animation and animated motion. Working in different platforms and environments, such as paper, clay, or digital mediums, students will demonstrate motion principles, and the related vocabulary/ terminology that will become the foundation for further studies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 2
DMED1510 Compositing

Description: Compositing is a very powerful tool in creating computer generated imagery (CGI) and this course introduces students to methods, software, and techniques which are indispensable. Students will use the principles of image construction and manipulation to augment their 3D work and integrate renders with live-action imagery to create cinematic footage.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DMED2000 Audio for Animators

Description: Examining the elements of dialogue, effects, soundscapes, and music, students will combine audio with the visual elements of film to create atmosphere and mood. Students will engage in hands-on construction of a short film soundtrack by live recording and sourcing audio from sound libraries. They will use both audio and video software and technology to manipulate the audio elements to create a cohesive, foundational-level short film soundtrack.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1370 Character Design and Development

Description: Building off previously acquired skills and knowledge, students will enhance their illustrative elements to create sophisticated characters that contribute towards telling a believable story. Students will apply principles of anatomy and physiology to create characters positioned into animation sequences.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: ARTS1840
CoRequisites:

DSGN1390 Rendering

Description: Understanding the rendering process and the technology demands associated with a render will be explored and demonstrated via practical and applied projects. Students will be exposed to the terminologies and technologies associated with rendering to increase their animation vocabulary. Basic rendering via a variety of software and technologies will assist students' in future complex rendering solutions and contribute towards their overall understanding of the relationships between the discrete animation elements, the environment constructs, and the rendering process. Students will be introduced to compositing post processes in order to become familiar with best practices and efficiencies throughout rendering.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1410 Studio I

Description: In this course the student will be introduced to the principles involved in lighting, texturing and rendering and the impact lighting has on the final visuals and overall project. Students will use this foundational course in concurrent and future courses to demonstrate integration of all areas that contribute towards the production pipeline.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1470 Movement and Figure Analysis

Description: Building on aquired life drawing skills, this course provides an in depth analysis of movement and form in the human body. An emphasis is placed on understanding the basics of body mechanics and how it applies to the figure. With in-depth attention to form, volume, design and anatomy, students are able to develop believable animation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 3
DMED1550 Introduction to 3D Animation-Body Mechanics

Description: Apply the basic animation principles learned in Animation Theory to a CG environment. We will take our knowledge to the next level by focusing this course on developing strong body mechanics, overlapping actions, and pantomime acting with biped and quadruped characters.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
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DSGN1380 Modelling and Rigging I

Description: Working within a 3D animation environment requires precisely modeled and rigged assets with forethought given to all downstream production needs. This course will introduce those requirements, providing students with experience in modelling characters and then rigging them for animation. Emphasis will be placed on efficient topology while ensuring proper deformations and expressiveness can be achieved
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN1400 Lighting for Animation

Description: In this course the student will be introduced to the principles involved in lighting, texturing and rendering and the impact lighting has on the final visuals and overall project. Students will use this foundational course in concurrent and future courses to demonstrate integration of all areas that contribute towards the production pipeline. Students will integrate basic lighting theory and ties to the rendering process throughout their work. Research and examples from the real world will be explored.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2310 Studio II

Description: This is the second in a series of Studio courses designed to provide students with the opportunity to work on projects that demonstrate the integration of skills and knowledge acquired from concurrent courses and emulate the real-world of work production pipeline. This is an applied lab wherein students will work independently and/or in teams to create projects, with faculty providing mentoring and support. This course also relies on the practical application of the essential employability skills of time and project management, self-awareness and interpersonal (skills) that are embedded in other course deliveries with additional focus on problem solving and design thinking – challenges and solutions.
Hours: 84
Credits: 6
Pre-Requisites: DSGN1410
CoRequisites:

OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace

Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of general Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

Electives: General Education
Student must complete a minimum of 42 Hours
Level 4
DMED1560 3D Animation-Full Body Performance

Description: This course is designed to build on the skills aquired in our previous animation training. Here we will bring our characters to life with a variety of full body performaces, with a focus on facial acting and lip-sync. This course will help to refine your acting skill set for the animation industry.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DMED2030 Evolving Technologies - Media and Design

Description: This course will foster inquisitive attitudes towards the evolving technologies that are being employed in a range of media and design applications. Students will examine these new technologies, via hands-on applied projects that demonstrate what is currently being developed and/or utilized in the marketplace. Risk factors and analysis will be reviewed within the context of the adoption of technologies, and the complexity and uncertainty of implementation. Students projects will draw on historical examples that reinforce the positive/negative impact technology has played in shaping the world of work, along with forward thinking approaches that explore future opportunities associated with evolving technologies.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

DSGN2320 Modelling and Rigging II

Description: Building off previous courses, students will create a series of models of characters in environments which demonstrate skills of advanced character rigging and skinning techniques required by the project brief. These activities will be framed within the production pipeline, with students working independently as well as in groups, to execute high quality visual components that contribute towards an overall project.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: DSGN1380, DSGN1380M
CoRequisites:

DSGN2330 Animation Capstone Project

Description: This course is the culminating experience of the program. Students will work independently and/or in teams to create one capstone project, with faculty providing mentoring and support. This course also relies on the practical application of the essential employability skills of time and project management, self-awareness and interpersonal (skills) with additional focus on problem solving and design thinking. This final capstone project demonstrates the application and integration of the skills and knowledge obtained through their academic deliveries, as well as from their field placement experiences.
Hours: 112
Credits: 8
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

ETR2240 Portfolio Development and Presentation

Description: This course focuses on the preparation of a professional portfolio that demonstrates the skills and capabilities of the student. After a review of career goals, students will learn how to identify and select examples of their work that emphasize their personal strengths. Students will be taught how to customize a portfolio to fit specific job requirements and take advantage of visual continuity to enhance a presentation. Students will have the opportunity to participate in classroom presentations prior to making the final evaluated capstone presentation of their personal portfolio of work.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:

FPLT2100 Field Placement (Animation)

Description: This course prepares students and facilitates a placement experience with a company/agency which has been approved by the program. Students will review employability skills in class and then practise these skills as they take an active role in securing a placement. Students will refine self-marketing techniques to establish cohesive branding of themselves at a professional level. Engaging in the work environment of a professionally relevant company/agency will allow students to apply their education and skills contributing to their mutual benefit. Appropriate workplace behaviour and etiquette is expected as students use this opportunity to expand their network of industry contacts and effectively market their personal brand. Through this experience, students can cultivate confidence, escalate awareness of industry practices, add to their resume & portfolio, and contribute to their own career success.
Hours: 80
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: OHS1320
CoRequisites:

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