Applying as a Canadian applicant

Domestic students should apply online or by phone at 1-888-892-2228.

Applying as an International applicant

International students should apply online. Note: not all start dates are available to international students.

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Admissions - January 2024

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)
  • Grade 12 compulsory English, C (65%) or U (55%), or equivalent, OR Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1251), or equivalent
  • Applicants who meet the academic strength requirements (65%) must attend a virtual program information session and present a portfolio of their creative work.
  • For more information on preparatory programs, visit Academic Upgrading

Note re: admission requirements

  • Applicants possessing degrees/diplomas from institutions where the language of instruction was not English will be required to provide test scores as evidence of their English language proficiency. Test scores, if required, would be a minimum of TOEFL iBT 80 (effective January 2024 with no skill less than 20; IELTS 6.0 with no bands less than 5.5; CAEL 70 with no sub-test band scores less than 60; PTE Academic 51; Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 5; Cambridge Exams 170 with no individual score less than 165 or equivalent scores in other recognized standard tests of English. Duolingo English Test with a minimum score of 105.
  • We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 70%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.

Canadian admissions contact

International admissions contact

Admission procedures

  • An academic strength is calculated by averaging the submitted marks of required subjects. If more than one mark is received for a required subject, the highest mark will be used in the calculation.
  • Ten (10) additional marks are added to each Advanced level, OAC, U, U/C, and post-secondary course used in the calculation of academic strength.
  • Applicants meeting minimum academic requirements are invited to begin the selection process which requires them to attend a virtual program information meeting where they will present a portfolio of their design-related work through InterviewStream/Zoom portfolio presentations.

  • The portfolio review dates will be held every Wednesday from 4-6pm.
    • The portfolio presentation provides the applicant with an opportunity to show and explain their work. Through the presentation, the program faculty assess the applicant's communication skills and aptitude for the program.
  • Portfolio
    • A portfolio consists of 10-15 diverse samples of the applicant's work. Please see the Animation portfolio requirements for details.
  • Final selection is made using a formula that combines academic strength and portfolio presentation scores.
  • A sound English background is important for success in this program and is considered during the admission selection process. Minimum cut offs apply.

Portfolio requirements

The portfolio submission is a mandatory component of the admission process for the Animation program.

When do I submit my portfolio?

Selected applicants will receive an invitation to attend a mandatory online program information session which involves portfolio review.

What should my portfolio include?

We would like to see 10-15 examples of work from the areas listed below. Please include at least 2 location drawings and 2 drawings of people or animals, which demonstrate observational drawing skills. Do not copy from pictures.

Examples of work:

  • Life drawings – human models (clothed or nude studies, 1-10 minute drawings)
  • Layout (perspective line drawings)
  • Observational drawings from real life such as:
    • sketches of people and animals
    • location drawings, café drawings, etc.
  • Other creative work such as:
    • Sequential image storytelling (storyboarding)
    • Paintings, drawings, illustrations, concept art, character design, sculpture or cartoons

Program requirements

  • Students are required to purchase an animation kit. Details about this requirement will be communicated upon confirmation of enrolment.

Credit transfer

You might be eligible to enter a program at an advanced level, or be exempt from a course, if you have formal post-secondary education. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities.


Some Conestoga programs have pathways for current students, including certificate-to-diploma, diploma-to-diploma and diploma-to-degree opportunities. Learn more about pathways at Conestoga.

Articulation agreements

Conestoga partners with other post-secondary institutions, allowing students the opportunity to study elsewhere, usually in pursuit or an academic credential. Learn more about articulation agreements.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Through PLAR, Conestoga may credit prior learning or skills acquired through employment, formal and informal education, or life experiences. Learn more about PLAR at Conestoga.


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College. Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.