Creative technologies

Creative Technologies in Animation focuses on the technical and creative problem-solving skills that go into crafting a compelling story through moving images.

This program offers three specialized streams (2D Animation, 3D Animation, and Hybrid Animation) which allow students with differing levels of expertise to upgrade and augment their skills.

They will work towards a final capstone project of creating either a professional-level portfolio/demo reel or a short animation project that meets industry requirements for employment and entrepreneurial activity, in Canada and internationally. 

Career Pathways

The Certificate in Animation program will prepare you to explore many roles in the creative technology industry, including animator, animation director, animation producer, character design, and animation production design.

Program Goals

  • Comprehension of artistic and technical animation principles and standards of practice. 
  • Understand cinema vocabulary as it relates to a visual narrative for effective visual storytelling 
  • Personal creative content development for animation and motion graphics. 
  • Understanding of 2D and 3D software applications. 
  • Professional development and industry awareness. 
  • Completion of a capstone project of either a professional-level portfolio/demo reel or a short animation project that meets industry requirements for employment and entrepreneurial activity, in Canada and internationally.

Certificates

Courses begin: September 2019 until June 2020

WHEN: Evenings from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

WHERE: Alberta University of the Arts

Fees

Fees Payable to AUArts
Fee Name Fee Amount
(not including GST)
Tuition* $5,100
Technology Fee

$125

Processing Fee $75
Licensing Fee $125
Total $5,425

*Tuition for full certificate (10 Courses)

 

Other Fees/Student Expenses (estimated)
Textbooks $500
Supplies* $450
Quickdraw Animation Society Membership $55
Total $1,005

 

Technology Requirements

Laptop 

(minimum specs)

Storage - 1TB and up
  Ram - 16GB and up
  Processor - Latest generation of i5 or i7 chipset
PC Users The latest gaming or "VR Ready" laptops would work best, especially on a budget and maximize the specs given.
MAC Users Strongly recommend a MacBook Pro
Additional Equipment

Wacom tablet (any size) 

1TB External hard drive 

3 button mouse

Admissions Requirements

  1. Pre-requisite courses: 
  • Digital Lab for Animators 
  • Introduction to Drawing 
  • Foundations in Animation

OR

Permission of the Department based on Prior Learning Assessment.

  1. Language Proficiency – English Language Proficiency (if educated outside Canada) 

    A score of 83% or higher on an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) on the Internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four testing sections, or 220 on the computer-based test (CBT). 

    A score of 70% or higher on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment, or a score of 70, or higher on the computer edition (CAEL CE).

    A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Test (IELTS).

Completion Requirements

The Certificate in Animation (any stream) consists of 450 contact hours that can be completed full-time in one academic year (two semesters). Part-time study is also available. Part-time students have a maximum of five years to complete the program. Students will receive a Certificate in Animation in their chosen stream upon successful completion of the program requirements.