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Learn more about our 3D design program - 2021/2022

Characters are the heart of every game, video, or marketing campaign. They’re at the heart of your interest in 3D Animation, too. Bring your characters to life. Make them breathe. Give them a personality.


Fanshawe College's 3D Animation and Character Design program is an 8-month graduate certificate designed for students to hone previous multi-media skills into a valued and sought-after skill in the job market. Animate your ideas for game engines/development by life drawing and storyboarding, 3D modelling, texture mapping and lighting, character design, video editing and audio effects creation. You will also develop your creative concepts with like-minded and creative classmates, while also learning to plan and manage projects. With every step of the program, you’ll see your ideas and dreams come to life.


Graduates are prepared to work as a 3D animator, character designer, effects artist, storyboard artist and level designer for the film, video, animation and game industries. Your skills will help you land jobs with companies creating television commercials, industrial and commercial videos, and educational material. How about architecture or real estate designs and promotions? These days, your skills will take you to limitless places.


Study in the heart of London's digital media sector, at Fanshawe's London Downtown Campus. Your ability to create characters while nurturing your love of design is the first step. Taking these passions into the dynamic media technology sector will be your destiny.


Admission Requirements - 2021/2022

Admission Requirements

A College Diploma, or College Advanced Diploma, or College Graduate Certificate in:
     - Multi Media Design and Production OR
     - Interactive Media Design and Production OR
     - Interactive Media Design OR
     - Visual Arts OR
     -  Broadcasting - Television OR
     -  Interactive Media Specialist OR
     -  Advanced Multimedia OR
     -  Broadcast Television - Digital Post-Production OR
     -  Advanced Filmmaking OR
     - Visual Effects and Editing for Contemporary Media OR
     - Graphic Design OR 
      - Game - Design
A Degree in Fine Arts, Media or Design 
An equivalent qualification from another institution as judged by the College
A combination of relevant education and work experience in a related field as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above and completion of a portfolio*

*The portfolio submission is required to demonstrate creative and technical abilities (any combination of graphic design, print, traditional and digital illustration, 3D computer work, life drawing, etc.).

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 79 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements. 
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 53, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 169 with no language skill less than 162, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 70% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8, 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9, or 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • It is highly recommended that students have previous visual arts education or training.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements 
  4. Assessment of Applicant's skill set relevant to the program based on Portfolio*


3D Animation and Character Design-2022/2023

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MMED-6010Life Drawing & Character Studies3
In this course students will be introduced to the fundamentals of life drawing and the human form. A variety of techniques will be covered in class. Emphasis will be placed on the technical side of life drawing with the goal of understanding composition, proportion and structure. Observational drawing techniques will include, gesture, contour, shape, form, perspective and colour. In addition to traditional drawing techniques, students will analyze and explore current trends in the industry with relation to digital character creation and design.
MMED-6011Modeling Foundation3
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of 3D modeling using contemporary modeling software which will include, but not be limited to, basic modeling techniques, concepts and workflows for creating 3D character and environment models as well as an introduction to tools and functionality.
MMED-6012Animation for Characters-Intro3
In this course students will explore the basic foundational principles of animation. Topics will include stretch and squash, anticipation, timing, arcs and exaggeration. Students will utilize their drawing expertise by adding realistic motion and emotion to simple digital characters. Traditional planning for digital techniques will be explored.
This course will teach planning, troubleshooting and time management in order to make the student a more viable artist. There will also be assignments to build related skillsets like storyboarding and rigging which will support other courses in the program.
MMED-6014Texture, Lighting & Rendering 13
In this course student will be introduced to a variety of software, concepts, and techniques used daily by industry professionals to texture, light, and render 3D objects and environments. It will cover core principles, and their practical application; challenging students to experiment, develop and showcase their skills, while rendering characters and environments in 3D space.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
MMED-6015Anatomy & Character Study3
This course will build on the foundation of Life Drawing and Character Studies. Emphasis will be on developing technical ability with relation to drawing and sculpting the human form.
This course will be a continuation of the 3D theories and principles learned in the previous class Modeling Foundation. Sculpting full character with gear and clothing as well as simple environmental objects for use in a rendering engine will be explored.
MMED-6017Animation for Characters 23
This course will cover more advanced animation concepts using fully articulated characters. More complex physical action will be explored along with acting and performance. Motion Capture will be used as well as facial animation and lip sync.
MMED-6018Project Development Thesis3
This course will focus on planning the final integrated assignment as well as smaller assignments. Emphasis will be on the planning for the production pipeline. This includes concept pitch, storyboard, 3d layout to final output.
MMED-6019Digital Character Project/Thesis3
This term is very collaborative in tying most of the classes together for each project. There will be opportunities for group work in the course as students plan their final integrated assignment.. The primary focus of this course is a continuation of the concepts from Texture, Lighting and Rendering 1. More advanced texturing techniques will be taught including Normal maps, Specular, Glow, etc.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 8 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2021/2022

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this program will be prepared to work as 3D animators, character designers, effects artists, storyboard artists and level designers for the film, video, animation and game industries.  They will also be well prepared to work for companies creating television commercials, industrial and commercial videos, and educational material.

More Information - 2021/2022

A One-Year Ontario College Graduate Certificate Program
Program Code: ANC1
Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)
September Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at


School of Digital and Performing Arts: (519)-452-4430, ext. 6403

Program Description

This Graduate Certificate program (two consecutive terms in length) will build upon the students' prior technical knowledge. Successful graduates of the program will learn every skill used in the creation of 3D animated characters for use in game engines/development including: life drawing and storyboarding, 3D modeling and animation, shaders, texture mapping and lighting, character design, video editing and audio effects. Concept development, team work, strategic planning and project management will be integral components of the program.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

1. Execute creative concepts and ideas through a variety and combination of techniques including hand drawn, computer generated, 2D and 3D storyboards and animatics.

2. Create sophisticated models for the entertainment, medical, and architectural industries.

3. Create 3D characters and creatures ranging from life-like and anatomically correct, to cartoon and anime styles.

4. Combine texture mapping, shaders, lighting environments, animating cameras and ‘rigs’ for 3D models and characters in animation sequences.

5. Synthesize a wide variety of digital effects in the creation of environment and creature materials and textures.

6. Apply 3D techniques that demonstrate characters with realistic motion and a full range of emotion in animated characters.

7. Incorporate 3D animated characters with composited backgrounds utilizing special effects.

8. Utilize a variety of digital applications including video and audio editing software and technologies.

9. Integrate sophisticated technologies into 3D animated films, videos and games.

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Program Details

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2022/2023 academic year: Refer to the More Info tab to view offerings for the 2022/23 academic year. Canadian students can start applying in early October for programs with Sep. 2022, Jan. 2023 and May 2023 start dates through

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2022 September
London - Downtown

International Students

Start Dates
2022 September
London - Downtown
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Program Coordinator:

David Latour

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Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks