• Overview - 2020/2021

    Fanshawe's Animation diploma program gives students the skills and understanding they need to become an animator.

    Our animation courses will help you acquire the skills and knowledge required to create characters, objects and environments for a variety of mediums, such as video games, television, film and web. You will hone your classical art skills and use cutting-edge, industry-standard technology and software—just like the professionals do.

    Graduates will go on to obtain film and game animation jobs and will be prepared to assist with projects as members of a production pipeline.

  • Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

    OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
    University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
    Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) 
    Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
    Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

    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

    • Grade 12 English (C) or (U) OR Grade 12 The Writer's Craft (C) or Grade 12 Business and Technological Communications (O)
    • Grade 11  or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
    • Any Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Media Arts (M)

    Recommended Personal Preparation

    A basic awareness of visual arts, digital arts, motion capture and 3D programs used in the industry. Using free trial software (3D Max, Maya, Adobe Photoshop) and doing free basic online tutorials in modelling, animating, rigging.

    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

    Post-Admission Requirements

    • Mandatory Placement Assessment for WRIT course


  • Careers - 2020/2021

    Career Opportunities

    This program prepares graduates for a career as an Animator, Compositor, Modeller, Rigger, Layout Artist, Production Assistant
  • More Information - 2020/2021

    A Two-Year Ontario College Diploma Program
    Program Code: ANI1
    Campus Code: LCD (LCD - London-Downtown)
    September Admission
    15 week terms
    Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates


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

    Program Description

    Upon completion of the Animation diploma program, graduates have a sound understanding of the fundamental principles of animation and production techniques through frequent and repeated practice of various exercises. They become familiar with both the creative and technical processes involved in the creation of animation, and have begun to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to support the creation and animation of characters, objects and environments for use in a variety of mediums, such as video games, television, film, and Web. They have developed classical art skills and are able to use traditional tools as well as industry-standard technology and animation software. Graduates are also prepared to assist in the planning and implementation stages of animation projects within the context of their role as members of a production pipeline.

    Program Pathways

    For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.
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