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Okanagan College Animation Diploma

Two-year animation diploma focusing on drawing, design and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation

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Okanagan College
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Recurring
In-person & Online
Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon, Salmon Arm
Tuition based

The two-year Animation diploma program focuses on drawing, design and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation. There is an optional Co-op work term offered between year 1 and year 2 of the program.

Features include a state of the art classroom in the new Innovation Centre in downtown Kelowna, the latest technology in the field of digital animation, and comprehensive drawing classes taught by industry professionals to develop artistic skills, technical dexterity and creative thinking. Industry standard production scenarios and professional practices mimic the production pipeline. Core courses include 2D, digital 2D and 3D animation, life drawing, character design, storyboard and layout design. Animation history, communications and an introduction to business functions are also studied.

Successful graduates complete a professional quality, industry-focused demo reel showcasing their design and digital animation skills, preparing them for a career in British Columbia’s (B.C.’s) booming entertainment industry.

Program Goals:

  • Focus on applied learning: from pencil to digital, graduating animators and not just operators.
  • Deliver a curriculum which balances artistic skills, industry techniques and applied technology.
  • Maintain close relationships with the industry.
  • Train artists for a successful career in the 2D or 3D animation industry.

Skill sets taught in the Animation program are also applicable to careers in the fields of computer games, multimedia, web design, television and feature film.

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