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Introduction to 3D Character Animation

3D animation is a creation of moving consecutive pictures or "frames" in a three-dimensional digital environment.
This online certificate course in 3D animation welcomes aspiring Animators to experience the exciting world of 3D Computer Character Animation.

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Quick facts

Online Certificate
4 weeks
Portfolio not required

Student profile

Technical ability30%
Artistic ability70%

How this program works:

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Built for the industry. Built for your trust.

Program designed in consulation with major studios in
the Animation, VFX and Video Game industries.

10 Years of delivering excellence in online education, pioneering online learning since 2009.

Fall Term Starts on
Monday, Sep 27th, 2021

Application deadlines: 

Round 1: Aug 1st, 2021

Round 2: Aug 15th, 2021

Round 3: Sep 13th, 2021

Note: Applications submitted after the deadline posted on our school website are subject to a late processing fee.

Live Classes on:
Tuesdays, 4:00 pm
Pacific Time

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Introduction to 3D Character Animation
Program Description

In this Introductory 3D animation course, begineer students will learn why Animators play such an important role in the Animation, Visual Effects, and Video Game Industries.  Students will learn how to bring life to 3D characters in order to achieve sincere believable performances.

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Who Should
Attend this program

Begineers and Aspiring Animators, people that demonstrate problem-solving skills, people that like to create, entertain and have a wild imagination.

Artists with the ability to convey their thoughts through computer animation software.

Target Student

Begineers aspiring Animators who are deeply passionate about motion, emotion, performance in Animated Movies, Video Games and Digital Visual Effects.

Students who recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career.

Not Our
Target Student

Artists looking for general education, undecided or unknowledgeable about career paths.

We recommend taking our other short introductory courses to find and recognize your strengths.

Admission Requirements


14+ years of age or older
(If under 19 years of age, parent or guardian consent is required)

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test that includes
a computer knowledge assessment,
Internet knowledge assessment,
English reading and writing skills


No portfolio requirement, this is a begineers hands-on course open to the general public.

English Proficiency

International students with English as a second language must demonstrate a good oral and written level of English. A telephone, Skype, or in-person interview may be required to verify this.

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Course Duration

Number of
per week
Number of
Live Classes

Program Outline

Introduction to 3D Computer Character Animation

Week 1
The Bouncing Ball

  • What is Animation?
  • Drawing Assignments

Week 2
The Rock

  • Animating with Weight
  • Drawing Assignments

Week 3
The Jump

  • Anticipation, Action, Reaction
  • Drawing Assignments

Week 4

  • Cycles
  • Drawing Assignments

All asssignments have to be succesfully completed to pass the course.
Course codes: ANIM-100,  ANIM-200,  ANIM-300,  ANIM-400.

Vancouver Animation School reserves the right to review and change without notice the curriculum design to meet the industry requirements.

Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session
  • 1 live support class per week, one hour per session
  • Office hours online support


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 10 - 20 hours per week


  • Class times are listed at the top of this website page
  • Class times are also visible on the application form
  • Flexible times for you to work and study at the same time

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Software Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Software.
Academic discounts are available to our students.

Maya Animation Software


Free for VANAS Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Software


VANAS Students save 60%

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

12 GB RAM (16 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers

Windows System


Broadband, High Speed connection
10 Mbps Download (Recommended)
1 Mbps Upload (Recommended)

Windows System

Webcam & Headset with built-in mic

Students must keep their computer cameras on at all times unless directed otherwise. Students must be on-screen, visible, and present throughout each class. Students who do not or cannot turn their cameras on will be marked absent.

Additional Requirements

Recommended Graphics card: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 3 GB or better.

Monitor with a 1920 X 1080 display. 2 monitors are better.

Recommended Books

Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas & Ollie Johnston
Animators Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Cartoon Animation by Preston Blair

Canadian Designation

An official transcript is the VANAS' certified statement of your academic record. The official paper transcript is printed on security sensitive paper and contains the Institution seal and signature of the Institution Registrar.


The Education Quality Assurance (EQA) designation is British Columbia’s brand for quality post- secondary education.


The Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education administers associated regulations.


A joint initiative of the provinces and territories, through the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC),


Established in 1990 to fulfill Canada’s obligations under the UNESCO Convention on the Recognition of Studies.

The Introduction to 3D Character Animation program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. As such, PTIB did not review this program.

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“I wanted to move to the next level in my career, for a long time I wanted to learn
character animation because I love movement and the possibility to make a
digital 3d character come to life, make feelings believable!”

Career Pathway

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