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Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma

The Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma program provides aspiring CG modelers with the necessary foundation tools and the skills to become successful 3D Modelers. 

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Quick facts

Online Diploma
12 months
Portfolio required

Student profile

Artistic ability60%
Technical ability40%

How this program works:

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Diploma Programs
Classes start: Monday July 9th, 2018

Online Diploma Program Description
Advanced 3D Modeling

The Advanced 3D Modeling online program is designed to enable aspiring modelers to learn the process of creating computer 3D models.

Through a series of assignments students will learn how to apply different workflow methods to create their models.

Students will learn how to create both organic and inorganic models.  Students will create their own characters and environments for their final project.

Who Should
Attend this program

Aspiring 3D Modelers, people that demonstrate problem solving skills, people that like sculpt, create and have a wild imagination.

People with the technical ability to convey their ideas through 3D Computer Modeling software.

Target Student

Aspiring 3D Modelers who are deeply passionate about computers and sculpting, anatomy and bringing life to their designs.

People who already recognize and understand their strengths of what they can be best at, and can build a rewarding career throughout their life in the Entertainment industries.

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 their strengths.

Admission Requirements


High school graduate (with transcript), or 19 years of age or older

Assessment Test

Successfully pass general
assessment test


If no portfolio is submitted,
student must successfully
pass the corresponding
Introductory course.

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.

Program Duration

Number of
per week
Number of

Study and Work in Canada

International Students have the option to study from their
home countries or within Canada.

Designated Learning Institution

This full-time online program meets the Ministry of Education requirements to Study and Work in Canada.  Students may study from their home countries or in Vancouver, Canada.  When studying in Vancouver, Canada,  all classes are conducted online and 20 hours per week of on-site lab access is available for students to interact with one another.

Study Visas and Work Permits
Citizen and Immigration Canada

Program Outline

Advanced 3D Modeling Diploma

Term 1
Inorganic Modeling & Anatomy

This course introduces students to various workflow methods for creating computer generated models. Various aspects and functionality of the high-end 3D modeling software Maya and Mudbox are reviewed. Modeling exercises begin with low polygon objects to create simple environments. Students will model both realistic and cartoony character bodies.

Duration: 3 months

Term 2
Environment Modeling &
Intermediate Anatomy

This course provides an introduction to complex exterior and interior environment modeling. In addition, the focus of the course is on learning the skeletal, muscular and planar structure of the human body, to use as the foundation for creating realistic models. Students learn the mechanics of each body part, in order to position them correctly. UV mapping and unwrapping will be covered.

Duration: 3 months

Term 3
Advanced Modeling &
Animal Anatomy

This course introduces students to animal anatomy and modeling. Beginning with the study of animal skeletons and musculature, students will progress to modeling mammals, birds and reptiles. Final modeling assignments will include hard surface character and prop designing and CG modeling. Creating and projecting textures is followed by software Rendering of their models.

Duration: 3 months

Term 4
Portfolio &
Demo Reel

This course is a continuation of in-depth techniques for modeling characters, creatures and environments. Students will go through a series of milestones in order to complete several finished models, which include texturing, lighting, rendering passes and compositing. A finished demo reel will also contain titles and credits. This final term advances the students’ understanding and ability to model realistic, cartoony and fantasy characters.

Duration: 3 months

Students must obtain a minimum grade of a B- to successfully pass.

Course codes: 3DMODEL-100,  3DMODEL-200,  3DMODEL-300,  3DMODEL-400.

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

100% Online
Live Classes

  • Small class sizes
  • 2 live session per week, one hour per session - Full time
  • 1 live session per week, one hour per session - Part time
  • 1 live support classes per week, one hour per session


  • Weekly assignments comprised by milestones and deadlines
  • Online activities
  • Assignments workload 20 - 25 hours per week


  • Schedules are assembled by time zone
  • Applicants will provide 3 time preferences in the application form.
  • We do our best to match those preferences between students and teachers.

Bonus Live
Mentorship Classes

Every week, students have access to additional live classes of their preference.

Development & Special Needs100%
Office Hours100%

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awesome Artist
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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%

Allegorithmic Software


Free for VANAS Students



VANAS Students save 70%



VANAS Students save 30%

System Requirements

Students are responsible for supplying their own Computer Hardware.

Windows System

Windows System

Processor: 3 GHZ or higher
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System

Apple Mac OSX

Processor: Core Duo / Intel
8 GB RAM (12 GB recommended)
Firefox or Chrome internet browsers
Flash Player

Windows System


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

Windows System

Webcam & Headset

These are essential tools for Online Programs

Recommended Books

Albinus on Anatomy by Robert Hale and Terence Coyle
Anatomy for 3D Artists: The Essential Guide for CG Professionals By Chris Legaspi
Digital Modeling by William Vaughan
Animals Real and Imagined: Fantasy of What Is and What Might Be By Terryl Whitlatch

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awesome Artist
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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.

What is Accreditation?

Accreditation is meant to protect students, schools, and employers. It ensures that a school is educating its students and meeting quality standards.   If you choose a school that isn’t accredited, it may be difficult to use your academic credentials.  Few employers will take your education seriously. Additionally, you may not be able to transfer your credit hours or degree to an accredited school.

If you are learning for personal enjoyment, accreditation may not be important to you. However, if you want to use your academic credential in the workplace or plan on furthering your education at a later date, accreditation is essential.

Degree Pathways


Post-Graduation Work Permit

While VANAS programs do not qualify for the post-graduation work permit, some of our educational partners do.

The post-graduation work permit through Citizenship and Immigration Canada allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience. For more information, visit: cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-postgrad.asp

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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!”

Education by real Artists who love helping Artists succeed.

Your Tuition is Protected

The Student Training Completion Fund is established under the Private Training Act
and provides consumer protection to students enrolled in programs at institutions
registered with the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB). 

Career Pathway

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Modeling Diploma

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Painting Diploma


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Development for Artists


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