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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.

Accredited. Trusted. Respected.

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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.

Introduction Course starts:
Monday, July 6th, 2020

For the late applications go to Apply Now.

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.

Our
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

Age

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
assessment.

Portfolio

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

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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
Locomotion

  • 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.

Online
Live Classes

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

Assignments
Workload

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

Times
Schedules

  • 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

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Free for VANAS Students

Adobe Creative Cloud Software

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VANAS Students save 60%

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

Internet

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

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.

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

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

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

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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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Meet your next industry teachers

Some of the Studios VANAS alumni work at

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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

4 weeks

VANAS Introduction to
3D Animation

4 weeks

1 year

VANAS 3D Character Computer
Animation Diploma


Welcome to the

Vantastics Family

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