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BCIT Digital Animation Certificate

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The BCIT Digital Animation program prepares students to work in the gaming, film, and television industries. The program is broken down into series of collaborative courses that focus on skills that blend traditional art with high-end technology through several industry standard applications and techniques. Trained and supervised by industry professional instructors, students acquire both creative, design, and technical skills that prepare them for the demanding fields in these industries. Our successful graduates have been working in a variety of 3D modeling and animation positions at game production studios, video production companies, and design studios nationwide and around the world. The work of some of our graduates could be found in productions of game and films studios such as: Electronic Arts, Radical, Microsoft game studios, Bioware, Nerd-Corps, The Embassy, A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. Games, Capcom, Rainmaker, Eidos, and Pixar.

BCIT Digital Animation students learn to:
  • Design and create concept art for 3D models
  • Develop a storyboard for animation
  • Conceptualize characters and props
  • Stage a virtual environments and scene
  • Use industry standard 3D applications to transform the concept art into 3D assets
  • Create 2D and 3D animations
  • Design and produce textures for character and props
  • Sculpt and create high detail models
  • Create realistic textures and lighting
  • Design and optimize 3D assets for game production
  • Create and setup a game level in industry standard engines
  • Create film quality CG objects
  • Render and composite an industry standard professional demo reel

Animation Demo Reel

As a final project, students complete a high quality 3D modeling and/or animation demo reel that can lead to jobs in the gaming, film and animation industries locally and abroad. In addition to creating a demo reel, students learn how to prepare for the job market by writing resumes, working on interview skills, networking techniques, public speaking, and presentation skills towards landing a job in the entertainment industry.

Digital Animation Jobs & Careers

Graduates of the BCIT Digital Animation certificate program develop a strong appreciation for game, film and animation production pipeline that includes: Concept design, project planning, 3D modeling, texturing, rigging, animating, lighting, rendering, and compositing. During the intense year, students gain valuable skills that lead them to a wide variety of digital animation job opportunities.

Entry-Level Positions:
  • 3D Animator
  • Character Modeler
  • VFX Artist
  • CG Artist
Mid-Level Positions:
  • Creative Director
  • Technical Director
  • Senior Animator
  • Team Lead

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • November 1st* for the Fall (October) intake
  • June 1st* for the Spring/Summer (April) intake

*or next business day

Applications are considered for a specific intake.

Entrance requirements

This program has a two-step admission process. Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

Applications will be reviewed and assessed by the program area when the entrance requirements are complete. Applicants will be contacted for the following:

  • Portfolio review session with the Digital Arts department*

*Applicants must bring their portfolio to the portfolio review session. The portfolio should consist of 6 - 10 pieces, one of which must be a sketchbook which includes some Life Drawing or other artwork such as painting, 2D or 3D design, sculpting, photography etc.)

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Apply to program

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

April and October.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for more information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

(General estimated cost, and subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Digital Animation is a three-term, intensive program. After lectures, your time will be spent creating projects that will help you understand the tools of the industry. Time will be spent researching subjects that will be recreated in digital software to add realism and believability to your work. Students have access to the computer labs 24/7.

Class hours

Courses will be scheduled either during the day, in the evenings or during the day on weekends for a maximum of 25.0 hours per week.

Program matrix

Term 1 Credits
  MDIA 1182 Compositing 1 2.0
  MDIA 1183 Texturing 1 for Animation 3.0
  MDIA 1335 Introduction to Rigging 2.0
  MDIA 1630 3D Design 1 4.0
  MDIA 1640 3D Animation 1 4.0
  MDIA 1660 3D Production 1 4.0
  MDIA 1850 Traditional 2D Animation 6.0
Term 2 Credits
  MDIA 2182 Compositing 2 2.0
  MDIA 2183 Texturing 2 for Animation 3.0
  MDIA 2222 Career Preparation in 3D Arts 1.0
  MDIA 2335 Character Rigging 2.0
  MDIA 2630 3D Design 2 4.0
  MDIA 2640 3D Animation 2 4.0
  MDIA 2660 3D Production 2 4.0
Term 3 Credits
  MDIA 3040 Game Design Pipeline 4.0
  MDIA 3182 Compositing 3 2.0
  MDIA 3183 Texturing 3 for Animation 3.0
  MDIA 3480 Portfolio Production 3.0
  MDIA 3630 3D Design 3 4.0
  MDIA 3640 3D Animation 3 4.0
  MDIA 3660 3D Production 3 4.0
Total Credits: 69.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

The Digital Animation program is an intensive one-year program that focuses on the skills of character and environment modeling as well as animation, while learning industry-specific software skills using high-end 3D software tools, techniques and equipment.
The program goal is to prepare artistic and creative individuals with a solid foundation of education and technical training to lead the Animation industry in Canada into the future.
Classes are designed to encourage a friendly, collaborative and creative environment where students can grow and develop together.

Program length

52 weeks

All program requirements must be completed within five years.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

The demand for 3D animation professionals has increased with the growing popularity of the Internet and satellite television. The rapid advancement of technology has made digital animation available to the masses and animation is one of the fastest growing industries.

The digital animation program opens the door to a wide variety of career options in the animation industry. A certification from BCIT demonstrates that you are serious and focused about your chosen career path. Graduates will be able to maximize employability using a broad range of digital animation and production skills, including character animation, 3D modeling, environmental animation, compositing artistry, and visual effects and texture artistry.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2011-2013 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2010-2012 Graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 Graduates. The reports are organized into two-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Apply for graduation

Students in this program will be required to complete an Application for BCIT credential form.

Students who successfully complete all courses are eligible to attend convocation.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Our instructors are active animation professionals, who are able to give you current and first-hand knowledge of your career because they live it. The business and technical knowledge you gain in the classroom, mixed with hands-on training in field, prepares you with the foundation for a successful career.

An advisory industry team and some of BC’s top gaming companies helps to keep the digital animation program up to date with the latest software and industry trends.

Contact Us

Terri Carde
Assistant Instructor
Terri_Carde@bcit.ca / 604-451-7032
Karen Harvey
Program Assistant
Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca / 604-453-4032
Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head
Ramin_Shadmehr@bcit.ca / 604-432-8614

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