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Full-time Certificate 6540cert

3D Modeling, Art & Animation

Note: The April 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. For October 2016 and later intakes, please see the new 3D Modeling, Art and Animation diploma program.
If you’ve ever enjoyed the 3D art and animation on a video game, feature film or animated movie, have you ever wondered who gets to earn their living making that?

The answer is that at least some of them are graduates of BCIT’s 3D Modeling, Art & Animation certificate program.

This program was created specifically at the request of industry employers who are constantly searching for skilled, qualified 3D artists and animators for a growing industry of animation and 3D art in visual effects, games, film, TV, and more. The need for 3D artists and animators is larger than ever before and BCIT gives you the creative, design, and technical skills you need to take your passion for art and animation and mould it into a successful, exciting career

About the program

  • 12 months, full time
  • Prepares you to work in gaming, film, and TV 
  • Earn hands-on industry experience 
  • Optional continuing study to earn bachelor’s degree upon completion
Learn more about how BCIT prepares you for your career success at the Program Details.

Who should complete the 3D Modeling, Art & Animation Certificate?

We have many students enter the program directly from high school, as well as many who are working and looking to return to study to prepare for a new career.

This program might be a perfect fit for your career goals if you:
  • Have strong problem-solving skills
  • Have an interest in the combination of art, technology, and research
  • Are excited to learn new skills in creating 3D assets and animations
  • Have computer knowledge in PC and MAC environment
  • Are intrigued by the creative opportunities in design for games and visual effects
If any of these sound like you, apply today through the Program Entry page.

What grads can do

By preparing your own demo reel while training with working industry professionals, you’ll be building the essential know-how and resume for a successful career in animation and 3D art.

With the technical and applicable skills like storyboarding, creating film-quality computer graphics, and creating 2D and 3D animations, you’ll be prepared to begin a new career immediately after graduation. And whether you choose to enter the workforce right away or not, you also have the option of continuing your education to complete a bachelor’s degree through full-time or part-time study.

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.

Learn more about the opportunities awaiting you on our page for Graduating and Jobs.

Program Entry

Application processing

This program is open to applications beginning:

  • 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.)

Recommended for success

Apply to program

Note: The April 2016 intake is now closed for new applications. For October 2016 and later intakes, please see the new 3D Modeling, Art and Animation diploma program.

Scheduled intakes

April each year.

myCommunication

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

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

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

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

Books and supplies

$261
(General estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

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

Courses

The courses in the 3D Modeling, Art & Animation certificate program were chosen and designed by working industry professionals so you receive the most up-to-date, applicable training on today’s methods and software. You’ll have access to our computer labs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help with your studies in courses like modelling 3D assets and characters, 3D Animation, Character Rigging, Game Design Pipeline, and more.

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 3.0
  MDIA 1335 Rigging Essentials 3.0
  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 3.0
  MDIA 2222 Career Preparation in 3D Arts 1.0
  MDIA 2335 Character Rigging 3.0
  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 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 3D Modeling, Art & Animation program helps you train your artistry and creativity by focusing on character and environment modeling as well as animation, while learning industry-specific software skills using high-end and industry standard 3D applications, techniques, and equipment.

This program offers intense training to prepare you quickly and effectively with today’s most current techniques and software while also encouraging a friendly, collaborative environment you can grow your creativity and develop with other students.

In preparation for a rewarding career in an exciting industry, you’ll learn necessary skills for a job as an animator or artist like conceptualizing characters and props, creating realistic textures, and sculpting high-detail models. Through your process, you’ll also develop your job-finding skills like resume-writing and interviewing, along with creating a personal demo reel as your final project that can lead to gaming, film and animation industries locally and abroad.

Program length

1 year, full-time.

All program requirements must be completed within five years.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Your certificate in 3D Modeling, Art & Animation gives you the technical skills, knowledge, and confidence to begin a career that blends traditional art with high-end technology.

Organizations from gaming studios to film production companies to advertising agencies need artists more than ever, and qualified candidates are finding more, and more exciting, job offerings.

Some career opportunities include:
  • 3D Asset Modeller
  • 3D Animator
  • Character Modeler
  • VFX Artist
  • CG Artist
  • Visual Effects Compositor
  • Character Rigger
  • Render Artist
  • Texture and Shader Creator
  • Creative Director
  • Technical Director
  • Senior Animator
  • Team Lead
Earning your certificate gives you skills you can use to begin your new career upon graduation. In fact, many students have job offers in-hand from their practicum in the program before they even graduation.

So you may choose to begin your career in just one year after joining the program or you might continue your education for more, broader training, to earn your bachelor’s degree through full-time or part-time studies.

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 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-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 [PDF].

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

Karen Harvey
Program Assistant
604-453-4032 | Karen_Harvey@bcit.ca

Terri Carde
Assistant Instructor
604-451-7032 | Terri_Carde@bcit.ca

Ramin Shadmehr
Program Head, 3D Modeling, Art and Animation
604-432-8614 | Ramin_Shadmehr@bcit.ca

Contact a Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:
  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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