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Bachelor of Media Arts in 2D + Experimental Animation Major

Emily Carr University of Art + Design
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
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Program description

Bachelor of Media Arts Degrees in 2D + Experimental Animation Major

All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.

The 2D + Experimental Animation Major embraces diverse animation media and crafting practices. Students develop as creative animation designers and critical thinkers. Forms of narrative storytelling are explored through the art of classical animation, using both traditional and digital drawing methods. Experimental animation includes media such as stop-motion puppets, cut-outs, paint-on-glass and motion graphics. Critical analysis and comprehension of animation arts involves writing, history, and media studies.

Animation students engage with an in-depth study of animation principles, design, character development, story and production techniques that expose them to every aspect of animation production. Students create two major film projects in both 3rd and 4th years, both of which come from their own directorial vision and efforts. These rigorous projects reflect an animator and artist that is developing robust comprehension and flexible skill sets for the complete animation production process. This model of education experience is unique in Canada, and prepares individuals for employment in various animation, visual effects, and cultural industries.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

The minimum academic requirement for admission to Emily Carr University undergraduate programs is graduation from grade 12 secondary school, with five grade 12 subjects, including English 12 with a minimum grade of 'C', two other grade 12 academic courses and two grade 12 elective courses. The minimum overall grade point average required for admission is 2.5 or C+ or 67%. All elective courses must be grade 12 and can be Ministry Approved, Board Approved or Locally Developed. Requirement vary depending on your location. Visit our website to ensure your application satisfies the minimum requirements, and look for “First Year Academic Requirements”.

If English is not your first language you will need to submit an English Proficiency test. We are also pleased to offer a Creative Art Pathway (CAP) program for potential Emily Carr Students who do not meet the English Language proficiency requirements. Learn more on the English Proficiency page on our website.

Whether you are applying for first year Foundation or as a transfer student, all applicants to Emily Carr University must submit a portfolio online through SlideRoom as part of the admission process. Your portfolio requirements may include examples of your work, responses to prompts using a variety of media/materials, and written responses. Find detailed portfolio requirements on our website.

Graduate Admissions Requirements

As a graduate applicant you must apply online using the EducationPlannerBC Application Service. You will only be able to select Emily Carr from the list of BC institutions when applications open. A non-refundable application fee is required for all graduate applications.

If your first language is not English you must submit an official English language proficiency test score.

Lastly, you must prepare and submit your portfolio and supporting documents.

Applicants must submit a portfolio and supporting documents online. Supporting documents include:

• Statement of Intent

• Recommendation Letters

• Curriculum Vitae/Resume

• Video Question

We will contact you with a decision about your application via email. We will also mail you the selection process results. For detailed admissions requirements and application information, please visit our website.

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Program content


15 Credits Per Semester

  • FNDT 108 Creative Processes (3)
  • FNDT 165 Core Interdisciplinary Studio (6)
  • Foundation Studio Elective (3)

Choose ONE of

  • FNDT 160 Core Media Studio I (6)
  • FNDT 161 Core Design Studio I (6)
  • FDNT 164 Core Visual Arts Studio I (6)
  • HUMN 100 Academic Core I (6)
  • HUMN 101 Academic Core II (6)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • ANIM 205 Intro Drawing for Animation (3)
  • ANIM 207 Animation I (3)
  • ANIM 209 2D Animation I (3)
  • ANIM 215 Storyboarding (3)
  • ANIM 217 Animation II (3)
  • ANIM 211 2D Animation II(3)
  • MHIS 205 Reading the Screen (3)
  • MHIS 206 Reading Media Culture (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 200 level (6)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • ANIM 303 Story + Structure for Anim (3)
  • ANIM 315 Character Animation I (3)
  • ANIM 306 Creative Dev Anim Prod (6)

Choose 6 Credits from:

  • ANIM 307 Visual Effects Compositing (3)
  • ANIM 308 Motion Graphics (3)
  • ANIM 323 Experimental Animation (3)
  • ANIM 326 Collaborative Animation (6)
  • SOUN 205 Sound Essentials (3)

Choose 3 Credits from:

  • ANIM 307 Visual Effects Compositing (3)
  • ANIM 308 Motion Graphics (3)
  • ANIM 335 Character Animation II (3)
  • ANIM 422 CG Layout + Cinematography (3)
  • SOUN 205 Sound Essentials (3)
  • SOUN 300 Advanced Sounds (3)
  • Elective, any Subject 200/300/400 level (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level (3)
  • MHIS 327 Studies in Animation History (3)


15 Credits Per Semester

  • ANIM 408 Sr Animation Production I (6)
  • ANIM 418 Sr Animation Production II (6)

Choose 12 Credits from:

  • Studio Elective, any level
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level
  • SOCS 411 Professional Practice (3)
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level (3)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the institute website for more information.


Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation (BMA, Animation). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students

he Bachelor of Media Arts, Animation Major aims to:

  • equip you with critical, theoretical, research, and studio practices to become engaged citizens through the art of animation;
  • impart advanced knowledge within the field of animation as related to media arts culture and practice;
  • foster your conceptual and technical knowledge through a studio-based education reflecting the diversity and complexity of animation;
  • prepare you with a contextual understanding of animation as an art and a skill within the creative and commercial sectors so you may enter these competitive knowledge-based economies;
  • foster a dynamic animation and media arts culture and community within Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada, as well as globally.

You will become part of a community of highly skilled practitioners, visionaries, and creative problem-solvers, with the knowledge to enter the professional field of animation.

Continuing studies

We offer flexible continuing studies programs for anyone that wants to learn new creative skills, build their portfolio, and advance their career path. Choose from dozens of individual courses and workshops, or sign up for one of our full or part-time certificate programs. 

Undergraduate students are also welcomed to expand their breadth of learning by taking Continuing Studies courses outside their degree program. To get started, browse our available programs online today. 

Career opportunities

Inspiring job titles of our recent graduates

Layout Artist, Compositor, Colour Stylist, Character Animator, 2D Animator, 3D Animator, Flash Animator, Stop-motion Animator

Dynamic employers that have recruited our recent graduates

Atomic Cartoons, Image Engine, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Bardel Entertainment, DHX Media, Corus Entertainment, Halifax Film, National Film Board of Canada, Jester Coyote Animation Inc

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU)

Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) is a world-class university dedicated to art, design and media education. ECU was ranked the top art and design university in Canada, and among the top 50 universities world-wide by QS Rankings...

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Why study at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a school of students, teachers, thinkers and makers unlike any other – at once laser-focused and infinite by practice and nature. Established in 1925, we are the only specialized, accredited, public, post-secondary university in British Columbia solely devoted to education and research in the creative sector and its associated knowledge economy. We merge research, critical theory and studio practice in an interdisciplinary environment, strengthening our work by the integration of our personal and professional practices. Our strategy, facilities, partnerships and resources are intentionally student-centred to foster dialogue, expression and open connections in support of the next generation of creative and cultural leaders.

Our home base in Vancouver – a young, vibrant city, known for its verve, beauty and unparalleled livability – reflects our core belief: Creativity will always be our greatest natural resource, individually and collectively. Inspired by this belief, our programs offer undergraduate, graduate degrees, and applied research in the fields of visual arts, media arts, and design, as well as professional certificates, pre-university, and lifelong learning in these areas.

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Emily Carr University of Art + Design

520 East 1st Ave
V5T 0H2 Vancover, BH British Columbia

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