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Bachelor of Media Arts in 3D Computer Animation Major

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

Bachelor in 3D Computer Animation Major

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

The 3D Computer Animation Major provides an intensive curriculum to foster a comprehensive understanding and in-depth expertise in 3D animation and digital media. Students become critical and creative thinkers while honing technical skills and a level of competency in order to meet the demands of animation industry standards and grow individually as artists and storytellers.

Our curriculum offers experiences beyond learning about animation techniques and methodology. Students have the opportunity to experiment with novel mediums in digital media through faculty research projects, international collaboration projects with partner institutes, video game development projects, and experimentation with emerging technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Our program offers students hands-on animation production experience in order to prepare them for life after school, whether as commercial artists or independent filmmakers.

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)



  • ANIM 220 3D Computer Animations II
  • ANIM 225 3D Characters Animation I
  • ANIM 227 Lighting and Rendering
  • ANIM 230 3D Character Creation
  • ANIM 237 Adv Char Modeling + Texture
  • ANIM 235 3D Character Animations II
  • MHIS 205 Reading the Screen
  • MHIS 206 Reading Media Culture
  • Critical Studies Elective 200 level



  • ANIM 303 Story + Structure for Anim
  • ANIM 306 Creative Dev Animation Prod

Choose 9 credits from:

  • ANIM 307 Visual Effects Compositing
  • ANIM 308 Motion Graphics
  • ANIM 326 Collaborative Animations
  • ANIM 334 Visuals Effects Animations
  • SOUN 205 Sound Essentials

Choose 3 credits from:

  • ANIM 307 Visual Effects Compositing
  • ANIM 308 Motion Graphics
  • ANIM 334 Visual Effects Animation
  • ANIM 442 CG Layout + Cinematorgraphy
  • SOUN 205 Sound Essentials
  • SOUN 300 Advanced Sound Studios
  • Elective, any subject 200/300/400 level
  • MHIS 327 Studies in Animation History
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level



  • ANIM 408 Sr Animation Production I
  • ANIM 418 Sr Animation Production II

Choose 12 credits from:

  • Studio Elective, any level
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level
  • SOCS 411 Professional Practices
  • Critical Studies Elective 300/400 level

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.

The 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.

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

3D Character Animator, 3D Modeler, Lighting Artist, Rigger, Texture Artist, 3D Layout Artist, Integration Artist, Concept Artist

Dynamic employers that have recruited our recent graduates

Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Domain, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moving Picture Company, Atomic Cartoons, Image Engine, Bardel Entertainment, DHX Media, Scanline, Method Studios, Rainmaker Studios, Stargate Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Cinesite, Electronic Arts, DNEG, Animal Logic

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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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