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Professional, hands-on instruction and creative freedom
In our Animation degree program, you’ll learn from industry professionals, using the same techniques and tools that you'll eventually need in the workplace. Using state-of-the-art software and hardware, you’ll create your own stories, designs, characters and layouts, and produce your own films.
From story pitch to finished film
Sheridan’s animation program emphasizes classical principles of animation in a variety of forms, including 2D digital, 3D and stop motion. You’ll learn the art of storyboarding and hone your life drawing, layout and digital painting skills. Working collaboratively or individually on productions, you’ll have the opportunity to explore all aspects of animation filmmaking.
After Year 3, you’ll gain professional experience during a three-month work placement. And at our annual Industry Day, employers will fly in from across North America to meet you, see your work and conduct interviews.
A reputation for excellence
Students come from all over the world to study animation at Sheridan. That’s because our Animation program has such a strong reputation. Michael Hirsh, co-founder of Nelvana, refers to Sheridan as the “Harvard of Animation.”
Our graduates go on to work in television and feature animation at major studios throughout North America.
Sheridan Animation courses are held in Oakville, Ontario.
Creative, innovative learning is at the core of all Sheridan’s courses. Here are the courses you’ll take in this program.
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 10102 Introduction to Life Drawing 3 ANIM 17198 Story Development 1 3 ANIM 14579 Principles of Layout 1 2 PNTG 13431 Introduction to Painting 2 ANIM 14178 Animation Principles 1 3 ANIM 10587 Character Design 1 2 ANIM 10003 Introduction to Digital Tools 1 2 ENGL 17889GD Composition and Rhetoric 3 Total: 20
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 13672 Introduction to Dynamic Anatomy 3 ANIM 10172 Story Development 2 3 ANIM 12158 Principles of Layout 2 2 ANIM 15142 Animation History 3 ANIM 10330 Animation Principles 2 3 ANIM 11179 Character Design 2 2 ANIM 10004 Introduction to Digital Tools 2 2 PNTG 29014 Digital Painting 2 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 23
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 28263 Intermediate Figure Analysis 3 ANIM 20146 Storyboarding: Creative Structure 3 ANIM 24857 Layout and Background 3 ANIM 21322 Animation: Action Analysis 3 ANIM 25436 3D Animation 3 ANIM 16367 2D Applications 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 21
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 22350 Exploration of Figure Analysis 3 ANIM 21888 Sequential Narrative 3 ANIM 23199 CG Layouts 3 ANIM 20065 Digital Methodologies: Dialogue, Music and Sound Effects 3 ANIM 23431 Animation: Dialogue 3 Breadth Elective 3
Choose TWO of the following three courses:
ANIM 26048 Short Film Workflow 2 ANIM 34178 3D Character Animation 2 ANIM 27900 Advanced 2D Applications 2 Total: 22 COWT 10023 Co-op Forum
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 37370 Continuity, Design and Figurative Performance 3 ANIM 30102 Storyboarding: Advanced Story 3 ANIM 34579 Layout: Pre-Production 3 ANIM 17721 Stop Motion 3 ANIM 30066 Animation Performance & Process 3 Breadth Elective 3
Choose ONE of the following two courses:
ANIM 26529 2D Digital Character Animation 3 ANIM 25288 3D Modelling 3 Total: 21
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 37721 Exploring Character and Costume 3 ANIM 30261 Storyboarding: Project Development 2 ANIM 31799 Layout: Production 3 ANIM 30123 Animation: Production 4 Breadth Elective 3
Choose ONE of the following three courses:
ANIM 20000 Advanced Stop Motion 3 ANIM 35436 Concept Art 3 ANIM 30689 3D Rigging and Set Up 3 Total: 18 COWT 18888 Co-op Work Term (Degree Programs)
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 40049 Senior Animation Project 6 Breadth Elective 3 Breadth Elective 3
Choose ONE of the following three courses:
ANIM 44310 Advanced Figure Drawing and Art Direction 3 ANIM 46529 Digital Methodologies: Final Frame 2D 3 ANIM 44049 Digital Methodologies: Final 3D Frame Creation 3 Total: 15
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 45738 Capstone Animation Project 9 BUSM 19014 Business Practices 3 Breadth Elective 3 Total: 15
Courses subject to change.
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Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, including these required courses:
- English, Grade 12 (ENG4U)
- One Grade 11 or 12 Visual Arts credit at the M, or Open Level
- Four other Grade 12 subjects at the U or M level
- Minimum 65% overall average
- Two semesters of postsecondary education including required courses with a minimum 65% overall average
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of previous academic achievement (the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses), and the results of their portfolio assessment. A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.
Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for this program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.
Academic progress in the program is based on meeting the requirements of an internal academic policy that outlines course and program grade standards, as well as pre- and co-requisites. This policy is distributed to students at the commencement of the program.
Sheridan has been granted consent by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities to offer this degree for a further seven-year term starting April 29, 2019 and subject to renewal thereafter. Application to the Ministry for renewal of the consent is a prescribed and cyclical requirement for degree programs at all Ontario colleges. Sheridan will ensure that all students admitted to the Honours Bachelor of Animation program during the period of consent will have the opportunity to complete the program within a reasonable time frame. Credentials earned during the period of consent remain valid even if Ministry consent to offer the program is withdrawn in the future.
Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g., acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan's English Proficiency Requirements.
Employers regard our animators as the cream of the crop; Sheridan graduates routinely go straight to work for top-flight studios and firms in feature films, television animation, gaming and advertising.
Program Critical Performance:
By the end of the program, the graduate will have demonstrated the ability to create quality animation performance through a creative and professional portfolio using principles of animation, drawing, design, cinematic storytelling, artistic expertise and innovation. The graduate will have exhibited a personal and professional commitment to artistic growth and cultural literacy that conveys passion, confidence, a collaborative and independent spirit, refined communications skills, and the adaptability to work within a dynamic animation community.
- Create animated sequences from the development of the original concept through design to final film or video production.
- Communicate ideas, believable action and emotion effectively by employing principles of animation and performance in all aspects of drawing.
- Integrate the concepts, principles and theories involved in the physics of animation in all aspects of drawing.
- Refine personal narrative voice that holistically integrates the elements of storytelling and performance in order to actively engage the audience.
- Create 2D and 3D characters and environments that reflect the integration of graphic clarity, design principles, performance principles and theoretical constructs.
- Design layouts and backgrounds that incorporate principles of composition, perspective and colour, with speed, accuracy and dexterity, using a variety of media.
- Create an animated film incorporating a range of artistic styles and techniques, reflecting the principle that form follows function.
- Coordinate and manage the production of a student film, including the aspects of cinematography, art direction and editing.
- Collaborate effectively with peers on film projects.
- Use critical thinking skills and problem solving strategies in all dimensions of development and production.
- Manage targets within the production schedule to effectively achieve completion of required tasks.
- Communicate ideas, emotion and intent effectively in visual, oral and written forms.
- Generate work that reflects initiative, creativity, adaptability and personal style.
- Create animation that incorporates the basic principles of constructive anatomy and drawing using economy of expression.
- Incorporate technology effectively in the development of animation projects.
This program contains a mandatory internship for all students during the summer (May–August) between the 3rd and 4th year.
Internships are a form of work-integrated learning that links classroom learning with work experience within a professional environment. Internship work terms are related to the academic studies of the student and may be paid or unpaid. The work terms provide an opportunity to learn by doing. You'll apply theory to practice, develop a meaningful view of the working world, and cultivate an awareness of yourself as a professional.
Students receive in-class and 1-on-1 career education support to help prepare for the Internship. The Internship component is delivered by Sheridan's Co-operative Education Office, which facilitates over 1,800 Co-op/Internship work terms per year Sheridan-wide.
Learn more about Co-operative Education and Internships at Sheridan.
Fees shown here are estimates only. Fees are in Canadian dollars and include tuition, health insurance and ancillary charges.
The fees shown here are for the 2020–2021 academic year, and are subject to change. The fees displayed are for the first two (2) academic terms of study at Sheridan unless otherwise noted; fees for subsequent terms are not reflected on this website.
Fees for this program are paid to the University of Toronto Mississauga.
Fees for this program are paid to Brock University.
Fees for Canadian students$9,733.10
Fees for International students$28,492.10
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship
Sheridan is pleased to provide an entrance scholarship in the amount of $2,500 to select applicants in this degree program. View Sheridan Degree Entrance Scholarship details for eligibility criteria and more.
Honours Baccalaureate Degree
Full-time 4 years Program code: PBAAA
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