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Develop an in-demand computer animation skill.
Create characters and creatures audiences will remember
Working in the Sheridan Centre for Animation and Emerging Technologies (SCAET), you'll advance in your ability to create memorable characters/creatures, from script to storyboard to modelling and advanced rigging, all the way through to post-production.
Develop career-ready skills
- Study advanced computer animation techniques
- Study and apply physically accurate and technical animation
- Study advanced rigging and modelling
- Expand your portfolio
- Showcase your technical skills and creativity
Earn your master's in 3D animation studying abroad
Sheridan has an arrangement with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design (IADT) in Ireland. Graduates of Sheridan’s Digital Creature Animation post-grad certificate program from 2009 or later can apply to IADT to earn their master's degree in 15 weeks.
Industry professionals as your professors
Sheridan's professors, all longtime veterans of the industry, will do more than work with you on your skills. They'll also teach you good work habits as well – the little things that can make the difference between mediocre work and outstanding creature computer animation, modeling and rigging.
Sheridan's Digital Creature Animation program offers you advanced training in a specialized, highly sought-after computer animation skill. Designed in response to industry demand, this post-graduate program offers an exciting opportunity: With just ten months of study and the proper amount of dedication, creature computer animation school graduates and young industry professionals can launch or advance their careers.
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Sheridan is a proud partner of SideFX — the company behind the Oscar-winning 3D animation software Houdini.
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 54579 Digital Creature Project Pre-Production 3 ANIM 50036 Digital Creature Methodology 1 6 SYST 56367 Digital Creature Systems 1 6 ARTS 53431 Anatomy and Life Drawing 1 3 ANIM 53672 Digital Sculpting Tools 3 Total: 21
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 56693 Digital Creature Directed Project 3 ANIM 58634 Digital Creature Methodology 2 6 SYST 55142 Digital Creature Systems 2 6 ARTS 50004 Anatomy and Life Drawing 2 3 Total: 18
CODE TITLE CREDITS ANIM 54178 Digital Creature Capstone Project 8 ANIM 52758 VFX Industry 2 Total: 20*
Courses subject to change.
Find course details:
- Sheridan's Computer Animation Program or equivalent as assessed by Sheridan.
- A postsecondary diploma or degree in art and/or design.
- Demonstrated competence through relevant educational and/or work experience.
Credentials earned at less than the equivalent of an Ontario College Diploma will not be considered as having met the academic entrance requirements.
A thorough understanding of 3D CG modelling, rigging, texturing and lighting (Maya or Houdini preferred) as well as basic character animation skills are essential factors to qualify for this program.
Eligible applicants are selected on the basis of:
- Demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience
- Letter of Intent and résumé
- Portfolio assessment
A portfolio review fee is required with the submission.
Postsecondary transcripts, indicating courses completed to date, must be submitted to ontariocolleges.ca at the time of application.
Domestic applicants with education outside of Canada must have their transcripts assessed for equivalency through ICAS or WES. A general (document-by-document) or a comprehensive (course-by-course) assessment is required.
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.
English Language ProficiencyAll applicants whose first language is not English must meet Sheridan’s English proficiency requirements.
Graduates of our program have a specialized, highly marketable skill that translates directly to the workplace. They enjoy career opportunities in such industries as: film, television, advertising, video gaming and web animation. Students often find work in character modelling/rigging.
Sample job titles of our graduates include:
- Animation Director
- Creature Animator
- Video Game Artist
- TD Supervisor
- Technical Director
- Apply appropriate principles of animation to the articulation of a CG creature/character including realism.
- Convey personal style through design elements.
- Operate a computer animation pipeline system including file management, shell scripting and troubleshooting.
- Produce 3D animated sequences through technical direction including planning and problem resolution.
- Create advanced creature tools such as scripting for the purpose of enhancing the deformation, simulation or appearance of a CG creature.
- Create an animated CG creature/character with an emphasis in rigging and articulation.
- Employ advanced rigging technique to articulate a creature according to natural kinesiology.
- Utilize hardware and software protocols specific to the field of animation.
- Integrate computer generated imagery and live action elements.
- Match plate – create an effective lighting environment.
- Simulate hair and cloth dynamics.
- Meet project deadlines.
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$12,882.77
Notes: Fees shown are for three academic terms.
Fees for International students$24,147.77
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.
Earn your Masters degree
Why pursue your master's degree?
Earning your master's in 3D animation can open up a world of exciting and promising career possibilities.
It demonstrates a high calibre of academic and professional achievement, and will be an asset to finding employment in the industry. A master's degree is also necessary for those who want to pursue an academic career, such as teaching at the post-secondary level.
What is Sheridan and IADT’s master's agreement?
Sheridan is proud to offer an agreement with the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design (IADT), near Dublin, Ireland—the first of its kind in Ontario.
Sheridan graduates who hold a post-grad certificate in Computer Animation or Digital Creature Animation from 2009 or later can apply to IADT and earn their master's degree in a 15-week study abroad program.
Eligible students who have their post-graduate certificate must also complete a 7-week (42 hour) research methodologies course at Sheridan and successfully complete the application process before they can study at IADT.
Applications for the first cohort will be accepted in August 2019 for a January 2020 start, and in May 2020 for a September 2020 start.
What are the application requirements?
Students wishing to study 3D animation abroad must apply to IADT with:
- Transcript indicating successful completion of the Computer Animation and/or Digital Creatures Postgraduate Certificate (2009 or later)
- Standard IADT postgraduate application form (Download PDF form) (Download .docx form)
- Proof of enrolment in Sheridan’s Research Methods for Creative Practices course (Register for the course)
- A cover letter (500-600 words explaining why the applicant wants to study at IADT, their areas of interest and why they are a prime candidate)
- Portfolio of previous work
- Two references, including one academic
- A full resume
- Send the completed form to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
IADT may call shortlisted candidates for interview via Skype.
Applicants with English as a second language must demonstrate a competency in English.
Do I need a visa to study in Ireland?
Students are responsible for securing the appropriate visa for their study period. IADT will produce a letter which confirms the student is registered in order to help secure the necessary visa.
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