Diploma in Animation


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Program Description

Prepare for a career in film and video game animation

Fanshawe's Animation diploma program gives students the skills and understanding they need to become an animator.

Our animation courses will help you acquire the skills and knowledge required to create characters, objects, and environments for a variety of mediums, such as video games, television, film, and web. You will hone your classical art skills and use cutting-edge, industry-standard technology and software—just like the professionals do.

Graduates will go on to obtain film and game animation jobs and will be prepared to assist with projects as members of a production pipeline.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Operate industry standard production equipment, in-studio and on location, to create television, video and/or web content for multiple platforms.
  2. Deliver television, video and digital or web content via multiple platforms in formats that meet current broadcast industry standards.
  3. Participate in the planning and preparation of television, mobile and/or Web productions that meet industry standards and regulations.
  4. Monitor and maintain the technical quality of productions during recording and broadcasts using resources, equipment, and protocols that meet with industry standards.
  5. Participate in marketing activities to promote independent productions and/or a station's brand and products.
  6. Plan and prepare interviews, scripts and reporting content for use in television, video or digital media productions.
  7. Use business skills and accepted industry practices in the creation of television, video and/or web productions.
  8. Keep current with the needs of the television and digital media broadcast industry using strategies that enhance work performance and guide professional development.
  9. Conduct work safely in accordance with all applicable acts, regulations, legislation, and codes to ensure personal and public safety.
  10. Use a variety of post-production skills and techniques to enhance and complete television, digital, web and/or video productions.
  11. Create scripts for a variety of delivery formats that include compelling and properly structured storytelling, character development and convincing dialogue.
  12. Analyze motion pictures by examining cinematic history, theory and the impact changing technology has had on the form.
  13. Define and perform in the roles and professional practices involved with film production, television, and their related industries.

Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U), University/College (M), or Open (O) stream


  • Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)


  • Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)


  • Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 12 English (C) or (U) OR Grade 12 The Writer's Craft (C) or Grade 12 Business and Technological Communications (O)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Communications Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Any Grade 11 Media Arts (M) or (O) OR Grade 12 Media Arts (M)

Recommended Personal Preparation

A basic awareness of visual arts, digital arts, motion capture and 3D programs used in the industry. Using free trial software (3D Max, Maya, Adobe Photoshop) and doing free basic online tutorials in modeling, animating, rigging.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:

  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements.

Post-Admission Requirements

Mandatory Placement Assessment for WRIT course.

Career Opportunities

This program prepares graduates for a career as an Animator, Compositor, Modeller, Rigger, Layout Artist, Production Assistant.

Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including ... Read More

Fanshawe College is a large, publicly-funded College located in London, Ontario, Canada – approximately a two-hour drive from Toronto and Niagara Falls. There are 21,000 full-time students, including more than 6,000 international students from 97 different countries. Read less
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