The world of 3D animation and modeling is a captivating realm that breathes life into imagination, transporting audiences to fantastical worlds and pushing the boundaries of visual storytelling. For those passionate about art, technology, and creative expression, stepping into the world of 3D animation and modeling offers an extraordinary opportunity to turn dreams into reality. And with the rapidly expanding entertainment, gaming, and architectural visualization industries in Vancouver, the demand for skilled animators and modelers has never been higher.
Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Advanced 3D Animation and Modeling program not only promises to equip students with the skills and knowledge essential for success in this industry but also serves as a transformative experience that allows them to shape the future of digital artistry. For students and teachers alike, this program is where art, technology, and innovation converge to unlock the full potential of 3D animation and modeling.
About the Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling program
The Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling program at KPU is for students who wish to bring their imagination and creative ideas to life and eventually find a niche within the industry. The program takes a multidisciplinary approach, combining artistic creativity with technical expertise so that students can become well-rounded professionals. Students in the program will learn the basics of modelling, texturing, lighting, and animating while using tools and techniques introduced in the classroom.
The Advanced 3D Animation and 3D Modelling program is a 2-year long, full-time program with 96 credits delivered over six consecutive terms.
Students will first learn the following artistic skills:
- Traditional drawing
- Sculpting techniques
Using these skills, students will then delve into:
- 3D models
3D animation courses will focus on animation principles, as well as:
- Basic scripting
- Cloth simulation
- Body mechanics
- Animation for characters, inanimate objects, and creatures
3D modelling courses will focus on the latest industry techniques, including;
- Hard surface modelling
Finally, students will learn to integrate the following to bring their models and animations for final compositions:
- Look development
- Compositing fundamentals
Once you’ve completed your application, you will be required to send your portfolio. Your portfolio is not only a chance to show off your creative and artistic skills, but a way to show preparation and commitment to pursuing a career in the arts. Visit Entertainment Arts Portfolio Requirements for more information and suggestions on what to include in your portfolio.
How do I apply?
To apply for the program, you will have to first sign up for an EducationPlannerBC account (or log in if your account already exists). Once your account has been created, an applicant profile will have to be made before you can start filling out an application form. See more information here.
But before you apply for admission to KPU, here’s how you can prepare:
- Research KPU’s program offerings in the University Calendar. Make note of your program intake type (Open Intake or Limited Intake), and program start date(s).
- Check the application deadlines for your program’s next intake.
- Familiarize yourself with the admission requirements for your desired program.
- Do I meet one of KPU’s applicant categories?
- Do I meet my Faculty’s admission requirements?
- Do I meet my program’s admission requirements?
If you have questions about the above steps, you can meet with a Student Recruitment Coordinator at the Future Students’ Office for one-on-one assistance.
Future Career Opportunities
In today’s digital world, the demand for animated content is consistently growing. Animation has become an essential part of the entertainment and media landscape, from blockbuster movies and TV shows to mobile games and online marketing campaigns. This diversity means that professionals have a broad range of opportunities and can explore various avenues that align with their interests and strengths. Graduates of this program will emerge as skilled professionals with a versatile skill set and can pursue career paths such as:
- 3D animator
- Character designer
- Texture and surfacing artists
- Visual effects artists
- Storyboard artists
- Layout artists
- Architectural visualization specialist