2D + Experimental Animation
Set yourself up for a creative and fulfilling career in the dynamic world of animation.
The field of animation is growing and filled with opportunities. Our 2D + Experimental Animation program equips you for a fulfilling career as an animator, narrative storyteller, artist, and filmmaker—with skills that will put you ahead of the pack in creative industries.
What You Will Learn
Through traditional and digital drawing methods, students will learn everything they need to succeed as animation artists and filmmakers, with opportunities to experiment along the way. Our program prides itself on creative approaches to animation using a wide range of media, including the latest digital technologies, stop-motion, and motion graphics.
The program is designed to give a thorough understanding of animation creativity and production. You'll study all aspects of animation—from fundamental design principles and character development to storytelling, filmmaking, and advanced production techniques. You'll learn critical thinking skills, media theory and aesthetics, and the history of animation. You’ll also master the latest digital drawing techniques and animation software. Best of all, you'll be mentored by seasoned animation practitioners working in the cultural and entertainment sectors.
Our program is unique in its balance of critical learning and hands-on creating: during your 3rd and 4th years of study, you'll create two major animation projects, bringing your own vision to life. With these stand-alone projects under your belt upon graduation, you'll be prepared to jump straight into your career in the animation industry and creative sector.
"I have a hands-on approach to work and really enjoy the artistic stage of iteration within animation. At Emily Carr, I learnt to push myself and really experiment with new styles, mediums and techniques."
Year 1: First-Year Foundation Studies
Year 2-4: 2D Animation courses and electives
Designation: Bachelor of Media Arts, Majoring in 2D + Experimental Animation (BMA, 2D + Experimental Animation)
Faculty: The Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media
For application information, including admission requirements, see Admissions.
- ANIM 215: Storyboarding
- ANIM 300: Story & Structure for Animation
- ANIM 338: Motion Graphics
- ANIM 339: Experimental Animation
- 2DAN 310: Creative Development for Animation Filmmaking
- 2DAN 400 & 410: Senior Animation Production I & II
Shops + Studios
Studio culture is at the heart of your educational experience at Emily Carr, as spaces where you can create, learn, collaborate, experiment, and play.
Animation students have access to our spacious and well-equipped shops and studios, including our Animation Studio, which offers access to industry-standard 2D, 3D and post-production software. You will also work in our stop-motion studios and editing suites, Film + Screen Arts Studio, and Sound Lab, among others.
Each space is maintained by expert technical staff who collaborate with faculty and staff to provide students with instruction and guidance. Technical staff ensure safe and accessible working environments and lead instructional workshops to enhance your learning.