3D Computer Animation Major

  • Intro

    Animation brings art to life.

    If animation is your art and passion, Emily Carr is the ideal place to develop the conceptual and practical skills to create dynamic animated stories that captivate audiences around the world.

    All our majors commence upon completion of our Foundation Year requirements.

    The 3D Computer Animation Major provides an intensive curriculum to foster a comprehensive understanding and in-depth expertise in 3D animation and digital media. Students become critical and creative thinkers while honing technical skills and a level of competency in order to meet the demands of animation industry standards and grow individually as artists and storytellers.

    Our curriculum offers experiences beyond learning about animation techniques and methodology. Students have the opportunity to experiment with novel mediums in digital media through faculty research projects, international collaboration projects with partner institutes, video game development projects, and experimentation with emerging technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality. Our program offers students hands-on animation production experience in order to prepare them for life after school, whether as commercial artists or independent filmmakers.

    Bachelor of Media Arts, 3D Computer Animation at a glance: courses + credit requirements

  • Pathways

    You will become part of a community of highly skilled practitioners, visionaries, and creative problem-solvers, with the knowledge to enter the professional field of animation.

    Inspiring job titles of our recent graduates

    3D Character Animator, 3D Modeler, Lighting Artist, Rigger, Texture Artist, 3D Layout Artist, Integration Artist, Concept Artist

    Dynamic employers that have recruited our recent graduates

    Industrial Light & Magic, Digital Domain, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Moving Picture Company, Atomic Cartoons, Image Engine, Bardel Entertainment, DHX Media, Scanline, Method Studios, Rainmaker Studios, Stargate Studios, Sony Pictures Imageworks, Cinesite, Electronic Arts, DNEG, Animal Logic

  • Program

    After first year Foundation studies at Emily Carr, you will apply to enter the Animation Major in your second year.

    Your studies will focus steadily in this field over the last three years of your four year degree. Upon completion you will achieve the undergraduate degree and designation, Bachelor of Media Arts in Animation (BMA, Animation). See the Admissions section about application information for undergraduate, international, transfer, and aboriginal students.

    Most courses you will take are worth three credits. 120 credits are required to complete your degree.

  • Aims

    The Bachelor of Media Arts, Animation program develops you to become a creative citizen of the visual arts and culture community through conceptual, critical, cultural, practice-oriented, and career-focused education.

    The Bachelor of Media Arts, Animation Major aims to:

    • equip you with critical, theoretical, research, and studio practices to become engaged citizens through the art of animation;
    • impart advanced knowledge within the field of animation as related to media arts culture and practice;
    • foster your conceptual and technical knowledge through a studio-based education reflecting the diversity and complexity of animation;
    • prepare you with a contextual understanding of animation as an art and a skill within the creative and commercial sectors so you may enter these competitive knowledge-based economies;
    • foster a dynamic animation and media arts culture and community within Vancouver, British Columbia, and Canada, as well as globally.

    experimental animation, preproduction, storyboards, character designs, concept art, layout, 2D and 3D character animation, 3D modeling and texturing, Motion graphics Visual effects, interdisciplinary practice, visual literacy, studio culture, foundation studies, real world context, sustainable practices, community engagement, minors, concept + ideation, media arts research + methods

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CGI Animated Short Film: "Lucky"

"Lucky" - Animated Short Film by April Rhee “Lucky” is a 3D animated short film by April Rhee based on her childhood experience of her family road trip while moving from London, Ontario to Vancouver, BC. The film is a commemoration of Lucky, her pet bunny, who accompanied her throughout most of her childhood. Jenny and her bunny, Lucky, share their adventure across the Canadian prairies as her family moves from Ontario to Vancouver. Contact: april.rhee@outlook.com Produced at Emily Carr University of Art + Design Character Concept Art by: Yoojin Rhee Sound Design by: YiCong Gao


"Fetch!" is my 2017 Grad Film from Emily Carr University. I made it because... well, I really love dogs.


In a dystopian future city, a police drone pilot chases down two young criminals, is then forced into a dilemma. 2016 Graduation Film made by Kevin Li and Zinan Liu at Emily Carr University of Art + Design

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Above The Clouds - 3D Animation

Hello there. This is my graduation film made in Emily Carr University of Arts + Design. The music is by Eliza Ip. Above the Clouds is a 3D animation short that goes through an unusual day of a little princess when the winged lion from her family crest comes to life. They become friends quickly and begin a wonderful adventure outside the castle, in the world she was never allowed to visit. Youth is full of curiosity, recklessness, and wild adventures. I made this film to remind everyone to always dream big, follow your passion, and live life without regret! Look behind-the-scene into my film (now with filmmaking tips!): www.chrissygradfilm.blogspot.ca/ Check out more artworks from me: wangqr24.wix.com/chrissy Reach me at: wangqr24@gmail.com