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Ontario College Advanced Diploma | 
6 semesters | Barrydowne

Learn how to tell dynamic and convincing 2D and 3D animated stories on screen from our talented professors who have worked on audience favourites like Tarzan, 9, and the Tom and Jerry Show.

Our program is based on the curriculum of Sheridan's renowned Animation program at the diploma level. You'll gain a working knowledge of traditional, 2D, and 3D methods of animation while becoming proficient with the 12 principles of animation. You'll develop strong and dynamic storytelling, drawing, and animation skills that are brought to life on screen through a series of projects and an eventual final film. When you graduate, you will be able to showcase convincing performances through both traditional and digital animation alongside a final production-ready portfolio.

Program Highlights
  • 3 years – 6 semesters

  • Delivered through a partnership with Sheridan College and is based on the curriculum of Sheridan's renowned animation program

  • Focuses on both 2D and 3D animation

  • Develop skills in the College's 13,900-square-foot animation studio on the latest equipment and software

  • Program is more concept-based than other animation programs and still emphasizes the importance of drawing techniques

  • Learn from highly-experienced faculty who have worked around the world for Disney and Pixar

4D Learning Opportunities

In your third year, you'll showcase your work through:

  • The School of Creative Arts and Design graduate exhibition in downtown Sudbury.
  • A field trip to Toronto where you'll show off your best work to industry representatives.

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How to Apply

Creative Arts, Music and Design

Admission Requirements

For graduates of the new curriculum (OSS): Ontario Secondary School Diploma (30 credits) or equivalent or mature student status including:

  • Any grade 12 English (C), (U), or (M)

  • Submission of a portfolio


  • Grade 11 or 12 credits in visual arts and/or media arts (M) or (O)

Additional Information

Graduates will be provided with an attestation noting that the curriculum for this program was provided through a partnership with Sheridan College. Sheridan and Cambrian have collaborated in the development and implementation of ongoing quality assurance processes to ensure that the program is consistent with the standards set by Sheridan College for Animation graduates at the diploma level.


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the 2017-18 Academic Schedule which will be posted on our website in early 2017.

Program of Study

Semester 1Credits
ANI 1001Life Drawing I 3
ANI 1002Animation I 3
ANI 1003Design I 2
ANI 1004Drawing and Painting I 3
ANI 1005Digital Methodologies: Tools 2
ANI 1006Visual Language 2
ANI 1121Animation History and Styles 2
ENG 1002College Communication 3
The following General Education course:  3
Client Comm. Leadership Develop 3
 Term Credits: 23
Semester 2
ANI 1008Animation II 3
ANI 1009Design II 2
ANI 1010Story Concepts 2
ANI 1011Drawing and Painting II 3
ANI 1039Life Drawing II 3
ANI 1040Digital Methodologies-3D I 3
ANI 1226Film Studies 2
 Term Credits: 18
Semester 3
ANI 1014Animation III 3
ANI 1015Design III 2
ANI 1016Story and Visual Narrative I 2
ANI 1018Digital Methodologies -2D Animation 2
ANI 1041Life Drawing III 3
ANI 1042Digital Methodologies-3D II 3
ANI 2315Layout and Design I 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Psychology of Evil 3
Positive Psychology 3
 Term Credits: 21
Semester 4
ANI 1020Animation IV 3
ANI 1021Design IV 2
ANI 1022Story and Visual Narrative II 2
ANI 1024Performance 2
ANI 1025Digital Methodologies-Modeling I 2
ANI 1043Life Drawing IV 3
ANI 1044Digital Methodologies-3D III 3
ANI 2415Layout Design II 3
 Term Credits: 20
Semester 5
ANI 1026Production Processes-Story 2
ANI 1028Animation V 3
ANI 1029Design V 2
ANI 1030Production Processes-Layout 3
ANI 1032Design and Art Direction 3
ANI 1045Life Drawing V 3
ANI 1046Digital Methodologies-3D IV 3
One of the following General Education courses:  3
Rock Music, Culture Technology 3
Human Sexuality 3
 Term Credits: 22
Semester 6
ANI 1034Animation VI 6
ANI 1035Design VI 2
ANI 1036Production Processes-Background 3
ANI 1038Digital Methodologies-Modeling II 3
ANI 1047Life Drawing VI 3
ANI 1048Digital Methodologies-3D V 3
 Term Credits: 20
 Total Credits: 124
Tuition Fee (Canadian Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $8,217.34. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Tuition Fee (International Students)

Tuition fees for Year 1 of this program for the 2016-2017 Academic Year are $14,139.28. The breakdown of tuition fees can be found at

Tuition fees for the 2017-18 Academic Year will be posted at by May 1, 2017.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 for the 2016-2017 Academic Year is approximately $2,200. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in entertainment, information, and education, and training industries that include the following:

  • Feature

  • Television

  • Advertising

  • Internet

  • Video games

  • Visual aids

Furthering Your Studies

Graduates from Cambrian College may apply to continue their studies at Sheridan College.

University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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