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Available: Winter, Fall

Program Description

Within six semesters, you'll acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in both traditional and computer animation. Developed to meet the specific demands of studios in need of highly-trained animators, the curriculum focuses on balancing creative and technical skills to create a high quality industry-ready portfolio. This is accomplished through the artistic application of the theories of motion, timing, storytelling, design and the latest digital technology required to work successfully in the competitive world of 2D and 3D animation.

Major components of your studies include core drawing development, character and location design, storyboarding, acting, timing, animation, lighting, compositing, editing and rendering.

Upon graduation, you will be proficient in the use of traditional animation theories, equipment and facilities, and will understand the technical requirements involved in producing animation using the industry standard computer software. You will also be able to draw storyboards, design characters and sets, compose scenes and animate characters in a convincing and believable way. You will have the skills needed to produce animation for the web, television, games or film.



6 Semesters (3 Years)

Credential Awarded

Ontario College Advanced Diploma

Your Career

From feature film to gaming studios, the rapidly expanding field of animation is constantly looking for skilled animators in both 2D and 3D applications. The animation industry, as little as 10 years ago, was limited to the occasional blockbuster release. Today, we find animation everywhere, from video games, feature films and advertisements to medical applications and architecture. As 2D and 3D technology continues to merge, the skills you’ll gain in both disciplines from our Animation advanced diploma program will place you in high demand.


  • Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)
  • Computer Animation Studios Ontario (CASO)
  • Toon Boom Centre of Excellence

Related Careers


This Seneca program has been validated by the Credential Validation Service as an Ontario College Credential as required by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent with:
    • Grade 12 English: ENG4(U) or ENG4(C)
  • OR Mature Student Status (age 19 or older) with required course(s), their equivalent(s), or appropriate Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Certificate program credits (see Academic Upgrading).

Details on where and when to attend the admission session, and how to submit your online work will be mailed shortly after you apply to the program.

Admission to this program is competitive. Only the top ranked will be offered a seat in the program.

Additional Requirements

Attend an admission session and complete a drawing and writing assignment.

Submit a portfolio of work online – the portfolio should include:

  • Two life drawings
  • Two drawings of your own hand
  • Two object drawings
  • Two environment drawings
  • Two drawings of your choice
  • A written profile
  • A resume with the focus on any professional or volunteer positions that demonstrate creative or artistic talents

Program Costs

Choose academic year:

Tuition – Domestic


Tuition – International


Book & Supply Costs


Please note: All costs are approximate, may vary by campus and are subject to change at any time without notice. Parking, locker and some mandatory incidental fees are among the charges not included in the figures above.

Program Details

The Degree and Credit Transfer Office provides a number of services for students continuing their education at Seneca, and for graduating students considering degree transfer options.

Through transfer agreements and institution partnerships, graduates of this Seneca College program may be eligible for credit at various post-secondary institutions. Please refer to the Degree Transfer Guide for more information.

Transfer Credit may be granted for courses deemed equivalent to courses at Seneca that have been completed at recognized postsecondary institutions. Additional information is available online.

Please take a few moments to view Important Academic Dates for your relevant term.

Please select the curriculum from the Academic Year in which you started (or will be starting) your studies. An Academic Year begins in September and ends in August of the following year.

Also see: English and General Education requirements.


Need to know more about your application and/or the application process? Reach out to our admissions advisors for assistance.

416.491.5050 ext. 22840

Student Recruitment

Have questions about Seneca’s campuses, financial aid, student supports and more? Connect with one of our student recruiters for more information or to book a campus tour.

Additional Contacts
Financial Aid & Awards

Program Coordinator

Jim Zubkavich 416.491.5050 ext. 33874

Program Chair

Mark Jones 416.491.5050 ext. 33488


Animated short film created by our Animation students (Spring 2016). Video

Why Choose Seneca?

Passionate, expert faculty from a range of professions

Real-world learning experiences through paid and non-paid work opportunities

Curriculums developed in collaboration with industry advisory committees

A variety of credentials offered from certificates, diplomas, degrees, and graduate certificates

Opportunities to pathway to higher level credentials at Seneca and other universities in our transfer partnership network