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Film Animation (BFA)

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Degree
Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Minor
Primary campus
Sir George Williams (SGW)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall

Why study Film Animation?

Discover and articulate your unique artistic personality as you master an incredibly adaptable art form. This rigorous, versatile program will give you a solid foundation in the art of frame-by-frame filmmaking from professor-practitioners connected to a community of working animators in Montreal and around the world. Our approach to animation emphasizes cross-pollination and experimentation.

You’ll graduate with the knowledge and discipline to think critically about your work, and your experience working independently on all aspects of film animation production will set you up for successful collaboration with others in the industry.

With an Oscar win, ten nominations, and hundreds of prestigious awards won by past and present faculty and students, we’re proud of the international acclaim our alumni enjoy as directors, producers, editors, and designers of the world’s most creative animation.

Program structure

A Bachelor of Fine Arts degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.

Program options

  • Major in Film Animation (60 credits)
  • Minor in Film Animation (30 credits)*
    *For current Concordia students only. Students may apply to the minor for their second year of study.


Courses

Courses emphasize experimentation with a variety of techniques and materials. Our acclaimed faculty provide students with intensive training in a diverse range of traditional and digital animation techniques, including:

  • Classical animation
  • Puppet animation
  • 3D digital animation
  • Direct animation
  • Experimental animation
  • Animated documentary
  • Animated installation
  • Sound design & music composition

This rigorous approach to classical and digital animation processes emphasizes cross-pollination experimentation, and an independent spirit, making the Film Animation program one of the most versatile training programs in its field.

For a list of required courses, please download the Program Guide according to year of entry.


Internships and other study opportunities

International study opportunities
Concordia University offers students the opportunity to take part in an International Student Exchange Program (ISEP) that will count for credit towards their Concordia degree, while paying the same tuition fees they do at home and possibly receiving funding. International study opportunities bring cultural diversity and enrichment through immersion in the programs of study at Concordia’s partner institutions.


Professional internships
Internships provide students with the opportunity to pursue work in the film industry, film research, archival work, editing film publications, or writing film criticism. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar or Graduate Calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites.


Independent studies
Students may explore specific areas of film through independent study. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar or Graduate Calendar for details about program specific requirements and prerequisites.  


Admission requirements

This program is available for Fall admission only.


Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: DEC
  • High School: C+
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C
  • Bacc. français: 11
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 26

Course requirements for admission

No specific courses required. However:


Additional requirements for admission

  • Letter of intent
  • Portfolio

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.



After your degree

Our students have gone on to become some of the world’s leading independent animation filmmakers. Many work with the National Film Board of Canada or with animation studios and visual effects companies around the world. Your degree can also lead to career paths such as:

  • Animation Director
  • Storyboard artist
  • Character designer
  • Web animator
  • CGI special effects supervisor
  • 3D modeller
  • Stop-motion, 2D and 3D animator

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