Applicants applying to both the Film Production Major and the Film Animation Major and/or Minor must submit separate portfolios and letters of intent for each program.
In the case of collective or collaborative projects, applicants must clearly define their role within those projects.
Program admission requirements
APPLICATION AND PORTFOLIOS ARE ACCEPTED ONLINE ONLY
DEADLINE: March 1, 2021 (for all applicants: Canadian and International). Portfolio submissions to Slideroom will be accepted as of mid-January, 2021.
The application process for new students requires two steps:
STEP 1: Online University Admissions Application (includes official transcripts, application fee, etc.) APPLY ONLINE
STEP 2: Online Portfolio submission (begins mid-January and includes moving images, Letter of Intent, letters of recommendation, unofficial transcripts, etc.). UPLOAD YOUR PORTFOLIO as of mid-January, 2021.
Current Concordia Students: omit STEP 1 and APPLY TO TRANSFER to a Fine Arts Program.
Deadline: March 1, 2021
New applicants must APPLY ONLINE to the University before submitting a portfolio.
Portfolio submission is done entirely online through Slideroom.
Portfolio Submission Deadline: March 1 (for all applicants: Canadian and International)
Hard copy submissions delivered in-person or by mail or submitted with your general Concordia application will NOT be accepted
Application is to the Major. Applications to the Film Animation Minor have been suspended for incoming students; Concordia students may apply for the Minor in their second year of study. Please note that spaces are limited.
Late applications will continue to be accepted for certain programs for an undetermined period of time. Check program availability for the Fall.
For more information on the above, please read the following:
Portfolio items must be in supported still image, video/moving image, or audio formats
Each portfolio item must be accompanied by a brief description (one to twenty words) indicating the medium used (e.g. charcoal on paper, oil painting, digital photography, stop-motion animation)
For artwork that was created in a team or collective environment, the applicant must indicate exactly what their role was in the creation of the work (director, animator, character design etc.)
A maximum of 2 letters of recommendation may also be uploaded into the portfolio (not required).
An original, varied, Fine Arts portfolio which demonstrates the applicant’s unique, personal artistic vision, maturity, creativity, and skill.
High-quality scans or photographs of: drawings, paintings, sculptures, collage, sketchbook pages, mixed-media art, fibres/textiles, ceramics, installations, sound art, performance art, puppetry, graphic design, illustrations, print media, original comics, graphic novels, artist books, and any other relevant original artwork produced by the applicant not described by the above categories.
One self-portrait is highly recommended. Self-portraits may be figurative OR abstract/experimental, and can be created in any medium of your choice.
A minimum of 5 life drawings (figure drawings from a live model) are strongly suggested. Rough sketches and finished poses are both acceptable.
Applicants are not required to have any previous animation experience; however, storyboards, animated videos (2D or 3D) or Gifs are accepted if they represent the student’s strongest work.
A maximum of ONE live action video and maximum of four photographs, if applicable.
All other artwork should be handcrafted and demonstrate applicant’s unique, personal artistic vision.
DO NOT Submit:
Do NOTsubmit drawings/images copied from, adapted from, or derivative of recognizable/pre-existing animated or fantasy characters, superheroes, celebrities, magazine photographs or established studio-based animation styles – please submit original artwork only.
Do NOT submit artwork created in or copied from pre-existing animation/comic/cartoon/ commercial styles.
It is not recommended that applicants submit “cartoon” character designs unless the applicant has an established illustration or animation practice or the work is clearly original and demonstrates maturity of cinematic/artistic vision.
It is not recommended that applicants submit scripts or creative writing samples.
It is not recommended that applicants submit team projects unless their role is a clearly identifiable creative contribution.
Do NOT submit generalized applications, especially if you are applying to several different programs. Build your portfolio for the program you are applying for!
Describe your academic trajectory: are you applying directly from high school, CEGEP, or returning to school as a mature student? How did you hear about Concordia’s Film Animation Program?
Describe who you are as a fine artist, and why you would be a good fit for the Film Animation program. Explain your reasons for choosing Film Animation as a primary form of artistic expression
Describe your reasons for applying to a Fine Arts based animation program rather than an industry-oriented animation program.
Describe your past artistic achievements, short and long-term goals, expectations of the Film Animation program, and your artistic trajectory as a maker of independent animation.
Students wishing to be considered for a Grant Munro Entrance Scholarship are encouraged to include a brief autobiographical paragraph within their letter of intent indicating how a scholarship would impact their studies.
What is a Portfolio?
A portfolio is a collection work that exemplifies your creativity/practice/knowledge of a chosen field.
Why do I need to submit a portfolio?
As a BFA program, portfolios are vital in measuring an applicant’s fit for a program. Film Animation receives hundreds of applications every year, and portfolio reviews are necessary in order to select 45 qualified applicants.
May I apply to the Film Animation Program as a part-time student? Yes, however, priority for admissions goes to full-time students who wish to pursue a Major in the Film Animation Program.
May I apply for a Minor in the Film Animation Program if my Major is outside the School of Cinema? Yes. However, it should be noted that applications to the Film Animation Minor for incoming majors are currently suspended. Students may apply for the Minor for their second year of study.
Do I need to know how to animate before applying?
No, applicants do not require any prior animation, filmmaking or digital video experience prior to coming into the Film Animation Program. However, applicants do require a varied, mature fine arts portfolio for admission.
Do I need to know how to use any software before applying?
No, applicants do not require any experience in any partiuclar software prior to coming into the Film Animation program.
What kind of equipment and materials will I need to buy?
The Film Animation program supplies all equipment and software necessary to complete the first-year of the major and minor in Film Animation curriculums. Students are required to purchase a personal hard drive for back-ups, a USB Key, and a WACOM Grip Pen (compatible with both Cintiq 27 QHD and Intuos Pro Tablets), as well as a modest number of art supplies. Please note that, as Technical Specifications change year to year with advances in technology, all details regarding required equipment and material purchases will be given within the first week of class and it is not recommended that applicants purchase any equipment prior to beginning the program. Following the completion of first year, students are better able to judge what they may wish to purchase in addition to these basic requirements, based on their preferred animation techniques, available resources and individual ambitions for class projects.