Animation 3D - 373

Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Three years
OSAP Checkmark OSAP Eligible
Experience the full animation process of character performance stories with a focus on creating finished 3D animation productions.

Program Highlights

  • Taught by industry professionals.
  • Bring stories and characters to life through cinematic animation.

What you'll learn

  • Industry standard hardware and software.
  • Transferable skills to entertainment, gaming, virtual reality (VR), commercial and industrial productions.
  • Develop real-world industry production work practices.
  • Business of art for profit.
  • Pre-production skills:
    • Writing skills to develop character and story structure.

    • Figure drawing to develop strong drawing skills.

    • Traditional drawing skills used for visual design of environments, characters, storyboards/animatics.

  • Production skills:

    • Laptop computer skills for digital construction, rigging and animating characters.

    • Construction of props and environments with texture and lighting to complete the scene.

    • Camera, rendering and editing techniques to create a finished production.

Is Animation right for You?

Animation is an extremely competitive field and requires commitment and perseverance to be successful. If you are unsure if this is the right path for you, ask yourself:

  1. Do you enjoy animation?
  2. Are you technically minded and possess problem-solving skills?
  3. Do you enjoy being visually creative?
  4. Do you like to draw and are keen to learn new techniques?
  5. Do you have an aptitude for acting and storytelling?

Note: Nude Models

Nude models are an essential component in every Life Drawing course within the Animation 3D Advanced Diploma program. Students are required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing.


Program Length

3 academic years (periods of 8 months)

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In the News: CHCH

Student Animations

Animation by Graham Stoltz

Animation by Lavio Ribeiro Fidelis Neto

Animation by Lokun Mike

Animation by Martin Melissa

Animation by Ryan Oneil Davis

Lavio with an award trophy

Mohawk 3D Animation student Lavio Ribeiro Fidelis Neto has been announced as winner of the much coveted Ubisoft Toronto Live NEXT Awards, claiming 1st place winner in the Gameplay Animation category. Beating out all entrants from animation programs through out Ontario, Lavio will have a paid internship with Ubisoft Toronto. Ubisoft judge and Team Lead Animator Michael Rivera says Neto presents a great display of dynamic posing, body mechanics, and presentation of the character from start to finish, leading him to the first-place spot.
To view more of Lavio’s work please visit Lavio's artstation.


Domestic and International student admission requirements

  • OSSD or equivalent (Mohawk Academic Upgrading, GED) including:
    • Grade 12 English, C or U or equivalent
  • Students are required to purchase a specified laptop computer with software and art supply materials for use in the program. Accepted applicants will be notified of details regarding hardware and software purchases to include a digital drawing tablet.
  • Check out the Laptop Requirements under Additional Information for this program

Options are available for mature applicants.

Portfolio Submission

Preference will be given to applicants that submit a portfolio. Applicants who wish to submit a portfolio should follow the following guidelines

4 Drawings

Two Environment Pencil Drawings:

  • 1 Interior Drawing (Inside Room)
  • 1 Exterior Drawing (Outside Building)

Two Character Pencil Drawings:

  • 1 Realistic
  • 1 Cartoon or Fantasy

1 - Personal "Creative Statement" that addresses the questions below:

  • Why do you want to attend Mohawk College?
  • What strengths and skills do you bring with you?
  • How do you hope to benefit from attending Mohawk College?


  • Applicants may submit their portfolio using the online portfolio submission form.
  • No work should be submitted in its original form; only photographic / scan documentation (digital files) of work should be submitted. Acceptable file types include: .pdf,.jpg,.jpeg.
  • The size of each file should be no larger than 2.5 MB.
  • The Creative Statement should be a pdf file from a word or text document.
  • All work must be clearly labeled with applicant's name. Each digital image file must be identified with your name and title / description, e.g. ...
    1. 1_firstname_lastname_Environment_real_exterior.jpg
    2. 2_firstname_lastname_Character_imaginative.jpg
  • Traditional illustrations (e.g. paper-based drawings), it is strongly recommended that a good quality scanner is used to produce digital files.
  • Use of a digital camera should only be used in a situation where the traditional illustration exceeds the scanners size limitations.
  • Be sure to check your photographic documentation or scan for correct colour balance, focus and to ensure your files clearly represent the original work.

The quality of your submissions will greatly impact the portfolio review portion in the acceptance process.

Note: Nude Models

Nude models are an essential component in every Life Drawing course within the Animation 3D Advanced Diploma program. Students are required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing.

Language Requirements for International Students:

  • See below for accepted equivalents for Grade 12 English:

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Don't have the necessary requirements?

Tuition and Fees

2022 - 2023 Domestic Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Compulsory Ancillary Fees $846.45 $727.48 
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Compulsory Program Fees $0.00 $0.00
Domestic Tuition $2,882.25 $2,882.25
Total Domestic Charges Per Semester $3,728.70 $3,609.73
Total 1st Year Fees $7,338.43

Above fees based on full-time September program start date. Contact Student Services to confirm fees for other start dates or semesters.

2022 - 2023 International Tuition and Fees

Description Semester 1 Semester 2
Total Tuition & Ancillary Fee $8,770.00 $8,770.00
Co-op Fees N/A N/A
Program Compulsory Fees $0.00 $0.00
International Tax Recovery $450.00  $375.00 
Total International Per Semester $9,220.00 $9,145.00
Total 1st Year Fees $18,365.00

If you pay by wire transfer, please note your bank might charge you a fee to transfer money. Make sure your transfer includes the Mohawk payment and the wire transfer fee. This applies to each wire transfer payment you make.

Additional Information

Financial Assistance

When it comes to paying for your education, investing in your future can be more affordable than you think. A Mohawk education is one of the most cost-effective means of acquiring the skills and knowledge you need to have a prosperous and rewarding career. 

As you start on your chosen career path, it's important to have a realistic set of expectations regarding the expenses associated with attending college. In addition to your tuition fees, you will also need to budget for books, supplies, housing, and other related living expenses. You may be able to supplement your income and savings with scholarships, bursaries, or loans. It pays to do some research into what types of financial assistance you may qualify for.

Available Financial Assistance Resources:

Apply for Awards:

By submitting a Financial Assistance Profile every semester, students have access to over $3 million in Mohawk College scholarships, bursaries and Ministry-partnered funding to help meet their financial needs.

Financial Literacy and Money Coaching:

Whether saving for school, sticking to a budget, or planning for a major purchase, financial literacy affects us all. That's why Mo' Money is committed to helping our students improve their money skills and become more confident with their money.

Course Overview & Descriptions

Click on the course title for a course description.

Note: Nude Models

Nude models are an essential component in every Life Drawing course within the Animation 3D Advanced Diploma program. Students are required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing.

Experiential Learning

How you'll gain skills

  • Produce a portfolio exhibit in front of an audience.
  • Participate in real-world projects with partners both inside and outside the college, such as Alectra Utilities, and Mohawk College City School.
  • Using state-of-the art software and hardware, learn the entire animation process from start to finish, including scriptwriting, preproduction (design, storyboarding, drawing skills, and cinematics) creating and rigging characters and 3D animation.

Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities



Your future career options

  • Director
  • Scriptwriter
  • Concept artist
  • Character designer
  • Prop designer
  • Environment designer
  • Storyboard artist
  • Character modeller
  • Character rigger
  • Environment modeller
  • Texture artist
  • Animator
  • Effects artist
  • Compositing

Where you could work includes:

  • Television animation production
  • Feature film animation production
  • Gaming industry
  • Internet/Webisode
  • Advertising /promotional
  • Educational /instructional
  • VR (Virtual reality)
  • Architectural (Arc ViZ),
  • Augmented reality

Educational Pathways


Pathways to Mohawk 

If you've successfully taken a course at another post-secondary institution, you may be able to earn course exemptions toward your credential here at Mohawk.

Pathways within Mohawk

If you have successfully completed one of the following programs at Mohawk, you may be eligible to receive transfer credit in this program. *

We offer a diverse range of programs to further your studies within Mohawk following completion of this program. * 

This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices within Mohawk.


Pathways beyond Mohawk

Earn a degree:

See for additional opportunities at other colleges or universities in Ontario.

Search the Mohawk Transfer Database for opportunities outside of Ontario.

Additional Information

Additional Software/Hardware requirements

Laptop Program

A PC laptop is mandatory. Apple MacBook Pro is NOT recommended. If you currently own a laptop that meets our minimum standard and is capable of running the required software, a new purchase will not be required.

Mohawk College has a partnership with Dell. Once fall products have been released, early summer, Mohawk's Custom Online store will offer educational discounts. Here is how you can access our custom online store: Log into your MyMohawk account. Click on the Technology Solutions tab and navigate to the Computer Store section.

Minimum Requirements:

  • minimum requirement Windows 10 operating system (for best performance of animation software)
  • 15" to 17" monitor
  • 1 TB hard drive, 8 GBs of RAM (minimum), running on a i7 quad core processor
    • Your PC will require the latest HD Graphics Card that is Autodesk recommended.
    • Professors use and recommend nVidia GTX GeForce cards.
    • When purchasing a laptop please ensure your device meets the Autodesk Certified Hardware specs and that the graphics card on the PC is Autodesk compatible. View list of certified graphics cards PDF. 
      * Please note this link should be checked for changes before purchase as it is subject to updates


Highly Recommended:

  • Have available or purchase a 1TB removable hard drive to backup software and files (Approx. $75)
  • USB flash drive (Approx. $25)
  • Standard USB mouse


Highly recommended for online delivery:

  • USB microphone
  • Scanner
  • Webcam (If laptop does not have one built in)

Software Requirements - You will need to purchase the following

Adobe Creative Cloud Production Premium - PC Version

Autodesk Education Suite for Entertainment Creation

  • Create an account on the Autodesk site
  • Be sure to enter Educational Role – Student, download and install: 3DS Max and Maya
  • This software is industry standard for animation and gaming creation.

Art Material Requirements - You will need to purchase the following

Art Kit Material Required for Semester One
Can be purchased at Curry's, Walmart, Staples, Amazon etc.

Material Qty. Approx. Cost
SET SQUARE SMOKE 14" 30/60 1 $7.70
T-SQUARE ALVIN ACRY 18" 1 $16.99
ELITE 9705 AUTOMATIC PENCIL 0.5mm 1 $5.42
MARSMICRO 250 SUPER LEADS 0.5mm 2B 1 $1.50
AGPtek A4 LED light box (tablet) - Amazon 1 $25.00
8 1/2" x 11 cheap photo copy paper - 500 pack 1 $8.00
11"x 17" cheap photo copy paper - 500 pack 1 $20.00
approx. cost = $120.74

*Many of these materials will need to be replenished from semester to semester.

Material Required for Semester Two
Can be purchased on Amazon

Wacom Intuos digital (medium) drawing tablet
approx. cost = $400

Mohawk College makes every effort to keep all our educational costs to a minimum, these costs are subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

Note: Nude Models

Nude models are an essential component in every Life Drawing course within the Animation 3D Advanced Diploma program. Students are required, as part of the curriculum, to study life drawing.

Student Animation Art

View more at the Mohawk College Student Animation website

illustration of a person knocking a monster by Tran Khanh

illustration of an animated war by Graham Stoltz

black and white line work of three people by Jordan Poloniato

Illustration of a Donut shop on a snowy day by Mike Lokun

three characters line work by Tran Khanh Quyen

Illustration of a women by PXL

Three characters line work by Samantha Delaurier

four character designs by Solis Justine

Illustration of a Blue Dinosaur by Tavis Prow

Pencil art of a strong bony man portrait by Sullivandylan.


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Canadian Domestic Students

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Student Animation Art 

Discover the latest creative work from Mohawk College animation students.

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Before and after 3d sculpt by Justine

3d model of a wolf cartoon character