Profiles of Schools/Colleges in Canada (CA) Offering Animation, Design, Gaming, and Media Related Programs

Programs to consider:

Max the Mutt College of Animation, Art & Design

Degrees Offered: Concept Art for Animation & Video Games, a 4 year Diploma Program Art & Design, Classical & Computer Animation & Production, a 4 year Diploma Program

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NSCAD

Tucked within the Canadian maritime city of Halifax, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design boasts a long and distinguished tradition as an epicenter for the arts and culture. It has continuously attracted acclaimed faculty members and international visiting artists who have left indelible marks on generations of students and locals alike. Indeed, NSCAD is as much a part of Halifax as icy long winters and warm hospitality are.

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St. Clair College

For our latest spotlight Q&A, we’re heading north to Ontario, Canada’s most populous province and home to a mighty 3-year animation program that’s worth all the attention it gets. Since its inception over a decade ago, St. Clair College’s Tradigital Animation Program has risen to prominence at a break-neck speed, attracting top talent with its highly selective admission process while carefully cultivating the next generation of animators (many of whom can be found in Hollywood).

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Seneca College

Seneca College may be Canada’s largest college (with multiple campuses in the greater Toronto area), but more importantly from our perspective is that it’s home to a powerhouse animation department on everyone’s radar. Seneca’s esteemed animation program boasts a rigorous 3 year curriculum with working faculty members who carefully cultivate the next generation of 2D and 3D artists (many of whom can be found working in little known studios such as Pixar, Disney and Blizzard).

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Animation Portfolio Workshop

Many high school students anxiously await college acceptance letters each spring but for those applying to top tier animation programs, the wait can be more arduous than most. That’s because prestigious animation departments have so few slots to fill each year and a slew of talented applicants from which to choose.

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North America

Animation is an exciting, dynamic and growing field—and good thing, because there are plenty of aspiring animators anxiously waiting in the wings to become the next Chuck Jones. But where exactly are all these animators going to be absorbed into the industry? 

Well, animation jobs tend to gravitate towards artistically focused epicenter cities that cater to entertainment sectors—like film and gaming—so living and learning in Bummsville, USA (population: 37) likely won't cut it if you want to be a successful animator.

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Think Tank

People often ask me why Think Tank is so popular. There are so many things that make us different but the main thing is our level of commitment to our students and our philosophy for learning.

When students first come to the school they are taught a various range of disciplines to help them become well rounded in all aspects of the entertainment industry. By second semester they start to specialize in certain areas that they enjoy the most or are most skilled at, but generally these two things go hand and hand.

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We’re number one!

We’re number one!

We’re number… 

Umm…wait a minute. 

With all due respect to this site, which recently declared Sheridan College’s animation program number one in the world, I don’t think it’s possible to definitively state that one animation program is absolutely the best.  How is it being measured?  Is it the number of graduates?  The number of graduates employed?  The number employed on high profile projects?  The number who have won awards?  The number who make the most money? 

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Vancouver Film School

Vancouver is home to the third largest film and TV production city in North America, earning it the nickname Hollywood North and attracting significant industry attention, professionals and (surprise, surprise) jobs. It’s little wonder that a healthy dose of animation programs have cropped up on the lush Pacific shores of Canada in the last few decades, but one in particular is tough to beat. Vancouver Film School offers three distinct animation programs that each draw wide industry praise while beckoning students from around the world.

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