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24 mth 3D Animation Diploma Program

In just 24 months, you’ll receive the 3d animation training to earn your professional advanced diploma and come away with a knock-out portfolio and demo reel showcasing your talents to potential employers.

The animation diploma programs at the Centre for Arts and Technology are the perfect way to launch your career as an animation pro. You train hands-on, using the latest tools and techniques required for professional production work.

Students learn versatile animation skills, including:

  • Character Animator
  • Character Modeler
  • Texture Artist
  • Digital Artist
  • Lighting Artist
  • Compositing Artist
  • Environmental Modeler

Hone your skills on the leading software programs, such as:

Autodesk Maya, Autodesk 3D Studio Max, Autodesk Sketchbook, Adobe Photoshop, Animate, AfterEffects, Premiere Unreal Development Kit, Substance Painter, Pixologic ZBrush, Harmony ToonBoom.

Program Options:

3D Animation
Character Animator, Character Modeler, Environmental Modeler Technical Artist, Texture Artist, Lighting Artist, Concept/Storyboard Artist, Compositing

2D Animation & Digital Art
Digital Character Animator, Character Designer, Storyboard Revisionist, Layout Artist, Background Artist

Real World Experience:

Alumni of this program are now employed at top studios like Bardel EntertainmentEA SportsDHX Studios (WildBrain)Disney InteractiveYeti Farm CreativeSony ImageworksAtomic Cartoons • Rainmaker Entertainment Graduates of this program have worked on: Independence Day • Resurgance • FIFA • UFC • Need for Speed • NHL • Storks • Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them • TMNT • Emmy Award Winning – King Julien • Dinotrux.

Instructors at the Centre for Arts and Technology are experts in their field. Our animation pros have lent their talents to numerous games, film and TV productions including: The Smurfs, Splinter Cell, Call of Duty, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Puss ‘n Boots, Barbie, Rick & Morty, Beat Bugs... to name only a few.

Our programs bring industry-leading talent into the classrooms as instructors and mentors and connect students with real-world projects alongside businesses and organizations in these communities. CAT graduates go on to work with some of the largest blockbuster titles, brands, companies and artists around the world.

Alumni Success: CAT graduates go on to be some of the best in their industries; animators, filmmakers, photographers, audio engineers and designers. These talented artists work with some of the largest blockbuster titles, brands, companies and artists all around the world. Below is just a small sampling of the titles and companies our graduates have worked with.

State of the Art Campus

Centre graduates enter the professional world with confidence, knowing they have the high-end technical skills, industry knowledge and relevant experience to stand out among the competition.

In-class and online options available *

  • Contemporary pro audio recording and sound studios
  • Photography and film studio completely outfitted with a seamless wall and lighting grid
  • State-of-the-art interior design, veterinary, animation, and technical labs which create an industry standard environment
  • Numerous edit suites and computer labs with industry-standard software and hardware (both PC and MAC)
  • Student lounges where we host numerous events throughout the year such as fundraisers, movie nights, pancake breakfasts, holiday parties, and lunches

Experienced Industry Leaders

Our college programs are taught by respected industry professionals, dedicated to helping others get their start. Instructors all have years of experience working in the field and know what it takes to make it in today's workplace.

Centre for Arts and Technology (CAT) and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have partnered to create the CAT-BCIT Pathway: a cross-institutional agreement enabling CAT graduates entry into BCIT’s School of Business.

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"The best part about attending CATO was the teachers and admin. The darkest point in my career happened early on, and I went back to the school for support and help. They are experienced veterans who treat your time there as a true professional. Making the decision to go to CATO was one of the best decisions I've made in my life."
- Harrison Garvin - Digital Animation Graduate

"Choosing CATO for 2D Animation was one of the best decisions of my life. CATO motivated me and pushed my potential as an artist through fun but challenging assignments using all the latest software. I met all my best friends there, some incredibly gifted artists, and teachers I now call colleagues and friends. CATO also gave me the tools and opportunity to land a job in a world class animation studio, Yeti Farm, by developing my professional skills along with my technical skills and putting me in contact with big names in the industry."
- Paul Moser – 2DADA Grad – 2D Animator at Yeti Farm Creative

"We have built a reputation as a world class studio that is highly sought after for high quality children's content, thanks to the Center for Arts and Technology for the students every year!" - Ashley Ramsay - CEO of Yeti Farm Creative