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I graduated from Durham College and was hired immediately. It was just so crazy to leave school and start work on a Harry Potter feature.

Jackie Mills
Animation – Digital Production (three-year)
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I couldn’t have done it without Durham College, especially the faculty who ensure that each student is reaching their highest potential

Meaghan Reuben
Animation – Digital Arts
Animation – Digital Arts (two-year)/Animation-Digital Production

Animation – Digital/Animation – Digital Production

Animation - Digital Arts

Animation – Digital/Animation – Digital Production

Animation – Digital/Animation – Digital Production

Put your imagination to work in the exciting world of animation. You could be working on the latest TV series or animated feature, animating on a triple-A video game, or doing visual effects for a big Hollywood blockbuster. This challenging program focuses on character animating, storytelling and performance – supported by modelling and rigging, compositing and film editing, lighting and surfacing, and pre-production design. Animation takes time and patience but the outcome is extremely rewarding when you see your work come alive.

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Program Description

The Animation – Digital/Digital Production program was developed with input from veterans in the animation and film industry and continues to garner enthusiastic support from studios and professional artists across the country. All of our professors come from industry, ready to share their knowledge and experience with students.

This challenging 3D and 2D digital animation program focuses on character animating, storytelling and performance, supported by modelling and rigging, compositing and film editing, lighting and surfacing, and pre-production design. The production pipeline and career paths will be studied in depth. This diverse program of study will ensure you can handle any professional challenge.

If you prefer to graduate with a two-year Animation – Digital Arts diploma you can take the animation skills and knowledge you acquire into your future career or continue your education in a related field.

If you wish to specialize as a character animator, modeller-rigger, lighter-compositor, production assistant, 3D artist, among others, in the film or television animation, post-production or games industries, you can stay for a third year and earn your three-year Animation – Digital Production advanced diploma, which will give you the additional knowledge required to create your demo reel and portfolio. 

As a graduate, you will be industry-ready and widely recognized as well-rounded in your experience, skills and abilities.

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Admission Requirements


  • Portfolio of work
  • Visual arts credits (recommended) • Interview (may be required)


In addition to the academic requirements, admission to this program requires the submission of a personal profile and a portfolio of artwork. The purpose of the portfolio is to allow students to demonstrate their drawing and creative ability. There are several free portfolio information sessions to attend designed to help in understanding how to put a portfolio together.

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Career Options


  • 3D artist (animator-modeller-rigger)
  • Animator
  • Compositor
  • Modeller and rigger
  • Layout artist
  • Production assistant
  • Visual effects artist


  • Animation studios
  • Games studios
  • Entrepreneur
  • Post-production and visual effects studios
  • Pre-visualization studios
  • Web studios
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Course List & Descriptions

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

Semester 5

Semester 6

Courses and course descriptions are subject to change.

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Program Costs

YEAR ONE FEESDomesticInternational
Compulsory Ancillary


Program Incidental$530$530
Total Fees:$6,263$16,434

Please note: fees are based on the 2016-2017 academic year and do not include textbooks. For more information please see Other fees to consider.

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Opportunities For Degree Completion Or Additional Credentials

Graduates are qualified for entry in to the Advanced Filmmaking graduate certificate program. Qualified graduates may also be eligible to apply their academic credits toward further study through Durham College’s partnerships with many Canadian and international colleges and universities, including: 


Please visit the Transfer Guide for more information.

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  • code: ADIG
  • Program length: Four semesters/Six semesters
  • Credential awarded: Ontario College Diploma/Advanced Diploma
  • Location: Oshawa
  • School: School of Media, Art & Design (MAD)
  • Domestic tuition: $4,592 (CDN)
  • Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
  • International Intake Statuses
    • Program intake status is Open Open: September 2017
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