2019 Application Process
Thank you for your interest in the animation programs at Capilano University. Please follow the directions on this page carefully in order to avoid delays and disappointment. The portfolio submission process is outlined below.
All successful applicants to the animation programs must have strong artistic skills and a desire to continually improve. This is an essential requirement of the industry and is therefore a prerequisite skill for the animation programs.
Click the bar above to read about the animation programs and portfolio advice.
Send your academic transcripts directly to the Capilano University registrar. You may apply for more than one program in the same term on one application. If applying for the summer program and fall programs separate applications are required. When you receive your student number, complete step 3 below.
Complete the portfolio submission form to send your application information and a link to your online portfolio directly to the animation department for review. Do not send portfolios to us in the mail. Please follow the instructions in the Animation Admissions kit and on this page carefully so you know what to submit.
Online Portfolio Submissions
An online portfolio should be easy for us to access and view. A blog with good quality imagery, all on one page (not hidden in numerous pages/folders) is preferred so that we can simply scroll down and see all your work at once. The easier you make it for us to see your work the better it will be for all of us.
Good, reliable and free hosting for your portfolio is readily available, take a look at blogger.com, tumblr.com, artstation.com, weebly.com, carbonmade.com. Keep the design of the portfolio simple as we are interested in your artwork more than your web-design skills. Make your site public, remove all sign-in and password requirements.
Traditional and hand drawn will need to be scanned and posted to your site. If you don’t have access to a scanner check your local library or school. In a pinch a digital camera will work, however the quality will likely not be as good due to lighting issues (like using a flash). Photographing artwork on an overcast day without a flash will give better results.
Portfolio review and selection will take place during the months of February and March. Make sure that your completed application is submitted at least two weeks prior to submitting your portfolio. The portfolio deadline for fall 2019 is February 11. Your portfolio should remain accessible for the entire month after February 11. Candidates may be assigned a simple design exercise or requested to attend an interview to complete the selection process.
By the end of February or early March applicants will be contacted by email and/or phone with the results of their application and portfolio.
You can complete this process any time from now until February 11, 2019. Late applications will only be accepted if there are not enough qualified candidates selected from the portfolio reviews. In the meantime, you can begin to work on your portfolio.
If possible, applicants should attend one of our free open house sessions before they apply, in order to see the facilities, talk to students, observe their work and ask questions.