Frequently Asked Questions
Q“What is the goal of the program?”
AThe 2D Animation program has only one objective: To prepare students for successful careers in the creative positions in the animation industry. Every decision we make regarding the program is influenced by that objective. There are many artistic roles in the industry; ones that rely on drawing and design skills and believable character animation. Character Designer, Background Artist, Storyboard Artist, Concept Artist, Visual Development Artist, Animator, Animation Designer (Posing), Special Effects Animator. Our courses are designed to provide real world experience and produce exceptional artists who are prepared for the challenges of animation production.
Q“Do your graduates find work in the animation industry?”
AWe have probably the best record among animation schools for students finding (and keeping) work after graduation. This year’s graduating class of 23 students have been very successful. Only three students are still looking for work. Five are continuing on to 3D animation studies (four of them going to our own 3D Animation program) and fifteen are working full time in local studios at Bardel Entertainment, DHX Media, Slap Happy Cartoons, Nitrogen Studios, Kickstart Productions and Titmouse. You can see for yourself at our off-site blog: CapGrads.blogspot.com. There are links to our graduates’ personal blogs going back to our very first class of 1997!
Q“Do you still work traditionally with paper?”
AYes we do! There are things you can create by drawing and animate on paper that you still can’t do digitally. In the second year, when we animate complex, feature-level characters, we work on paper. In first year, we do a lot of animation on the Cintiq using TV Paint animation software because students can learn the important timing and principles of animation. In Animation Design, we work on paper and finish things off using software to add colour. How we work will depend on the right tool for the right job. Sometimes it’s digital, sometimes traditional or a combination.
Q“What type of facilities do you have for your students?”
AWe probably have the best facilities of any animation program in Canada. Not only that, but we only have one intake of students per year and each student gets their own workspace that includes a full size animation (drafting) table with shelves and locking cabinet, a computer and a 21″ Wacom Cintiq for drawing digitally. Students can keep working at their station outside of classes and late into the evening without being kicked out to make room for another class. The rooms have a 60″ flat screen monitor as well as an HD projector linked to the instructor’s podium (also equipped with a Cintiq). Outside the class, we have a 200 seat 3D theatre for screenings, extensive library of books and DVDs and access to a free colour printer.
Q“What do you do to help your students find jobs?”
- We have instructors who work in the industry and who know where the jobs are and what is required.
- We have close ties with the industry and bring recruiters and artists in to speak during the year.
- We have paid summer internships with local studios that 1st year students can apply for.
- In second year, we match each student with a successful Cap grad working at the studio and doing the job that the 2nd year student wants to do when they graduate.
- This industry person serves as an advisor to the student for their final term. We have an annual grad show in downtown Vancouver with an industry night that attracts many studio recruiters.
- We also have an “Animators’ Picnic” at Jericho Beach every August where grads from all years come to meet and connect with other alumni.
- We track our grads after they leave and continue to advise them about job opportunities, portfolios, etc.