Top 5 Animation Institutes in Canada

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Piyush Kohli
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Updated on Oct 17, 2022 12:54 IST

Top 5 Animation Institutes in Canada

A professional animation course is a popular program among students. Animation is just creating and designing visual effects using the latest technologies. Today, the animation is becoming a popular career choice among youngsters. Canada boasts some of the world’s top Animation institutes and commendable faculty.  With one of the largest and most respected animation festivals for drawing professional, commercial, independent & amateur animators, and animation enthusiasts, Ottawa International Animation Festival takes place every fall in Ottawa Ontario, Canada is a force to reckon with when it comes to animation.

There are many options to complete the degree in animation or related fields from Universities in Canada. It is important to select the right place to pursue the program. Canadian university Oscar-winning alumni, pursuing a course in Animation in Canada can open a plethora of opportunities for serious aspirants. We have below the list of the top 5 Animation Institutes in Canada.

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  • Sheridan College, Oakville

One of the top Animation institutes in the world, Sheridan College, attracts students from across Canada and around the world, and is nationally and internationally recognized for excellence in business, digital media & communications, performing arts, visual arts & design, applied computing and telecommunications, engineering and manufacturing sciences, and community service studies.

Courses: Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) degree (4 years); Computer Animation Certificate program (1 year); Post-graduation degrees in Game Level Design; and Game Development - Advanced Programming (1 year)

Tests Required: IELTS or TOEFL

  • Vancouver Film School (VFS)

No flowery language is required in appreciation of Vancouver Film School (VFS), as the figures say it all. Every year, a string of students graduate from The Vancouver Film School (VFS) with strong portfolios and bagging jobs at companies like ILM, Pixar, Paramount, EMI, Dreamworks, and EA. Their training includes filmmaking, character animation, and video game design courses. Despite being located in Canada, the LA Times ranked VFS as one of the Top 10 schools favored by video game industry recruiters.

Courses offered: Filmmaking, Character Animation, Video Game Design, etc.

Tests Required: IELTS or TOEFL

  • Seneca College

Seneca College's Animation Arts Centre offers a wide range of courses fit for any aspiring animator or video game designer: including Animation Arts, Digital Animation, Gaming, and Visual Effects for Film and TV. The students that come out of Seneca are well-trained in the artistic application of the theories of motion, timing, and storytelling. They are industry-ready graduates.

Courses offered: 3-year Animation program and Post-diploma programs in 3D Animation and Visual Effects for Film and Television.

Test Required: IELTS or TOEFL

  • Vancouver Institute of Media Arts

Vancouver Institute of Media Arts aka VanArts is the mecca for Animation aspirants, as the Institute boasts of some innovative programs to make aspirants skilled in their forte.

Courses Offered:  2D Character Animation, 3D Character Animation, Digital Photography, Game Art and Design, Visual Effects for Film and Television, Web Development, and Interactive Design.

Tests Required: IELTS or TOEFL

  • Ontario College of Art & Design

Ontario College of Arts & Design is one of the top Canadian art schools, OCAD unarguably has the finest teaching talent in the country. Equipped with excellent programs and an elite faculty, OCAD has its own selection standards, hence getting into OCAD is no cakewalk. So better, be prepared with an innovatively creative portfolio, before applying to this institute.

Courses offered: Guerrilla Entrepreneurism, Exploration, Insight, and Foresight in Design, Illustrative Activism, Motion Graphics, Sequential Narrative, Virtual Communities, Play Behavior and Game Design, Interactive Communication: Clever Devices, Media, Messages, and the Cultural Landscape and Illustration and the Rise of Popular Culture.

Test Required: IELTS or TOEFL

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Q. Where can I study animation in Canada?

A. OCAD University (Experimental Animation BFA), the University of Alberta (Animal Science BSc.), Fanshawe College (Diploma in Animation), Concordia University (Bachelor of Fine Arts), Toronto Film School (Video Game Animation), etc. are some of the popular university to study animation in Canada.

Q. Is Canada good for animators?

A. Canada is the home of hundreds of major game design studios, as well as top creative agencies and design firms. Canada is one of the safest countries to be an animator in the world. It is not surprising that most animation students remain in Canada after graduation.

Q. Which are the top animation schools in the world?

A. Royal College of Art, University of the Arts London, The New School, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), and Politecnico di Milano are the top 5 animation schools in the world.

Q. What is the best animation school in Canada?

A. Sheridan College, Vancouver Film School, Seneca College, Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, Ontario College of Art & Design, etc. are some of the best animation schools in Canada for international students.

Q. How much can an animator earn in Canada?

A. A person working as an animator in Canada can earn around 87,100 CAD per year. Salaries range from 47,000 CAD (lowest) to 132,000 CAD (highest). It is the best choice for Indian students to study animation program in Canada.
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Akash Pandya

4 years ago

I want to study VFX and animation for 1-year pg course. I will complete my Engineering in Electronics next year from Mumbai. Since it'd be a total stream change, what will be the requirements I'd need to meet up to get in institutes like vfs or vanarts?

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Suyog Alshi

4 years ago

I want to study vfx in canada for 1 year pg course. I have completed my bfa vfx from pune. And have pretty good experience in work. Suggest me a vfx institute in canada with cheapest fees

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Reena Devda

5 years ago

i want to study motion graphic design in canada for 1 year PG course. i have completed BCA from IGNOU surat, gujarat and i have good working experience of video editing. So which college will be suitable for me to study motion graphics in canada

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Tanishq Hooda

4 years ago

Ma'am i am also searching for the same field if u able to find plz share the details to me also


Deepak J

5 years ago

I'm now learning +1... I hav a good passion on visual effects... and I hav some good works to show... Is it possible to get an admission at USA without graduating...

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Hiten Modi

6 years ago

sir my daughter complete msc it in gujarat university now she working as a game designer now which course & clollege avaialable in 3d animation & game design at canada

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Tanishq Hooda

4 years ago

Sir i am also searching for the same field if u able to find plz share the details to me also

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