Pre-Animation and Illustration


The Pre-animation and Illustration program at Algonquin College is designed for students who are interested in art, drawing, animation, life drawing, illustration,  and comic books.

Mobile DeviceBring Your Own Device (BYOD): As a student in this on-campus program, you will require a mobile computing device that meets the specifications outlined by your program at http://algonquincollege.com/byod

(Please note this was previously referred to as a Mobile Learning Program)

Another Mobile Device ImageeTextbooks: As a student in a program that has adopted etextbooks, your required texts and digital resources will be provided to you at the beginning of each term (with the exception of general education electives). For more information and associated fees, go to http://www.algonquincollege.com/etextbooks/

Ontario College Certificate
1 Year(s)

Program Code: 1438G01FWO
Academic Year: 2016/2017



Our Program

One-Year Certificate Program

This one-year Ontario College Certificate program is designed for students who are interested in art, drawing, animation, life drawing, illustration, comic books and photography. The program provides students an opportunity to determine whether they have the interest, motivation, creativity and dexterity to pursue a career in animation, illustration or concept art. Students experience college delivery of course material while developing a portfolio and building their drawing and creative skills to prepare for further studies in animation or illustration.

Graduates are eligible to receive an Ontario College Certificate in General Arts and Science- One Year, with concentration in Pre-Animation and Illustration.

Graduates can apply to another program at the College or continue their studies in Year II of the General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program. Some credits may be considered as transfer credits towards other college programs. Additionally, eligible students who complete the certificate program with a GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible for Articulation Agreements. All articulation agreements to postsecondary institutions can be found at: http://www.algonquincollege.com/degree-pathways/list/

Two-Year Diploma Program

General Arts and Science Year II provides a well-balanced selection of courses in the social sciences and humanities. The two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program begins in September (for graduates of the one-year certificate program) and in January. On successful completion of Year II, students receive an Ontario College Diploma.

Graduates of the diploma program may apply for Advanced Standing at either Carleton University or the University of Ottawa if they achieve a GPA of 3.0 or better. Articulation Agreements also exist with other postsecondary institutions.

Please note that the two-year General Arts and Science Ontario College Diploma program does not include any drawing-related courses in the second year.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by your program are outlined at http://algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Algonquin`s New Technology Store at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a keen interest in exploring the animation and illustration fields.
  • Are imaginative and creative.
  • Work well under pressure to meet tight deadlines.
  • Have analytical and problem solving abilities.
  • Are comfortable using technology to communicate ideas.

Your Career

A General Arts and Science Ontario College Certificate or Ontario College Diploma demonstrates to employers, colleges and universities that graduates have the ability to learn at a postsecondary level, have enhanced skills in oral and written communication, can conduct research in a systematic manner, and are flexible and open to meeting new challenges. These are important attributes in a world where change is rapid and adaptability is an asset.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop, through general knowledge gained in a wide range of subjects, insight into both self and society.
  2. Develop flexibility and clarity of both thought and expression in order to develop communications competence to a level required by business and industry.
  3. Understand and utilize critical thinking processes and problem solving techniques.
  4. Examine and evaluate various aspects of our changing society to assist in developing a sense of personal and social responsibility as a citizen in society.
  5. Employ basic vocational skills drawn from the areas of the Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences of Vocational Studies (Business, Technology).

Courses

Programs at Algonquin College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided an Algonquin email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.
Level: 01 Hours
ANI0023 Field Sketching Life drawing is a fundamental skill for creating authenticity in art pieces. Students develop memory drawing techniques and gesture drawing through visits to real world locations. Emphasis is on developing good drawing skills, maintaining proportions, applying the rules of composition, and selecting styles for recording the environment and its inhabitants. 30.0
ANI1600 Layout Design I Strong design skills are required for solid layout design for animation and illustration. Students gain an understanding of perspective, staging, and the construction of various environments and objects through a series of lectures, exercises and group critiques. Focus is placed on creating three-dimensional spaces and objects that meet animation/illustration design industry standards. 60.0
ANI1601 Character Design I Solid character design is a requirement in all drawing related fields. Students learn to create a variety of character designs through lectures, traditional classroom lectures and demonstrations, exercises and group critiques. This includes a structural breakdown of the head and body that makes the student's designs solid enough for drawing consistently and from any angle. All characters are designed within a floor plan environment. Other elements include balance, rotation designs through animation techniques and stylized illustration design. 60.0
ANI1602 Life Drawing I Drawing from observation and the human form is essential to developing strong drawing skills for the animation and illustration industry. Students develop knowledge of the body and how it relates to a two dimensional surface through a series of lectures, learning activities and assignments. Students also develop their observation techniques through a series of drawing exercises. Emphasis is on proportion and precision in drawing. Students attain this through the use of casts and prolonged poses with live models and skeletons. 60.0
DAT5758A Computer Applications The effective use of industry-standard software is vital to career success. Emphasis is placed on the production of professional-looking multimedia presentations, spreadsheets, and multi-page documents using Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Internet security and privacy are also addressed to enhance awareness of the implications of working online. Students develop the computer foundation to advance in academics and the workplace. 45.0
ENL5000G Communication Skills Communication remains an essential skill sought by employers, regardless of discipline or field of study. Using a practical, vocation-oriented approach, students focus on meeting the requirements of effective communication. Through a combination of lectures, exercises, and independent learning, students practise writing, speaking, reading, listening, locating and documenting information and using technology to communicate professionally. Students develop and strengthen communication skills that contribute to success in both educational and workplace environments. 45.0
Level: 02 Hours
ANI0017 Portfolio Preparation A solid and appealing portfolio is the student's gateway to academic advancement and employment. Focus is on professional scanning, image manipulation through image editing software, page layout, printing and an introduction to applied colour theory. Students also explore channels of advertising their artwork through the use of forums, blogs and personal websites with the aid of lectures, online documents and assignments. 30.0
ANI1610 Layout Design II Strong design skills are required for solid layout design for animation and illustration. Students create complex layout design concepts and themes through lectures, demonstrations, exercises and group critiques. Students build compositional drawing samples that are portfolio worthy. Students learn and apply the art of vehicle and prop design, drawing a scene from two different angles among many other topics.

Prerequisites: ANI1600
60.0
ANI1611 Character Design II Solid character design is a requirement in all drawing related fields. Students create complex character design concepts and themes through lectures and demonstrations, exercises and group critiques. Students build drawing samples that are portfolio worthy. Students learn and apply the art of caricature, comic book page creation and creature design among many other topics.

Prerequisites: ANI1601
60.0
ANI1612 Life Drawing II Drawing from observation and the human form is essential to developing strong drawing skills for the animation and illustration industry. Students study advanced life drawing techniques. Students learn about the proportions of the human head and face by drawing portraits with the sight measurement techniques. Special attention is paid to how light affects the human form and how it translates to a two dimensional surface through the study of the theory of value. Students apply these theories directly in their drawing assignments, lectures, online documents, field sketching, and observational drawing of models and casts.

Prerequisites: ANI1602
60.0
HIS0012 History of Animation Societal changes over the last century have dramatically influenced the nature of animated cartoons, commercials and films. In the early decades of the 20th century, characters in black face makeup were common. During World War II, animated products became vehicles for government propaganda. For several decades, animated films encouraged viewers to smoke and to devalue women's workplace involvement. At the same time, technical advancements, such as the introduction of sound, colour, television, computer graphics and 3D have totally transformed the tools used by animators, as well as the look of their finished products. Students explore this rich cultural evolution through online lectures, documentaries, artist interviews, gallery visits and personal reflections. 45.0
Elective: choose 1 Hours
ENL6000A Communication Studies - Academic Focus The ability to exchange ideas effectively contributes to success in a variety of endeavours. Students apply principles of clear communication, considering focus, relevance, organization, tone and style. Tasks include research, analysis, documentation and presentation. Through lecture, discussion, and individual and team-based assignments, students focus on communicating in a variety of contexts and mediums. Particular attention is given to the requirements of academic writing. 45.0
ENL6000B Communication Studies - Collaborative Focus The ability to exchange ideas effectively contributes to success in a variety of endeavours. Students apply principles of clear communication, considering focus, relevance, organization, tone and style. Tasks include research, analysis, documentation and presentation. Through lecture, discussion, and individual and team-based assignments, students focus on communicating in a variety of contexts and mediums. Particular attention is given to the requirements of teamwork and interpersonal communications. 45.0
ENL6000C Communication Studies - Entrepreneurial Focus The ability to exchange ideas effectively contributes to success in a variety of endeavours. Students apply principles of clear communication, considering focus, relevance, organization, tone and style. Tasks include research, analysis, documentation and presentation. Through lecture, discussion, and individual and team-based assignments, students focus on communicating in a variety of contexts and mediums. Particular attention is given to creative and multimedia applications. 45.0
Elective Group A Hours
GAS0019 Level I Substitute Xix To be used as a substitute. 45.0
GAS0020 Level I Substitute Xx To be used as substitute. 45.0

Fees & Expenses   

2016/2017 Academic Year

Total Fees for the first year of the program:

Domestic tuition/ancillary fees: $5,804.29. *

International tuition/ancillary Fees: $15,330.33. *

* Amounts include tuition fee, program specific lab and material fees, applicable eText fees, Students` Association fees and compulsory ancillary fees. Fees are subject to change. For detailed fees information please visit http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/pay/tuition-and-expenses

Note: For further information regarding your books, please visit
http://www.algonquincollege.com/etexts

Supplies cost approximately $300 per year and can be purchased at the campus store. Some textbooks include a software package which is mandatory as it includes evaluation components for the program.

Admission Requirements   

2017/2018 Academic Year

College Eligibility

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent. Applicants with an OSSD showing senior English and/or Mathematics courses at the Basic Level, or with Workplace or Open courses, will be tested to determine their eligibility for admission; OR
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) certificate; OR
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without a high school diploma at the start of the program). Eligibility may be determined by academic achievement testing for which a fee of $50 (subject to change) will be charged.

Program Eligibility

  • English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or equivalent).
  • Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of the subject specific requirements noted above along with proof of either:
    • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service-Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band. OR
    • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT)-overall 80, with the minimum of 20 in each component: Reading 20; Listening: 20 Speaking: 20, Writing: 20

Should the number of qualified applicants exceed the number of available places, applicants will be selected on the basis of their proficiency in English.

Application Information

GENERAL ARTS AND SCIENCE - ONE YEAR Program Code 1438G01FWO

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Students currently enrolled in an Ontario secondary school should notify their Guidance Office prior to their online application at ontariocolleges.ca

Applications for Fall Term and Winter Term admission received by February 1 will be given equal consideration. Applications received after February 1 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form at
https://algonquincollege.force.com/myACint/ or by contacting the Registrar`s Office.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar`s Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Ave, Room C150
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Telephone: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-4723
TTY: 613-727-7766
Fax: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Additional Information

This is a hands-on program with many visual design demands, in which students must be able to actively participate in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes. Students are required to draw for long periods of time.

For more information, contact Rich Lauzon, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5279 or lauzonr@algonquincollege.com.

Every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this publication. The College reserves the right to modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable, or campus location at any time