Animation and Graphics

CampusStart DateTuition/Fees
MiramichiSeptember 2024 (Blended Delivery) Domestic | International

Program Overview

Who doesn't love a great story? From humankind's earliest carvings on stone walls to today's multimedia experiences, storytelling is one of our most engaging forms of expression. Animators and graphics professionals are creative artists that bring ideas and images to life in media sectors from entertainment to education. We work far beyond just the world of cartoons, putting our skills to work in video game studios, web design, marketing and advertising agencies, publishing, and more. Do you love to draw or sketch? Do you dream up wonderful stories or characters in your head? Turn your creativity into a dream career in animation and graphics.
In our Animation and Graphics program, you'll learn the technical skills to produce quality 2D showreels and story reels that will highlight your talent to future employers, particularly in animation keys, in-betweens, and clean-up. You'll receive training in industry-standard computer animation software in a professional studio environment, and you'll be taught and mentored by knowledgeable instructors who have work experience with iconic industry leaders, including Disney and Nelvana. Enroll today in our Animation and Graphics program and put your imagination in motion.


The requirements for this diploma program may be achieved within two academic years of full-time study.

Admission Requirements

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  • High School Diploma or Adult High School Diploma or GED Diploma of High School Equivalency or Canadian Adult Education Credential (CAEC) or Essential Skills Achievement Pathway: Post-Secondary Entry High School Diploma

    NB Francophone High School Math Equivalencies
    International Student Admission Equivalencies

    Career Possibilities

    Animation and Graphics is a multi-billion-dollar industry with related career opportunities ranging from graphic arts technicians who design page make-up, layout and lettering, and prepare production materials for press, electronic, or multimedia publishing to 2 and 3D animators and visual effects specialists and supervisors who work on content for the web, TV, movies and video games.
    Part of the reward of working in our industry is developing your own signature style and working on projects that suit that style best. From pop music videos to killer websites and games, if you're good at what you do, you'll be able to find opportunities to make your creative mark in the industry.

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    Specific Considerations

    It is highly recommended that applicants of this program have a strong interest in traditional drawing skills. Still drawing, life drawing, and character design are major components of this program and critical to student success.

    Technology Requirements
    NBCC is a connected learning environment. All programs require a minimum specification, including access to the internet and a laptop. Your computer should meet your program technology requirements to ensure the software required for your program operates effectively. Free wifi is provided on all campuses.

    Areas of Study

    • Traditional and 2D Digital Animation Tools and Techniques
    • Software Tools (i.e.: Toon Boom Harmony)
    • Life Drawing
    • Character and Prop Design
    • Location and Background Design
    • Animation Layout, In-Betweeens, and Clean-Up
    • Colour Theory, Styles, and Background Painting
    • Acting for Animation
    • Storytelling
    • Script Writing and Storyboarding
    • Special Effects
    • Compositing
    • Story Reel, Show Reel, and Portfolio Development
    • Career Planning

    Program Courses

    Course curriculum for this program is still under development. Once the courses have been finalized, they will be posted here. Courses are subject to change.

    NOC Codes

    52111 - Graphic arts technicians
    52120 - Graphic designers and illustrators
    53111 - Motion pictures, broadcasting, photography and performing arts assistants and operators

    Articulation Agreements

    Institution: University of New Brunswick Saint John - Faculty of Business
    Information: Bachelor of Applied Management Degree
    NBCC graduates of any 2 year diploma program with a GPA of 70% or greater receive 2 years full credit toward this degree and will be eligible to enter year 3 of the 4 year Bachelor of Applied Management (BAM) program.


    Institution: Technical University of the Shannon
    Information: BA Animation and Motion Design

    Graduates of the Animation and Graphics diploma are eligible to enter year 3, level 7 of the BA Animation and Motion Design.  To be eligible for consideration, NBCC graduates will have achieved a minimum grade average of 60%.

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