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commercial animation program at Capilano College (Vancouver)

Wonder if anyone knows anything about the 2 year animation program at Capilano College in Vancouver, or if anyone that has graduated from there.
I am interested in learning 2d animation there but wonder if it's a good place. I'd really appreciate if anyone could give me any suggestions.

Thanks :)

Good school. I did not go to school there, per se.. But the guy who runs the program, a Mr. Don Perro was my first-year animation teacher at Algonquin college a long time ago. He knows his craft, and is a helluva teacher. He set up the program there, and is still the head of it (as far as I know... I have not spoken to Don in a dog's age).

I would recommend the program, based on the talented guy running it.


"Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard" - Paul Simon

thanks !

Thanks for the information.

Good to hear positive comments on them. Just the decision of whether learning 2d or 3d animation is a difficult one for me already...but i decided I still lean towards 2d, besides, i don't really have a lot of training on animation, so i think i should at least have a solid foundation first. But the idea of finding a job after graduation worries me a bit. Do you think the animation industry is livelier on the west coast than the east (i mean in canada ) ?

Thanks again :)

Hi again, gnoel.

If I might be so bold as to make a suggestion... LEARN 2D ANIMATION FIRST!!! It is the foundation of 3D animation, and you really need to know the nuances of animating characters well before you can get into 3D. Sure, there are a lot of 3D animators out there who have never done 3D, but the fact of the matter is that they cannot make things move properly (for the most part), in my opinion. You see... Software can be learned easily... Making things move believably and properly is not so easy to learn without a good instructor and practice. You can always study 3D AFTER your 2D training, and are much more likely to be accepted into the program. You will also be much more likely to find work, as you will haev a stronger portfolio IN TWO MEDIUMS, adn studios like to see 3D animators with 2D backgrounds.

As for the livlihood of animation (2D and 3D) in Canada, I find the East coast to be somewhat more promising. Vancouver has some work (Mainframe seems to always be busy), regularily, but it is a very unstable industry there. It is always "one week you are working, the next you are not", or so I have heard from numerous friends working in Van, or who have worked there. There are just a LOT more studios in Toronto and Montreal than out west, making it easier to keep a steady flow of work coming to yourself. As you will find as you start working in animation, you will be bouncing around from studio to studio, project to project, trying to keep a steady pay cheque. In the beginning, you will need to live a nomadic existence probably, just to get yourself that all-important experience.

The unfortunate thing is that the industry is suffering currently in Canada due to Telefilm restructuring, and making it harder for producers to get their tax credits. It does however seem to be back on its way up.


"Don't want to end up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard" - Paul Simon

Sorry to say but..
I have to agree totally with wade
And I don't always do

learning two d , at leats in my experience, has always been a major, major plus in any other form of animation i have come close too..
three d, stop motion, curt out and , ultimately flash..
allthough my bnackground is a bit different in the sense that i did not go to school for animation, i nevertheless went to school for illustration and got myself some pretty good drafting basics
from there, aftergetting my feet wet as an animator, i dipped the rest of my limbs in cg .. and hated it , first

I then discovered modelling and, through that , back to cg animation which is now , an allright matter

i rough out all of my work in two d ,( via flash) first
it is so important for me

Then again.. as wade put it so well, there are many three d artist out there that don't draw at all...and, consequently, their animation skills are ,not bad, just .. different.
they respond to more mechanical action reraction stuff.. and, once again this is a VERY general pointof view

the point is..
Traditional drawing is like writting and reading.
Learn the grammar first , then you can forget it


Thanx guys.

Hehe, actually I 'm more into 2d animation too because i've also studied illustration before and like drawing a lot. But I think it's important to hear opinions from professionals in the industry like u guys. So, really thanx for your help ! :D

Cap Review...

This will give you a really good idea of the animation program at CAP. It's a review from a graduate who took the commercial and digital program.

There's also reviews for vfs & vanarts as well.


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commercial animation program at Capilano College Vancouver

First off, does anyone know a free, downloadable 3d animation software that is relatively good.thnx
now the real question:
im using wings 3d as a modelling program, if i made a person on wings 3d, or any other 3d modelling program, will i be able to sonehow transfer it into an animation program and animate it?
thnx for the help.

I just checked wikipedia and they have a very long list of titles. You should check each one of them out, to find one that will work for you.