Animation Micro-Credentials OPEN NOW

Animation Certificate Starts January 2023

Begin your journey into the world of animation by registering for AUArts' Animation Certificate. Designed by animation professionals, it's your turn to become the future of the industry. 

Learn to tell a compelling story through moving images. You will learn how to communicate personality, emotions and behaviour with various conceptual, aesthetic and technical approaches to the medium of animation. Following the steps professional animators use to build animation from blocking to polish, you will create complex scenes that tell a story through movement and emotion. This program’s emphasis on storytelling, narrative, character design and visual art is what will set you apart in the animation world.

Work towards a final capstone project of creating either a professional-level portfolio, demo reel or a short animation project that meets industry requirements for employment and entrepreneurial activity, in Canada and internationally. 


Career Pathways

The Animation Certificate Program will prepare you to explore many roles in the creative technology industry, including animator, animation director, animation producer, character design, and animation production design.

Program Goals

  • Comprehension of artistic and technical animation principles and standards of practice. 
  • Understand cinema vocabulary as it relates to a visual narrative for effective visual storytelling 
  • Personal creative content development for animation and motion graphics. 
  • Understanding of 2D and 3D software applications. 
  • Professional development and industry awareness. 
  • Completion of a capstone project of either a professional-level portfolio/demo reel or a short animation project.



  • Evenings 5:00pm - 9:00pm, and
  • Saturdays 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

WHERE: Online



Animation Foundation Micro-Credentials

No set class times, work at your own pace, on your own time, from the comfort of your home!

Course Code

Course Name

Course Hours


Introduction to Drawing*



Digital Lab for Animators*



Fundamentals in Animation*


Please note: These courses are required to start Animation Certificate. 

Learn more about Micro-credentials.

Block 1 - Character Illustration & Design

Course Code

Course Name

Course Hours


Visual Story & Character Development



Drawing for Animators



Intermediate Animation


Block 2 - Animation Software Suite

Course Code

Course Name

Course Hours


After Effects I



Maya I



Storyboards & Animatics


Capstone - Feature Presentation

Course Code

Course Name

Course Hours


Enterprise & Studio Practices for Animators



Capstone Project 


Please note: Animation Certificate course blocks are listed in order of how they must be completed. 

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Technology Requirements

Laptop (minimum specs)

Storage - 1TB and up

Ram - 16GB and up

Processor - Latest generation, i5 and up

PC Users

The latest gaming or "VR Ready" laptops would work best, especially on a budget and maximize the specs given.

MAC Users

Strongly recommend a MacBook Pro

Additional Equipment

Wacom tablet (any size) 

1TB External hard drive 

3 button mouse

Admission Requirements

  1. Successful Completion of the Animation Micro-Credentials


Permission of the Department based on Prior Learning Assessment.

Language Proficiency – English Language Proficiency (if educated outside Canada) 

A score of 83% or higher on an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) on the Internet-based test (iBT), with a minimum score of 20 in each of the four testing sections, or 220 on the computer-based test (CBT). 

A score of 70% or higher on the Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) assessment, or a score of 70, or higher on the computer edition (CAEL CE).

A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Test (IELTS).

Completion Requirements

AUArts Animation Certificate consists of 450 contact hours that can be completed full-time in one calendar year. Part-time study is also available. Part-time students have a maximum of five years to complete the program. 

Upon completion, students will receive a non-credit Certificate in Animation in their chosen stream (2D or 3D) administered by Alberta University of the Arts School of Continuing Education and Professional Development.