3D animation and computer generated imagery

Technical DCS

3D animation and computer generated imagery

This program is offered in English only
1 Choose the college where you want to study the program

The program is offered in the following educational institutions. To start an application for admission, please select the college where you want to study.

Dawson College

3040 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, Québec H3Z 1A4, Canada

2 Applying for admission in the chosen college

To begin your application for admission, click on the purple button below. You will be redirected to the website of SRAM (Service régional d’admission du Montréal métropolitain). This organization handles all admission applications for the colleges that make up the MCHET (Montreal Campus of higher Education technology). Once your application has been reviewed, and if you meet the requirements, we will send you a letter of admission from the college offering your chosen program. You will need this letter for the next steps.

3 Obtaining a Quebec Acceptance Certificate

To come and study in Montreal, you must first obtain authorization from the province of Quebec. After receiving your letter of admission from your chosen college, you will need to apply for a Quebec Acceptance Certificate (CAQ) for studies, which is issued by the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Diversité et de l’Inclusion (MIDI – the department of immigration, diversity and inclusion). You can complete your CAQ application online. Doing so allows you to track the progress of your request from your online profile. To apply online, you must have: - An email address - A credit card is needed to pay the treatment fees that cost around 115$ CA (Visa, Mastercard or Amex).

4 Obtaining a Study Permit

"There is a second immigration document that you will need to obtain. After receiving your CAQ, you must apply for a Student Permit, which you can do online. This application will be forwarded to a visa office that processes all applications from your country of citizenship or the country into which you have been lawfully admitted. If your program includes a workplace internship, it will be mentioned in your letter of admission. You must take this into account when applying for your work permit as a student trainee or participant in a cooperative program. You may need to take a medical exam to obtain your Study Permit. You will be informed of such a need when your application is under review."

5 Obtaining health and hospitalization insurance

All international students must hold a valid Canadian health and hospitalization insurance plan for themselves and their accompanying dependents, or they must be covered under a valid reciprocal social security agreement. Citizens of the countries listed below benefit from a reciprocal social security agreement made with Quebec and, as such, may be covered by the Quebec health insurance board (Régie de l’assurance maladie du Québec – RAMQ) in the same way as Canadians or permanent residents of Canada. The countries are: Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal, Romania and Sweden. For more information, please consult the reciprocal agreement. All other international students must hold a health and hospitalization insurance plan. The college you will be attending will provide you with information on how to obtain this insurance and the related fees.

6 Confirming your acceptance and paying the tuition fees

Your letter of admission will explain how to complete this final step.

  • Passionate about the animation industry, drawing and photography
  • Creative
  • Able to visualize final product
  • Perfectionist: concern for detail

Approximate cost of studies (per year)

  • Citizens of France (France-Québec agreement) : From €204 to €248 or $300 to $365
  • Citizens of other countries: From €8,200 to €12,650 or $12,360 to $19,160


Admission requirements

  • High School Diploma
  • Submit a letter of intent which should provide the Program with information regarding the applicant’s aptitudes, skills and experience and the reason for seeking admission to the program. The student must also demonstrate an understanding of the profession by expressing his or her expectations upon graduating from the Program.
  • Quantity: 15 copies of original artworks, 9” x 12” maximum size. Portfolio and artworks cannot be larger than 9″ x 12″. Portfolio should include: two separate pages of drawings from observation, each including the entire body (head, hands and feet) of the subject in various poses.
  • Two separate drawings (each on a separate page) that demonstrate a two-point perspective of a room in your house. Each of the drawings should be from the same room, but from opposite corners.
  • Two separate pages of character expressions and poses: characters should be original and done solely from the imagination, no copying of existing characters.
  • A photograph of a 6” x 6” clay or Sculpey sculpture of one of your character designs. (Note: Super Sculpey® is a unique polymer clay, loved by artists, doll makers and animation studios around the world.)
  • A flip book of a short animation, 60 frames minimum.
  • The other eight pieces may be modeling or animation projects, drawings of people/animals/characters, photographs of original artworks, technical drawings, paintings or any other artwork. DO NOT include copies of existing cartoon characters, referenced art from existing artists, comic strips, comic books, manga or abstract works.
  • Your artworks should be placed neatly inside a binder or folder with pockets, or a portfolio case.
  • Must be eligible to take College English 603-101 (testing may be required)
  • Must be eligible to take Basic French 602-100 (testing may be required)
  • Be at least 18 years old once in Canada



Duration of studies

3 years or 6 semesters (full time)


Application deadlines

Fall 2020 semester: March 1, 2020

  • Analyze characteristics and requirements of a project
  • Produce a prototype or layout of the animation
  • Able to model characters, props and setting
  • Apply textures and colours to models
  • Add lighting to scene; animate characters and incorporate other graphic elements to render final versions of scenes and characters
  • Produce digital visual effects and compositing; work with motion capture data
  • Modeler: translating concept art into 3D models of creatures, humans and other physical objects such as vehicles, furniture, trees and buildings, using 3D application software
  • Animator: applying movement to human and animal models; infusing them with personalities and animating their subtle gestures. Animators can also animate other objects such as vehicles and spacecraft.
  • Texture artist: adding final touches to grayscale models. Also: design visible surfaces that cover the architecture, environments, creatures and objects.
  • Lighting and visual effects specialist: creating the ambiance in an animated film. Also: create effects of light and shade that make sets look real. Special effects animators produce special effects, such as tornadoes or asteroids, simulating the actions of air, fire, water and wind.

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