Digital Painting and Expanded Animation (Drawing & Painting)

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Digital Painting and Expanded Animation is a specialization of both the Integrated Media and Drawing & Painting Programs. For this Drawing & Painting specialization, you’ll focus on digital media and painting including traditional painting techniques, digital tablet painting and animation.

MORE ABOUT THE DIGITAL PAINTING AND EXPANDED ANIMATION (DRAWING AND PAINTING) PROGRAM

In this program, you’ll take the core Drawing & Painting classes but also experiment with stop motion techniques, 3D animation and 2D visual effects for animation and painting. Beyond the technical skills, you’ll also learn to create your own ideas and artistic voice. You’ll start in first year with Drawing & Painting and art classes and then focus on painting, digital imaging and animation in later years.

To apply to this program, you should choose Drawing & Painting and select Digital Painting and Expanded Animation as your subject of major.

At the end of this four-year program, you will earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Get more details about the program.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
  • For Ontario high school students, a minimum overall average of 70%
  • Portfolio (samples of your work and a visual representation of who you are)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official transcripts
  • Other requirements
JOBS YOU CAN GET

Graduates of the program work in:

  • Artistic practice
  • Animation
  • Mural work
  • Film, video and TV production
CO-OPS/INTERNSHIPS

OCAD U offers so much more than co-ops because creative careers take many forms. Our approach is specialized, and individual to every student’s needs and goals. You will be able to take advantage of:

  • Short experiential learning placements from among hundreds of organizations
  • Creative in-class projects with real-world industry partners
  • Exclusive summer internships
  • Gallery exhibitions of your work
  • Freelance creative opportunities
  • Jobs after graduation

OCAD University’s dedicated support services will help you build a professional community, valuable experience and skills necessary for a meaningful career.

WHAT YOU’LL DO IN THE PROGRAM

FIRST YEAR

In first year, in addition to an art class of your choosing, you’ll take:

  • Painting
  • Form and Structure
  • Time-Based Media
  • Drawing Across Disciplines
SECOND YEAR

In second year, you will take Painting Studio, Animation Fundamentals, History of Modern Art, Contemporary Issues and Integrated Media classes based on your interest, including:

  • Printing and Digital Imaging
  • Compositing and Digital Animation
  • Animation: Stop-Motion
  • 3D Modeling and Animation
  • Intermediate Animation Studio
THIRD YEAR

Third year will feature Advanced Animation Studio, Animation: Critical Perspectives, Pixel Pusher and Integrated Media courses based on your interest, including:

  • Paint and Digital: Collaboration
  • Paint and Digital: Production
  • Advanced Compositing
  • Character Design and Animation
  • Sound Design
FOURTH YEAR

In your fourth year, you will focus on your year-long thesis project. You’ll also take courses based on your interest such as Professional Practice. At the end of the year, you’ll showcase your work at GradEx ̶ OCAD U’s Graduate Exhibition, the biggest free art and design exhibition in Toronto with more than 40,000 visitors.