Animation admissions and portfolio requirement

The Animation major is a visual arts program focused on the creation of 2-D and 3-D art and animation for film, television, visual effects, and virtual production. To be successful, students must enter the program with a strong aesthetic ability and a passion for creating visual art using both traditional and digital media. As part of the application for admission into the Animation major, Champlain College requires the submission of a portfolio consisting of five files.

Portfolio requirements:

Drawing from life: One PDF file (one page, per drawing) that contains one of each of the following observational drawings, created using traditional media (e.g. pencil, pen, charcoal, paint):

  • One still life
  • One perspective drawing
  • One portrait

Four additional files (can be multipage PDF files for images, or mp4 files for animations) that include any combination of the following (you don't have to include all of these):

  • Drawings and paintings created using traditional media
  • Drawings and paintings created using digital media
  • 3-D models, with or without textures
  • 2-D or 3-D animations
  • Traditional or digital sculpture

Please do not include work that copies photographs by using paint overs or the grid method—although photos may be used for reference.

Please do not directly replicate another artist's work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, and character designs).

Please do not include anime-style drawings in your portfolio, as they do not tell us enough about your aesthetic ability.

Please include a title and description for each piece.

If you have more than five quality pieces, we would like to see them. We suggest putting similar images into a single PDF file. For example, traditional drawings could be put in one PDF and presented as one body of work, digital images in another PDF file, and multiple animations could be edited into one movie file (no longer than one minute). Make sure the PDF files are nicely formatted with one image per page.

How your portfolio will be evaluated

Your portfolio will be evaluated for skill, visual aesthetics, artistic practice, and creativity. Applicants should concentrate on demonstrating the depth of their artistic talent; - quality is preferred over quantity. Please take time when answering the questions on the form in Slideroom. Good communication is an important quality for animators.