Animation (BFA) Portfolio Requirements

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 a portfolio consisting of seven or more works of art, submitted in five separate files.

One portfolio consisting of seven or more (7+) pieces—contained in five (5) separate files—including:


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

  • 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. Do not include AI artwork. Do not directly replicate another artist's work (including replicating anime drawings, cartoons, and character designs). 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 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.

Submitting Your Project

Upload your files to Slideroom and finish the application by answering the last questions about yourself in the online form.


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.

Early Decision Benefits

  • Find out fast: Get your admission decision months before Regular Decision applicants
  • Raise your odds: Compete against a smaller pool of applicants
  • Secure your spot: High-demand majors fill up fast. Apply by 11/15


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Application Deadlines

Application DatesDecision Release Dates*
Early Decision I November 15 Mid December
Early Decision II December 15 Mid January
Regular Decision January 15
Mid February
Transfer Priority Deadline: June 1 Rolling
Spring Enrollment**
Priority Deadline: October 1 Rolling

All deadlines are 11:59 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) when it becomes available to ensure that your financial aid award includes all of the institutional and federal aid you are eligible to receive.

Champlain's FAFSA code is 003684

*Decision release dates are contingent on receiving all requisite application materials by the stated deadlines, including transcripts and portfolios, if required.
**Certain majors are not eligible for Spring enrollment.

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