3D Animation Program: Is This Training Right For You?

Updated November 2020

Every day, we meet with students who are considering 3D animation training and careers. Some are fresh out of high school, while others are looking to switch jobs a bit later in life.

And while each person has their own professional goals and interests, every student has one thing in common. They want to find a training program they can excel in, and get a stable and fulfilling job after college.

Will a 3D Animation program help you meet that goal?

There are a few easy ways to find out. You can look closer at the skills and topics taught in class, to make sure they match your expectations and interests.

You can also research your job options after graduation, and the demand for 3D animation and VFX artists in your city.

These are the questions we'll be answering in this post. Read on to learn what it's like to study 3D animation, the Montreal animation scene, and your job prospects after college.

By the end of this post, you'll know if this program is right for you, and exactly how to get started.


What's Involved in a 3D Animation Diploma program?

If don't want a 4-year animation degree, a diploma program could be the ideal alternative. You can finish a 3D animation diploma program in just 24 months, and still get the technical training needed to break into the industry.

What exactly can you expect to cover in a 2-year 3D animation program? Quality, well-rounded training will include courses in:

  • character design and storyboarding
  • 3D character modelling and rigging
  • digital sculpting
  • character animation
  • character skinning and textures
  • lighting and special effects
  • architectural and environmental modelling
  • video game development
  • traditional drawing
  • 2D illustration and painting using masks, layers, brushes, etc.

By the end of the program, you will be comfortable using industry-standard 3D animation software and related tools, including:

  • Photoshop
  • ZBrush
  • Autodesk 3ds Max
  • Adobe Premier Pro

Most 3D animation programs require students to create a demo reel. All the projects you do in class are added to the reel, so you have a portfolio to show employers when applying for jobs.

Your training should also include an internship. This gives you the chance to experience a real animation studio environment, make industry connections, and get work experience for your resume.

The ultimate goal of a 3D Animation program? To teach you the exact animation software and technical skills you need to get an entry-level job

Once you get hired, you will continue learning on-the-job and have opportunities to advance your career.


What Animation career options will you have after graduation?

What's your dream job in 3D animation? Do you know what your career options are after finishing training? Actually, there are applications for 3D animation in several industries.

The obvious paths are in film, television, and video games.

But it's quite possible that your very first gig could be in marketing or advertising.

3D animation has become a very important element of web design, and is often used for product demos, explainer videos, and promotional story-telling.

Tons of global brands use 3D animation in their marketing, including Tesla, Samsung, Nokia, and Sony. Click below to check out some of their videos.

Take a look at some 3D product design videos right here.


Are there jobs in 3D animation where you live?

If you live in Quebec and your dream is to work in film, TV, or video games after 3D animation college, you're definitely in the right place.

For years, Montreal has been recognized internationally as a hub for audiovisual special effects and 2D/3D computer animation. And a long list of Hollywood blockbusters have hired Montreal talent for post-production special effects work.

As for video games, Quebec has been making a name for itself in the industry since the 1980s. There are at least 230 video game (or related) companies operating across the province, and in 2017, more than 10, 000 people were employed in the field.

Montreal is the crowning jewel of the Quebec gaming scene, often called the "Hollywood of video games". It's ranked the 5th largest video game centre in the world, after Tokyo, London, San Francisco and Austin.

A slew of award-winning, globally renowned video games have their roots in Quebec, including Assassin's Creed, the Splinter Cell series, Army of Two, and Watch Dogs.

And Montreal is home to serious video game heavyweights, such as Ubisoft Montreal, EA Montreal, WB Games Montreal, and Square Enix Montreal.

It's hard to imagine a better place to launch a 3D animation career. Be ready for some tough competition though, as the city attracts top talent, and is full of up-and-comers.

Still, the latest jobs report from the Government of Canada shows positive growth in this industry, and stable opportunities for new 3D animation grads.

Montreal (and Quebec as a whole) gets 2/3 stars for job outlook for 3D animators—which means demand is steady and fairly well-balanced between job seekers and employers.

The key to starting out strong is up-to-date, comprehensive 3D animation training from a reputable college.

Solid training, and a really impressive demo reel, will help you land your first job—the rest depends on your passion and how hard you're willing to hustle.


Learn More About 3D Animation training in Montreal

Think you have what it takes to excel in 3D animation training and build a successful career in this field?

Your next step is to meet with an admissions advisor, learn more about application requirements, and above all else, ensure this training is a good fit for your needs and goals.

At Herzing Montreal, we offer personal advising appointments to all potential new students. Even if you don't choose one of our programs, we're still happy to meet with you, and offer our best advice to help you plan your next steps.

Chat live with an Admissions Advisor right now. Or click below to explore the 3D Animation program and get more information. We're here to help!

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