Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2D Animation
Online Bachelor of Fine Arts in 3D Animation

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Animation is the art of bringing life to an otherwise lifeless form. It is the merger of technology, artistry, and storytelling at its finest. Throw in today’s advanced technology and you have virtually unlimited possibilities to create something special. Learn 2D and 3D Animation Online at RMCAD!

Program Overview

As an Online 2D or 3D Animation student, you’ll explore the field of animation at every level. You’ll hone your skills as an animator with online training that prepares you for the real world of professional animation production. Our Online Animation Courses provide students the kind of attention and support that allows them to blossom as artists.

The Online Animation program is focused on helping students understand how to use the technical skills and techniques they’ve learned to create original animation and compelling narratives. You’ll not only graduate with an incredible portfolio, you’ll leave RMCAD with the ability to communicate through animation production. 

3D animated scene of a girl in a boat speaking to a giant water serpent.
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Program Highlights

Modeling (3D)

Students develop skills to equip them for entry level 3D modeling work at various studios.

Texture Mapping (3D)

Students create appropriate textures for the shot, whether realistic or stylized.

Character Design

Students demonstrate artistry, unique voice, conceptualization and process including thumbnails, comps and character designs.


Students create storyboards and animatics that give a sense of style and timing for a full animated production. 

Observational Drawing

Students demonstrate strong drawing, composition, anatomy, color and perspective skills.

Line of Action

Students develop a solid understanding of the importance of posing characters, which will translate into stronger and more believable character animation.


Students demonstrate a thorough knowledge of animation fundamentals and believability in motion, timing and structure. They also develop an eye for noticing subtleties of motion.

Online Degree Requirements

Our Online Animation program with an emphasis in 2D Animation or 3D Animation is focused on helping students develop their unique, artistic voice. You’ll learn essential animation production techniques and tools while you collaborate with talented artists from all walks of life.

Tech + Tools

In the world of animation production, the most important tool you need is your imagination. Where RMCAD’s Online 2D Animation program focuses on traditional drawing techniques, our Online 3D Animation classes allow your computer skills to take the main stage—with your stylus and high-res computer taking on the lead roles.


Animation Careers

Students who graduate with RMCAD’s Online Animation Degree are blazing a trail in the industry and landing amazing career opportunities with groundbreaking companies like Pixar, Blue Sky Studios, Lola VFX, Industrial Light & Magic, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network. We’re here for you every step of the way with a network of the top companies and industry connections out there, waiting for talented artists just like you to join their team!

Potential Career Paths

Let's Design Your Future NOW

Student Work + Success

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Stories @ RMCAD

Animation Faculty

When you surround yourself with people who share your dreams and also inspire you, you are ten times more likely to reach your goals! RMCAD’s dedicated faculty has the experience and insight to guide you to the finish line.

Animation Events

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Student Benefit Partnerships

2D + 3D Animation

3D Animation

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