3DCOF-AD 3D Computer Graphics

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Overview

  • One-year advanced diploma
  • September entry date
  • Annual application deadline: May 30
  • Exchange District Campus (formerly Princess Street Campus), Winnipeg
  • International applicants please visit Academic Program, Dates and Fees for a listing of programs for international students, current availability and online application instructions

Description
Upgrade and advance your skills if you are an industry professional or recent graduate of our Digital Media Design or an equivalent program.

This program:

  • Complements the two-year Digital Media Design diploma program
  • Focuses on new skill requirements in areas such as advanced 3D graphics and animation and production management

For more information, visit the Creative Arts webpage at https://www.rrc.ca/creativearts/

Admission Requirements

If your academic history includes any of the following, please visit me.rrc.mb.ca/Catalogue/Information/MyEducation for important information: post-secondary studies at an institution other than Red River College; Modified (M), English as an Additional Language (E), or GED high school courses; or home schooling.
ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS ARE DUE WITHIN 30 DAYS OF APPLYING (unless otherwise noted below).

This is a special selection program. Your portfolio will be evaluated and assigned a score that reflects your potential for success in the program. If your portfolio score does not fall within the acceptable range, your application will be cancelled.

Offers of admittance will be made to qualified applicants based on portfolio scores in descending order until all available seats are filled. This means not all applicants whose portfolios scores fall within acceptable range will be offered a seat.

Applicants not offered a seat may reapply for a future intake by submitting a new application, application fee, and new portfolio based on the portfolio specifications for that application year.

You should be competent in Windows and/or Macintosh operating systems. Familiarity with programs such as Adobe Creative Suite and Maya or 3D Studio Max is desirable.

Annual application deadline: May 30

Regular Admission Requirements

  1. Relevant Diploma, Degree, or Work Experience
    • Submit proof of:
      • Graduation from or enrolment in the final year of a post-secondary diploma or degree in visual/fine arts, architecture, graphic design, or multimedia
        or
      • Three years of demonstrated competence through relevant work experience
    • If you provide proof of enrolment at time of application, your official final grades indicating successful completion must be submitted by July 15 for fall enrolment or by the deadline specified in your admission letter
    • Post-secondary transcripts must have been issued within 6 months prior to your application date, and submitted in a sealed envelope directly from the post-secondary institution
    • If you are required to complete an English language assessment, do not submit your transcripts until requested to do so.  See English Language Requirements (ELRs) for more information.
      and
  2. English Language Requirements (ELRs)
    • Have you successfully completed the equivalent of three years of full-time secondary (high school) education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country where English was the language of instruction? To view a list of ELR exempt countries click here.
      • If yes, you appear to meet English language requirements. Submit your transcripts for verification purposes.
        or
      • If no, you are required to submit proof of meeting an English language requirements option.  If you choose to complete an English language assessment, review this program's approved assessments and required levels
        or
      • If you completed all of your education in Canada, the United States, or an ELR exempt country in English but did not complete three years of high school, submit your transcripts for review
        and
  3. Portfolio
    • Submit a portfolio of eight to 10 examples of your best artwork, such as:
      • Figure drawings
      • Perspective drawings
      • Character designs
      • Still life drawings or paintings
      • Story boards
      • 3D models
      • Graphic design work
      • Digital or traditional photography
    • This item is not due within 30 days of applying and will be requested by the College at a later date
    • Do not send original works. Send clean photocopies and/or color printouts.

English Language Assessments

English Language AssessmentMinimum Required Levels
L - Listening, S - Speaking, R - Reading, W - WritingLSRW
AEPUCE (Academic English Program of University and College Entrance )
8887
CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language)
60606060
CLB (LINC) (Canadian Language Benchmark (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada))
Canadian Citizens: LINC programs are not available.
8887
CanTEST (Canadian Test of English for Scholars and Trainees)
RRC Institutional or Official CanTEST accepted EXCEPT for the Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS) program. The MLS program requires the Official CanTEST (the RRC Institutional CanTEST will not be accepted).
4.54.54.53.5
IELTS - Academic (International English Language Testing System)
6.56.56.56.0
TOEFL-iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language - internet Based Test)
20201921

Who Should Enrol?

Consider this program if you are an industry professional or graduate of our Digital Media Design program (or equivalent program) looking to upgrade your skills relating to current CG techniques in the visual effects and game industries.

Locations, Dates and Fees

Next Estimated Term 1 Start Date (subject to change)

Location Start Date Apply Link
Roblin Centre (Prev. PSC) Aug 31, 2020 Apply now

Costs (estimates only; subject to change)

Program/Student Fees
Year 1
$6,165.00
Books and Supplies
Year 1
$500.00
Program/Student Fees (International)
Year 1
$16,959.00

Students may apply for financial assistance through the Manitoba Student Aid program. For general information on applying please call 204-945-6321 or 1-800-204-1685, or visit their website at www.manitobastudentaid.ca, which also includes an online application. For detailed information, please visit one of the RRC Student Service Centres or call 204-632-2327. Applicants requiring financial assistance should complete their student loan applications well in advance of the class start date.

Red River College is a participating institution in the HigherEdPoints program. Through this program, students are able to convert Aeroplan® Miles and TD Points into funds to help cover their tuition. Family members and friends can also contribute to a student’s education by converting their loyalty points - anyone can donate their points to an individual student.

Visit the HigherEdPoints website for more information about the program and/or to set up an account to convert your points.

Courses and Descriptions

(Click the course name to view the description of the course)
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)
In addition to Transfer of Credit from a recognized post secondary institution, other RPL processes are available for RPL courses. Click here for more information. For courses with no RPL, please check www.rrc.ca/rpl for additional contact information.
COMP-1979Computer Graphics Techniques 1
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This course focuses on the basics of 3D computer graphics using Autodesk Maya and/or 3D Studio Max. Students are introduced to the interface and the philosophy of 3D modeling, texturing, lighting and rendering. Lectures will cover the application of these tools in the film, television and game industries.

GRAD-1593Digital Production Techniques 1
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ZBrush is a revolutionary 3D modeling and texturing program. Using a pressure-sensitive tablet, students will be explore how Zbrush is used in computer graphics. Students will be introduced to the interface and workflow techniques involved in using ZBrush. Photoshop is heavily used in CG production. The ability to create custom-made 2D texture maps is fundamental for a 3D artist. Students will learn about different artistic approaches in creating textures for use in CG imagery, different techniques (handmade, manipulated scanned imagery and 3D compositing), repetition structures, and tileable and seamless motifs.

GRAD-1594Animation/Motion Design 1
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Building on previously learned skills, and using Autodesk Maya and/or 3D Studio Max students are exposed to the methodologies on how 3D animation is created. Through discussions and lectures, the tools will be taught in context of how they are actually used within a production environment. The focus is on the core tool set for producing motion keyframing, dynamics and sound synchronization. Students are guided in focusing their skills on complexity, problem solving, design and motion. Students will learn how to analyze motion and animate using 3D tools.

GRAD-3081Advanced Animation/Motion Design
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Building on previously learned skills, and using Autodesk Maya and/or 3D Studio Max students are exposed to the methodologies on advanced techniques in 3D animation. Through discussions and lectures, the tools will be taught in context of how they are actually used within a production environment. The focus is on refining techniques that were introduced in Term 1.

GRAD-3082Advanced CG Techniques
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This course builds upon what has been covered in term 1. Advanced concepts of 3D computer graphics using Autodesk Maya and/or 3D Studio Max will be covered. Students will explore the use of scripting for automating production tasks, rigging for animation, advanced modeling and rendering production techniques. Lectures will cover the application of these tools in the film, television and game industries.

GRAD-3083Advanced Digital Production Techniques
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This course continues its exploration of digital tools that a CG artist needs to be familiar with. Advanced Zbrush and Photoshop production techniques are covered. The fundamentals in using compositing software are also explored; the focus is on learning the essential techniques necessary to problem solve compositing challenges. Techniques in matte generation, tracking, colour correction, and image compositing will be covered. Shots are broken down and analyzed allowing students to learn how to combine various techniques and tools to solve different types of compositing problems.

GRAD-3084Advanced Visual Exploration
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Storyboards are a crucial first step in the creation of CG Animation. Storyboard drawings, which map out camera angles, continuity, and lighting, create a guide for the artists to follow. The basics of film terminology necessary for a career as a CG artist are explored. The link between storyboards and pre-visualization is also covered.

MGMT-1873Project Planning & Management
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Project planning is an important skill necessary to successfully work in the CG industry. The communication and planning skills and techniques required to create and complete great-looking work within schedule and budget will be taught.  Topics covered include dealing with clients and team members, breaking down shots and translating that into a production plan and bid, making a presentation to a client, revising an original plan, and the multiple steps of digital production from start to finish.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is a process which documents and compares an individual's prior learning gained from prior education, work and life experiences and personal study to the learning outcomes in College courses/programs. For more information, please visit www.rrc.ca/rpl.

Graduate Employment Report

Red River College surveys its graduates on an annual basis to collect data related to the graduates’ employment status, salary, occupation and skill use. In addition, graduates are asked to indicate their level of satisfaction regarding the education they received at Red River College.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/graduate-satisfaction for graduate satisfaction and employment reports.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the 3D Computer Graphics program may find employment in:

  • Visual effects
  • Motion graphics
  • Video game development
  • 3D simulation and prototyping
  • Medical imaging
  • 3D simulation industries

Some graduates may choose self employment as freelance artists.

Contact Information

For general information about this program or how to apply, contact Enrolment Services at 204-632-2327.

For detailed program information, contact:

Chris Brower
Coordinator
204-949-8336
E-mail: cbrower@rrc.ca

How to Apply

For information on how to apply to this program, follow the link below.

www.rrc.ca/howtoapply

Student Evaluation of Program

Every year Red River College surveys students, in all full-time programs, to learn more about their college experience. The questionnaire includes questions about students’ experiences with College programs, facilities, and services offered.

Visit www.rrc.ca/numbers/reports/student-evaluation-of-program for student evaluation of program reports.

College Support Services

Red River College is committed to student success and provides valuable support services to assist in helping students make the most of their time at RRC.

Visit www.rrc.ca/supports for more information.

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