Bachelor’s Degree Program Trafalgar Road Campus Program Code: PBAAA


Selection Process for Applicants

Instructions for Applicants Register for Portfolio Evaluation

The components of the portfolio fall into particular streams – Life Drawing, Animation and Character Design, Storyboarding, Layout, and Personal Artwork. The evaluation of the portfolio components helps in determining the applicant’s potential success in the BAA Animation Program, as outlined in the Program Critical Performance: By the end of the program, graduates will have demonstrated the ability to create quality animation performance through a creative and professional portfolio using principles of animation, drawing, design, cinematic storytelling, artistic expertise, and innovation. Graduates will have exhibited a personal and professional commitment to artistic growth and cultural literacy that conveys passion, confidence, a collaborative and independent spirit, refined communications skills, and the adaptability to work within a dynamic animation industry. Portfolio evaluation is facilitated by use of a rubric. This rubric identifies the components of the program, and the ten (A through J) criteria common to the components and critical to success in the program. Take time to review the descriptors in the rubric in advance of your portfolio submission in order to ensure your work meets the standard. The rubric will be provided to applicants.


A. For applicants living WITHIN 80 kilometres of Sheridan, please register for the portfolio evaluation. Applicants to the program will receive further instructions.



In order that we can continue to process your application you must:


Applicants selected for the program will be notified by mail and their Sheridan email account. These decisions may not be released over the phone. Fee, registration and timetable information will follow. Classes for the fall term begin Tuesday, September 4, 2012.



Candidates to the program will be selected based on their academic achievement and the results of their portfolio evaluation. Applicants will receive a score sheet (based on the required portfolio components) indicating the results of their portfolio evaluation – a sample copy is enclosed and should be reviewed in conjunction with the enclosed evaluation rubric (see below).




Photocopies will NOT be returned. (e. Mail-in portfolios will be accepted from applicants living more than 80 kilometres from Sheridan. Do not draw from photographs or books.g. ANIMATION AND CHARACTER DESIGN R R EF ER EN C E O N LY . A flat portfolio case is recommended. about to press a button. running. walking. it is suggested that you apply to additional programs (e. Keep these drawings rough and loose. Hand Drawing -two freehand line drawings of a human hand • The first should show the hand anticipating an action (e. models wearing a swimsuit or bodysuit are acceptable. all figure drawings should be drawn from life. Design one original character to be used in the following drawings (4. the figure standing. etc.5” x 11”) sheet. however. about to pick up a coin. crouching) • Any three of the above five drawings should show the figure in motion (e. The sizes and proportions of each view should be consistent with the other views. Animal Drawing -two drawings from life of an animal figure (use pets. • • • • • front view 3/4 front view profile view 3/4 back view back view 5. Note: as this is a high-demand program. 5. Observational Life Drawing -three drawings of a human figure (preferably nude. sitting. Character Rotation -Draw a character rotation of your original character design using the following views. We are more interested in you demonstrating a knowledge of structure than the ability to use shading on your drawings. All items must be original drawings: I. B. Art Fundamentals) in the event that your score is not high enough to gain admission to the program. • The second should show the hand carrying out that action.).5” x 11” paper. LIFE DRAWING 1.g. 4.g. Note: In the three Life Drawing sections above.Matted work is acceptable.5” x 11” inch sheet). visit a zoo or farm) • Any two of the above five drawings should show stillness. pitching or batting a baseball) 3. about to knock on a door. Put each view on a separate (8. and 6) below. FO II. The portfolio must include only the following items. Action Pose Sheets – two action poses of your original character (each pose on a separate 8. Note: artwork in mail-in portfolios must be photocopied onto 8. not from books or photographs.g.) 2.

R R EF Note: Please remember to number your panels. STORYBOARDING 7. fruit. but you must include the original drawings as well as the reductions. cylinder. The second drawing should be the same room from that person’s point of view. compass or stencil.One of the characters finds an object. FO 8.5” x 11” sheet. show how the objects would look if they were affected by some external force. • • • • • neutral (normal expression) angry happy sad surprised III. Household Objects – Create two composition sheets of household objects (e. a tin can. but you need to include the original drawings as well as the reductions.The character reacts after the goal is…or is not… achieved. Panel 3 . Using your imagination.The character shows curiosity about the object. a box. a plastic funnel) based on these geometric forms: sphere. standing or reclining in that space. It is alright to draw larger panels and then reduce them to fit the storyboard template. Panel 4 . Show dimension by changing the angle of the head for each expression. sitting. an earthquake. draw your original character’s head with five different expressions (see below).The character attempts to use the object to accomplish a goal.g. Do not use a ruler. paste and reduce if necessary to arrange all five heads on one 8.6. You may choose to draw these heads on larger paper and cut. IV. Expression Sheet – On one sheet only. This should tell us a story of what happened to the objects (e. Room Line Drawing – two freehand line drawings of a room in your house • • The first drawing should be an accurate observation of the room and should show a person. drawn in scale. cube. Panel 2 . a heavy wind. Storyboarding – Choose one of the character designs provided (Carol the girl or Doug the dog) and using the four-panel storyboard show the character as it goes through the following narrative: • • • • Panel 1 .g.) Note: Do not shade or colour in the artwork on the above composition sheets 9. LAYOUT • • one freehand line drawing showing an accurate observation of these objects one freehand line drawing based on the first composition drawing (from the same point of view). a snowfall etc. ER EN C E O N LY . and cone.

Personal Artwork – five pieces of your personal artwork These submissions should include a variety of works that best demonstrate the range of your artistic abilities and sensibility. No commercial value. No framed work will be accepted. If you have been requested to submit a portfolio for any other Sheridan program. Submit your portfolio independent of any other Further instructions regarding the submission of portfolios and portfolio evaluation will be provided to applicants. We cannot accept or view videotapes. please note the following: Portfolios crossing international borders should be clearly identified as: Artwork. If you wish to see sample portfolios of successful applicants. slides or diskettes. OTHER – PERSONAL ARTWORK 10. No video or digital media will be reviewed. International applicants. Preparing Your Portfolio for Evaluation • • • • • Submit only the items that have been requested. portfolios that do not meet the format as outlined above will not be accepted. etc. Please Note: The Bachelor of Applied Arts (Animation) Program does not accept any existing (plagiarized) cartoon characters. for educational purposes only. Due to the large volume of portfolio submissions.). you are required to pay the evaluation fee once. The size of any of your personal artwork must not exceed 16” x 20”. For example. Please do not include three-dimensional artwork (sculpture etc. FO R R EF ER EN C E PORTFOLIO EVALUATION O N LY . paintings. drawings. Photographs of these works are acceptable. It can be work from high school or college courses.blogspot. please visit http://portreview. Pay $50 for the portfolio evaluation fee.


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