Department of Animation

Sample animation design by a student

Industry professionals support students in developing their artistic skills, technical dexterity and creative thinking.

Program spotlight

The Animation Diploma program focuses on drawing, design and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation. Students will have opportunities to use the latest technology in the field of digital animation in a state-of-the-art classroom in downtown Kelowna.

Portfolio for admission

There are specific elements required in your portfolio to be considered for acceptance into the Animation Diploma program.


Animation classes focus on applied learning: from pencil to digital, graduating professional artists and not just operators.

Animation reels 2022

View the student animation reels below.

Second Year Animation Student Reel 2022

First Year Animation Student Reel 2022

Faculty and instructors

James Wood

Chair - Animation
Office: Centre for Innovation (OS) 202D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445
Animation Department - James Wood

I am a skilled, classically trained 3D Character Animator with nearly 20 years of on-the-job experience, a wealth of skills and knowledge and experience teaching at the post secondary level at the International Academy of Design and Technology and at Fanshawe College and at Okanagan College since 2018.

Chris Derochie

Animation Technology
Office: Centre for Innovation (OS) 202D
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4862

I've been in the animation industry since 1984 as an animator, director, supervisor, storyboard artist and studio owner. I have taught animation around the world since 2000, mostly in private schools. Some of my students have gone on to have amazing careers on some very high profile films, shows and games. I started teaching animation at OC in 2018 and my focus is getting students into their first job in the animation industry.

Jerry Benninger

Office: Centre for Innovation (OS) 202A
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4935

From the beginning of my career in 1986, my professional portfolio has been devoted to the field of animation, serving both the creative and instructional sides: From production artist, designer and supervisor to instructor, program director, and content developer. I’ve worked on many fine animated productions and devoted countless hours to educational training and mentoring young adults in their chosen field. Animation production and digital technology have come a long way over the years and will continue to provide me with the opportunity to learn, create and mentor for years to come.


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