3D Digital Design

3D Digital Design

DIPLOMA | 2 Years | 6 Semesters


In 3D Digital Design, you will:

  • Design and animation of 3-dimensional objects and environments using digital technology at the core of the creative process.
  • Design for actual digital media like virtual reality and video games but can and should include out-of-the-box creative thinking and makes use of real-world materials.
  • Through applied research, critical discourse and self-reflection, you engage in experimentation and creative problem solving.
  • You learn about written and visual communications for artists and entrepreneurs, drawing, and 2D/3D design.
  • Assignments are designed to create a portfolio that celebrate the power of your imagination and can be used to launch your career.

Interested in finding out more?

Contact: The Registrar’s Office, toll free, 1-877-400-1107 or email nbccdrecruiting@gnb.ca

  • Curriculum Standard

    3D Digital Design 2021-2023 Curriculum Standard

    The Curriculum Standard is an introduction to the program which includes the program’s critical performance, a program description, program learning outcomes, and the program’s potential career opportunities. This is followed by information on duration, credits, admission requirements, advanced placement, certification, articulations, and prior learning assessment and recognition.

    This document also contains a program delivery sequence and the course profiles with specific course learning outcomes and grading basis.

    In addition, the Curriculum Standard is used as a tool for revision and evaluation of the program and for the promotion of transfer agreements with other post-secondary institutions.

  • Areas of Study
    • 3D Modeling and Animation
    • 3D Printing
    • Drawing
    • Post Production
    • Virtual Environment Design
    • Promotion and Marketing
  • Tech Requirements


    Students will be required to purchase:

    • A good USB 3 external hard drive to back-up their work (at least 4 TB recommended)
    • Several USB 3 memory sticks (16G or larger) for copying and moving files
    • Earphones (over-ear recommended)


    Software is provided in the computer labs, but students may wish to purchase their own software to work at home.

  • Career Possibilities
    • 3D Generalist/Modeller
    • Illustrator/Concept Artist
    • Freelance Designer and Consultant/Entrepreneur
  • Course List

    Fall 1

    CDDD 2000
    Modeling and Texturing I 

    CDDD 2001
    Time and Motion 

    CDDD 2002
    World Building 

    CDDD 2003
    Digital Imaging 

    DRAW 2905
    Constructive Drawing I 

    Winter  1

    CDDD 2010
    Modeling and Texturing II (CDDD 2000)

    CDDD 2011
    Animation (CDDD 2001)

    CDDD 2012
    Game Design (CDDD 2002)

    CDDD 2004
    Film Concepts 

    DRAW 2901
    Life Drawing: Structure and Form 

    Spring  1

    CDDD 2020
    Modeling and Texturing III (CDDD 20

    Fall  2

    CDDD 3000
    Modeling and Texturing IV (CDDD 2

    CDDD 3001
    Advanced Animation (CDDD 2011)

    CDDD 3002
    Game Development (CDDD 2012)

    DRAW 3002
    Constructive Drawing II (DRAW 2905)


    CDDD 3030 3
    D Print: Production (CDDD 2020)

    CDDD 3031
    Character Design and Modeling (CDDD 2020, DRAW 2901)

    CDDD 3032
    Compositing and Motion Graphics (CADD 2005)

    CDDD 3033

     Winter  2

    CDDD 3010
    Modeling and Texturing V (CDDD 3000)

    CDDD 3012
    Advanced Game Development (CDDD 3002)

    ENTR 3913
    Preparing for a Career in 3D Digital Design 


    CDDD 3034
    3D Print: Finishing

    CDDD 3035
    Character Rigging and Animation (CDDD 3031)

    DRAW 3003
    Constructive Drawing III 
    (DRAW 3002) 

    CDDD 3036 3036
    3D Jewelry Design

    Spring 2

    INST 3902
    Senior Practicum

    INST 3904
    Senior Project: 3D Digital Design

  • Admission Requirements
    • $50 Application Fee (1)
    • An official Transcript of Marks indicating 1 of the following:
      • Certificate in Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) from NBCCD (Good Standing)
      • 1-year of post-secondary education*
      • Equivalent experience will be considered*(2)

    *A portfolio is required and after reviewed, may lead to a personal interview (3)

    (1) The $50 application fee is in Canadian dollars, applies to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents and is non-refundable and subject to change without notice. International applicants pay a $100 Canadian application fee. See International Students for more information.

    (2) Equivalencies to all academic admission requirements are evaluated through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). If you are 21 years of age, you may be assessed as a Mature Applicant.

    (3) Most students begin their studies at the College by taking our Foundation Visual Arts Program. If you already have a certificate in visual arts, have previous post-secondary experience or in the visual arts, you might be eligible for direct entry into this diploma program. Once you have submitted the requirements for direct entry, the College may contact you for an interview to have an opportunity to discuss your educational goals.

  • Portfolio Requirements

    Foundation Visual Arts:

    Please note that it this program traditionally starts with the one-year Foundation Visual Arts Program as a prerequisite.


    To ensure that you are well-prepared to bypass the Foundation Visual Arts Program (FVA) and enter directly into an NBCCD Diploma Program, we need to assess your abilities and knowledge of the foundations of visual art. Please read Direct Entry Requirements for full instructions.

    All exercises must be original and created within the last 6 months.


    • CV/Resume
    • Letter of Intent
    • Three Observational Drawings
    • Three 2D Design Exercises
    • Two 3D Design Exercises
    • Three Colour Theory Exercises
    • Compare & Contrast Essay
    • Image List
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learn thelanguage of design

The Foundation Visual Arts (FVA) Certificate is a 1-year program that offers you a wide-ranging overview of the practice, theory and history of the visual arts. Before you begin honing your craft or digital practice, learn the language to communicate visual arts. Students new to the arts will start in this preparatory course before their two-year Diploma program.