We’re just weeks away from the beginning of the official start of the fall semester, so a number of schools are hard at work trying to get the word out about their new animation programs. Some of these newly launched programs can be found right in your own backyard, while others are in neighboring Canada or as far away as Australia. Wherever they are, the new animation programs being offered for the upcoming semester promise to prepare students for immediate employment in today’s competitive animation industry.
We are pleased to announce that the following schools now offer animation programs: Memphis College of Art, Okanagan College, Borough of Manhattan Community College – City University of New York, and University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Memphis College of Art – Memphis, Tennessee
Back in Winter 2015, Memphis College of Art (MCA) announced that it would be transforming three undergraduate programs offered as concentrations into freestanding majors beginning Spring 2016. One of those concentrations was animation. The BFA program, which will soon enter its second fall season, requires 120 credits to graduate, including 36 credits for the major and 18 studio credits. Sample courses include 2D Animation, 3D Animation, Experimental Animation, Film Production, Drawing from Imagination, Visual Storytelling, Imagined Space, Post Production and Editing, Dimensional Illustration, and Advanced 2D and 3D Animation.
MCA launched another new program that began Spring 2016—the BFA in Illustration with a track in Comics. Sample courses for the program include Illustration and Type, Comics: Production+Print, Comics: Serialization+Distribution, Digital Painting, Comics: Developing Characters, Visual Storytelling, Life Drawing, and Drawing from Imagination. The program consists of 120 credit hours and takes four years to complete, full-time.
Memphis College of Art was chartered April 9, 1936 as Mid-South School of Fine Arts.
This small art and design college has a population of 400-450 students from 25 states and five foreign countries. MCA is accredited by the prestigious National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the National Association of Schools of Design (NASD), the National Association of Schools of Art (NASA), and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
Okanagan College – Kelowana, British Columbia, Canada
Okanagan College (OC) has a brand new animation program that will welcome its first class September 2017. And guess what? Seats are still available! The two-year Diploma program will be run by veteran of the animation industry, Steff Farrar. Per Kelowna Now, “the program will focus on drawing, design, and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation in 2D, digital 2D and 3D animation. Students can expect to develop skills in the areas of visualization, animation software, storyboarding, life drawing, and character design among others.”
Program highlights include state-of-the-art classrooms in the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation located at 460 Doyle Ave. in downtown Kelowna, the latest technology in the field of digital animation, comprehensive drawing classes designed to develop artistic skills, technical dexterity and creative thinking, training by Industry professionals, and industry standard production scenarios and professional practices to mimic the production pipeline.
Okanagan College welcomes students from around the world and it awards all domestic students registered in the Animation program $6,000 in their first year of study, and an additional $6,000 in the second year of study to assist with the program costs. Note that OC is located just 66 miles from Oroville, Washington, just over 200 miles from Seattle, Washington, fewer than 300 miles from Olympia, Washington, and less than 350 miles from Portland, Oregon.
Okanagan College was founded in 1906. The school is home to 6,477 students enrolled in dozens of Academic and Vocational Programs. OC affiliations include the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), Colleges and Institutes Canada (CiCan), and the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Borough of Manhattan Community College – City University of New York, New York, New York
Borough of Manhattan Community College – City University of New York (BMCC/CUNY) recently expanded its Media Arts and Technology Department. As part of the expansion, the school launched an Animation and Motion Graphics major leading to an Associate in Science (AS) degree. Students who wish to further their education may take advantage of an agreement between BMCC and Lehman College (CUNY) that gives transfer students 60 credits toward a 120-credit bachelor of fine arts degree in animation, or they can move on to other senior colleges.
The new animation program, which will celebrate its second year in existence this fall, will provide students with the fundamentals of two- and three-dimensional animation (2D and 3D), motion graphics and special effects. Sample courses for the 60-credit program include Creative Expression, Scientific World, Digital Film Fundamentals, Comic Art, Scriptwriting, 3D Animation Projects, 2D and 3D Animation, Life Drawing, Drawing Studio, and Digital Graphic Design. Students in the program have the option to choose a two-credit Professional Development and Career Planning course or a Media Arts and Technology Internship.
Borough of Manhattan Community College was founded in 1963 and opened in 1964 as a small, primarily business-oriented community college offering programs aimed at the business community. Today, the school is the largest college in the City University of New York system, with roughly 25,000 students, and is the first community college in Manhattan. BMCC offers all programs from A to Z leading to a Certificate, AS, Associate in Arts (AA), or Associate in Applied Science (AAS). The Borough of Manhattan Community College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).
University of Technology Sydney – Sydney, Australia
The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Animal Logic (one of the world’s top digital production studios) have joined forces to create the UTS Animal Logic Academy (UTS ALA), a professionally equipped studio space engineered to the highest industry standards. Per the school, “the UTS ALA offers the first industry-led post-graduate degree of its kind in Australia - a Master of Animation and Visualization (MAV) - and practice-based PhD research opportunities.” Located on the UTS campus “in the heart of Sydney’s creative precinct,” the programs focus on the “application of animation, visual effects and computer-generated imagery (CGI) in a studio environment, says the school.
Artists in the Academy “build on their existing skills and are mentored by practicing industry professionals from Animal Logic, UTS and other industry partners in a custom-built studio using real-world production pipelines.” This immersive program is designed to be completed over three sessions. Students will attend Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sessions one and two are 13 weeks each, and Session three is 18 weeks. Each session consists of an intensive studio subject of 24 credit points. Because the program works within a cohort system, it is only offered full-time. There is no restriction on students’ country of origin and the Academy “has enjoyed strong international participation.”
University of Technology Sydney was established as a university in 1988. The school is home to 42,674 students, including 12,384 international students, making it one of the largest universities in Australia. UTS offers over 130 undergraduate and 210 postgraduate programs “across traditional and emerging disciplines” such as architecture, built environment, business, communication, design, education, engineering, information technology, international studies, law, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy and science. University of Technology Sydney is a member of the Australian Technology Network.
Animal Logic was established in 1991. Its films include The LEGO® Movie, The LEGO® Batman Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2, Alien: Covenant, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Insurgent, Unbroken, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Movie, The Great Gatsby, Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole, 300, Happy Feet and House of Flying Daggers. The studio is currently in production on The LEGO Ninjago Movie (2017), Peter Rabbit (2018) and The LEGO Movie Sequel (2019).