The animation category at this year’s Oscars featured some of the world’s best animated shorts and films produced in 2017. Some say the selections were also some of the best and most innovative animated films ever made. One would only have to take one look at Loving Vincent, an animated feature about Vincent van Gogh, to realize that the bar in the world of animation has reached an all-time high. The production is the world’s first fully oil painted feature film.
The next generation of animators will require talent and skills like no other, so colleges around the world are on a constant quest to meet the demand. Entire animation programs have been revamped or enhanced, others are currently in development, and some have made it through the challenging development phase and are ready to launch.
We are pleased to announce that Azusa Pacific University, California and Inductin, Pakistan have launched two new animation programs for artists seeking a full-time, four-degree or those looking to build on their current skill set. Read on.
Azusa Pacific University – Azusa, California
Azusa Pacific University (APU) has announced the launch of a new Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects. The school celebrated the launch with a special 20th anniversary screening of the Walt Disney animated feature Mulan. The film’s co-director, Tony Bancroft, has joined APU as head of the animation program.
According to an APU news release, “Beginning in Fall 2018, students can enroll in the new Bachelor of Arts in Animation and Visual Effects to become creative and competent illustrators and animators. The comprehensive cinematic arts curriculum includes animation and drawing classes as well as courses in storytelling and the cinematic arts, ensuring that graduates are competitive candidates for positions in industries such as film, television, and video game design.”
The 65-unit program will be offered through the Department of Cinematic Arts, which “boasts a strong network of alumni working at major studios, television networks, and agencies, including Walt Disney Studios and DreamWorks Animation.” All APU animation students will complete at least one internship and they will participate in the annual CTN Animation Expo in Burbank, where more than 6,000 professional animators, animation studio executives, recruiters, and art students gather for presentations, workshops, demonstrations, and networking.
Applications for Fall 2018 are currently being accepted.
Azusa Pacific University is an evangelical Christian university that serves more than 10,300 students on campus, online, and at six regional centers throughout Southern California. The school which offers 80 bachelor’s degrees, 51 master’s degrees, 25 certificates, 12 credentials, 8 doctoral programs, and 2 associate‘s degrees, is fully accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Inductin – Islamabad, Pakistan
Inductin has announced the launch of a new 3D Character Animation Workshop that takes just four weeks to complete. The program covers the entire character creation process including topics such as 3D Modeling Guidelines for VR & Gaming, Designing and Modeling a Unique 3D Character, Fundamentals of 3D Animation in Autodesk Maya, and Character Dress Design & Modeling in Marvelous Designer. Sample courses for the program include Autodesk Maya, 3D Art, 3D Animation, 3D Modeling, Characters, Character Animation, Texturing Human Characters, Rigging, and Lighting in Maya.
Over the course of the four weeks, students will quickly develop from learning how to perform basic modeling to developing their own characters for film & broadcasting, gaming and VR. Hands-on experience will give students the skills needed to create their own films and games or pursue a position in the animation or game design industries.
Students who are interested in the 3D Animation Workshop can register online at Inductin.com.
Inductin is a joint project of the National Institute of Science and Technical Education (NISTE) and 360 Technologies. It offers the latest courses in the field of IT, technical sciences, management, and business to a projected 2000 to 3000 students each year. The Project, which is spread over a huge campus located in the heart of Islamabad at sector H/8, will help pave the way for the students to positively participate in the knowledge era and contribute to the global digital age.