2017 turned out to be one of the best years for animation program launches around the globe. In Japan, Sunrise Animation Studio announced the launch of a tuition-free animation training program that provides a monthly allowance to students. In Paris, TeamTO launched its own free animation school exclusively for students with no prior experience or training. And then there’s Royal College of Art (RCA) and University of Edinburgh. RCA launched a new Digital Direction Master of Arts (MA) that focuses on Media and Storytelling in the Digital Era, and University of Edinburgh introduced a new BA in Animation that it says “differs radically” from most programs “in that the program teaches “the full spectrum of production methods.”
Back in the U.S., Clemson University launched an MS in Digital Production Arts (DPA) that’s suitable for aspiring animators or game designers, and Kennesaw State University launched a new Digital Animation BFA program that became the first bachelor’s degree program of its kind in the University System of Georgia (USG) colleges and universities. Even the world’s oldest, largest and most prestigious university specializing in aviation and aerospace launched a Simulation, Games and Animation BS that it says was created “in response to the high-demand for specialists in virtual reality (VR), computer gaming, animation and aviation simulation.”
Other U.S. Schools that launched new programs for animators in 2017 include Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (BS in Simulation, Games and Animation), Borough of Manhattan Community College (Animation and Motion Graphics major leading to an AS), Wichita State University (BAA in Media Arts), and Kendall College of Art and Design (BFA Digital Art and Design), to name a few. All of the programs listed (both in the U.S. and overseas) are now accepting applications for Spring, Summer or Fall 2018.
Before we let you go, we would like to tell you about just one more animation program that is now accepting applications for February 2018 and July 2018. The school is in New Zealand and it welcomes applicant’s from around the world.
Animation College – Wellington, New Zealand
Animation College is home to New Zealand’s only degree level program specializing in 2D and 3D Character Animation. The program, which was created in partnership with Yoobee School of Design, lasts three years and leads to a Bachelor of Animation. First year students will learn storytelling for film and animation, drawing techniques, 2D and 3D animation, and visual communication. During year two, students will focus on cinematic and visual effects, game design, interactive narrative, 3D graphics, and compositing digital imagery with live-action footage. Students will study interactive production, “nailing all touchpoints of the pipeline, from pre-production, to production and post-production,” says the school.
During their third year, students will complete an individual or group project based on an area of animation or design they are “passionate” about. Some options include story and character, world building and visual effects, and interactive media and games. Third year students will be mentored by specialist lecturers that the school says are “legends in their fields.”
The Bachelor of Animation Program at Animation College is offered at the Auckland and Wellington campuses.
About Animation College
Animation College was founded in 1989 by former Disney Animator John Ewing (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book, Sword in the Stone). It is the only college in New Zealand to offer degree and diploma level programs specializing in 2D & 3D animation. Animation college has four campuses—Auckland, Manukau, Rotorua & Wellington—and it is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of the Education Act 1989.