If you haven’t yet decided where you would like to earn your animation degree this fall or the next, we’ve discovered several distinctive programs around the globe that should be on your list of possibilities. One program is set to become Alberta, Canada’s first Applied Degree in Animation and Visual Effects, while a graduate 3D Computer Animation program is set to launch at one of the coolest creative communications colleges in London. And a second UK school has a new animation program that takes less time to complete than most BA programs offered both locally and abroad.
We are pleased to announce that London College of Communication, Nottingham Trent University (UK), and Red Deer College (Alberta, Canada) offer three exciting new animation programs at all degree levels. All programs welcome international students and all are accepting applications now for fall 2018 and beyond. Read on.
London College of Communication – London, England, UK
London College of Communication (LCC) has announced a new program for September 2018 that can be completed in just 15 months (45 weeks across a four-term model), full-time. The accelerated MA in 3D Computer Animation covers two primary areas including Animation for Film and Motion Graphics and Animation for Games and Immersive Storytelling. The school says the AFMGA area teaches students to master the latest technologies within 3D modelling, rigging, lighting, animation and compositing. Building on the principles of animation, cinematography and film language, students will explore filmic storytelling and characterization within short animated sequences, motion graphics and/or short films.
In the AGIS area, students will master 3D animation techniques such as real-time animation, environment design, interactive design and 360° storytelling. “Collaborative work forms an important part of the course philosophy,” says the school, “so students will work with external industry partners as well as other programs within LCC” such as the MA in Games Design, MA in Illustration and Visual Media, MA in Visual Effects, and the MA in Animation.
Other program highlights include participation in live industry projects, workshops and professional masterclasses, and the opportunity to work across multiple platforms to explore how animation can be used in different contexts such as digital media, online, mobile and interactive games and installations, virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR).
Besides preparing students for immediate entry into the animation industry, the LCC MA in 3D Computer Animation supports progression to research at the MPhil/PhD level as well as to advanced self-directed practice.
Established in 1894, London College of Communications is part of the University of the Arts London (UAL). The College consists of three schools including the Design School, Media School, and Screen School. Students can earn an undergraduate or graduate degree in areas such as journalism, advertising, public relations and publishing, photography, film, television and sound, graphic communication, illustration and visual communication, animation, games, design management, branded spaces, and interactive and information design.
Nottingham Trent University (UK) – Nottingham, England, UK
Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has a BA in Animation Program that starts in September 2018. The full-time program, which takes just three years (36 months) to complete, explores all aspects of 2D and 3D Animation including drawing, writing and storyboarding for 2D and 3D animation; character design and performance animation; experimental animation; scoring, production and direction. The school says that students in the program will develop professional skills “through self-initiated work experience placements, industry competitions, collaborations with organizations, and guest lectures.”
Students will also have access to industry-standard equipment and software such as Autodesk’s Maya, TVPaint, CelAction2D, ZBrush and Dragonframe, as well as the opportunity to showcase their work at international film festivals, such as France’s Annecy International Animated Film Festival. Study trips, studio workshops, and peer and self-evaluations are also part of the program.
Upon completion of the program, students will receive a final degree mark that is based 100% on the final years work. Students will exhibit their work as part of the Nottingham Trent Degree Show. This event includes all final year students across NTU’s art and design courses, and it is a great platform for students to showcase their work to members of the creative industries.
Nottingham Trent University was established in 1843 as Nottingham Government School of Design. The school serves approximately 27,000 students enrolled in more than 500 programs across four campuses and 10 academic schools. Campuses include City Campus, Clifton Campus, Brackenhurst Campus, and Creative Quarter Campus.
Red Deer College – Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
Red Deer College (RDC) has just announced that the province has approved Alberta’s first Applied Degree in Animation and Visual Effects. The Government of Alberta reports that the approval marks a major milestone for the college, as it is the first new degree program to be offered since the school was given degree-granting status in March 2018. With an initial class of about 20 students, the program will provide “a mix of theoretical and hands-on learning,” which will equip graduates “to work as video game engineers, animators, motion graphic artists, visual effects supervisors and creative directors, among other wide-ranging career options,” says the school.
In a Government of Alberta media announcement, RDC Dean of the School of Creative Arts Jason Frizzell said, “The program is an exceptional opportunity for Red Deer College students to enter this emerging field, as no other degree in Alberta focuses solely on animation and visual effects. Graduates will learn the skills they need to succeed in Alberta’s diversifying economy,” and they “will be able to work for local businesses and tech firms.”
“We’re very excited about this unique opportunity at Red Deer College. Our new program will teach students all aspects of animation and visual storytelling. With the final year of the program being applied work study and independent projects, students will learn the skills needed to gain employment in a growing field. I hope this is the first of many exciting opportunities for students here at RDC,” he said.
The first day of classes for the new program is scheduled for September 5, 2018. In June 2022, RDC expects to celebrate the first graduating class for the Bachelor of Applied Arts in Animation and Visual Effects.
Established in 1964, Red Deer College is located in the emerging city of Red Deer—Alberta’s third largest city. The school has three locations (main campus, downtown campus, and Welikoklad Event Centre) that serve 7,500 students enrolled in more than 100 collaborative degree programs, applied degrees, certificates, diplomas, apprenticeships, graduate certificates, career development certificates and University transfer programs.