UWE Three Month Animation Course

This twelve week course is delivered by staff from within the Bristol School of Animation and animation professionals through a series of taught workshops, discussions with guest speakers, screenings, critiqued studio based work and life drawing classes. The course runs form 5 July until 24 September 2010 and the closing date for applications is 3 May 2010.

The main focus of the course is on animation timing and performance though it also provides students with instruction and support in a range of technical and craft skills. These skills not only help students develop their understanding of professional practice but also assist in the completion of the practical exercises.

Students have a choice of one of three core disciplines: Drawn animation, Stopmotion animation, and CGI animation and will be introduced to and receive instruction in their chosen technique over the twelve week course.

Drawn animation: Although the technical methods of creating animation have evolved in recent years, there are aspects of both limited and full drawn animation which can help develop an animator’s organisational and intuitive approach to their work and provide a foundation as they embrace more technically sophisticated methods.

Stop motion animation: The frame by frame manipulation of objects and purpose-built-puppets is another technique which encourages a direct and intuitive approach to animation. It remains a popular and commercially viable approach in mainstream animation production, in spite of recent historical advances in technology.

CGI animation: Computer-Generated Imagery has moved on from its initial use in special effects, finding a home in an increasingly sophisticated games industry and as a production platform for full length feature films. Various software packages have evolved to coexist in the industry and some, like Blender, have made CGI techniques available to anyone who wishes to use them. The platform used for the animation exercises on this course is Maya 8.

Animation Exercises

The animation exercises delivered throughout the course are designed to develop animation timing and performance skills relevant to all animation disciplines. The animation assignments are set and reviewed on a weekly basis and are intended to build on those completed earlier on the course. Each assignment deals with both discipline specific and transferable skills and issues that are relevant to the professional animator.

Technical Support

Throughout the course students will receive instruction and support in the technical aspects of software use and file management which is relevant to their chosen discipline while on the course, the animation assignments they undertake, and the final production of their presentation showreel.

Action Analysis

Students will receive instruction in methods for capturing and studying live action and the proper use of the analysis of motion. This aspect of the course underpins the practical exercises that the students will undertake and helps them to develop a deeper understanding of animation. Resources relating to animal anatomy will be available and discussed during the course to compliment both this and the life drawing sessions.

Life Drawing

The course offers students the opportunity to attend regular classes in life drawing for animation that are aimed to underpin all the forms of figurative animation they experience throughout the course. Delivered by a highly regarded professional life drawing tutor specialising in working with animators, these classes enable students to gain a deeper understanding of form and dynamics.

Guest Lecturers and Studio Visits

Students will also meet a range of visiting animation professionals for screenings and question and answer sessions and will have an opportunity to visit an animation studio.

Assessment and Feedback

The work is assessed on a weekly basis with students receiving feedback on their practical exercises, performance and overall development. Group critiques offer students the opportunity to develop their analytical skills by reviewing the work of their fellow students and by giving and receiving feedback from their peer group.

Final Screening

The students make a formal presentation of their final showreel at the end of the course and receive their certificates.

The selection process will take place during the week of the 3rd of May 2010.  Applicants will be notified during this week whether they have been successful

or not.

Fees: £3200

All applications should include:

A completed application form

An up-to-date CV

A portfolio of creative work including for example: life drawing; that includes quick, observational sketches and screen based/digital work. This may be submitted on-line, on CD/DVD or as a physical portfolio that contains copies of your work but no originals.

telephone: 0117 3284810

email: sca.cpd@uwe.ac.uk

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