The National Film and Television School (NFTS) has launched a new animation course in partnership with the Aardman Animations to meet the growing demand for animators in the UK. Aardman have recently teamed up with StudioCanal to produce a feature-length version of their popular TV character Shaun the Sheep.
The exciting new three-month Certificate in Character Animation course will be taught by industry professionals, including main tutors Loyd Price, Head of Animation at Aardman (Chicken Run, The Curse of the WereRabbit, Flushed Away and Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists) and Mathew Rees, Supervising Senior CG Animator (commercials for clients such as Serta, Chevron, British Gas, Hershey’s as well as work on Pirates!).
Loyd Price said: “The UK is very much a powerhouse of animation at the moment. Our continued success at Aardman and that of others, such as the NFTS, means that people are travelling to the UK from all over the world to learn our style of stop-frame and CG animation. We’d like to build on that success by developing home-grown talent to work in this exciting entertainment industry.”
The Bristol-based studio has enjoyed continued popularity at both the box office and the Academy Awards. It has won four Oscars and had 10 Oscar nominations, including the animated feature film Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists,, which was nominated for Best Animated Feature Film this year.
The NFTS’s stop-frame animated film Head Over Heels was nominated for Best Short Animation this year – the only film school nominated for an Oscar in 2013. The School’s stop-frame animated film Miss Todd is also a finalist in the Oscar-qualifying 2013 Student Academy Awards (a competition it has previously won five times) and its charcoal-drawn animated film Magnificent Lion Boy is the only UK film school film in Cinéfondation at the Cannes Film Festival this year.
Nik Powell, NFTS Director said, “We’re looking for applicants with a real passion for animation to join this flagship course.”
Jon Wardle, NFTS Director of Curriculum and Registrar added, “This course will give participants a chance in a lifetime opportunity to train with Aardman animators and gain the highest level of animation skills that can help them get jobs in this growing industry.”
The 12–week intensive course will take place at Aardman’s Bristol headquarters.The majority of the course is practical, with participants working on animation exercises to improve their skills, knowledge and experience that is needed to become professional animators. This will also be supported by animation theory. It culminates in a short, character animation sequence – pre-planned and boarded – to showcase the skills learnt during the course.
Apply for the Certificate in Character Animation on the NFTS website before the Friday 21st June 2013 deadline. The course commences in September 2013.