Animators of ‘Happy Feet’ and ‘The Lego Movie’ to offer post-grad
A good way to think of education is like a series of stepping stones. A stepping stone to where you want to be in the future. You build your qualifications, level-up, and achieve the end goal – a career. The course below sounds incredible, but remember you can’t just join a post-grad. You’ll need a degree first and this HND in Creative Media is about right for you!
If you’re an budding animator, you’ve definitely heard of Animal Logic.
The Australian digital production studio is home to the creatives behind movies like Happy Feetand The Lego Movie, and it’s decided to start moulding the type of savvy animators the industry will need in the future.
Animal Logic’s head of production Ingrid Johnston told Mashable Australia the studio has a long tradition of promoting training and development. “What we’re really trying to do is build a cohort of students who are industry-ready,” she said.
Generally, animation graduates are at an intern level when they complete their degrees, she explained, so the new course is designed to reflect a real studio environment where students can work collaboratively as well as develop their technical skills.
The A$45,735 ($34,769.81) course will be taught in a purpose-built campus studio with meeting spaces and review rooms, UTS Animal Logic Academy.
Ultimately, the degree aims to build technical skills for effects and animation techniques that may not yet be fully developed, such as virtual reality and augmented reality.
“It’s not a course designed to have people come out and just work for Animal Logic,” Johnston said. “There is a focused on augmented reality, virtual reality and games, as well.” She also suggested students could work with big data, whether for storytelling or research and future projections.
UTS vice-chancellor Attila Brungs agreed, telling Fairfax Media the course’s “studio study” model was designed to foster such innovation. “UTS is trying more and more to link with industry, to create skills that don’t even exist yet,” he said.
According to Johnston, Animal Logic will be involved with selecting the first student group, but they won’t necessarily need an animation background. “It is the people who we could imagine working at Animal Logic or any studio in Australia,” she said. “We’re trying to build the industry here and the talent base for the industry as a whole.”
Although the studio makes no promises about employment, you never know. If you’re good, you could end up working on upcoming Animal Logic project, Alien: Covenant.
Getting this beautiful head right won’t be easy.