Taken from Art South Africa, 22 July, 2013. Read original
Cape Town based specialist animation training institution, The Animation School, has formally announced the introduction of a fully equipped Johannesburg campus in response to significant student demand.
The campus, which is now receiving applications, will commence operations in January 2014 by taking in its first class of new students. Although the facility is expected to offer a three year undergraduate Diploma in Animation, post graduate studies will be included as the Johannesburg site expands.
Located on 181 Jan Smuts Avenue, Rosebank, the Animation School Johannesburg is centrally situated for students residing throughout the city.
Established in 2000, The Animation School is one of South Africa’s only formally accredited animation and visual effects training centres. Recognised as a leading global institution, TAS issues its graduates with Diploma in Animation and Visual Effects governed by an industry wide education body.
Close partnerships with major industry players such as Gobelins l’ecole de l’image (school of imagery) – the prestigous Paris based school in animation and visual arts is widely regarded for its student work and ability to produce world class animators. On the local front Triggerfish – the Cape Town based animation studio responsible for the feature films Adventures in Zambezia and Khumba, also offer students exciting opportunities for growth following their studies.
“When we established The Animation School in 2000 we did not expect it to take off in the way that it has. In many ways, the introduction of our Johannesburg campus is the realisation of a long term goal for us and signifies that the South African animation industry is growing rapidly” comments Nuno Martins, Principal and co-founder of The Animation School.
“We are extremely excited to bring The Animation School to Johanneburg and have already begun receiving applications from a number of talented prospective animators based in Gauteng”.
Prospective students eager to learn more about The Animation School Johannesburg and its offerings are encouraged to attend one of several evening presentations, hosted by Martins in October and November 2013.
Animation fans are spoiled for choice these days. Not only are there thousands of animated shorts and demos to be enjoyed for free online, but the big screen seems practically inundated with huge releases. Hot on the heels of Monsters University at the end of June, was the release of Despicable Me 2, not to mention the locally produced Khumba, which is a must-watch for any self respecting South African animation junky.