Last week one of our final year students, Sarah Scrimgeour, was interviewed by GirlGuides. Check out what she had to say about studying at The Animation School.

Located in Cape Town, the Animation School SA launched in 2000 and since then, has established itself as the leading specialist animation training institution in South Africa. Its students consistently win top honours at various award international ceremonies (did someone say Emmys?!) and its graduates have been employed by leading studios across the globe.

Should you study digital animation? We chat to Sarah Scrimgeour, a final year Animation School student below:

Why did you choose to study at the Animation School SA?

It is the top college in South Africa that focuses purely on animation. What really sealed the deal for me was seeing how passionate and driven the lecturers are.

What are you main animation interests?

Character Design and Development – I prefer the visual side of things, and to get a chance to watch it all come to life afterwards.

What have you learnt/ has been your experience so far?

That animation takes time and patience but the outcome is extremely rewarding. It’s also a great opportunity to explore the depth of digital animation as an art form.

And what has been your favourite part of the programme?

3rd year has brought with it a lot of challenges and the responsibility that comes with working as a team to produce your final graduation short film. It’s been an exciting process taking everything Ive learnt over the past few years and applying it.

Are there a lot of other girls studying digital animation – what is the gender ratio?

Since I started I’ve noticed more and more girls entering the field. I’d say it’s currently about a 1:4 ratio.

Do you think the Animation School SA is at par with international learning institutions offering the same skills?

When you consider that the South African animation industry is smaller than the big players in Europe and the US, TAS is certainly a world class college.

What has been your best experience so far?

Everyday I get a chance to learn from and work with some of the most creative and passionate people I’ve ever met.

What do you plan to do with your degree?

Right now, the South African scene is growing rapidly and is becoming a real player in the global animation industry, it will be exciting to grow with it. Ultimately I’d like to find myself in the international film industry.

Who would you recommend to study at Animation School SA?

Anyone with a keen interest and love for anything animation.


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