2013 is quickly rolling to a close, and that means many things. On one hand, we have to say goodbye to a fantastic group of young adults whom we have seen grow not only in skill and ability, but also as people, over what we’re sure most of our students would call a challenging, but rewarding, three years.
We’re slipping into end of year mode here at The Animation School and that means a few things. Firstly, most of our students are manically working like crazy on their end-of-year projects, and secondly, we’re starting to look ahead to the new year and all the exciting things it looks set to bring, including our expansion to Johannesburg.
As one of SA’s leading animation training institutes, it was only a matter of time before we spread our wings and opened up a campus in the country’s most populous city, and it’s a move we could not be more excited for. We’re obviously doing a lot of work behind the scenes to make sure that all of Johannesburg’s most talented potential students know about us, including attending rAge, which we’re super excited about!
On top of that, we are hosting presentation sessions in October and November at our brand new campus. These sessions will provide prospective students and their parents with all the information they need in order to decide if a career in animation is right for them.
We have secured a fantastic location for our Johannesburg campus, and we look forward to sharing photos as the development takes shape. In the meantime, if you’re a Matric student based in Johannesburg, then why not join us at one of our presentations in October and November? Drop us a mail to secure your spot, and if you’re headed to rAge next weekend, then be sure to stop by our stand and say hi!
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.
In case you missed it, one of SA’s largest video games news websites, MyGaming.co.za, recently featured The Animation School in an article.
In the article, The Animation School’s principal Nuno Martins talks about animation in relation to games development, check it out!
We are very pleased to announce that we will be attending the Career Indaba in Johannesburg later this month.
The Career Indaba is Johannesburg’s leading conference of its type, and will boast a wide variety workshops.
The expo takes place on 20-22 June 2013 at the Sandton Convention centre. Find out more and register for the workshops here.
Globally and locally, the demand for 3D animators is growing steadily, and this trend looks set to continue as more industries begin to require the very specific skills which animators posses . Some of these industries include film and video production, advertising, video games development, and even web design and development.
When it comes to 3D animation in particular, the artist must be able to combine traditional with modern, cutting edge animation skills to create a final product which is able to communicate a human message. Animators must constantly hone their skills and keep themselves up to date with the quickly evolving standard of animation, as well as emerging technologies. As a result, animation is one of the most exciting and challenging creative fields that one can pursue.