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Arts University Bournemouth gains animation recognition

Published: Monday, 10 August 2015   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

Arts University Bournemouth has become the UK’s first institution to be recognised for its services towards the animation industry.

It has become the first Toon Boom Centre of Excellence after supplying graduates and alumni that worked on a number of big screen visual effects projects.

Toon Boom is a Canadian company that specialises in animation and storyboarding software and it is keen to showcase post-secondary level educational institutions that help prepare people for a career in the animation sector.

Bournemouth is recognised as a “powerful incubator” for this process, given that its alumni have worked on Oscar-winning film projects including Gravity, staring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Marie-Eve Chartrand, Toon Boom’s director of customer success, revealed that AUB has a solid record of providing candidates with the technical and creative skills needed in the animation industry.

This enables them to succeed as they have access to experts in the field and industry-leading software based “within a real-world, production-based environment”.

AUB has taught animation since the 1970s, with a BA honours course designed around key principles in the sector.

Collaboration, industry participation and teamwork are central to the animation programme, meaning graduates can progress directly into the workplace when they leave university.

A new BA honours degree focusing on visual effect design and production opens in September while the postgraduate courses at AUB are also thriving.

Gravity was a particularly successful project for AUB alumni, as several graduates worked with Framestore – an effects company that has buildings on campus as well as elsewhere.

Some students worked with the company while completing their studies while others had roles following graduation.

Leading UK studios provide a number of openings for these individuals, including Aardman Animations, Nexus Productions and Lupus Films.

BA Animation production course leader Peter Symons said being recognised as a Toon Boom Centre of Excellence means the approach taken by the university towards animation is working.

AUB has featured in the top ten among all UK universities for employment during every year of the last decade, with 97% of graduates finding employment or further study within six months of graduating in 2013-2014.

More than 50 graduates from Bournemouth University and AUB had roles working on the visual effects of the latest batch of Oscar-nominated productions – including Interstellar, Guardians of the Galaxy and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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