Aardman Animations' co-founder and executive chairman David Sproxton CBE officially opened University College Falmouth's new Digital Animation Studio at its Tremough Campus on Friday. Sproxton met staff and the first group of students in the College's new BA(Hons) in Digital Animation, as well as key figures from the regional animation industry, before delivering a keynote address that touched on how the world-famous studio is now using digital animation techniques alongside their more traditional model animation processes.
The three-year course combines cutting-edge animation practice with the study of animation theory, film language, drawing and traditional animation processes. The new Digital Animation Studio is equipped with the latest software, an interactive whiteboard, specialist desks and lighting for animation drawing -- and even a skeleton to enable students to capture movement in their characterizations.
"It was a delight to welcome David Sproxton to view the fantastic facilities we have in the Animation Studio at Tremough, and his visit marks the start of an important connection with one of the most famous and important animation companies in the world," said Course Leader Andy Wyatt. "Here at UCF we strive to maintain strong relationships with industry, and this event has sealed many important links for the future."
University College Falmouth is a founding partner in the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC), a unique initiative to promote regional economic regeneration through Higher Education. The CUC is funded mainly by the European Union (Objective One), the South West Regional Development Agency, and the Higher Education Funding Council for England, with support from Cornwall County Council.