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Seneca College Takes Animation Expertise To India

Indias Whistling Woods International, promoted by Mukta Arts Ltd. and Film City, and Seneca College have signed an agreement to create a Seneca-run diploma specializing in the art and technique of animation film making.

In addition to the new animation diploma program at Whistling Woods, Seneca will train Whistling Woods' faculty to provide high caliber education in animation.

"We are pleased to be working with Seneca College, which is highly reputed and played an integral part in the making of last years Oscar-winning animated short film RYAN, said Subhash Ghai, chairman, Whistling Woods International. We look forward to our students at Whistling Woods Intl earning similar laurels in years to come. Canada is well known for its expertise in animation. We believe that by drawing on this expertise Indian students can learn the art of story telling through animation and emerge as a major player in the animation world.

The two-year diploma program begins July 2006 at the Whistling Woods Intl Campus at Film City, Mumbai. Credits earned in India will be transferable to Seneca in Canada, giving students the option to attend Seneca for a third year of specialization in areas such as gaming and visual effects.

"Seneca is excited about being able to work with the largest film school in India and looks forward to many years of co-operation not only in animation but other areas of media studies, said Wayne Norrison, Senecas vp, international and business development.

Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology is the largest college in Canada with more than 100,000 full and part-time students on campuses across the greater Toronto area. Seneca provides internationally and nationally recognized career education and training key to graduate success in the global economy. Every Seneca diploma, certificate and applied degree program is developed to a high academic standard, in consultation with industry, integrated with information technology, combined with technical and transferable skills, and reinforced by opportunities for ongoing education and re-training.

Whistling Woods Intl, located in Mumbai, is the official certified training partner in India for Apple and Digidesign, offering certification courses for Final Cut Pro, Shake, Logic and Pro Tools. Whistling Woods Intl gives students the tools to bring their creative vision to reality and to step forward as part of the worlds next generation of great filmmakers.