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Animal Logic, UTS Launch Animal Logic Academy

Award-winning Australian digital animation and visual effects production studio partners with the University of Technology Sydney to deliver a ground-breaking industry-led postgraduate program in digital animation and visualization.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Australian award winning digital animation and visual effects production studio, Animal Logic, has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) to deliver a ground-breaking industry led postgraduate program in digital animation and visualization. The establishment of the UTS Animal Logic Academy (UTS ALA), will offer up to fifty students, exclusive access to the first postgraduate degree of its kind, a Master of Animation and Visualization (MAV). The MAV program will foster the development of Australian creative talent in animation and visualisation industries, elevating Australia’s reputation as a centre of innovation and creative excellence.

Widely known as one of the world’s most creative digital production studios, Animal Logic has produced highly successful animated features including Happy Feet and The LEGO Movie and visual FX for blockbuster films such as The Matrix300 and The Great Gatsby. With studios in Sydney, Los Angeles and Vancouver, Animal Logic is at forefront of the creative industries and in the perfect position to guide the next generation of smart creatives.

The UTS Animal Logic Academy will be located at UTS in the heart of Sydney’s Creative Precinct. Commencing in 2017, the Academy will run an intensive postgraduate program that will be delivered in a professional studio setting that emulates the working environment of highly creative and technology-driven studios like Animal Logic.

UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs said the insights, skills and abilities acquired through this course would benefit people wanting to take their careers to new heights and prepare many for jobs of the future requiring the ability to interpret and visualise big data.

"This is a program like no other in Australia, deeply industry linked and led, and one that aims to generate skills and capacity to enable Australia to be a leading player globally in the creative industries and in particular the emerging visualisation industry," said UTS Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs. "I predict this sector will be a critical contributor to future employment."

"Animal Logic is a major player in the film, entertainment and creative industries, going from strength to strength over the past 25 years," Brungs added. “During that time a succession of UTS graduates has worked for the studio, starting their careers while contributing to the studio's global success. Animal Logic's professional and production teams engaged in industry-led discussions for the development of the UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation and they produced an inspiring show reel for the launch of the UTS Data Arena."

The UTS Animal Logic Academy will be transdisciplinary and collaborative, with connectivity across several faculties and research streams, including Engineering and IT, Design, Architecture and Building, Arts and Social Sciences, and the UTS Data Arena. 

"The Academy will provide a cutting-edge, immersive environment for students to be able to develop critical industry-focused knowledge and professional practice skills that will be immediately transferable to established and emerging visualization industries, both in Australia and internationally," commented Animal Logic CEO, Zareh Nalbandian. "Animal Logic will contribute considerable human, creative and technical knowledge to the program, which is intended to push students' work beyond existing techniques into innovative solutions, refining their approach to professional practice in today's challenging world."

Candidate interviews will form part of the course application process which will draw out the best of the best as well as rising talent. University graduates and those with proven industry experience can now express interest in the Master of Animation and Visualisation and register for notification of the opening of the application process. More information on how to apply is available here.

Applications will close on October 28, 2016 for placements commencing in January 2017.

Source: Animal Logic