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Escape Studios Launches Undergrad 2D Animation Pathway

New course, which complements the existing 3D animation program, will feed the growing demand for studio-ready talent; applications are being accepted for 2023 and beyond.

Escape Studios has launched a new undergraduate pathway in 2D animation, complementing its 3D animation program and leading courses in Visual Effects and Game Art. This new course provides studio-ready talent for the 2D Animation industry, which continues to experience unprecedented growth with a corresponding demand for trained talent.

Students use the latest industry tools and technology, including ToonBoom Harmony, Adobe Animate, and Blender, as part of the BA (Hons)/MArt The Art of Computer Animation program. The first intake of students begins in September 2022, with applications now open to candidates looking to start in 2023 and beyond.

Escape Studios Dean/Director of Animation & Visual Effects Alex Williams commented, “The industry demand for more 2D animators in recent years has been phenomenal. We’re delighted to help develop future talent in this exciting area through our new 2D pathway at Escape Studios.”

He continued, “For me personally, it's a return to my animation roots - my first animation job was on Who Framed Roger Rabbit. As part of this revival, the animation industry is increasingly software agnostic, meaning that the key skills required for an animator are the ability to create a performance, to master timing and spacing.”

Students will bring their characters to life from day one - working in industry-style studios and as part of a team on high-quality creative projects. They will begin with intensive, hands-on tutorials and industry-trained tutors who, alongside practicing animation professionals, will provide regular feedback.

Escape Studios has taught computer animation since 2002, using industry-professional software such as Maya and Toon Boom Harmony. As a result, students become skilled in the various departments within the animation pipeline, from pre-production to post-production, including 2D Animation and 3D Animation, as well as storyboarding and previsualization.

Additional information is available here.

Source: Escape Studios

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