Issue date: 23 July 2002

Bristol houses some of the top animation studios in the UK and is widely regarded as the national centre for animation production. It is now becoming a centre for industry-linked training thanks to the new programme of Bristol Animation Courses just launched by the University of the West of England’s Art Media and Design Faculty.

Course leader Amanda Wood said, “UWE’s Art, Media and Design Faculty is recognised as a centre of excellence within Europe for the professionalism of its training. Students come from all over the world to participate in specialist animation training programmes and short courses. The new programme – which includes Masters degrees – has been designed to fulfil the training needs of the industry while at the same time providing a sound basis for individual creative and critical effort.”

“These masters level awards promote collaboration and professional practice, reflecting real-life in the way that a variety of skills from different disciplines are linked together. With the support of practitioners from a range of Bristol-based media companies, the Faculty is looking forward to contributing to Bristol’s ongoing success as a centre for the emerging creative and cultural industries.”

The courses will call on expertise from several local studios and provide workshops and masterclasses for aspiring artists, producers and screenwriters. A range of courses to suit several levels are available, from Animation Summer Schools and Computer Animation Short Courses to MA degrees in Screenwriting, Sound Production, Interactive Media and Animation.

Bristol’s importance as a centre for cartoons was showcased in the recent Animated Encounters festival, of which UWE was a sponsor. The university organised masterclasses to show how the future of animation was likely to develop, and the festival attracted the creator of The Simpsons himself, Matt Groening, who chose his ten favourite animated films of all time in a ‘Desert Island Flicks session. The courses will benefit from finance as well as know-how from the industry, with funding contributions from industry bodies such as Cartoon (part of the MEDIA network).


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For further information on the Bristol Animation Courses, telephone 0117 344 4810
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