Oscar winning studio to mentor animation students

Issue date: 20 November 2015

The Bristol creators of Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit are taking part in an industry-mentor programme for Post Graduate Animation students at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) Bower Ashton City Campus.

Producers, directors and digital experts from Academy Award™ winning Aardman Animations in Bristol are being joined by other world-class animation professionals in the city, including Mark Taylor's team at 'A Productions' and Sarah Cox from 'Arthur Cox' to mentor students during their one-year course. The students will also benefit from a series of master-classes from industry leaders to be held at Aardman's studio.

Launching the programme, Executive Chairman and co-founder of Aardman, David Sproxton, said, "Aardman is really pleased to be involved with UWE on this post graduate course, helping to prepare talented students for a career in this exciting industry. In a fast changing world it's essential that students at this level are up to date with industry practise both on the craft side and the business side and mentoring from industry professionals is the surest way of ensuring this happens. Our teams here are very willing to share their knowledge with those that may become part of their teams in the future.”

UWE Bristol Pro-vice Chancellor and Executive Dean, Professor Alex Gilkison, said, “We pride ourselves on our prestigious industry partnerships and mentoring is an excellent way for students to learn from the best in the industry. Ensuring our courses are industry focussed, maximises the chances of our graduates getting work in a highly competitive field. This new development with Aardman and the wider animation community is fantastic news for the University and for our students.”

MA Animation joins a suite of post graduate courses with industry partners in the Faculty of Arts, Creative Industries and Education including Wildlife Filmmaking, Documentary Production and Journalism, which are supported by the BBC.

To find out more about the MA Animation at UWE Bristol see here

About Aardman

Aardman, based in Bristol (UK) co-founded and run by Peter Lord and David Sproxton, is a world leader in animation. It produces feature films, series, advertising and digital entertainment for both the domestic and international market. Their multi-award winning productions are novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm that reflects the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the very special people who make up the Aardman team. The studio's work is often imitated and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning and amusing independent and commercials productions.

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