Issue date: 15 December 2004

ISSUE DATE: 15/12/04

The study and development of animation in Bristol has gained an important boost with the award of European funding to support a specialised three month course run by the University of the West of England (UWE).

The Bristol School of Animation based at the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design (UWE) has won €85,000 from the European funding body MEDIA to support its flagship professional training course in animation. The funding will help to sustain and develop the ‘Three Month Bristol Animation Course’ designed for professional or graduate ‘animators’ from across Europe.

The Bristol School of Animation is supported by internationally recognised Bristol-based companies such as Aardman Animations, Fictitious Egg, A Productions, bolexbrothers, the BBC and 4:2:2 South.

Students on the course get the chance to take part in masterclasses and to meet with top professional animators whilst studying. Last year over 80 students from 16 different countries worldwide came to study at The Bristol School of Animation which is currently the only UK school featured in the European Training Network for Animation (ETNA).

Sophie Harbour who runs the course for UWE says, “This funding means a great deal to us – and to Bristol as it enables us to further develop animation in the city. The new funding will also help us to train more budding animators as we are now able to offer subsidised fees to the right candidates.”

The School already has a national and international reputation for its high quality teaching and training in all aspects of animation production, set design, sound design, interactive multimedia and CGI.

Students on the three month course study production, design and direction and focus on the core craft skills and techniques associated with character animation. They work intensively in either 2D (drawn) or 3D (model/puppet) animation techniques according to their past experience. In addition they study performance, timing, staging, character development, sound, life drawing and movement as a means of perfecting their skills as animators.

The course runs for eleven weeks and is intensively taught throughout with students attending a timetabled series of workshops, seminars and professional master classes as part of the programme.

For more information on the Three Month Bristol Animation Course and other courses run by the Bristol School of Animation please contact Sophie Harbour: Telephone: + 00 44 (0) 117 9663411 or e-mail:


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