UWE collaborates on Europe-wide animation project

Issue date: 21 March 2006

Teaching and Animation Project February 2006 The Bristol School of Animation and the Faculty of Education at the University of the West of England (UWE) are collaborating on a European wide initiative to develop an animation programme as a teaching tool for use by teachers in schools.

As a partner in the Leonard da Vinci Community Vocational Training Action Programme, the Bristol School of Animation has received funding to work with The Animation Workshop at CVU Midt –Vest (Denmark), L'Equipée (France), 9 Zeros Catalunya (Spain) and the Kinobuss Project (Estonia) on the 'Teaching in Animation' Project.

In a world where children are exposed to animation on a daily basis through television, the internet, mobile phones, and cartoons, research by experts in partner institutions suggests that computer animation is a suitable learning instrument for children across all subject areas in the classroom. In addition, the technique has been shown to be a suitable learning method to integrate pupils who are not traditional learners or those who experience learning difficulties in traditional classroom situations.

The aim of the project is to transfer knowledge throughout the European partnership, about how animation can be used as an innovative learning methodology within the classroom, and to develop a user friendly self-instructive training programme accessible to all teachers. The Bristol School of Animation will be directly involved in the analysis and evaluation of the results, and will have a central role in writing up the final programme manual. Working with teachers trainers and trainee teachers from the Faculty of Education, Kari Nygård, a tutor at the Bristol School of Animation, and Hanne Pederson from the Animation Workshop (Denmark), have been providing animation workshops which can be translated into curriculum activities in schools, as the basis of the research.

Amanda Wood, Director of the Bristol School of Animation, says, “The Bristol School of Animation is pleased to be selected as part of this European wide project. It is the only animation school selected in the UK, and it reflects our ever increasing focus and knowledge transfer initiatives throughout the European animation community.”

The Bristol School of Animation is a professional training unit affiliated to the Bristol School of Art, Media and Design at the University of the West of England, Bristol. It provides training in all aspects of animation, offering a range of educational opportunities to all, from young people to professional animators.


Editors notes:

For more information about the Bristol School of Animation, please contact Frances Meredith
Telephone: +00 44 (0) 117 9663411
Email: frances.meredith@uwe.ac.uk
Web: http://www.uwe.ac.uk/amd/bristolanimation

Image Available: Teaching with Animation Project February 2006. Photograph: Frances Meredith

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