Thursday, 20 April 2017

Animation Course Starts 13th November!

Paddington Bear - animated at Framestore in London
We're currently taking applications for our next animation short course - three months of intensive training in 3D animation - starting on 13th November 2017, and finishing in mid-february 2018.

This course is aimed at anyone who wants to learn the art and craft of 3D Animation in Maya. You might be a 2D animator wanting to break into 3D, or a graduate who didn’t get the right skills at university – or someone with no experience of animation who wants to make a career change. We teach all our students from scratch, and our goal is to make you job-ready by the end of the course.

Alex Williams
What's this course all about?
We take you through all the essential principles of animation from the very beginning – bouncing a ball – through to sophisticated character and creature animation. We begin with the basics of motion and locomotion, building up to pantomime, character performance, and also tackling animals and creatures.

London has a strong focus on visual effects work and we want our students to be able to tackle the challenges and opportunities in our local market. By the end of the course you should have a polished video portfolio in the shape of an online demo reel to help you find work in this growing but competitive industry.

Who designed the course?

I did - I've been teaching animation for 25 years, and I have polished and refined the animation program both online and in the classroom.  I have worked on around 40 animated films including The Lion King, The Iron Giant, and the last three Harry Potter films.

When does it start and finish?
The course starts on Monday 13 November 2017 and lasts 12 weeks, with two weeks off during the Christmas holidays and the first week in January, taking the course through to roughly Monday 19th February 2018.

Sydney Padua
Who teaches the course?
The course is taught by me and a number of other industry tutors, including Quentin Miles, former Head of Animation at Cinesite, Sydney Padua, veteran of dozens of animated and VFX hits, and Lee Caller, an excellent animator with a superb sense of comic timing and storytelling.  Every animator has their own unique workflow and areas of specialism, so having a variety of tutors really helps our students get a broad range of approaches to animation.

What about industry mentoring?
We're excited to be welcoming two animators from one of the world's leading animation studios to mentor our students and give industry feedback. We'll be making an announcement as soon as we have firmed up the details.

What are the Career opportunities?
Our students go on to work in many areas of the industry including 3D animation for films, TV, games, and visual effects. After the classroom course is over we offer three months of online mentoring, so that our students can continue to refine and polish their skills. We take aftercare very seriously – since it can take time to put together a job-ready demo reel, we make sure our students get the time and practice that they need to refine their work to make them job-ready.

To see some of our Escape Studios animation success stories, follow this link. And to see some of the work done by students at Escape, follow this link.

Where can you sign up?
Follow this link to the official site.


The Escape Studios Animation Blog offers a personal view on the art of animation and visual effects. To apply for our new BA/MArt starting in September 2017, follow this link. We train all our students with practical real-world skills, to give them the best possible chance of a career in industry. To see some of our animation success stories, follow this link.

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