The class of 2015: Aardman Academy student graduation

Today marks the end of the 2015 Aardman Academy and NFTS Certificate in Character Animation Course, where six stop motion and five CGI students will graduate at an industry screening event, held at the Aardman studios in Bristol.

The graduates will be presented with their certificates by Aardman Co-founders Peter Lord and David Sproxton and Jon Wardle, Deputy Director & Director of Curriculum & Registrar at The National Film & Television School.

The students have spent the last twelve weeks honing their skills in character animation through an intensive programme designed to prepare graduates to embark on a career in the animation industry. To complement the tutoring, the students attended weekly masterclasses from other industry professionals. These have included Richard Williams, Simon Taylor (Lead Animator at Blue Zoo), Philip Gray (Cinematics Director at Travellers’ Tales), Magda Osinska (Director), Julia Lockhart (CEO at Locksmith) and Tom Jacomb (M.D of Animated Features at DNeg) from, Chris Tichbourne (Director at Factory Transmedia) and Mark Waring (Animation Director on next Wes Anderson feature), Darren Walsh (Director at Passion Pictures), Chris Tichborne (Co- Director, Clangers from Factory Create) as well as Aardman professionals including Co-Founder and Creative Director Peter Lord, Head of Sales and Acquisitions Alix Wiseman, Senior Producer Stephanie Owen, and Director Merlin Crossingham. In addition to this, practical sessions were took place including life drawing facilitated by Sarah Easby and acting workshops by Sarah Perry from Shapes in Motion.

2015 Aardman Academy NFTS Character Animation Course Graduation Reel from Katie Daniels on Vimeo.

As with previous years, Aardman will also be looking to offer internships to this year’s graduates upon completion of the course – across CGI, stop frame, series production and games design alongside other leading UK production companies such as, IOD Productions, Immortal Pictures, Factory Transmedia, Jellyfish, Traveller’s Tales and Blue Zoo.

A new programme of events and courses will be announced in 2016, Aardman’s 40th anniversary, and supports the studios ongoing commitment to inspire and nurture creative minds of the future. The Certificate in Character Animation is part funded by Creative Skillset’s Skills Investment Fund, to find out more and stay up to date on all the Aardman Academy news visit the website. Tweet us using #AardmanAcademy at @aardman and find us at Hiive.

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