Fresh off its Best Animated Feature Oscar win for Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, Aardman Animations Ltd has pacted with the Bristol School of Animation at the University of the West of England (UWE) to create new opportunities for students and practicing professionals in Bristol, U.K. The new initiative is expected to double the number of international students coming to UWE to study animation.
Under the new agreement, students and professionals working at the Bristol School of Animation will have direct access to the expertise and experience of Aardman Animations and other Bristol-based toon studios. Student animators will have their work viewed by leading regional companies, and select candidates will be encouraged to take advantage of professional opportunities in the area.
The Bristol School of Animation will be co-directed by Dave Sproxton, Aardman Animations’ exec chairman, and Amanda Wood, director of the Bristol School of Animation at UWE. Aardman and other leading Bristol-based companies will advise on the design and delivery of all the School’s programs. Aardman will also be involved in the direct promotion and recruitment of students to UWE animation courses.
‘It is hoped that through the sharing of strategies both UWE and the animation industry will attract highly talented individuals from across the world to study, train and work here in Bristol,’ says Sproxton.
The Bristol School of Animation is linked to specialist animation schools across the European Union. Sponsored by MEDIA, the institution offers courses which cover a full range of skills required for pre-production, production and post-production. More information is available at http://amd.uwe.ac.uk/amd/index3.asp?pageid=92.