Award-winning Aussie studio Animal Logic has partnered with the University of Technology Sydney to create an industry-lead postgraduate program. Through the establishment of the UTS Animal Logic Academy, a class of up to 50 students can work toward the first postgrad degree of its kind, a Master of Animation and Visualisation.
The University and Animal Logic have had a relationship for many years, with the studio’s professional and production teams helping to develop the UTS Bachelor of Creative Intelligence and Innovation program, and producing a showreel for the launch of the UTS Data Arena.
The MAV program is designed to foster the development of Australian creative talent in animation and visualization industries, and grow the country’s reputation as a center of innovation and creative excellence. The Academy will be located at UTS, in the heart of Sydney’s Creative Precinct. Commencing in 2017, the Academy will run an intensive program conducted in a professional studio setting that emulates a real-world studio.
UTS Vice-Chancellor professor Attila Brungs says the course will benefit people looking to take their careers to new heights and prepare for the jobs of the future: “This is a program like no other in Australia, deeply industry linked and led, and one that aims to generate skills and capacity to enable Australia to be a leading player globally in the creative industries and in particular the emerging visualisation industry.”
The Academy will operate as a transdisciplinary and collaborative node of the University, connecting across several faculties and research streams — including Engineering and IT, Design, Architecture and Building, Arts and Social Sciences, and the UTS Data Arena.
“The Academy will provide a cutting-edge, immersive environment for students to be able to develop critical industry-focused knowledge and professional practice skills that will be immediately transferable to established and emerging visualisation industries, both in Australia and internationally,” Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian said. “Animal Logic will contribute considerable human, creative and technical knowledge to the program, which is intended to push students’ work beyond existing techniques into innovative solutions, refining their approach to professional practice in today’s challenging world.”
Initial placements will begin in January 2017. Applications close October 28 for these first openings. For more information on how to apply, visit: www.animallogicacademy.uts.edu.au.