College drawing on need for animators

Okanagan College in Kelowna announces creation of an animation diploma program

With the growth of animation in the Okanagan, the need for education is growing. And Okanagan College is stepping into fill the void.

The college has announced the launch of it’s new animation diploma program, slated to start this September. The two-year program will focus on drawing, design and the principles and techniques of traditional and digital character animation.

Classes will be held in a state-of-the-art classroom in the new Okanagan Centre for Innovation in downtown Kelowna. The centre is scheduled to open in late spring.

The college says animation students will have the opportunity to live and learn in the technological hub of Kelowna, close to local studios and other related industry professionals.

This area is quickly becoming recognized as a high-tech hub in animation, with studios such as Disney Interactive, Bardel Entertainment, Yeti Farm Creative, Hyper Hippo and Sad Panda, all growing and becoming key employers in Kelowna.

In response to the needs of the growing industry in BC, core courses provided in the program will include include 2D, digital 2D and 3D animation, life drawing, character design, storyboard, and layout design.

Successful graduates will also complete a professional quality, industry-focused, demo reel showcasing their design and digital animation skills.

For more information, contact Okanagan College at okanagan.bc.ca.

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