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Aardman partner with Creative Access to offer two funded places on new stop-motion animation course


Aardman Animations, the multi-award-winning independent animation studio, has partnered with Creative Access to provide two fully-funded places for their curriculum of teaching excellence in animation for individuals looking for a career in the animation industry.

The collaboration is targeted at building a more diverse and inclusive workforce within the animation industry, nurturing talent from the ground up, inherent to the development and production of world-class entertainment for a diverse and intergenerational global audience.

The Aardman Academy, Industry Training: Stop Motion 1 is a 12-week virtual course developed and taught by the award-winning professionals at Aardman. It’s the first in the series of industry-led courses from the studio; committed to building sustainable careers within animation. The course, due to launch in February 2021, promises to offer intensive tuition spanning the three month period via virtual lessons and weekly one-on-one mentor tutorials with an individually assigned Aardman professional who will act as guidance, offering advice throughout. Course leader, former Aardman director and filmmaker Mark Simon Hewis (8 Minutes Idle, The Life Size Zoetrope) will deliver weekly live, interactive lectures online, setting tasks and enabling course participants to meet, share ideas and engage in the Aardman Academy community.

Peter Lord, Aardman Co-founder and Creative Director

I’m a huge advocate of animation as an expressive art, but I find that in this country we’re great at encouraging film-making and much less good at teaching the foundation skills of animation and performance. The Aardman Academy believes in redressing that unbalance. It’s important to us at Aardman to nurture great talent, and make sure future filmmakers develop the skills and the confidence to prepare them for the industry.”

Creative Access will be reaching out to candidates from communities that are currently under-represented in the animation industry. Two candidates will be allocated free places to undertake the virtual course which commences in February 2021. Applications via Creative Access are open here.