Dear ADA members,
For those of you who have always been interested in animation (2D and 3D), compositing,
motion graphics, scriptwriting, and theory which investigates all these aspects at a high
level, I would like to let you know that there is a new graduate course in Auckland which
allows you to immerse yourself in these areas over a year, and emerge with a short
animation of film festival standard.
We kicked off the Graduate Diploma in Digital Animation at Unitec last year, with a class
of ten students, many of whom had never animated before. We cover claymation,
direct-on-film techniques, cut-out animation, as well as the more technical whizz-bang
stuff like Maya, After Effects, and Shake. We teach writing and editing, and link students
with composers and musicians to create original soundtracks.
The students in 2006 have made films that will be an excellent contribution to the NZ
animation scene * the films are creative, profound, and delightfully demented. And there
isn*t a robot or cyberchick amongst them.
The class is taught by myself and a colleague who worked for six years at Weta, with
workshops from people in the industry. I have a Post Grad Diploma from Sheridan College in
Canada, worked on motion graphics in Toronto, and have also contributed essays on
animation to academic journals, such as a recent essay on Len Lye.
We*re taking ten students in 2007, and still have a couple of places left. If you have any
questions, or would like to join the class in mid-February 2007, please contact Miriam
Harris on 815 4321 x.7143, or email me at:
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