Animal Logic and UTS form Innovative Postgraduate Animation Program

Australian based animation studio, Animal Logic, teamed up with the University of Technology Sydney to offer a postgraduate program for innovative and visual creators.

Established in 1991, Animal Logic was created as a space for budding animators and visual artists to design and transform the digital scene. After 25 years, this animation studio has added big name films to their roster of accomplishments. From Happy Feet and Moulin Rogue, to The Lego Movie, Animal Logic maintains a steady reputation as an award winning, and creative workspace. Their pioneering strategy to influence art now grows with the addition of a postgraduate “Master” program.

Due in January 2017, UTS and Animal Logic will engage up to fifty students, and invite them to participate in the newly fashioned Master of Digitalization and Animation program. The limited and selective space means that a tough competition is in store for all who apply, as only the best of the best will be accepted. University of Technology Sydney Vice-Chancellor Professor Attila Brungs states on the Animal Logic website that this program is “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 CGI sector.” Because there is no other program in Australia that offers such resilience and progression, it is vital for UTS and Animal Logic to establish innovation and dominance through this platform.

UTS Animal Logic Academy students are expected to gain hands on learning experiences through workshops, presentations, and group exercises. Those who are accepted will work in state of the art labs and workspaces that are housed on the UTS campus. Animal Logic CEO, Zareh Nalbandian explains, “The Academy will provide a cutting-edge, immersive production studio environment inspiring students to develop critical industry-focused knowledge and professional practice skills.” Rather than have students merely sit there and learn, this program aims to surround them with specialized and expert practices, giving them much needed dexterities for current and future disciplines.

Singular formation of compelling and rudimentary animation of film is extremely rare for those who are working on various intricate projects. Rather than offer entire projects to students, they will learn how to cooperate and combine key skills and abilities to form a single, multilayered simulation. Group solidarity is what this program revolves around, according to UTS Course Director and Associate Professor Yusuf Pisan. He explains that this program is compared working on a “content pipeline of a much larger team.” With this mentality in mind, students will gain a better understanding of how creation, both digitally and physically, come to life. They graft towards being part of a larger team, while embracing superior, more complex problems.

Animal Logic is currently working on the sequel to the highly successful, and heavily animated Guardians of the Galaxy, as well as various digital animation and visualization projects. Applications are currently being accepted until the end of October, and the program is expected to begin in the first part of next year.

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