Bringing a character to life involves more than just technical ability. JMC Academy’s 3D Animation course equips students with the technical skills, underlying theory, and deep critical and creative thinking needed to excel in this dramatically expanding area.
JMC Academy’s 3D Animation program has been developed in association with studio artists from major companies, including Pixar and Animal Logic. Underpinned by principles in technology, science and artistic practice, the curriculum enables students with the ability to adapt to new tools and industry trends ensuring they remain at the forefront of new technology and development. Students graduate with a portfolio and show reel with which to present themselves to the industry.
Diploma of Creative Arts (3D Animation)
The Diploma course teaches students drawing and 3D fundamentals to support the extensive technical training that follows. Once equipped with the tools necessry to explore ideas and stories through words and drawings, students are then able to develop those elements into sophisticated outcomes.
Students progress to form an understanding of the core components of visual narrative and animation design. The curriculum also investigates the rich and diverse history of the medium, both through theory and hands-on experience.
Studio studies introduce students to the technical skills needed to operate the 3D graphics programs used throughout the Degree.
Issues regarding the aesthetics and functionality involved in the creative process of animation are also examined at this time.
Bachelor of Creative Arts (3D Animation)
In the final trimesters of study, a number of sophisticated skill areas are explored, including character rigging, application scripting, and the rapidly developing area of motion (or performance) capture.
This leads in to a final project, which begins with an intensive pre-production subject where students form teams to generate ideas and thoroughly work through the design process together. Under the supervision of their lecturers, students go into full studio production mode. With a final theoretical exploration of film history, students are required to complete and ‘executive produce’ their final team project through the planning and execution of a high quality 3D animated film that is worked upon for the two semesters.
Finally students are supported in developing show reels and are provided with techniques for finding employment and moving into the professional workplace.