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OUR CLASSES ARE PRIMARILY DESIGNED FOR COLLEGE LEVEL STUDENTS, RECENT GRADUATES AND PROFESSIONALS SEEKING ADDITIONAL TRAINING

 

STUDENTS WITH LESS EXPERIENCE OR THOSE WHO PREFER PRIVATE INSTRUCTION MAY WISH TO APPLY FOR PERSONAL MENTORING SESSIONS

SPRING 2022 COURSES
JANUARY 24 - APRIL 16
ENROLLMENT DEADLINE: DECEMBER 15, 2021

INTRODUCTION TO ANIMATION
DAVE KUHN

TUESDAYS & FRIDAYS 10AM-12PM PST
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

Are you ready to start animating? Introduction to Animation will teach you the skills of full, traditional character animation. 

If you intend to work in drawn animation, CG or in stop-motion, you'll learn the concepts that are common to all mediums of animation beginning with simple movement and physics and then progressing to cover all 12 Principles of Animation as developed by the original Disney animators. 

 

Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

Although this is an introductory class, we recommend that students have tried animation previously.

Acceptance is by review of an animation reel (if available) and portfolio.

ANIMATION FOUNDATION
LARISSA MARANTZ

FRIDAYS 10AM-1PM PST
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

Never tried animation but want to get a taste of some of the different skills that go into it? This is the class for you!

You'll have an opportunity to design dimensional characters, create expressive poses, draw an environment and storyboard your ideas. Work with professional Character Designer and Illustrator Larissa Marantz to discover your passion and prepare you for the next step in your artistic journey.

 

Whether you want to pursue animation as a career or are just looking to expand your tool set of abilities, we highly recommend this class as a great starting point.

Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.

This is an entry-level class so only drawing experience is required. Acceptance is by review of a sample of work.

ART DIRECTION FOR ANIMATION
PIXOTE HUNT

DATES & TIMES: TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 7PM-9PM PST
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

After the research and visual development of a project is complete, how do you get that work on the screen?

This course will unlock the mysteries and walk you through the steps of art direction from storyboard to color.

Working under the guidance of feature film Director/Art Director Pixote Hunt, by the end of this course you'll know how to

​translate your ideas and concepts into art directed, production ready images.

This is advanced course, recommended for students who already have experience in character design and visual development. Acceptance is by review of a portfolio. 

INTRODUCTION TO STORYBOARDING
JOHN PEREZ

TUESDAYS 4PM-7PM PST
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

Great animation isn't just about the visuals alone, we need the audience to become emotionally invested in our characters. But how do we hook viewers, keep them involved and deliver a satisfying ending? That's where the art of story come in. 

Unlock those secrets with John Perez, screenwriter and graphic novel author. This introductory course will teach you to conceptualize ideas, write them in screenplay format, pitch them effectively and take them into a final version as a story reel/animatic.

Classes will be conducted on Zoom and consist of lectures, demonstrations and critique sessions. Additional resources and feedback outside of class times will be provided via Discord.​

Acceptance is by review of a portfolio.

VISUAL DEVELOPMENT
BRETT MITCHELL

DAYS & TIMES: TUESDAYS 6PM-9PM
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

Do you love creating worlds and everything that inhabits them?

Visual Development is an overview of the professional process of ideating and concepting characters, worlds and creatures. Some of the topics that will be covered are:

 

World Building

Character and Creature Design

 Anatomy and Costumes

Prop Design 

Key Art

Character/Prop Sheets and Turnarounds 

 

The course will include lectures, demos and paint overs of student work

This is an intermediate course. It is recommended students have some experience in character design and digital painting. Acceptance is by review of a portfolio.

CHARACTER DESIGN
BRETT MITCHELL

DAYS & TIMES: WEDNESDAYS 6PM-9PM
TUITION: $1300 FOR 12 WEEKS

If your passion is for designing characters to bring to life, you won't want to miss this class.

With assignments spanning several genres, students will be exposed to professional pipeline practices to create original characters from sketches, to finished sheets. 

 

Line drawing, painting, and ultimately photo manipulation will all be covered in this course as well as style exploration and design theory. 

 

Costumes, weapons, callouts, material information will all be covered.

This is an introductory class. Acceptance is by review of a portfolio.

SPRING 2022 PERSONAL MENTORING
JANUARY 24 - APRIL 16


PERSONAL MENTORING

ILLUSTRATION, CHARACTER DESIGN, PRE-COLLEGE PORTFOLIO
LARISSA MARANTZ

ANIMATION
MIKE SHOW

 
HOURS: SCHEDULED INDIVIDUALLY
TUITION: $150/PER HOUR

We also offer personal mentoring on an hourly basis for artists who feel their skill level doesn't match an existing class, students who prefer private tutoring or working professionals whose schedules conflict with regular class hours.

Whether you are new to animation or an experienced animator seeking to hone specific skills, we will create a custom study plan and appropriate lectures and demonstrations. With our guidance, you will select projects based on your personal objectives and skill level.​

Acceptance is by review of a sample of  work.