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CREATIVITY UNLEASHED: Animation is a promising field for those creatively inclined.
CREATIVITY UNLEASHED: Animation is a promising field for those creatively inclined.

My granddaughter is appearing for the Plus Two examination. She is interested in going for higher study in animation. Please provide details of degree courses in animation in India and related job prospects.

SANKARAN NAIR

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM

Animation is the art of conceiving an action by drawing inanimate objects or characters which are made suitable for filming. Animation is emerging as a promising career field, owing to technological advances, in visual media such as television, cinema and multimedia. Animation application areas include entertainment, business and sales, education, tourism, publishing, web design and fashion design. The advertising industry has pioneered the use of animation design.

Animation courses generally focus on scripting, developing techniques and sound inputs. Computer animators need a combination of art and technical skills.

Aspirants must have excellent creative and artistic abilities, such as a flair for drawing, sketching or caricaturing. Having a good sense of humour and power of observation will be an added advantage. Animation is a laborious, highly skilled process.

To become an animator, there are several courses and training programmes. Degree-level courses are rare. Professional diploma programmes in animation and multimedia are available for higher study. One may specialise in animation character creation, creating two- and three-dimensional shapes, special visual effects, videogame programming, game art and so on. 2D and 3D animation training can help one become an animator.

Degree courses

In Kerala, St. Joseph College of Communication, Changanassery, Kurisummoodu. P.O – 686 104 (affiliated to Mahatma Gandhi University) offers a BA animation and graphic design course. It is aimed at grooming students for a creative career in the fields of animation films and films; Internet and new media; product design; architecture and interior design; game design and entertainment production. Entry qualification is pass in Plus Two. Selection is through an aptitude test and interview. For details, visit www.sjcc.in.

An MA cinema and television course is also being offered here for graduates in any discipline. St. Albert’s College-Toonskool Advanced Animation Academy, St. Albert’s College, Kochi – 682 018 conducts a B.Sc. animation degree course. The objective of the three-year degree course is to provide students with the skills needed to succeed in the field of animation. For more details, visit www.toonskool.net.

The Birla Institute of Technology (deemed university), Mersa, Ranchi – 835 215 ( www.bitmesra.ac.in) offers a B.Sc. animation and multimedia course at its Jaipur and Noida centres. Meritorious Plus Two students are eligible for admission. Details can be had from the web site.

The Image College of Art, Animation and Technology, Mylapore, Chennai – 600 004 ( www.icat.ac.in) offers a BA (Hons) course in digital media (3D Animation) for those who have passed Plus Two or three-year diploma courses. The six-semester course is of three years. After successful completion of the course, the BA (Hons) degree will be awarded by the University of Wales, U.K. It is the private sector that offers most animation jobs and the main selection criterion is professional animation skills, rather than possession of an officially recognised certificate. The college provides placement services.

Diploma

The Keltron Animation Campus and Knowledge Centre, Thiruvananthapuram (ph: 0471 401 6444, 233 7450) offers a course leading to the award of professional diplomas in animation, visual FX and e-media technologies. It covers print and publishing, e-media, audio and video editing, 2D Animation, 3 D Animation and advanced 3D Animation and visual FX. The course is for 16 months. Those who have passed Plus Two or diploma are eligible for admission. Selection is based on aptitude test and interview. For details, visit www.keltron.org

The Keltron Animation Campus in Kozhikode also offers professional diploma courses in Animation VFX and multimedia.

The highlights of these courses are moderate fees, government certification, a fully equipped studio facility and placement support. For details, visit www.keltronanimation.com or www.keltron.org.

Toonz-webel Academy, Salt Late, Kolkata – 700 091 ( www.toonzwebelacademy.com) offers a diploma course in 2D and 3D animation. Eligibility for admission is pass in Plus Two and aptitude for animation.

The ZICA Zed Institute of Creative Arts, Mumbai – 400 091 conducts a three-year diploma course in animation. Eligibility is pass in Plus Two or BFA.

The Maya Academy of Advanced Cinematics, with centres at Chennai, Bangalore etc, and head office at Andheri (W) Mumbai – 400 053, offers a diploma course in 3D animation and visual effects ( www.maacindia.com)

Toonz Animation India Private Ltd., Nila, Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram ( www.toonzanimationindia.com), conducts advanced certificate courses in 3D and 2D animation.

PG diploma

The Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), Thiruvananthapuram, offers a postgraduate diploma course in animation film design. Graduates with talent in drawing are eligible for admission. Preference will be given to BFA graduates. Duration is one year.

C-DIT also offers a postgraduate diploma course in multimedia design for graduates in any discipline. Duration is one year.

The course contents include modules such as animation and special effects, animation fundamentals, 2D and 3D animation, warping and morphing and project. For details, visit www.cdit.org.

DC Media School, KINFRA Film and Video Park, Kazhakuttam, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 585, conducts a postgraduate diploma course in graphics and animation design covering character drawing, cell animation, basic film techniques, modelling claymation, nonlinear editing, sound and music scoring and so on. Graduates in any discipline are eligible for admission.

Those with BFA will be given preference. Admission is based on a selection test and interview. For details, visit www.dcsmatmediaschool. com

Prominent institutes

The National Institute of Design (NID), Paladi, Ahmedabad, under the Union government, provides excellent study facilities for graphic design, animation film design, film and video communication and so on. Those who have passed Plus Two with good marks or grade can join the four-year graduate diploma programme in design and opt for specialisation.

A postgraduate diploma programme in design with communication design as one of the specialisation areas is also offered here. Communication design consists of graphic design, animation film design and film and video communication. Selection to both these programmes is based on a national-level entrance test and interview. For details, visit www.nid.edu.

The Film and Television Institute of India, Pune - 411 004 ( www.ftiindia.com) conducts a year-and-a-half certificate course in animation and computer graphics for those who have passed Plus Two. Fine arts diploma holders will be given preference.

The Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) in Mumbai ( www.iitb.ac.in) and Guwahati ( www.iitgernet.in) offer Master of Design (Animation) programme to meritorious B.Tech. holders.

The Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC) centres in Pune and Mohali provide training facilities in animation. ( www.cdacmohali.in or www.cdac.in)

Job prospects

Animation is a lucrative profession. The animation industry offers many job opportunities. Qualified animators will have excellent opportunities in the fields of advertising, film and television, education and so on. Some of the leading animation design studios offer opportunities for qualified animators.

India is increasingly presenting itself as a favourable destination for the animation industry, particularly in post- production and 3D-content development. India is also an important destination for outsourcing assignments from global studios. Professional animators can freelance or undertake project work.

GOPAKUMAR KARAKONAM


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