Inspired by the success of Northern Ireland's indigenous animation companies, a new 2D Animation Academy has been set up to provide up to 16 passionate and talented individuals with the skills and experience required to help prepare them for work in the burgeoning Animation Sector.
The 16 week training programme has been put together with support from the Department for Employment and Learning and Invest Northern Ireland under the Department's Assured Skills initiative, funded by Change Fund allocation, and is being developed and piloted by Belfast Metropolitan College and South West College. The course has been created with the assistance of local companies and successful candidates will have unique access to all of the latest tools and technologies utilised in the production of 2D animated content, gaining expert advice and assistance from industry professionals.
Following a 16 week intensive training course, students will complete a six week placement with leading employers in the Sector. Successful Academy participants will gain industry recognised qualifications as well as an increased potential for employment.
Applicants must be over 18. No formal qualifications are required, but the applicant must possess a high level of creative skills and be able to demonstrate a passion for animation. All applicants must also be computer literate as the course will be delivered almost exclusively in a PC environment, in keeping with standard industry practices.
During the application process applicants will be invited to submit either a YouTube or Vimeo link to a video of their animated materials for review by a panel from the local industry. Applicants will also be given the opportunity to upload a CV or portfolio of their digital work if they do not possess an animated showreel. Applicants will be judged on their overall creative talents.
Successful applicants will then be invited to complete an online aptitude test and, following this, remaining candidates will progress to a further assessment/verification event which may involve a practical demonstration of their ability.
The closing date for applications is 4pm on 4th July 2015.
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For the duration of the programme participants will be paid £150 training allowance per week. Successful applicants claiming Job Seekers Allowance can contact their local Jobs and Benefits Office to have a "Better Off" calculation carried out before proceeding with the programme. Applications are welcome from those who meet the criteria irrespective of religious belief, sexual orientation, political opinion, age, disability, race, marital status, gender, whether or not they have dependents and women returning to work.
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