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Animation has long established itself as a multifaceted medium for film, TV, web, gaming and mobile content. Moreover, the whole entertainment industry and the digital creative industries rely on animation workflows as their technical and creative basis. The broad scope of the Institute’s subject area Animation pays heed to these realities and covers the whole spectrum from artistically ambitious animation to photorealistic effects or technically advanced real-time production. The Institute of Animation encourages students from various different specializations to collaborate, thus realizing even complex projects in practice-oriented team work.
All production and animation types are provided for: CG, hand-drawn animation, stop-motion, real-time animation, live action and interactive applications. The practice-oriented workflow is central to all types of animation.
During basic studies our students learn everything – to work with a camera, to write a script, to budget, to produce, to direct, to edit and to experiment with different techniques. In addition, they acquire skills in film history and film theory. After two years of basic studies the students are not as yet perfect filmmakers, but they will have gained a solid basis and above all a deep understanding of the film making business. What's more, they will have already obtained a sound knowledge of animation, effects, real-time as well as the production of animation-based formats and visual effects.
During the project-based courses of study the main emphasis is put on: film making – learning by doing. As at the Filmakademie on the whole, tuition and artistic supervision of projects at the Institute are carried out by guest lecturers with practical experience – from the region, from Germany, from Europe and from the whole world. They come to Ludwigsburg for one or more days respectively to work with our students in seminars, workshops and one-on-one mentoring. They teach and supervise students projects with regards to content, technique and artistical form at all the stages of development – thus the training stays up-to-date with the current trends in production. Applicants with a preliminary examination or undergraduate degree at a film or art school or a comparable degree can apply directly for the project-based courses of study.
During the project-based courses of study we offer the following specializations:
- Animation Artist
- Effects Artist
- Animation/Effects Producer
- Technical Director