Animation Summer School
The Animation Summer School is held at the University of South Wales, Treforest campus during the first fortnight of the School Summer Holidays. Forty young animators recruited from animation workshops rolled out through the Rhondda Cynon Taff Schools E3 programme engage in the process of creating a short animated film to screen at the parental showcase on the final evening of the programme. Participants are divided into two groups, an older cohort who have obtained a Level 3 Agored Cymru Qualification at the Animation Easter School and who are now working toward their Level 4 Accreditation, and a young group, some of whom are new to animation. The aim of the Animation Summer School for both groups is to involve them in the animation creation process from start to finish. The level, in terms of accuracy and attention to detail, at which they work, differs. Both groups are involved in generating an idea, creating a storyboard to develop their idea and then creating an animation to express their idea. Participants are encouraged to work with a variety of animation techniques including, 3D, puppetry, card board cut out and stop animation. Participants create their characters, build sets and learn how to use the photographic and computer equipment to shoot and edit their film. The older cohort work with armatures and industry standard light boxes to create an animation akin to industry standards. The project aims to raise participants’ awareness of the animation industry and the various rolls within it, and their educational aspirations in respect of progression routes to degree courses in Animation.