Stop motion online animation course with Aardman Academy through Babbasa

Ready to develop your animation skills from the comfort of your own home? Explore this incredible online, industry-led course with the studio that created Chicken Run, Shaun the Sheep, and Wallace and Gromit! For over 40 years, Aardman has entertained and charmed the world, creating much loved characters and bringing unforgettable stories to life. Aardman Academy is a team of Aardman directors, producers, creatives and educators committed to encouraging talent into the industry by delivering world-class animated-related courses and skills development.

Aardman is offering 4 fully-funded course spaces to our young people at Babbasa. Their Industry Training course Stop Motion 1 involves 12-weeks of online guided teaching, supported by weekly practical tasks and Mentoring to build the right foundations and practical skills in character animation, delivered by a team of highly experienced tutors and mentors. In addition to all of the brilliant online course content, you will also be sent a Stop Motion 1 Course Kit (for you to keep!)

We are looking for 2 young people to join the course starting 1st May 2024 and another 2 young people to join the course starting on 18th September 2024.

Please be clear about which course dates you are available for in your application. The deadline to apply for either course is March 25th, 12pm.

To be successful on this course, you will need:

● At least 10 hours free per week – so this can be done alongside full-time work or study!

● Access to a camera

● Access to a computer/laptop

● Internet connection

● Passion in pursuing a career in animation.

● A willingness to improve your practice, skills and abilities.

● Some basic animation experience/knowledge so that you can get the most out of this training, but formal training is not a requirement. You might be self-taught, still studying at university, a graduate, or coming from the industry. They are keen to hear how this training opportunity will help you towards your broader goals and ambitions.

To apply:

You must be fully registered to Babbasa and be at least 18 years old to access this opportunity. Please apply by sending your CV, a cover letter AND an example of a small sample of creative work to our Placement Programme Lead Husnaa Ng at husnaa.ng@byep.org.uk by 25th March, 12pm.

Your sample of work might be a showreel, any short animated tests or experiments, or a creative website or portfolio. There are no ‘set rules’ as to what to include, but they’d like to see a snap-shot of who you are and what work you are creating. Ideally, please include examples of any animation, film work you might have – 2D, 3D, Stop Motion or anything else!

Aardman has asked that applicants only contact Babbasa directly with any further questions about this opportunity.

For more details about the Stop Motion 1 course with Aardman Academy: https://academy.aardman.com/stop-motion-1

Course structure:

Every Wednesday, you will be introduced to the weekly activities via a live-streamed lecture with the course leader Stuart Messinger where you can ask questions, share

ideas, discuss animation techniques and watch inspiring work. You will then be invited to explore the pre-recorded Masterclasses and subsequent tasks, run and hosted by the animation team.

These lessons have been filmed especially for you and this course alone. You can watch them as many times as you want, pause, freeze, and step through frame by frame should you wish. You will then be ready to jump in and start animating your tasks. When completed you will upload your finished task to our secure and private course community where your Mentor will be able to watch it before your weekly feedback session. Further feedback and support is also offered by Academy staff and fellow course participants via the Course Community.

From week 8 to 11 you are supported while you make a final moving image piece based on your own ideas – this might be a short film, or a showreel of work – it is up to you! Throughout all weeks of the course, you will be fully supported by an active online community where you can share ideas, inspiration, creative thoughts, problem solving and tips ‘n’ tricks.

Aardman Academy estimates that the weekly activities will take you 5-10 hours per week to complete. Once you start making your final moving project, you decide how much time you want to dedicate to it.

What you will get in your course kit:

  • Dragonframe software licence and controller
  • Armature and Rig kit
  • 1 Armature hand-paddle kit
  • Modelling clay
  • Modelling tools