This November, as part of our annual festival, our academic conference Educating Animators returns for its second year, with our higher education partner The University of Salford.

This years conference will take on November 11th, at the universities MediaCityUK campus and we are currently accepting calls for presentations. Educating Animators 2019 will be a day of talks and presentations on teaching methodologies and industry insight into the delivery of a challenging progressive curriculum and answering the skills gap for the future of Animation sector. The community of Animators are starting to address diversity, this year we would welcome proposals for presentations covering how across education, training and industry we support diversity and inclusivity, how it is built into programmes of study, teaching and learning materials, internship, recruitment both for students or staff, and how we explore representations in our content.

Animation may well claim to be the world’s most expressive artform. With each year new technologies and subversions of old open up collaborations with many different mediums to offer a platform that has no defined boundary. With limitless creative potential and interdisciplinary nature, approaching animation from an educational point of view may sometimes prove a challenge. The continuing focus of this academic conference will be the pedagogic response to animation; how it is taught and understood across Higher Education, Schools, Community Workshops and within the Industry itself.

The conference is an opportunity to share and debate good practice across the education sector and open up conversations with industry to support knowledge transfer, shape a graduating student ready for industry, lifelong learning and how we shape it through a community from schools to studio.

We invite submission of :

Proposal for Presentations of 15mins

The conference would like to encourage those engaged with Practice based Research that informs their curriculum design or mentorship with animators – those that develop Artist Films, Prototypes, Jams & Hacks, Documentaries & Behind the Scenes Videos of Case Studies are welcome to submit their work.
Examples of supporting new technologies in production pipelines or creative work, ie 3d Printing, VR tools for Storytelling are also encouraged.
Presentations with films need be included within the 15mins

Proposal for Academic Poster

The conference would like to encourage projects and research presented as an Academic Poster. We recommend an A0 size poster for conference. As a poster presenter – be prepared to summarise your work (approx 5mins) during a poster session during the conference day.  For advice on academic poster format – you can get information here –

For more information such as list of topics, submission guidelines and deadlines, please click here.