Educating Animators Conference 2018

Teaching the world’s most expressive art form.

This year as part of Manchester Animation Festival 2018 in collaboration with our Higher Education Partner, University of Salford, we’ll be hosting an Academic Conference on Friday 16 November.

Animation may well claim to be the world’s most expressive artform. As animation is open to collaborate with many different mediums it offers a platform that has no defined boundary. With limitless creative potential, approaching animation from an education point of view may sometime prove a challenge. The focus of this first Academic Conference in partnership with Manchester Animation Festival will be the pedagogic response to animation and its networking with industry; how it is taught and understood across Higher Education, Schools, and within the Creative Sector itself. NESTA recognise animation as one of the promising skills of the future workforce of 2030.

This full day conference will explore how Educators and Industry are approaching the challenges and opportunities of developing the next generation of Animators. How we look forward to the new trends and skills within the new digital economy, but retain and value the traditional skills from a breadth of history and cultural contexts.

Presentations from Academics and Industry will inform the day, centred on themed panels. The ‘Process and Play’ presentations will explore how we engage animators in being creative and resourceful. The ‘Challenges’ presentations will discuss the relationship of learners with industry and new technology opportunities. The day will end on Open Plenary Unconference to encourage debate on the themes and issues raised throughout the presentations.

We will be joined by Key Note speaker – Dr Paul Ward, Arts University Bournemouth – who will open the day of discussion and investigation into Educating Animators.

The day will be of interest to fellow Academics, Practitioners and Animation Producers.
Tickets can be bought through the eventbrite link below.
Prices: £50 ( Early Bird ) / £70 Full Price / £20 Student