Educating Animators Conference 2019

Now in it’s second year, Educating Animators is a day of talks and presentations on teaching methodologies, technologies and industry insight into the delivery of a challenging progressive curriculum and addressing diversity and inclusivity, answering the skills gap for the future of Animation sector, and enabling students to take creative risk.

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.

Educating Animators 2019


9.00 – 10.00 Registration Coffee & Networking


10.00 – 10.20 Welcome by University of Salford & Manchester Animation Festival


10.20 – 12.30 THEME: Creative Play & Risk

Guest Speaker: Mark Ashmore | Future Artists


The Role of Entrepreneurialism in teaching Animation. 

Prof Paul Ward, Arts University Bournemouth

Educating Risk: How fear of failure is stifling creative practice within Higher Education

Michael Smith, Leeds Arts University

10×10 The Beauty of Small Things

Jared Taylor, University of Edinburgh

Shared Immersion: Innovations in Production Efficiency and Art

Michael Gandham, Arcus Animation Studios


Poster Presentation


Laura Weston, Staffordshire University


LUNCH ( included )




The ‘Skills Gap’ in animation/VFX industry in Scotland

Jonathan Mortimer, Edinburgh Napier University

The importance of mentors – The Ideas Foundation Employability Bootcamp

Katherine Rushton & Ben Elson, Manchester College / UCEN Manchester

Say What? Dialogue animation by hearing-impaired students: challenges and opportunities.  

Melvyn Ternan, Sheffield Hallam University

Representation in Animation

Maliha Basak, Canterbury Christ Church University


4.00 – 5.30 Guest Speaker: Sarah Kennedy, University of Central Lancashire

Screening of the Documentary ‘British Animation Women Breaking the Mold’


CLOSE: 6pm


Educating Animators is an Academic Conference partnership between Manchester Animation Festival and University of Salford.

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