Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction at the Filmakademie Baden-Wuerttemberg

Introduction

The Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction was founded in 2002 as part of the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg. Under the direction of Prof. Thomas Haegele the Institute has developed into one of the most successful educational institutions in Germany, enjoying an excellent reputation worldwide. Animated films that were created at the Filmakademie have already won numerous awards at national and international festivals.

Since its foundation in 1991, the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg teaches and produces according to the principle “learning by doing”. The students learn how to make films by making films: They write scripts, design and build sets, operate a camera or direct, create animations and visual effects, compose film music or create sound-design, edit and montage.

Working on projects is underpinned and accompanied by guest lecturers with a practical background. National and international professionals from the film and media industry pass on their knowledge and their experience to the students in seminars and workshops. This philosophy connects academic study and hands-on experience; its proximity to the industry has substantially contributed to the Filmakademie's success.

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Ever since its Oscar nomination for the short film „Das Rad“ (the Wheel), the Institute of Animation, Visual Effects and Digital Postproduction has gained international acclaim. In 2014, the animation platform Animation Career Review ranked the Institute of Animation as one of the five best animation schools worldwide. In the course of the past years, the students of the Institute of Animation have been awarded with numerous prizes at German and international festivals such as SIGGRAPH CAF or SICAF, VES, Awards, LA Shorts and in Cannes, Annecy and Berlin.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
  • German

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Programs

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Diploma

Animation/Effects Producing (AEP)

Campus Full time 2 years Germany

Animation/Effects Producing (AEP) is a two‐year postgraduate course for production with a specialization on animation and effects projects, offered by the Institute of Animation at Filmakademie Baden‐Wuerttemberg. [+]

What? Animation/Effects Producing (AEP) is a two‐year postgraduate course for production with a specialization on animation and effects projects. Why? The animation and VFX‐industry is currently looking for young producers with the required expertise in animation and visual effects. The Institute of Animation caters to the industry’s need by offering a uniquely specialized program in animation and effects producing, thus creating excellent job opportunities for its graduates. Who? Candidates should hold a first degree in economics, media, design or communication or provide proof of similar practical experience. Ideally, candidates have already acquired some working experience in production. When? The Admissions Office is currently accepting applications for AEP for fall semester 2015/16, the deadline is August 15. How? No tuition fees are being charged. Potential students can gather further information on the Institute's website www.animationsinstitut.de; this is also where they will find a direct link to the application form. [-]

Technical Directing

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Germany Ludwigsburg

Technical Directing (TD) is a two‐year postgraduate course; graduates qualify as Technical Directors for animation and VFX‐projects. [+]

What? Technical Directing (TD) is a two‐year postgraduate course; graduates qualify as Technical Directors for animation and VFX‐projects. Technical Directors are responsible for the technical supervision of film projects, meaning that they manage the technical aspects of the production. By joining a production team, TD‐students at the Institute of Animation learn to solve problems and handle pipelines. Among others, they develop plugins and applications, define workflows and production requirements and engage in current research projects. Why? Career opportunities for Technical Directors are very good. For instance, alumni find work in the large Animation Studios of Hollywood like Pixar or Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). The mix between technical precision and artistic creativity makes working as a Technical Director varied and appealing. Who? Candidates should hold a first degree in computer science or a similar subject and be interested in animation and VFX‐projects. When? The Admissions Office is currently accepting applications for TD for fall semester 2015/16, the deadline is August 15. How? No tuition fees are being charged. Potential students can gather information on the Institute’s website www.animationsinstitut.de; this is also where they will find a direct link to the application form. The Research & Development department has its own website where candidates can find additional information: http://research.animationsinstitut.de. [-]

Transmedia/Games Producing

Campus Full time 2 years October 2016 Germany Ludwigsburg

The subject area Interactive Media trains its students in the conceptualization, production and the artistic design of interactive applications such as games, apps or media installations. [+]

What? The subject area Interactive Media trains its students in the conceptualization, production and the artistic design of interactive applications such as games, apps or media installations. In this context, Transmedia/Games Producers supervise the production across all media platforms: they direct their teams, manage the budgets and hold the reins during all stages of the project’s realization. Why? Interactive Media students at the Institute of Animation learn to work across media platforms in interdisciplinary teams. During their studies, they create prizewinning games, apps, media installations and interfaces. Alumni often start‐up their own successful companies, for instance in the field of games or media consulting and –design. Since students are mentored by experts from the industry, thus already creating an invaluable network, graduates prove themselves in internationally renowned companies just as well. Future Transmedia/Games Producers are often sent to festivals and expositions to represent their project, thus getting to know the international media landscape especially well. As a plus, no tuition fees are being charged. When? The Admission Office is currently accepting applications for the two‐year postgraduate program Transmedia/Games Producing for fall semester 2015/16, the deadline is August 15. Who? Candidates for the two‐year program Transmedia/Games Producing should hold a first degree, for instance in media, communication or business Alternatively, they may prove their suitability by providing evidence of at least two years working experience in the film‐and media industries, or, when being exceptionally talented, by showing samples of their work. How? Potential students can gather information on the Institute’s website at http://www.animationsinstitut.de/en/curriculum/interactive‐media/; this is also where they will find a direct link to the application form. The department of Interactive Media also has its own website where candidates can find additional information: http://interaktive‐ medien.animationsinstitut.de/de. German proficiency is required for the course. [-]

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