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.