SCAD launches SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios

By Chris Gal­lagher Chair of SCAD an­i­ma­tion

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Just like SCAD stu­dents, our sense of cu­rios­ity is never ex­hausted. An­i­ma­tion is the ul­ti­mate medium that al­lows us to ex­plore and find our place in the world. In Bearly, a new an­i­mated mu­si­cal that is the first pro­duc­tion of SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, we travel along with a bear who fights the nat­u­ral in­stincts of hi­ber­na­tion to ex­plore the world and dis­cover the beauty of the chang­ing sea­sons. The core mis­sion at SCAD is to pre­pare our stu­dents for suc­cess in their cre­ative ca­reers. This is achieved through in­no­va­tive cur­ric­ula along­side cross-dis­ci­plinary ap­proaches to learn­ing through­out each de­gree of­fered at SCAD — in­clud­ing an­i­ma­tion, the university’s largest and most pop­u­lar pro­gram. Since 2013, en­roll­ment in an­i­ma­tion at SCAD has in­creased by a prodi­gious 52% across B.F.A., M.F.A., and M.A. pro­grams at all four SCAD global lo­ca­tions and via SCAD eLearn­ing. Over 2,300 SCAD an­i­ma­tion alumni cur­rently work in the an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try at lead­ing com­pa­nies in­clud­ing Pixar, Sony Pic­tures Image­works, Blue Sky Stu­dios, Laika, and Walt Dis­ney An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios. A Mir­ror of the In­dus­try This on­go­ing in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, paired with our mis­sion to pro­vide first-hand pro­fes­sional ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents is why we launched SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios this aca­demic year. Both un­der­grad­u­ate stu­dents and masters can­di­dates have the op­por­tu­nity to ap­ply to be part of the col­lab­o­ra­tive pro­gram. There are cur­rently 23 stu­dents en­rolled in SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, tak­ing on pro­fes­sional roles in­clud­ing lead an­i­ma­tor, pro­ducer, vis­ual devel­op­ment artists, story artists, 3D an­i­ma­tors, 2D an­i­ma­tors, lighters, com­pos­i­tors — all po­si­tions that di­rectly mir­ror the in­dus­try roles they will soon oc­cupy. Dur­ing each stu­dio class, stu­dents strate­gize, de­velop, and cre­ate with one an­other on cut­ting-edge re­sources to pro­duce projects that meet and ex­ceed in­dus­try stan­dards. In June 2020, SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios will be re­leas­ing its first film ti­tled Bearly. The an­i­mated hy­brid film in­tro­duces the au­di­ence to a bear who feels he is miss­ing out on the amaz­ing world around him dur­ing his hi­ber­na­tion. The film is set to the orig­i­nal mu­sic and lyrics that play off the tone and feel­ing that mim­ics the life of a stu­dent in this truly unique com­ing of age story. This project was com­pletely writ­ten, de­vel­oped and cre­ated by SCAD stu­dents. In ad­di­tion to the work in­side SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios, stu­dents from the university’s top ranked dra­matic writ­ing and sound de­sign de­gree pro­grams col­lab­o­rated on the film, high­light­ing again the cross-dis­ci­plinary ap­proach oc­cur­ring through­out SCAD. This spring, Bearly will be screened at SCAD lo­ca­tions, in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try events, and sub­mit­ted for top an­i­ma­tion awards pro­vid­ing stu­dents with on­go­ing pro­fes­sional recog­ni­tion and net­work­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios will pro­duce two dy­namic projects ev­ery year and con­tinue to guide stu­dents through their ex­plo­ration of the multi-faceted an­i­ma­tion in­dus­try. SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dios has been built to carry out the mis­sion of the an­i­ma­tion depart­ment which is to pro­vide stu­dents with an un­par­al­leled ed­u­ca­tion in char­ac­ter per­for­mance and sto­ry­telling through an­i­ma­tion. For more info visit scad.edu/aca­demics/ pro­grams/an­i­ma­tion/ca­reers

Im­age from the SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio film Bearly

Im­age from the SCAD An­i­ma­tion Stu­dio film Bearly

Mon­tog­mery Hall, home to SCAD An­i­ma­tion

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