AUB Named First UK Centre of Excellence for Toon Boom Animation

Montreal, Canada - August 05, 2015

Arts University Bournemouth

Toon Boom Animation announces that Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has been officially recognized as their first UK Centre of Excellence. Toon Boom Centres of Excellence (COE) are accredited post-secondary schools, colleges and universities that are powerful incubators for preparing graduates for the animation marketplace.

“AUB provides a strong foundation in the creative and technical skills needed to succeed in the digital content and animation marketplace,” said Marie-Eve Chartrand, Director of Customer Success. “They give students direct access to animation experts and industry-leading animation software within a real-world, production-based environment.”

Arts University Bournemouth

AUB has been teaching animation since the early 1970s, with the current Animation provision in place since 1994. The BA (Hons) Animation Production curriculum is based on the fundamental skills for animation, rooted in drawing and the key principles, leading students to deeply engage with their chosen specialization. Industry participation along with collaboration and teamwork are central to their animation program.

Alongside the hugely successful BA (Hons) Animation Production degree, there is a growing postgraduate community (MA Animation Production as well as PhD students) and a brand new BA (Hons) Visual Effects Design and Production degree is starting in September 2015.

AUB enjoys strong links with the creative industries – visiting tutors, workshops, critiques with industry leaders and placements in studios underpin all courses. Several BA Animation Production alumni worked on Gravity from the Framestore outpost on campus, and many continue to finish their studies and work with the VFX specialist. Animation students from AUB have also secured work with Aardman Animations, Nexus Productions, Lupus Films and other UK studios.

“Being recognized as a Toon Boom Centre of Excellence demonstrates that the AUB approach to teaching animation directly engages students with an industry model of working – one of the many key strengths of our course,” said Peter Symons, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Animation Production.

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About Toon Boom Centres of Excellence

The Toon Boom Centre of Excellence program recognizes key academic institutions that are contributing, at an exceptional level, to the teaching of the latest industry techniques and technology in storyboarding and animation. Through the joint efforts of Toon Boom and COE educational institutions, the goal is to increase the value of students' educational experience while also building a career bridge to the animation industry. For a list of Centres of Excellence, visit:

About Toon Boom Animation

Toon Boom Animation Inc.’s award-winning software is the global standard for 2D animation and storyboarding. Toon Boom solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere. Customers include Walt Disney Animation, Rovio Entertainment, Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Nelvana and 20th Century Fox Animation. For more information, visit:

About Arts University Bournemouth

Arts University Bournemouth is the leading professional arts university dedicated to turning creativity into careers. Established in 1885, AUB is based on a single campus where students and staff come together to innovate, collaborate and connect across art, design, media and performance. For each of the last 10 years, AUB has been in the top 10 of all UK universities for employability (DLHE), and was named No.1 in 2015 with a total of 97.4 % of the class of 2013/14 progressing to employment and/or further study within six months. For more information, visit:

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