Toon Boom Animation Inc. has recognized the Victoria College of Art (VCA) as a Toon Boom Centre of Excellence. This designation is for select schools that offer a degree in animation, storyboarding or related fields and meet specified curriculum and instructor requirements.
For nearly forty-five years, the Victoria College of Art has been the creative incubator for more than 6,000 practicing artists on Vancouver Island. Four years ago, with Toon Boom and other industry support, VCA faculty and 9 students launched into full-scale production of a 14-minute animated film, made using Harmony software, to celebrate Victoria city's 150th anniversary. Selected for showcasing by the Victoria Film Festival, "The Mad Mayors' Tea Party" received accolades and attention from across the North America. VCA currently offers comprehensive full year diplomas in 2D and 3D animation. Mandatory courses for the Applied Arts Animation Diploma Program include drawing, sculpture, design, art history and a series of animation-specific classes. Based around Harmony, the 2D program includes 900 hours of in-class instruction plus over 100 hours of lab time. VCA students also learn to use Storyboard Pro for pre-production.
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 Bento Box Entertainment, Disney Television Animation, DreamWorks Animation, Fox Television Animation, Mercury Filmworks, Nelvana and Toon City. For more information, visit: toonboom.com.
About Victoria College of Art
VCA is Vancouver Island's largest and oldest school of art, offering classes in 95 different subjects. It is the only college in Victoria that offers diploma courses in both Fine Arts and Applied Arts. As a privately-funded social enterprise, VCA is an independent creative community dedicated to quality and nimbleness. Founded by notable artists (many with Canadian Royal Academy distinction), VCA has deliberately maintained its special niche as a small but innovative education provider in the creative arts. It is the only independent Fine and Applied Arts College on Vancouver Island that has the British Columbia ministry's designation of "Education Quality Assurance" – a necessary qualification to accept international students. For more information, visit: vca.ca.
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