The Centre of Excellence (COE) program was designed to reward and recognise the growing global community of institutions offering exceptional academic programs for Animation and Storyboarding using Toon Boom software.
Where Academia and Animation Meet.
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- Offer a degree in Animation, Storyboarding, or related fields
- Involve multi-year curriculum
- Demonstrate established industry partnerships
- Toon Boom professional certification for Educators
Recognized COE Schools
The Animation SchoolCape Town Campus 42 Searle Street, Woodstock, Cape Town, South Africa, 7925Johannesburg Campus Block 6, 110 Conrad, 110 Conrad Drive, Craighall Park, Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa, 2196
The Animation School is South Africa’s leading provider of higher education in the field of animation as we consistently produce award-winning graduates who are employed by top companies locally and abroad. Our dynamic team are committed to promoting student success by offering a high quality, vocationally orientated learning experience that integrates technology and innovative teaching, learning and assessment practices.
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, JerusalemMartin Buber St 1, Jerusalem
Established in 1906 by artist Boris Schatz as the “Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts”, Bezalel has evolved into one of the world’s most prestigious art schools. The Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design is, first and foremost, a group of talented, inspired and motivated artists and professionals. Both faculty and students are driven by a passion to create and by their dedication to quality and excellence. Bezalel trains and prepares its students for a life of achievement and excellence.
iACADEMYNexus Campus 7434, Yakal Street Barangay San Antonio, Makati City Philippines
Information and Communications Technology Academy, better known as iAcademy is a private, non-sectarian educational institution in the Philippines. The school offers specialized programs in Computing, Business, and Design, which are geared towards preparing students for a highly competitive professional world.
Southern Institue of TechnologyFreepost SIT2LRN, 133 Tay Street, Invercargill New Zealand
SIT is a government accredited tertiary provider of NZQA programmes at certificate, diploma, bachelor degree, postgraduate and masters level, with campuses in Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch, Gore and Auckland. SIT’s film & animation students get access to top-of-the-line cameras and computers equipped with the best industry standard software while receiving expert advice and guidance in a productive, creative environment.
Akademi Seni Budaya Dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)464, Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50480 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
ASWARA is the only institution in the field of high teaching art solely by the Royal Malaysian supported under the Ministry of Culture and ramble; it provides learning, inquiry and academic publishing and solemn professional advice in the field of arts culture and heritage. ASWARA aims to produce knowledgeable employees and authoritative arts to strengthen the sustainability of the art heritage of the country and meet the charging state of the art industry.ASWARA are responsible for producing graduates who are able to become a scholar, advocate, foster, perpetrators and practitioners of art, culture and heritage at the course of diploma, degree and highest honors in the fields of theater, dance, writing, animation, music, film and television as well as arts and cultural management.
Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT)Jalan Teknologi 5, Taman Teknologi Malaysia, 57000 Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Since 1994, the Institute has now grown from being a successful local player in Malaysia to establishing itself as a major regional player. As a technology-centric institution, APIIT works closely over the years with leaders in the IT industry, to ensure the course delivered and knowledge provided are up to industry standards. The animation program aims to develop you as a creative animator. Offers the opportunity to specialize in modeling, animation and composite-based applications in the creation of character film-making. The focus is on the fundamentals of animation supported by a series of specialist lecturers, demonstrations and seminars that introduce students to professional design and creative process.
Whistling Woods InternationalFilm City Complex, Aarey Colony, Goregaon, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400065, India
Whistling Woods International school encourages and trains students to combine their creative storytelling skills with the technical know-how of motion graphics. While pursuing this intensive 4 year course, students get hands-on experience of working on the latest Toon Boom software.
The University of Technology – Sydney (UTS)15 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007, Australia
One of Australia’s leading universities of technology, UTS is a dynamic and innovative university in central Sydney with a leading reputation for engagement with industry. The Bachelor of Design in Animation gives students who have a passion for visual arts, drawing and storytelling, the knowledge and experience required to create animation that stands out in a global industry. With a focus on character, narrative and performance, students learn 2D and 3D animation skills, and develop their ideas through multiple stages to bring their stories to life.
U-tad Centro Universitario de Tecnología y Arte DigitalCalle Playa de Liencres, 2 bis Parque Europa Empresarial Edificio Madrid 28290 Las Rozas, Madrid Spain
A high-performance centre that combines its founders’ international experience with a close-knit community of students and teachers, U-TAD fosters innovation and teaches artistic, technical and narrative skills using the best digital tools. Learn from leading professionals to animate, design, model and much more while working on the creation, production and development of animation projects. Use the same tools as animation studios to develop expertise in a exciting, dynamic sector that is experiencing an increase in demand for professionals.
ESNECalle del Moscatelar, 10 28043 Madrid Spain
With a focus on artistic and technical skills, ESNE offers an optimal learning environment for comprehensive training in Film and Animation. The faculty is made up of professional teachers and academics of international standing who focus their efforts on teaching the latest animation trends and techniques. ESNE students will master the animation through a course curriculum which combines classical and digital 2D animation techniques with 3D film animation.
AKV St. Joost School for fine Art and DesignParallelweg 21 5223 AL ‘s-Hertogenbosch Netherlands
Academy of Art and Design St. Joost is a Dutch academy of art and design based in Breda and ‘s-Hertogenbosch. The program Illustration Animation program offers an artistic and conceptual development combined with digital technology, drawing skills and traditional techniques.
IED Istituto Europeo di DesignVia Pompeo Leoni, 3 20141 Milano MI Italy
For more than fifty years, the Istituto Europeo di Design has been operating in the fields of education and research in the disciplines of design, animation, fashion, visual communication and management.
Limerick School of Art and Design (LIT)LIT Clare Street Campus, Clare Street Limerick, Ireland
Limerick School of Art & Design, LIT, Limerick, Ireland (established in 1852), is a world renowned Art and Design School, with excellent facilities and beautiful bright studios located on the Clare St Campus, Limerick and at the Clonmel LIT Campus, Tipperary.LSAD (LIT) teaches animation to students enrolled in both their Digital Animation Production and Animation & Motion Design programmes. These programmes offer both contrasting and complimentary approaches to the discipline of animation.
PÔLE IIID – Digital & Creative School78 Boulevard du Général Leclerc 59100 Roubaix France
Founded in June 2003 by Antoine Durieu, PÔLE IIID is an institute of excellence that welcomes more than 250 students each year. PÔLE IIID prepares students to be immediately operational in the creative industry. In 15 years, 585 alumni have found employment opportunities in animation, video game, audiovisual and digital communication companies.
LISAA7 rue Armand Moisant 75015 Paris France
LISAA School of Animation & Video Games in Paris – L’Institut Supérieur des Arts Appliqués – is a private, higher education institution recognized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communications. Since 2001, LISAA has been training creators in the fields of 2D & 3D animation, video games, and special effects. The school is regularly rated among the Top 10 of France’s animation and video games schools and within the world’s Top 25. All programs are designed to balance a traditional creative approach with the use of digital tools and techniques that apply to each field.
L’IDEM31/33 Rue Châteaubriand 66270 Le Soler France
L’Idem is a premier European school that teaches animation techniques in a three-year Cinéma d’Animation 2D-3D program. With two campuses – one in Perpignan, France and the other in Barcelona, Spain – students can study in either country to receive both French and Spanish accreditation. This qualifies graduates to work in both France and Spain.
L’Atelier8 rue de Saintes 16000 Angoulême France
Founded in 2007, L’Atelier is a member of RECA, an esteemed network of French animation educational institutions. Its current curriculum includes a three-year program in 2D animation and unique level 2 diploma. Students receive professional-level technical and artistic training across animation, storyboarding, layouts, design and backgrounds, preparing them for careers in France and abroad.
EMCA1 Rue de la Charente 16000 Angoulême
Founded in 1999, Ecole des Métiers du Cinema d’Animation is one of France’s reference schools of animation. It’s aim is to prepare students for a successful career in the animation industry with a program that emphasizes perfect master of both digital and traditional animation tools. Through the realization of short films, students are encouraged to express themselves to develop skill, creativity and artistic sensibility.
ECVECV Bordeaux 59, rue de Tivoli 33000 Bordeaux
Creative Schools & Community – ECV was created in 1984 during a major development for creative professions in France. ECV students in Animation get to learn the fundamentals of animation and of digital creation. The study of illustration, the creation of universes and characters in either two or three dimensions. Training is structured around practical projects allowing the appropriation of knowledge, the concrete acquisition of abilities as well as the development of a particular artistic identity.
Créapole128 rue de Rivoli 75001 Paris France
Located in the heart of Paris, between the Grand Louvre and the Center Georges-Pompidou, the CREAPOLE campus, designed by J.-J. Ory, has the necessary equipment students need to invest in their training. CREAPOLE offers a five-year film and video game animation program.
ArtFX95 Rue de La Galera 34090 Montpellier France
ArtFX is training creative entrepeneurs of tomorrow. The 2D Animation curriculum is a 3-year program that prepares students for professional careers. Thanks to the combined use of traditional techniques and new technology, students develop artistic and technical skills through hands-on workshops led by internationally recognized experts.
United Kingdom (UK)
London College of CommunicationElephant and Castle London SE1 6SB United Kingdom
The London College of Communication experience is all about learning by doing. Our students get their hands dirty and develop their skills through the exploration of heritage and future technologies in our outstanding technical spaces. Through our diverse, world-leading community of teaching, research and partnerships with industry, London College of Communication nurtures and develops the critical, creative and technical excellence needed to discover new possibilities and practices in creative communications.
Arts University Bournemouth (AUB)Wallisdown, Poole Dorset BH12 5HH United Kingdom
At the AUB animation course we’ll introduce you to the fundamental skills of drawing and painting, which underpin animation in all forms. Along with training in modern software, you’ll be able to apply your skills to hand-drawn, Stop-Motion, and CGI work. In a production-based studio environment, you’ll work in teams to develop your personal portfolio and produce graduate films.Visits from industry practitioners and opportunities for studio placements will add to your knowledge and prepare you for a career that could see you work in film, commercials or even video game production. We’ll give you skills to shape the future of the industry. The animation revolution starts here!
Trinidad and Tobago
The University of Trinidad & Tobago (UTT)Esperanza Road, Brechin Castle Point Lisas Trinidad and Tobago
The Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Digital Media Arts programme has been developed for students with a passion for Animation, Music Technology or Game Art. It is a hands-on, industry-oriented programme, supported by a curriculum, which is geared toward the international industry, values the national and regional cultural context and has a strong practical emphasis. This programme will provide a pathway to new opportunities and encourage students to acquire critical skills locally.The students of the BFA in Digital Media Arts will be equipped to independently generate ideas, design, execute, produce, and complete the delivery of complex media projects for local and global mass media, utilizing industry standard practices and procedures.
United States of America (USA)
School of Visual Arts209 East 23 Street, New York, NY 10010-3994
With a faculty of distinguished working professionals, dynamic curriculum and an emphasis on critical thinking, the School of Visual Arts is a catalyst for innovation and social responsibility. Our faculty includes some of the best artists in the industry, including directors, fine artists, photographers, special-effects artists, writers, character designers, advertising specialists and power users. They bring their knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines straight from the studio into the classroom where students not only learn innovative drawing techniques, methods of storytelling and storyboarding, but also professional software.
Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)SCAD Admission Department P.O. Box 2072 Savannah, GA 31402-2072 USA
The Savannah College of Art and Design prepares talented students for professional careers, emphasizing learning through individual attention in a positively oriented university environment. Offering more degree programs and specializations than any other art and design university, SCAD is uniquely qualified to prepare students for professional, creative careers.2-D. 3-D. Stop-motion. Digital modeling. Rigging. Lighting. Look development. As an animation student, you can master it all and benefit from the opportunity to collaborate with, and take electives in, other majors such as visual effects, motion media, interactive design and game development, sound design, film and television, and sequential art. The result? You graduate as a dynamic, multifaceted animator, extremely marketable and ready to take the industry by storm.
Forsyth Technical Community College2100 Silas Creek Parkway Winston-Salem, NC 27103
Forsyth Technical Community College, offers college transfer and two-year degree programs, corporate training, continuing education, personal enrichment classes and much more. Students take courses in computer hardware and software, computer animation, the creation and manipulation of digital images, and nonlinear editing. Using industry standard hardware and software, they will become proficient at generating and manipulating images, as well as creating digital special effects.
Columbus College of Art & Design60 Cleveland Ave. Columbus, OH 43215
Students go to CCAD with a burning imagination. With classes in 2D, 3D and experimental animation, as well as game art, motion graphics, digital modeling, lighting and more, CCAD provides the tools and techniques to set that fire ablaze. In the Animation degree program, students have access to industry-standard facilities and expert guidance from creative faculty.
Columbia College Chicago600 South Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 60605
Columbia College Chicago is a private, nonprofit college. It offers a distinctive curriculum that blends creative and media arts, liberal arts, and business for 8,000 students in more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Students who major in Computer Animation gain technical skills in advanced computer-generated filmmaking and take electives in areas such as motion capture, character modeling, and animation performance.
Chapman UniversityOne University Drive Orange, CA 92866
Chapman University is a mid-sized private university with an undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 8,305 students. The B.F.A. in Digital Arts – Animation and Visual Effects provides the opportunity to pursue studies in 2D animation, 3D animation or visual effects. With a curriculum designed according to industry standards, students will develop core artistic skills and technical expertise. This hands-on program also enables each student to work with cutting-edge technology to realize their artistic vision.
Academy of Arts University79 New Montgomery St. San Francisco, CA 94105
Academy of Art University prepares aspiring professionals in the fields of design, communication and the arts by delivering excellent undergraduate and graduate degrees, and certificate and portfolio development programs. The School of Animation & Visual Effects BFA program provides the skills necessary to master today’s digital technology. Students choose a primary area of emphasis between visual effects, 3D modeling, 3D animation, 2D animation, stop motion, and storyboarding.
Universidad de Artes DigitalesCalle Andrés Terán 1106, Chapultepec Country, 44620 Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico
The Universidad de Artes Digitales (UAD) is a university in Mexico leading in Digital Animation since 2007, counting with expert educators in several disciplines that are capable of training students for national and international industries. Approximately 70% of their alumni are positioned within the animation field and, because of their extensive knowledge in 2D and 3D strengthened by the development of two animated short films, they are able to satisfy specific demands from the industry.
SAE Institute MexicoJosé Vasconcelos #184 Col. Condesa, México, CDMX, C.P.06140
SAE Institute is one of the world’s leading educators in creative media industries. Established in 1976, the SAE Institute now spans the globe with more than 50 campuses in 26 countries.
UDLA Universidad de Las AmericasAv. Manuel Montt 948 Providencia, Región Metropolitana
UDLA’s digital animation program was born in 2005. The curriculum is focused on the development of the Latin American animation industry, training animators to meet industry standards in any stage of an animation production. Teachers have experience, are professionally active and their work has been awarded internationally.
Instituto Profesional Santo TomásVicuña Mackenna 4860, Macul, Región Metropolitana, Chili
The Digital and Multimedia Animation program at Santo Tomás Professional Institute, at the San Joaquín Campus in Chile teaches both Harmony & Storyboard Pro. There, students will learn the basic principles of animation and different techniques used in the industry.
Victoria College of Art1625 Bank Street, Victoria, BC V8R 4V5
Victoria College of Art’s mission is to foster a learning environment that enables creative people to discover satisfying art careers of benefit to them and society at large. VCA has been a creative incubator for more than 6,000 artists over its nearly forty-five-year history and, to this day, continues to train and inspire artists to participate in the region’s booming digital arts and entertainment economy.
Seneca70 The Pond Road Toronto, Ontario
Seneca offers more than an education. With campuses throughout the Greater Toronto Area, Seneca’s size and diversity give students the advantage of partnerships with industry leaders, the latest in hands-on computer technology, a variety of class sizes, and full-time, part-time and continuing education options.
Cégep du Vieux Montréal255, rue Ontario Est Montréal (Québec) H2X 1X6
Cégep du Vieux Montréal’s film animation department launched in 1999 and Toon Boom has been with the Cégep since the inception of its cartoon program. Graduates have used Toon Boom Harmony in the production of innumerable short films that have been recognized in the industry and have led to professional success.
Cambrian College1400 Barrydowne Road Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3A 3V8
Cambrian College’s program is based on Sheridan’s renowned Animation program curriculum. Students gain a working knowledge of traditional, 2D and 3D animation, and become proficient with the 12 principles of animation. They also develop strong and dynamic storytelling, drawing, and animation skills that are brought to life on screen through a series of projects and final film.
Algonquin College1385 Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa, Ontario K2G 1V8
The Algonquin College School of Media and Design offers a performance-based environment that fosters independent decision-making, self-expression and teamwork. With an emphasis on acting and body mechanics, the Animation program focuses on graduating students ready to meet the high standards required to gain employment in the industry.
Sheridan College7899 McLaughlin Road Brampton, Ontario L6Y 5H9
Since 1967, Sheridan has been moving undergraduate education ahead—way ahead. With our Creative Campus approach and deep program offerings, we offer students an amazing learning experience and the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in both traditional and computer animation. Developed to meet the specific demands of studios in need of highly-trained animators, the curriculum focuses on balancing creative and technical skills for an industry-ready portfolio. This is accomplished through the artistic application of the theories of motion, timing, storytelling, design and the latest digital technology required to work successfully in the competitive world of 2D and 3D animation.
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