It's been just over a year since the decision was made to make The Caribbean the next Digital Hub and already the first group of animators are about to graduate from animation training. Forty three (43) trained animators will graduate from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC), following their successful completion of a six-month intensive animation course in a programme offered by CARIMAC at the University of the West Indies (UWI). The graduates were trained using Toon Boom Harmony, giving them the tools and knowledge to go straight into the animation industry as a professional animator.
“I am delighted that so many young Jamaicans from all walks of life have been able to realize their goals of formal training in animation. I am also pleased that we will be graduating 43 out of an initial group of 45 students enrolled at the two campuses, with only two students withdrawing from the programme overall,” said Professor Hopeton Dunn, Director of CARIMAC.
Graduation ceremonies are held in association with the local animation company GSW, with whom CARIMAC and the UWI have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), addressing training, employment and animation industry development in Jamaica.
It is expected that from this initial batch of students, a majority will be employed with our partner GSW Animation after interviews. Several students have also indicated interest in setting up their own freelance businesses and others are likely to pursue further studies in animation, motion graphics, film production, digital media production and game development. According to Mona Campus Principal, Professor Archibald McDonald, “these initiatives form part of an overall programme of curriculum expansion and reform now underway at CARIMAC in the areas of Digital Media and Advanced Communications, with studios at both the Mona Kingston campus and in Western Jamaica.”
The Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies is the premier institution for teaching, research and training in media and communication in the English-speaking Caribbean. http://mona.uwi.carimac.com/