Educating Animators is in its 2nd year, a day of talks and presentations on teaching methodologies and industry insight into the delivery of a challenging progressive curriculum and answering the skills gap for the future of Animation sector. An Academic Conference partnership between Manchester Animation Festival & University of Salford.
The community of Animators are starting to address diversity, this year we would welcome proposals for presentations covering how across education, training and industry we support diversity and inclusivity, how it is built into programmes of study, teaching and learning materials, internship, recruitment both for students or staff, and how we explore representations in our content.
Animation may well claim to be the world’s most expressive artform. With each year new technologies and subversions of old open up collaborations with many different mediums to offer a platform that has no defined boundary. With limitless creative potential and interdisciplinary nature, approaching animation from an educational point of view may sometimes prove a challenge. The continuing focus of this academic conference will be the pedagogic response to animation; how it is taught and understood across Higher Education, Schools, Community Workshops and within the Industry itself.
The conference is an opportunity to share and debate good practice across the education sector and open up conversations with industry to support knowledge transfer, shape a graduating student ready for industry, lifelong learning and how we shape it through a community from schools to studio.
We invite submission of :
Proposal for Presentations of 15mins
The conference would like to encourage those engaged with Practice based Research that informs their curriculum design or mentorship with animators - those that develop Artist Films, Prototypes, Jams & Hacks, Documentaries & Behind the Scenes Videos of Case Studies are welcome to submit their work. Examples of supporting new technologies in production pipelines or creative work, ie 3d Printing, VR tools for Storytelling are also encouraged. Presentations with films need be included within the 15mins
Proposal for Academic Poster
This year the conference would like to encourage projects and research presented as an Academic Poster as an alternative format. We recommend an A0 size poster for conference. As a poster presenter - you should be prepared to summarise your work (approx 5mins) during a poster session on the conference day. For advice on academic poster format - you can get information here - http://www.pg.salford.ac.uk/page/guidelines#poster
List of Topics:
Suggestions ( but not limited to )
Curriculum Design in Education courses or Training
Animation taught as an interdisciplinary form in other subjects ( eg. computer games / illustration / graphic design )
Inclusivity in Animation
Answering skills gaps in animation industry
Ethical approaches to Animation study and production
Representation in Animation
Developing Networks for the Animation Communuity
Supporting healthy wellbeing as a practitioner
Engaging students with fundamentals of animation
Animation in Schools ( keystage 0 to 5 )
Supporting Risk, Experimentation and Creative Play
Delivering Animation History & Context within a course
Use of Archives in Teaching and Learning
Community Workshops, Jams and Societies
Continual Professional Development of Staff
Internships / Industry Mentoring
Engaging with Live Briefs / Competitions / Festivals
Interested individuals should send the application by email to:
Please include the following 2 separate files:
File 1 (Word or PDF):
Affiliation (if any)
Bio (no more than 250 words)
Link to Personal Vimeo / Youtube or DropBox content ( if appropriate )
File 2 (Word or PDF):
Abstract for presentation or poster presentation (no more than 250 words)
Please submit the abstract as a separate document without any personal information to enable blind review.
Please include images in low resolution, web-ready formats (where appropriate)
The Harvard Referencing system must be used.
All abstracts should be submitted in Microsoft Word document files (.doc) or PDF