South Africa’s The Animation School (TAS) has announced their with the esteemed Émile Cohl School of Art in Lyon, France.
The partnership involves a teacher-exchange programme between the two schools. TAS will benefit from Émile Cohl’s 32-year track record in traditional art and 2D animation, while Émile Cohl will welcome The Animation School’s 3D lecturers to their Lyon campus.
The partnership will start off later in 2016, when a lecturer from TAS will present a class at Émile Cohl in skeleton rigging and facial expressions using Autodesk Maya. The exchange is expected to continue for three years .
The Animation School has received much recognition with recent student films being awarded a number of wins for the school, including accolades at New York Film Festival, the SAFTAs and Cape Town International Animation Festival this year. To top it all off, Arid, the final year project from director Charl van der Merwe and his team, was accepted into the Official Selection in the graduation film category at the Annecy 2016 Animation Festival.
The Animation School Principal Nuno Martins expressed this “In addition to focussing on art direction, we’ve added more emphasis on building narrative storytelling skills from first year onward.” Ultimately, the goal is to provide the skills that will allow South African studios to continue attracting top international projects, he explains”