If Claymation is what you want to learn, the Stop-Motion Animation/Claymation #122 is a class that teaches the art of Claymation directly by Will Vinton himself. Located in Portland Oregon the class has no requirements other than a willingness to learn. Artistic experience helps, especially sculpting.
According to the official web page, "the course will explore such concepts and techniques as squash/stretch, ease in and ease out, metamorphosis, staging and composition, armatures and fabrication, clay sculpting, gesture, walks, and lip sync." The entire course costs just under $2000.00 as there are a few lab processing fees and supplies to buy on top of tuition.
Due to the popularity of stop motion course questions we get here on our site, we sent a set of questions to Will Vinton…
ANIM 218 Stop Motion I
In this course, students explore a wide range of stop motion styles, materials and techniques including clay, object and puppet animation, utilizing both tabletop and multi-plane setups. Students are encouraged to develop a personal approach while exploring possibilities in character design, armature and set building, lighting, special effects and camera/motion capture techniques. Prerequisite: ANIM 130 or FILM 101 or FILM102.
We also got an e-mail from James that pretty much sums up this college. So here it is:
On your site you listed some clay animation courses. I would like to add that here in Georgia there is a college called SCAD or Savannah College of Art and Design.
And although CGI animation has taken…
What makes this college so appealing is the fact that Dan Ackerman teaches there. Dan has worked at Will Vinton Studios and know what makes stop motion work. This is a highly recommended place to go. Here is Dan's bio, and below that is more information about the college itself.
Adjunct faculty, Digital Media Production
dma381 at fac.aii.edu
BFA, Film Graphics, California Institute of the Arts
Dan Ackerman is a director of photography for commercials and films whose clients include top names such as Sony, Intel, Adidas, Skyler Animation and Will Vinton Studios. He’s known for his experimental style and for his exploration of time-lapse photography and stop-motion animation. His latest work can be seen each…
This course is designed for those with a basic understanding of animation, who wish to develop and enhance skills in animation design and techniques to a professional level, whilst aiming to provide an educational experience in preparation for employment within the industry or as a freelance animator/film maker.
Dealing with both design and craft issues, the course offers the student the forum to experience all the relevant skills required by the animation industries, while encouraging creativity and original responses to problem solving activities.
The course is structured in a 2 + 1 arrangement, with year 1 & 2 culminating in a HND in Art & Design (Animation). Year 3 is a one-year post HND top-up degree,…