Ken Priebe is well known for his popular books 'The Art of Stop-Motion Animation' and 'The ADVANCED Art of Stop-Motion Animation'. He has experience working within the industry and is one of the few people teaching stop motion as a serious art form through the Academy of Art University. The University has a Cybercampus online version of their degree program, where communication and courses are done strictly over the internet.
I asked Ken to describe the course and to explain the requirements. Here is what he had to say:
I have built two courses for AAU Cybercampus: ANM 380 Stop Motion Animation I and ANM 382 Stop Motion Animation II.
ANM 380 starts off with the basics and moves into simple puppet building, walks, pantomime and character performance, and basic story/editing techniques, culminating in a short film exercise.
ANM 382 is a more advanced, specialized course focused exclusively on animating to dialogue, with 1 or 2 characters in a scene, and…
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,…