The Animation Scholarship Programme

THE CALL FOR APPLICATIONS HAS BEEN CLOSED!

Applications closed on 12:00 midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on February 19, 2021

OVERVIEW

The Animation Scholarship Programme (ASP) is designed to equip formally trained Jamaican animators with the tools to allow better fit into the labour market locally, regionally and internationally. Graduates of the ASP will enter/re-enter the labour market with industry recognized accreditation and studio-ready skills.

The training is pre-determined, and the scholarships guarantee a seat within a previously developed and trade-certified training programme from industry-acclaimed providers. This training is specifically aimed at closing the gap between completing academic training and being ready to join a studio and complete live work in specialist areas.

WHAT WE PROVIDE

The YEDAI Project will cover the tuition for the successful applicants and will provide software required for the training. Additionally, YEDAI will make available a limited number of equipped shared spaces to practice and complete specialist work over the period.

WHAT YOU GET

Participants who successfully complete the programme will be awarded certificates commensurate with their achievements. There are three classes of certificates:

  • Certificate of Completion
  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Industry expertise certificate based on training supplier

Note: Priority access to shared spaces will be given to those unable to complete the course from home. 

ELIGIBILITY

Before sending in an application, potential participants are encouraged to review the list of requirements below. If an applicant does not satisfy all of these criteria, they may be removed from the competitive selection process. Applicants are required to:

  • Complete and submit their own application
  • Be a Jamaican citizen (or permanent resident) and resident in Jamaica
  • Applicants must have had prior training in animation. That is, be either: 
    • enrolled in an animation programme; OR
    • a graduate of an animation programme; OR
    • completed a training course offered by either the YEDAI project or World Bank Korean Trust Fund (KTF); OR
    • Completed an international animation training course.
  • Submit ANY ONE of the following documentation (not ALL of them):
    • High school diploma OR
    • CXC/GCE/GCSE/A-Levels certificate OR
    • Official certificate/transcript for the animation certificate/degree programme that they are/were enrolled in.
  • Submit a link to an online demo reel and/or portfolio
  • Submit an essay of 500 to 800 words stating the reasons for applying for the scholarship as well as the applicant’s aspirations and areas of interest for specialization

Note for applicants:

1. For individuals currently enrolled in an animation training programme, please provide proof of enrollment (student ID, proof payment, letter of acceptance, etc.)

2. The selection process is a competitive one, as such applicants are encouraged to present only their very best work within the field for which they are applying. Applicants must choose EITHER the 2D animation training scholarship track OR the 3D animation scholarship track – Not both.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION OF APPLICATION

Applications have been extended to 12:00 midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on February 19, 2021. 

CONTACT US

Please contact Mr. Robert Reid at Robert.Reid@opm.gov.jm or (876) 383-2016 for any queries, concerns or issues. 

THE OFFER

In keeping with its mandate to equip, train and facilitate the upskilling and employability of Jamaican youth in animation, the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation  Industries (YEDAI) Project is offering forty (40) scholarships for advanced training in 2D animation as well as forty (40) scholarships for advanced training in 3D animation.

HOW LONG AND WHEN IS THE PROGRAMME?

Successful applicants will be exposed to a minimum of seventy (70) contact hours of training from April through to June 2021 across two (2) specialist courses in either 2D or 3D. 

EXPECTATION OF STUDENTS

Students will be required to commit no less than twenty (20) hours per week in order to successfully complete the training.

SELECTION PROCESS

STEP 1: ELIGIBLITY

All applications will be reviewed against eligibility requirements. Eligible applications will progress to step 2.

STEP 2: SHORTLISTNG

A panel of three (3) local experts will assess the eligible applications using the shortlisting criteria and create a shortlist of eighty (80) applicants for each training path.

STEP 3: FINAL SELECTION

Applications from eighty (80) shortlisted candidates are submitted to Toon Boom and AnimSchool for final selection. This will be based on the quality of essays and online Demo-Reels/Portfolios. The results are sent back to the YEDAI Project.

STEP4: NOTIFICATION OF AWARD

The YEDAI Project will notify the forty (40) highest ranking candidates with an offer of a scholarship to the selected programme.

SHORTLISTING CRITERIA
  • Quality of essay [10 Points] –The essay must be 500 – 800 words stating the reasons for applying for this scholarship, applicants’ aspirations, and the areas of animation that the applicant wishes to specialize in. Essays will be scored on a rating scale 0 – 10; 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score.
  • Quality of Online Demo Reel/Portfolio [70 Points] – This should be a sample of applicants best work. Candidates applying for 2D animation training must have a working knowledge of Toon Boom Harmony, rigging and animation skills. Candidates applying for the 3D animation training must have a working knowledge of Autodesk Maya, modelling and animation skills. This must be demonstrated in the applicants online Demo Reel/Portfolio.  This will be rated using the following criteria.
  1. Design and Comprehension in General [10 points]
  2. Knowledge of Perspective and Proportions [10 points]
  3. Skills in Character and Environment Design [10 points]
  4. Rigging and/or Modeling Skills [10 points]
  5. Animation Skills [10 points]
  6. Knowledge or Colour Theory [10 points]
  7. Knowledge of Digital Technology [10 points]
  • Demo Reels/ Portfolios will be scored on a rating scale 0 – 10; 0 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score. 

TOTAL 80 Points


THE TRAINING PROGRAMMES

This training path is provided by the nationally accredited (ACCSC – Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges) trade-school AnimSchool (found by former Blue Sky Studios Animator and Rigger David Gallagher). The institution currently has over 30 instructors currently working at studios like Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks, Disney, Sony, and Pixar, and has an 87% rate of employment for the students having graduated their training courses.

The 3D Animation Training Path includes two (2) courses from the following list, and students will be assigned to the same based on skill-level as well as expressed interest: Body Acting; Character Performance; Facial Performance; Animating Appeal and Entertainment; Introduction to Game Animation; Game Animation Pipeline; Advanced Game Animation; VFX Creature Animation; VFX Quadruped Animation; Advanced Production Modelling; Environmental Modelling; Intermediate Rigging; Advanced Rigging; Rigging Automation; Materials and Texturing; and Introduction to 3D Lighting.

Applicants for the 3D Animation Training Path Scholarship must have at least a working knowledge of AutoDesk Maya. The assessment teams will be looking for demonstration of this ‘know-how’ in the online demo reels and/or portfolios submitted.

Each 3D Animation course is eleven (11) weeks long with four (4) hours of instructor-led contact per week. By successfully completing both of these forty-four (44) hour courses the student will gain the credits allocated to the courses. If the participant chooses to pursue the accredited trade-certificate, these credits earned will allow them to potentially skip to the end of the AnimSchool programme and only complete one (1) more course for certification. This additional study will however have to be done at their own expense.

Participants who complete the AnimSchool courses will receive a transcript of their performance as well as earn either a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Achievement from YEDAI based on their performance throughout the training.

NOTE: The 3D Training path will be delivered in accordance with AnimSchool’s pre-set schedule of classes.

Potential participants who would like to learn more about AnimSchool’s training programme may visit: https://www.animschool.edu/Default.aspx

This training path will be provided by Toon Boom Animation, the industry leading software manufacturer. With twenty-five (25) years of incomparable experience, Toon Boom’s award-winning software is the global standard for animation and storyboarding. Storyboard Pro and Harmony solutions provide everyone from enthusiasts to professionals with the artistic freedom to create in any style and efficiently publish anywhere.

The 2D Animation Training Path includes two (2) courses: Advanced Rigging; and Advanced Digital Cutout Animation. The student is required to take both.

Applicants for the 2D Animation Training Path Scholarship must have at least a working knowledge of rigging and animating characters and objects using Toon Boom Harmony. The assessment teams will be looking for demonstrations of this know-how in the online demo reels and/or portfolios submitted.

Both courses are five (5) weeks long with seven (7) hours of instructor-led contact per week. By successfully completing both thirty-five (35) hour courses the student will gain access to the Toon Boom Associate Certification exam. The student will have taken 70 hours total of training.

Toon Boom’s Associate Certification is designed to set the industry standard and ensure a solid foundation in storyboarding and animation with Storyboard Pro and Harmony. The Associate Certification can be attained by successfully completing an online test. 

Participants who do not pass the Toon Boom Associate Certification exam but complete the training path will earn either a Certificate of Completion or a Certificate of Achievement from YEDAI based on their performance throughout the training. All participants will receive a transcript of their performance from Toon Boom. Participants who have successfully completed the two modules will sit the exam for the Toon Boom Associate Certification.

Potential participants that would like to learn more about Toon Boom’s training programme may visit: https://www.toonboom.com/learn

Applications closed on 12:00 midnight (Eastern Standard Time) on February 19, 2021. 

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