What makes this college so appealing is 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.
What makes this training course unique from any other animation skills based training course that we know of, is that we are lucky enough to have the support of a wide range of top animation studios including Aardman Animations, Fictitious Egg, A Productions, 4:2:2, bolexbrothers, Beryl Productions and the BBC Bristol Animation Unit amongst others. Professional animators, model makers, producers and sound specialists from the industry all contribute seminar sessions to the course programme, making for a rich and unique learning experience.
A stop-motion workspace (The Butler Building) that includes 3 shooting studios for stop-motion, each stocked with a nice grip cart, and a rehearsal cage with a lunchbox for doing tests.
At Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester New York we have a sequence of 3 Stop Motion related classes.
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 multiplane setups.
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 completing a short exercise in editing & screen direction using dialogue.