So what is this monster deal?
Stop Motion Universities Essentials of Animation Certificate requires students to attend online and pass it’s three lower division classes (Beginners Stop Motion Animation – t1a, Beginners Puppet Making – t2a, and Animation Producing Essentials – t3a). These classes are filled with a wealth of knowledge that is specifically focused on the art and methods used in stop motion animation and is taught by award winning animator/director/producer John Ikuma.
Earn a certificate in the Essentials of Animation focused on Stop Motion Animation through Stop Motion University. To earn this certificate you just need to complete the three main beginners courses. Each course is focused on a specific subject that is important in becoming a well rounded animator in the art of stop motion animation. If you love animation and want to be an animator it is essential that you understand not just the basic concepts but all the various aspects and skills that are necessary to completing a successful project.
All courses are online and can be accessed and studied in your spare time. There is no set class schedule and you can study in your leisure time from anywhere in the world. All you need is an internet connection and a free stop motion software + camera or smart phone. The length of taking this certificate course can range from 3 to 6 months depending on your schedule.
Here’s what you will learn in each course:
Beginners Stop Motion Animation – T1a:
In this course the students will explore the various methods, styles, and techniques to make them an efficient animator who is well rounded in both knowledge and skill. The course is filled with exercises, examples, lessons, and quizzes to get the student up to speed and animating in no time. The goal of this course is that once a student has completed the course they should be able to have enough knowledge and experience through the exercises to produce their own short animations using everyday objects, clay, toys, and or paper. The is a tier 1a course which is one part of a three part certificate course.
Beginners Puppet Making Course – T2a:
This course is designed to take a student from no knowledge of how to build stop motion puppets to becoming very proficient in their understand of the process. The course covers a number of subjects from puppet design to semi-professional building skills. The end goal of this class is to get the students to a point where they can produce stop motion puppets even with the restrictions of supplies and tools access. The course mainly uses items that are either easily available at a local hardware store in many countries or that can be ordered online through Amazon.com or regional online suppliers. This is a Tier 2a Course and is the second class in the 3 part certificate training course.
Animation Producing Essentials – T3a:
The Animation Producing Essentials course is a must for anyone wanting to produce an animated short film or to start getting their feet wet in an industry that is filled with mystery. A major part of animation is knowing the ins and outs of the back room dealings and how to tackle subjects such as writing, designing, budgeting or planning an animation. The course focuses on both the business side and the creative side of building an animated production. This is a Tier 3a course and is the third class in the 3 part certificate training course.