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Oct
24

Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation

Animation is a major growth area in the creative industries in Northern Ireland; in response to the high demand for skills and local talent, Northern Ireland Screen has launched a Foundation Academy for Animation.

Administered by the three Creative Learning Centres (CLCs), with Nerve Belfast taking the leading, the Academy is now actively seeking applications.

The Foundation Academy for Animation is open to any young person throughout the region aged 16-19 with the talent and commitment to take up a career within the animation industry.

It offers a unique programme focusing on the skills needed for 2D animation and Stop Motion animation, providing training and hands-on experience of these key roles within the industry. Participants will be introduced to the animation production process, learn about design, have the opportunity to animate characters using industry standard software and visit leading animation studios in Northern Ireland.

In this pilot year, the Foundation Academy for Animation is a partnership between the CLCs and Northern Ireland’s animation companies Sixteen SouthPaper OwlJam Media and Dog Ears. Award-winning local animators, Joel Simon and John McCloskey, will also contribute their talent and expertise.

Richard Williams, CEO, Northern Ireland Screen, said:

“The animation sector in Northern Ireland currently has a 15% share of the UK animation market and there is clear potential to expand.

We want more young people coming into this exciting industry and the Academy is specifically designed to give them real, hands-on experience with award-winning and extremely successful companies who are already working with the likes of Netflix, Nickelodeon, Amazon and CBBC.  It is exceptionally important to develop and keep local talent and this programme could be a direct route into the industry, rather than third level education.  Northern Ireland’s animation sector is very interested in that approach.”

The launch of the new Foundation academy was also welcomed by Emma Fernando, Head of Production at Sixteen South animation company.

“We are extremely proud and excited to be involved with the Animation Academy. It’s absolutely fantastic that Northern Ireland Screen is taking real, practical steps to bridge the gap between education and industry. Getting young people into real studios and being taught by industry professionals is an opportunity like no other.”

The Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation will have two distinct levels.

Foundation level 1

The Foundation Academy will provide training in Stop Motion animation and 2D animation to at least 30 young people in a flexible format of one day or half-day workshops across the region. Participants entering the Foundation Academy at this level can progress to the second level next year if they show enough enthusiasm and commitment.

Foundation level 2 

The Foundation Academy will provide places for 20 young people who are keen to learn 2D Animation skills and can already demonstrate some basic ability to animate. This level of the Foundation Academy will provide creative skills development and technical training in many of the key roles involved in the animation industry, including 2D drawing, rigging, lay-out, digital painting, compositing, in-betweening and storyboarding, as well as producing, production management and screenwriting.

This group will meet on Saturdays and receiving training and guidance from local animation companies Sixteen SouthPaper Owl and Jam Media. A residential will take place in Derry in late November at the workplace of Dog Ears.

This pilot phase of the Foundation Academy will run from November 2018 to the end of March 2019.  The Foundation Academy for Animation is funded by the Department of Communities through Northern Ireland Screen.

Applications Details

Applications to the Northern Ireland Screen Foundation Academy for Animation can be made online at https://tinyurl.com/AnimationAcademy2018

The deadline for applications is Friday, 26th October and there will be a group selection day on the 30th October at Nerve Belfast Office, Ulidia Resource Centre.

For further information please contact Jennifer McAlorum either by email j.mcalorum@nervecentre.orgor phone 028 90 644333.

 

May
27

Scheme 1 Introductory Support

By AmmA  //  Training  //  No Comments

Creative Use of Digital Media in the Primary School – Scheme 1 Introductory Support

 

AmmA Creative Learning Centre [CLC] continues to work with teachers and young people to develop ways in which digital technology can be used creatively to facilitate learning across a range of curriculum areas.  In addition, these experiences also address the CCEA ICT Accreditation scheme across a range of the features at all levels.

>> DOWNLOAD SCHEME 1 APPLICATION FORM

Identifying Schools to Support:

AmmA CLC offers a number of support pathways in relation to digital media.  Each year we offer a range of professional development opportunities through courses hosted in AmmA.  We also facilitate whole staff INSET training opportunities and can tailor these to the demands of the schools involved.  However, our most valued support activities are our Scheme 1 (Introductory Support) and Scheme 2 (Partnership School) programmes.

 

Scheme 1 – Introductory SUPPORT:

Our introductory support programme has been specifically designed for classroom teachers who want to advance their use of digital media or digital storytelling in the classroom.  The programme will provide teachers with the training, resources, equipment and support necessary to plan and deliver a bespoke digital media project in their classroom, supported by our personnel.  Teachers will participate in a 2-day intensive training course hosted in our Digital Studio and this will be followed up by a full day of in-school support.  Capacity building is a key element of this scheme of support and schools involved will be given priority in becoming ‘Partnership Schools’ in the 2017/18 academic year.  Places are limited.

 

Any support work undertaken by the AmmA Centre will have a clear curriculum focus with a particular emphasis on literacy, numeracy and STEAM.  There are also opportunities to address the CCEA Accreditation tasks.

 

DO YOU WANT SUPPORT FOR DIGITAL DEVELOPMENT IN YOUR SCHOOL?

Use the expression of interest form to apply for Scheme 1 – Introductory Support.  Schools that use this process and are successful in their application will get priority support from the AmmA Centre.  If there is oversubscription for places, criteria will be applied for short listing.  Expression of interest forms should be returned to the AmmA Centre by post, fax or email by 10th June 2016.   Email: roberta.morton@eani.org.uk / Post: AmmA Centre, Market House, Market Street, Armagh, BT61 7BU / Fax: 028 3751 2927.

 

Details on courses for 2016/17 will be on the AmmA website early September.  If you require any further information please contact the Centre on 028 3751 2920.

 

Yours sincerely

Averil Morrow                                                                             Daniel O’Reilly

Adviser EA                                                                                     Multimedia & Training Co-ordinator

& Director of AmmA                                                                  AmmA Centre

 

Comment from teachers involved in previous Primary Partnership School Programme

 

When the teachers of the primary schools involved were asked how the Primary Partnership School programme contributed to their professional development, responses included:  Having ‘taught’ the content in the more traditional manner, this showed me a much fresher way to allow pupils to undertake project work.  It was so engaging, multi sensory and exciting for the children. It facilitated pupils taking ownership of the work and forced me as a teacher to appreciate the value in the process rather than feeling that the end product was the important part.


>> DOWNLOAD SCHEME 1 APPLICATION FORM

Oct
5

#PhoenixAmmA #TeacherDojo & Hackathon

By AmmA  //  Programming, Training  //  No Comments

Come along to Phoenix IPS to find out more about how to introduce computer coding into the primary classroom.

Supported by AmmA Centre, Armagh, teachers will hear how we got started and have an opportunity to experience a series of quick fire workshop activities. For example, Computer bot, scratch, touch develop and raspberry pi.

Learning will be at the centre of the session with a very clear focus on connected learning and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capability framework. Although not officially part of the NI Curriculum, the benefits of computational thinking can only enhance ICT.

Guest speaker – experienced Software Developer will talk to us about the benefits of getting started early!

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WHERE?

Phoenix Integrated Primary School – 80 Fountain Road Cookstown, County Tyrone BT80 8QF GB

WHEN?

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Sep
11

AmmA Teacher Training Courses 2015/16

By AmmA  //  iPad, Training  //  No Comments

 

AmmA Centre is offering an extensive range of training opportunities for teachers and educators as part of the 2015/2016 school year. The course list is now online and applications are open. This year we have a blend of new courses alongside our regular read more

Sep
4

Into Film – Twilights Courses @ AmmA Centre

By AmmA  //  Into Film, Training  //  No Comments

The AmmA Centre along with Into Film are offering a variety of different twilight courses which are all aimed at using Film as a means to raise literacy attainment.

These twilights are available to:

  • Primary Teachers
  • Post Primary Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Youth Workers
  • Youth Leaders

To apply follow the link at the bottom of the page and fill in our simple application form.

3C’s

Whenever you talk about Film language you use the 3C’s & 3S’s. The 3C’s and 3S’s framework is essential for Film construction and deconstruction. Having a better understanding of the 3C’s and 3S’s will provide a strong platform to help develop young people’s vocabulary, analytical and inferential skills when studying Film text.

This session will focus solely on the 3C’s and is suitable for all participants. We also strongly recommend that all applicants apply for one of the 3S’s sessions to further complete your understanding of how to construct and deconstruct Film language.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 15th October –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 4th February –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

3S’s

Whenever you talk about Film language you use the 3C’s & 3S’s. The 3C’s and 3S’s framework is essential for Film construction and deconstruction. Having a better understanding of the 3C’s and 3S’s will provide a strong platform to help develop young people’s vocabulary, analytical and inferential skills when studying Film text.

This session will focus solely on the 3S’s and is suitable for all participants. We also strongly recommend that all applicants apply for one of the 3C’s sessions to further complete your understanding of how to construct and deconstruct Film language.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 22nd October –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 11th February –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Filmmaking for Curricular Attainment

This session contains different activities to explore using filmmaking to raise attainment across the curriculum. This session will help increase confidence in filmmaking techniques and using equipment in the classroom. It will help identify ways to apply filmmaking in the classroom as well as identify the life skills developed through filmmaking. Through this you will develop an aesthetic sense behind filmmaking and how it can enhance enjoyment and understanding of the curriculum.

Although mainly suitable for teachers who are at the start of their filmmaking journey, this session is also ideal for those looking to brush up on their filmmaking skills and should also present new ideas to explore.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 12th November –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 18th February –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Filmmaking for Engagement

This session will explore using a variety of short filmmaking activities outside of a curriculum context. These short activities are designed to be used as a pick and mix to demonstrate a variety of strategies to engage young people with filmmaking, to share their ideas in both a structured and creative way.

Suitable for educators at the start of their filmmaking journey and can be used by schools as an extra-curricular activity as well as in non-school settings.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 26th November –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 25th February –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Stop Animation

Whether using stop animation, claymation, paper cut-outs, silhouette or scaled up animation this session aims to give you the building blocks so that you feel confident in using the filmmaking techniques as well as the filmmaking equipment when creating an animated Film.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 10th December –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 28th January –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

Wellbeing: Anti-Bullying

This session contains a range of activities to explore ways of using film and filmmaking to tackle anti-bullying themes and topics by bringing together film analysis and filmmaking techniques to give participants a deep understanding of how to use film as a tool for developing empathy in their learners.

The session is suitable for all participants – those who are just embarking on their journey into film as well as those who already have a sound understanding of film construction and deconstruction. This session includes two example films, but the activities that accompany these are designed to be relevant to any chosen text and can be differentiated for younger or less able learners by selecting a different text, chunking information into manageable steps and slowing the pace of delivery.

 

This 1 hour 30 minute course will run on the following dates:

Thursday 19th November –  3:30pm – 5:00pm
Thursday 3rd March –  3:30pm – 5:00pm

 

If you are unable to attend any of these twilights due to the Dates / Time / Location but would still like to receive training using the Into Film resources outlined above, please fill in an >> AmmA Support Request Form and outline:

  • When and where you would like the training to take place.
  • How many Teachers / Classroom Assistants / Youth Workers that would require training.
  • Which courses you would like to be shown.

If you have any enquires please contact Roberta on,

Tel: 028 3751 2920
Email: roberta.morton@eani.org.uk
>> To Apply click here.

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