Animation Design

Course

During the four-year Animation Design programme at the Design Department in Zwolle, you will take courses such as Animation and experience the practical field during an internship.

First year (Propedeuse): visual and reflective development

In the first year, the foundation will be laid for your visual and reflective development. A great deal of focus will be placed on broadening your perspective regarding fine art and design.

The first year commences with an introduction programme, which includes a multidisciplinary study trip to Berlin during the autumn holidays. All of the fine art study tracks in Zwolle will participate in this. The course Individual Research will be introduced, in which you will pair your fascinations and research with exploration of the field.

The second semester of the first year will begin with the project month in January. In this semester, there will be plenty of opportunity to experiment with different techniques, media, and research of forms.

Courses:

  • ThinK (Theory in Arts)
  • Animation
  • Animation/ Visual Research
  • Storytelling
  • Individueal Research
  • Study of Forms
  • Technical Skills

Second year: developing stories

Starting in the second year, you will work in the Animation Design workshop spaces and often in the animation studios. You will work on the development of stories: personal narratives, but also existing stories and on assigned situations derived from professional practice. You will take part in trade-related activities such as festivals, and in multidisciplinary projects, such as ArtEZ 24 Hour, Beeld en Geluid (Image and Sound), and the Winterlab. In the spring, you will go on a study trip to Germany together with students from the Illustration Design and Comic Design programmes.

Courses:

  • ThinK (Theory in Art)
  • Animation
  • Animation / Visual Research
  • Storytelling
  • Individual Research
  • Study of Forms
  • Technical Skills

Third year: deepening of knowledge and internship

In the third year, you will have the opportunity to work according to your own personal taste and, through this, you will aim to deepen your knowledge and skills. The research is based on personal visual and narrative qualities. In the second semester of the study year, you will complete an internship.

In the sixth semester, you can choose to go on an internship in the Netherlands or abroad or to go on an exchange.

Fourth year: specialisation and graduation

During the first semester of the final year, you will work on a practical assignment and start working on your ‘master test’, a production that shows your personal talent and ambition. The research is visual, reflective and theoretical.

ArtEZ finals

All students will show their graduation work during the ArtEZ finals in Zwolle. A visit to this graduation exhibition is a must if you are thinking of taking the Animation Design programme.