UTS Animal Logic Academy announces Ian Thomson as new head
Sydney, Australia; The University of Technology (UTS) today announced Ian Thomson as new Head of UTS Animal Logic Academy (UTS ALA) as it embarks on its next inspiring chapter as a world leading animation and visualisation school.
The UTS ALA’s Master of Animation and Visualisation (MAV) program is offered in partnership with production studio Animal Logic through the UTS ALA. It is the first of its kind in Australia, offering students the opportunity to work collaboratively with fellow students, industry partners and mentors in a custom-built studio where real-world production pipelines are emulated. The UTS ALA offers a state of the art educational experience, designed to foster the next wave of creators, producers, developers and artists, who will contribute to raising Australia’s global reputation as a centre of innovation and creative excellence.
Ian comes to UTS with valuable experience and knowledge following his most recent work at Macleay College where he led and designed courses for the Advertising and Digital Media Faculty. Ian has over 30 years of international experience as an industry leading educator, filmmaker, digital and social media author, writer and designer.
With Australia continuing to develop an international reputation for world class animation and visual effects through production companies like Animal Logic, it’s an exciting time and place to be pushing the boundaries of what animation and visualisation can achieve in creating new worlds, experiences, research, careers and opportunities - Ian Thomson
Offered to students since 2017, the MAV is a one-year postgraduate degree structured specifically to hone the development of creative and technical talent and offer learning opportunities as closely matched to a professional production experience as possible. With particular emphasis on advanced computer graphics and emerging technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, the UTS ALA produces professionally-trained, industry-ready graduates. Since it began, the MAV has seen enrolments grow over 50%, feeding industry appetite to employ talented and ready-to-work visual professionals and creatives.
Ian commenced his extensive career as a Visual Effects Designer where he had the opportunity to work on multiple projects with Zareh Nalbandian, CEO of Animal Logic. “Not only does Ian bring an incredible range of experience to the Academy but also an emphatic commitment to the development of talent in our industry,” says Nalbandian.
As Head of UTS ALA, I am confident that Ian will champion creativity and innovation, and make sure that students are ready to take up the fantastic job opportunities that await in the fields of animation and visualisation - Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian
UTS Animal Logic Academy recently received multiple accolades at the 2019 Rookie Awards. The Rookie Awards are an annual celebration of the best aspiring design and media entertainment artists from around the world. UTS ALA received similar acknowledgements in the previous year, a testament to the standard of work and the innovative, creative and technical approach students have to their projects.
Applications are now open for 2020 enrolment in (MAV).
For more information about the UTS Animal Logic Academy and the Master of Animation and Visualisation, visit: https://animallogicacademy.uts.edu.au/
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