Are you a full-time missionary who needs art and animation training to help your team reach their target people group? Or are you an artist who loves God and wants to use your talent to help fulfill his global purpose? AniMissions might be your next step…

AniMissions is a 24-week training/production program. The course is registered with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) University of the Nations (course codes: CMC 267/268), as a fully credited school. AniMissions provides a learning environment where students will not only learn state-of-the-art computer animation skills, but will join a team that produces an indigenous, evangelistic, animated short film for one of the world’s unreached people groups. Participation in this program means you won’t just learn, but you will do as well.

What is AniMissions?

Course Content

Some of the topics covered in AniMissions:

  • Frontier Missions

  • Contextualization

  • Culture-Specific Media Strategy

  • Story Development

  • Storyboarding

  • Animation Design

  • Blender Basics

  • Blender Grease Pencil

  • Character Modeling and Rigging

  • Texturing and Rendering

  • 2D and 3D Animation

  • Motion Graphics

  • Sound Design

  • Film Editing

Upcoming AniMissions Schedule

UofN Schools

AniMissions 1: June 6 to August 28, 2021

AniMissions 2: September 5 to November 27, 2021

Note: AniMissions I and II are two parts of one single program. It is highly recommended that you participate in both of them for the best learning experience.


Meet the Instructors


Dave Hudson

Director, Create Taiwan

AniMissions School Leader

Dave graduated from California State University, Fullerton, with a BA in Art, and has been a professional illustrator for over 35 years. He and his wife, Wendy, joined Create International in 2008, and pioneered the School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions (SoCAM) in Thailand, in 2010. Since 2002, Dave has taught computer graphics in YWAM schools all over the globe, including the School of Illustration, School of Design, and the School of Digital Communications. His style runs the gamut between realistic technical drawing and whimsical cartoons, in both traditional media and digital art. He has also directed eight animated productions for unreached people groups in Asia.

Tod Polson

Tod Polson

Animation Design

Tod Polson received both his BFA and MFA from The California Institute of the Arts (Cal/Arts) under scholarship from the Walt Disney Co. His student film, Al Tudi Tuhak, won many awards including the Student Oscar. Between degrees, Tod apprenticed under the Oscar winning team of Chuck Jones, and Maurice Noble. Tod has worked extensively as a director, designer, and teacher, helping develop a variety of projects all over the world. Some of these projects include the Emmy award-winning El Tigre for Nickelodeon, the Oscar-nominated feature The Secret of Kells, and the Golden Globe-nominated, The Book Of Life. His animation design book, The Noble Approach, Maurice Noble and the Zen of Animation was published by Chronicle Books LLC. Currently, Tod is developing projects big and small from Thailand.


Matthew Ullrey

3D Graphics and Animation

Matthew was raised in a military family moving every three to four years, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Studio Art from the University of South Carolina with a concentration in graphic design. After graduating from college, he discovered the Joy of Painting with Bob Ross. For many years he honed his painting skills and also received training in computer science. It all came together when he enrolled at Full Sail University in Florida where he continued his education in the field of Computer Animation. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Computer Animation, he is presently working on independent projects and tutoring art students. Matthew is also now an official Bob Ross Instructor who considers himself a “tradigital” artist. He teaches both 3D animation and Bob Ross oil painting (but not at the same time).


Hans Widmer

Sound Design

Hans has had a distinguished 32-year career as a research engineer with the Johns Hopkins University, specializing in underwater acoustics.  He and his wife, Shaina, have extensive cross-cultural experience through having adopted ten children from around the world.  Recently retired, Hans is looking to apply his professional skills and life experience to missions, in particular to producing evangelistic films and animations for cross-cultural audiences.  Hans and Shaina joined YWAM in 2019, and became part of Create Taiwan staff that same year.  Hans participated in the Frontier Film-Making Seminar in which the film, “The Book” was produced for the Inner Mongolians.

Apply Now!

If you would like to be trained to reach the unreached through animation and take part in the production of one of our animated films, fill out our online application now. The AniMissions application deadline for the 2021 program is April 15, 2021.


A YWAM Discipleship Training School is a required prerequisite for AniMissions. Students will receive the 24 FLW credits toward a UofN degree.


Students should have some prior experience using a computer, and some artistic ability. They should bring their own laptop (Apple Macintosh recommended, but not required). They should also be comfortable working closely on a team in a cross-cultural setting. You will need to submit one application and two reference forms (one from your pastor and one from your DTS leader).


AniMissions is offered as a bilingual school in English and Mandarin Chinese.

Questions about AniMissions? Contact us at



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