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News: AniMissions Update


Last year in June, we announced on this blog a new direction in our training program at Create International Taiwan. We retired our School of Cartooning and Animation for Missions (SoCAM) and began designing a new school called AniMissions. The main reason was to focus more on animation and less on comics, since the new Frontier Comics Seminar (FCS) is covering that topic so well. Since that time, there have been some changes, so here is an update.

School Schedule

We had originally planned to run AniMissions from May 23 to November 13, but have moved those dates back to June 6 to November 27. However, because of the current situation with the pandemic, we may need to move those dates again. We don’t know when the current travel ban on foreign nationals entering the country will be lifted. You can can check the AniMissions website for the latest information.

Online Training

We had hoped to register our course with the University of the Nations Extended Studies in order to make the course available online for non-DTS students. However, we were unable to register the course in this way due to strict UofN policies regarding the DTS requirement.

So the course will run as a standard UofN course for 24 credits, which will require DTS as a prerequisite. We are making an online version of the course available outside the UofN system to certain qualifying teams that are working with Unreached People Groups. In this case, a DTS would not be required. If your team is interested, email us for more information.

CG Cookie

One exciting development is our partnership with CG Cookie, an existing online training site that has some of the best Blender courses in the industry. This means that most of the weeks in AniMissions will be taught by online experienced Blender artists while still being facilitated by our own 3D guru, Matthew Ullrey. Our other staff, who are currently learning now, will also help students with their ongoing coursework.

“I can’t think of a better way for an artist to spend six months of their life than to use their art and computer skills to reach the unreached through contextualized animation.”

As of today, we have three students planning to come to Taiwan this summer for AniMissions. I can’t think of a better way for an artist to spend six months of their life than to use their art and computer skills to reach the unreached through contextualized animation. Interested in joining us? Apply for AniMissions today!

- Dave H.

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