BA in Animation & Interactive Media
“Animation is not the art of drawings that move, but the art of movements that are drawn”
Norman McLaren, animator
Animators are directors without actors, who use stop-motion, drawing by hand and digital computer made forms, to create an alternative reality. They are responsible for the script, lighting, directing and music, the development of a production plan, editing and post-production. In today’s times, the extensive use of computers and the rapid development of technology as well as design software, have offered moving image unlimited possibilities. In the dominion of visual communication and information, Animation plays an important role, broadening the spectrum of possible applications.
Graduates of the Animation & Interactive Media programme create trademarks for TV stations and television programme titles, effects, video clips, cartoons, advertising spots and television productions, company presentations, virtual tours and multimedia productions. They also deal with design and game development, model making, 3D Stereoscopics, digital editing, special effects and DVD authoring. They are employed in television stations, film and advertising spot production companies, technical companies and architectural offices, as collaborators and advisors at production studios, special publications of the sector, or as independent professionals.
The Animation & Interactive Media programme is a three year course, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, by Middlesex University. It is a pioneering programme of studies. When it was founded in 1993, it was the first title of studies in animation and multimedia offered in Greece.
Today AKTO continues to be the leader in this educational field in Greece, with a fully equipped TV studio and Computer labs providing a full Animation software suit.
Following a personal interview and portfolio demonstration, from previous academic experience, should the work cover a broad spectrum of the syllabus, a student may be admitted to an advanced semester or year of studies and complete his/her studies through the Middlesex University programmes.
*This programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex award on successful completion.
The basic principles of design and the acquaintance with three dimensional space, various design methods, techniques and basic principles of artistic composition are some of the very first topics you will be taught.
Principles of direction, introduction to the expressive means of audiovisual production, with emphasis on the capabilities of the camera, management of television time, script elements, composition and basic elements of the image are also some of the areas we will work on during the first year of your studies.
At the same time, the basic principles of digital design, manipulation of image, model making and basic Animation techniques is knowledge that you will acquire through specialized design applications, such as Studio Max and Photoshop.
A private Television Studio, equipped with contemporary digital means, is available to students, offering a high level of technical education and professionalism.
Animation & New Technologies I – Traditional Animation Techniques I – Filmmaking I
Animation & New Technologies II – Traditional Animation Techniques II – Filmmaking II
Your second year of studies is characterized by a complete and in depth specialization on all areas of 3D Animation, Post production and Multimedia applications. You will be taught movement techniques of an advanced level, video editing and film editing.
You will learn how to create a Multimedia application, from the first stages to the final product. You will be introduced to the theory of sound and music and learn sound manipulation programmes, such as Sound Forge and Wave Lab.
Character animation, visual efects, video clip, trailer, DVD authoring, digital editing, is a series of applications, you will conquer through the use of specialized design programmes such as 3D Studio Max, After Effects, Painter, Premiere, Director, which AKTO includes into the programme of studies.
Through personal projects during the entire course of the academic year, students, upon completion of their studies, will present animation films, advertising spots, multimedia applications of high aesthetics and of a professional level. Due to the special technical nature of this discipline and the high demands in expertise, in order to further support its students, AKTO offers free access to computer studios, a TV studio, and digital editing units, while specialized staff is available for support and advice.
Animation & New Technologies ΙIΙ – Interactive Media I – Creative Animation I
Animation & New Technologies ΙV – Interactive Media II – Creative Animation II
Year 3 (Final year of the Bachelor Degree)
During this year you will have the opportunity to specialize on a specific field of your choise and combine all you have learned.
In the first semester you will develop a written research study (Dissertation) of 8,000 words, on a topic of your choice from 3D Animation or from Multimedia Productions. You are to present it to your tutors and class and be assessed. At the same time you are to prepare a creative project (subject) as preparation for your Main project, through workshops arranged by the College.
In the second semester you will work on your Main project on a topic of your choice, and present it. This should be accompanied by a document providing information on your research, showing your experimentation, explaining your creative selections and leading the examiner through the stages of your preparation to your final work. Your Main Project is a complex and original project, incorporating all the knowledge acquired during the programme. The Main project is presented to a tutor committee in the presence of an audience.
– Research Practices (Subject – choice)
– Main Project
In tertiary education, learning and teaching are distinguished for their gradually increasing attempts for self directed independent learning.
AKTO’s learning and teaching practices aim at developing autonomous personalities who can manage the knowledge produced. In a continuously changing professional environment, this educational commitment is of critical importance so as to secure students’ ability to remain competitive.
Art and Design studies at AKTO are based on a broad teaching and learning design. Amongst some of the teaching methods used are the following: Seminars focusing on the theory, lectures on relative topics, as well as workshops, presentations, educational excursions, competitions etc.
Teaching and Learning strategies are divided into three main categories:
Α. Projects – Seminars – Assignments – Lectures
In seminars and lectures students acquire access to notes, video projections and the required bibliography, in order to enable them to learn about all the different aspects of their discipline. Lectures contribute to absorbing basic knowledge, while seminars cultivate critical thinking and ability for multilateral communication. When necessary, extra lessons are also offered, in order to empower students’ learning.
The project briefs, which vary in number for each module and semester, include a detailed description of the requirements of a topic as well as the assessment criteria for the project.
Students’ progress is monitored through project assessment as well as various tests undertaken during seminars and lectures.
B. Additional teaching and learning methods
Knowledge and skills acquired during lectures, seminars and projects is enriched further through activities, such as visits to exhibitions, museums, factories, educational excursions, as well as participation in competitions, exhibitions of student works etc. These activities assist students in absorbing the basic concepts and experiencing their application in real life conditions.
AKTO has a long relation with the industry and the artistic community. This means that, throughout the course of their studies, they will have the opportunity to acquire updated information on important events and developments in their field.
C. Independent learning with the assistance of a supervisor
Supervisors are of vital importance to the entire programme of studies, especially during the final year leading to the Bachelor degree, during which regular meetings with a supervisor are the main teaching method used. The transition from a traditional form of learning to a more autonomous is in line with the general academic strategy of AKTO.
Για την πραγμάτωση των εκπαιδευτικών στόχων η διδασκαλία γίνεται σε σύγχρονες εγκαταστάσεις, εξοπλισμένες με την τελευταία τεχνολογική υποδομή.