Jumbla Academy is a hands-on, intensive program that runs for 15 weeks at Jumbla’s Melbourne studio.

The course is designed to equip people with the skills needed to land a job in the industry or win work from clients.

It’s geared towards junior animators or recent graduates who are seeking additional practical experience in a real-world studio environment. It might also suit freelance artists wanting to refine their skill set and learn some of the cutting edge techniques shaping the industry today.

We conduct Jumbla Academy three times a year. The course is run for two full days (9am-5pm) over 15 consecutive weeks.


Jumbla Academy’s purpose is to help passionate people break into the animation and motion graphics industry, by bringing them inside that very environment.

Even our most talented animators here at Jumbla have been there before: nervous about how they’re going to crack into the industry, and worried about how they’re going to translate their knowledge into studio-friendly skills. Jumbla Academy is designed to make that transition less daunting.

We open our doors for 15 weeks, teaching students everything from practical techniques (which could see them halve the time spent on jobs) to polishing up projects and even helping create showreels, so they can present their best work to prospective employers.

We only accept seven students per class. That’s not because we don’t have the room: it’s because we don’t want you to feel like you’re at an academic institution. Instead, the conditions resemble what it’s like to work in a studio, under a creative director (subject to briefs and deadlines), while also enabling you to express your talents.

Why wait? Request an info pack now, to find out everything you need to know about Jumbla Academy! An application will be enclosed.








For starters, an awesome showreel!

You’ll get all the training needed to make a flashy showreel, filled with your own original content. This will be invaluable in helping you capture the attention of key figures in the industry, as it will instantly show what you’re capable of.


You’ll also have the opportunity to:

Learn detailed design techniques and processes

Achieve a higher quality of output and complete work more efficiently

Learn from a former Jumbla creative manager

Network with other animators and designers

Receive industry mentoring from animators in our studio

Add some shine to your CV, with new skills and experiences


  • 240 hours of in-studio learning
  • Hands-on training and feedback
  • Real-world projects to work on
  • The opportunity to meet (and observe the work of) creatives in the industry
  • Mentoring from an industry expert (current Jumbla animators)
  • No need to bring anything (hardware and software provided during course)
  • Unlimited business hours use of Jumbla computers throughout the 15 weeks


Jumbla Academy will take your craft to the next level. You’ll be amazed at how much you’ll grow in 15 weeks. You’ll be industry ready... because you’ll have solid experience within the industry.


Get into the studio, meet the Jumbla team, your tutor and mentor, and get settled down at your new part-time home for the next 3 months. Delve into Illustrator and learn about character design.


A refresher course on design elements and principles, as well as colour theory and typography. Put that knowledge to the test with a style frame design exercise in Illustrator.


Time to put those art skills to work as we get up to speed on Photoshop. Get the inside scoop on the studio's workflow for texturing vector assets.


It’s time to animate! Get a comprehensive first look at After Effects as we tackle how we make things move using the Principles of Animation. We deconstruct the almighty graph editor and bend it to our will.


We rig up our characters and start animating some a walk cycles. We then move onto tackling scene transitions and how we can use them to create super dynamic motion.


We look a little closer at After Effects and have a play with its most popular plugins. Animate a style frame and spend a whole day learning the ins and outs of Element 3D.

WEEK 7 - 9

This is where the fun really starts - this week, you start your own project working on character animation. Learning how to produce style frames, mood boards, storyboards and, of course, animation.

WEEK 10 - 12

Over these three weeks, you’ll be given brief number two: 
design-based animation. Use After Effects to create a typographic and motion based animation of studio quality.

WEEK 13 - 14

The final project; pool all that you’ve learnt into creating a short title sequence, as defined by a provided brief. Set out to impress by choosing from a variety of genres.


In the final week, our Creative Director will host a Q&A session, giving you the unique opportunity get advice and guidance from one of the best in the industry. Our Head of Production will also join in, providing invaluable insight into the industry’s hiring and production processes, and tips on what employers are looking for in a great animator. In the last week, you’ll also have a chance to revisit your past projects to add those extra touches of polish. And finally, you’ll be editing together your all important showreel to take with you into your now brighter future!

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who’s teaching?

Professor Lahiru


will be running your classes - you’ll be in good hands!

Lahiru is one guy who knows his stuff. As a creative manager at Jumbla, he’s worked on a diverse range of projects, from 2D corporate videos to immersive 3D video game cinematics.

Lahiru is passionate about turning aspiring animators into superstars. Having worked as the head of a team of junior creatives, he’s a proven training and development wizard!

“It’s great to see how much students attending Jumbla Academy grow in the space of just three months. The past students have really delved into it. It’s awesome to see them take skills and techniques they didn’t think they were ready for, and then apply them to work that is genuinely impressive. Even they themselves are surprised by how good their animation looks!” - Lahiru

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How do I apply?

Head to the bottom of this page to request an info pack. It contains more information about the course, as well as an application form.

What is the difference between Jumbla
Academy and Jumbla Internship?

Jumbla Academy is focused on learning and development, while Jumbla Internships are more for people who already have outstanding showreels.

Jumbla Internships are highly competitive. There are many people we’d love to take on board, but out of 50 applicants only one will be successful! The few offered an internship will be carefully mentored for 15 weeks, working on real client jobs (unpaid projects for charities and non-profit organisations). We often consider interns when recruiting full-time junior animators at Jumbla.

Jumbla Academy is an educational course, designed to bridge the gap between uni (or another form of study) and full-time work in the animation and motion graphics industry. The intensive course will teach you practical skills in a practical studio environment. It will also give you great content for your showreel.

Jumbla Academy is designed to get you noticed by prospective employers, just like Jumbla! It might also suit freelance artists who are hoping to learn some tips and tricks or update their skills. Jumbla Academy places are limited, but admission isn’t as selective as Jumbla Internships. Upon completing the course, you should feel confident applying for junior jobs at professional studios.

What’s the time commitment for Jumbla Academy?

The course is two set days a week (from 9AM to 5PM) over 15 consecutive weeks. To maximise learning outcomes, students are expected to also complete around 10 hours of homework each week.

When is the next semester?

The next semester will commence on the 24th of July 2017. It will run for 15 consecutive weeks, to finish on the 4th of November 2017.

Do I need any animation experience?

In order to be a successful applicant, students should have some animation or creative design experience. While the course will cover everything you need to know, having a good artistic eye and basic knowledge of software applications will be ideal. When applying, please provide links to anything which best demonstrates your skills, such as a folio or showreel.

Where will the course be held?

Classes will take place at Jumbla’s Melbourne studios, meaning you’ll be surrounded by lots of full-time animators working on real client projects! It’s a great glimpse into the world of a reputed animation studio.

Located at 34 Park Street, South Melbourne, the studio features lots of communal spaces, two courtyards, a table tennis setup and a PS4 and Xbox (we find it helps us stay creative)! There are plenty of cool cafes and rad restaurants nearby.

Can I take the course online?

At present, the course can only be taken in-person, in Melbourne, as it has a focus on hands-on learning in small groups. In future, Jumbla may consider rolling out an online course of some sort. Stay tuned!

What do I need to bring?

Just your skills and enthusiasm! Oh, and some lunch (or money to spend on lunch). We will provide all the hardware and software needed for your learning.

I’m already a good animator – is this course for me?

If you think your showreel is good enough to land an industry job, we’d recommend you flick us an e-mail (hireme@jumbla.com.au). If it’s good enough, we’ll likely be in touch (unfortunately, we may not be able to reply to everyone). Jumbla Academy is for those who find they’re unable to get the attention of studios or other future employers. It’s there to help people more confidently leap from their existing study into an animation and motion graphics career.


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Enter your details below to request an info pack, which also contains an application. Please note: course is available only to those able to study in Melbourne, Australia.