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 between 9am and 5pm, over 15 consecutive weeks.
Jumbla Academy also features a presentation and Q&A session with our Executive Creative Director and Head of Production. This unique opportunity will offer you valuable insight into the inner workings of an animation studio, and provide guidance on what employers are really looking for when recruiting junior animators and how to get your foot in the door.
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 twelve 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.
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:
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 yourself settled and meet your tutor, mentor, and the rest of the team before settling down at your new part-time home for the next four months. We delve into Illustrator and immediately begin learning about character design.
A refresher course on design elements and principles as well as colour theory and typography. Put this knowledge to the test with a style frame design exercise in Illustrator.
Apply your new art skills as we get up to speed with Photoshop. Learn about the studio’s workflow for texturing vector assets.
It’s time to animate! Get a comprehensive first look at After Effects, including how to make things move using the principles of animation. We also deconstruct the almighty graph editor and bend it to our will.
Time to rig up our characters and begin animating some walk cycles. From there, we can tackle scene transitions and use them to create super dynamic motion.
We dive head-first into Cinema 4D and uncover ways to work around the program, before embarking on a crash course in the basics of modelling with geometry. Next stop - making everything look snazzy with materials and lighting!
It’s time to get those polygons moving with a look at animation in Cinema 4D. Add and animate cameras to the scenes so you’re always getting the best angle. We examine how Cinema 4D and After Effects work together, wrapping the week with an animated style frame.
This is where the fun really starts. Using After Effects, you’ll create a typographic and design-based animation of studio quality while learning how to produce style frames, mood boards, storyboards, and of course - the final rendered animation.
During these two weeks you’ll receive your second brief - character animation. You’ll be focusing the animation around a central hero character, which will include at least one complete walk cycle.
It’s time to pool all you’ve learned into a short title sequence, in line with a provided brief - choose the genre of your preference and get ready to impress.
In the final week our Creative Director will host a Q&A session, providing a unique insight into studio life, along with advice and guidance from one of the best in the industry. Our Head of Production will join the fun, revealing the industry’s hiring and production processes, along with tips on what employers are looking for in a great animator (tip: bring a pen - this is some good stuff!). You’ll also have a chance to revisit past projects to refine the details and produce your pièce de résistance - a showreel of your most impressive work!
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," says Lahiru. "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!”