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Why study at Jumbla Academy?

Our students tell us there’s nothing quite like honing their skills in a working animation studio, and we wholeheartedly agree.

In fact, Jumbla Academy was introduced in 2016 to prepare university graduates for this very purpose.

Today, Jumbla Academy is more than a bridge for fledgling animators and motion designers to full-time creative work.

This year we’ve introduced streams for:

  • Existing graphic designers to add motion to their work
  • Working animators to learn more advanced techniques.
  • Studios to upskill their staff.
  • Industry-leading program Cinema 4D.

While the courses have evolved, our goal remains the same - to build skills and confidence to flourish as animators.

And it’s for good reason. A survey of people who were considering enrolling in Jumbla Academy revealed more than 85% believed their showreel was only ‘average’ or ‘needed improving’ - the two lowest ratings.

We're here to help change those perceptions for the better!

 

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The stats

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90% of students surveyed say their animation skills vastly improved after studying at Jumbla Academy.

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76% of students said they learned more in their four-month Jumbla Academy course than they did during their time at university.

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64% of students said Jumbla Academy was a ‘very important’ factor in securing a job in the creative industry.

Long courses

20-week course

Motion Design Foundations

 

Your introduction to the world of animation and design. Initial weeks focus on learning the fundamentals of design elements and principles, before covering best-practice 2D workflows and techniques for motion design. No prior design or animation experience needed.

 

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20-week course

Animation in After Effects

 

Learn how to create high-quality design, character and text-based animations in After Effects with rigging, transitions, plugins, 3D and more. Best suited for existing designers who have a solid understanding of Photoshop and Illustrator and want to add motion to their repertoire.

 

 

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20-week course

Cinema 4D

 

Build your knowledge of 3D modelling and motion design principles with this comprehensive Cinema 4D course. Learn the software inside-out and master best-practice 3D workflows & transforms in Jumbla's working animation and motion design studio.

 

 

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20-week course

3D Character Design & Animation

  

Introduce yourself to the powerful  Autodesk Maya by learning how to develop stylised characters, scenes and logo animations. Great for creatives looking to develop their knowledge of 3D character design, rigging and animation principles.

 

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Short courses

10-week course

Animating a Logo in After Effects

 

A great short course for illustrators and aspiring motion designers, Animating a Logo in After Effects covers motion graphics fundamentals and equips you to animate text, photography and other graphic elements.

 

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10-week course

Character Design & Animation With Puppet Rigging

 

Learn how to create a realistic walk cycle and animate characters with purpose and presence, using Adobe After Effects. Character conceptualisation, head rotations, track matting and lip syncing - it's all here.

 

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"Three months of Jumbla Academy versus three months of uni? I know which I’d choose. You meet way cooler people here too! “

 

Sam Batty

Jumbla Academy Graduate

Immerse yourself in studio life

At Jumbla Academy, you’ll operate under tight deadlines, learn industry best practice, and get a feeling for what it’s like to work on real client briefs.

 

All the while, you’ll be immersed in the energy of our working studio and share communal lunch tables with leading animators and motion designers.

 

You’ll also learn insider tips from our guest lecturers, which cover:

 

  • Exactly what production and HR bosses look for when hiring, and how to meet their requirements.

  • Why a killer showreel is your ticket to landing a job interview, and the elements you must include.

  • The importance of developing a signature style and brand for yourself, and what that means in practice.

  • The fundamentals of sound design and composition for motion graphics.

  • And a whole lot more!

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Jumbla Academy outcomes

Jumbla Academy graduates are highly sought-after because they possess the practical, in-studio experience and skills that help them smoothly transition into a creative workplace.


Our students have gone on to secure work at animation and motion graphics studios, in-house corporate teams, and as freelancers.


Jumbla Academy has also helped scores of existing freelancers generate more work thanks to their broader skillsets, improved technical knowledge and adherence to industry best-practice.

 

You'll also have the opportunity to apply for one of the two internships offered each semester.

 

If you're looking for some guidance in scoring your first job in the industry, check out The Definitive Guide to Landing a Career in Animation (based on 3000+ job applications).

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Who studies at Jumbla Academy?

We have people from so many different industry and educational backgrounds it’s hard to narrow down!

 

From graphic designers and animators, to video editors, photographers, marketers and account managers - we’ve helped them all improve their animation skills and knowledge.

 

Here’s a list of some of the most common backgrounds of people who study at Jumbla Academy:

 

  • Graduates looking to land their first job in the creative industry.
  • Graphic designers and freelancers who want to enhance their skillset.
  • Studio owners interested in broadening their offerings by upskilling creative staff.
  • Current animators looking to upskill generally, or hone in on a specific technique.
  • Anyone who wants a killer motion design / animation showreel.
  • People seeking a solid technical foundation upon which to make a career change.
  • Anyone who loves learning in a fun and nurturing environment!
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Jumbla Academy benefits

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Studio Environment

 

Hone your skills in a ‘live’ studio environment, get to know your classmates, and chat with Jumbla’s crew while you grab a bite over the communal lunch table.

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Showreel

 

Walk away with a killer showreel for your next job application or client pitch. It’s the number one consideration for potential employers and clients - before they even look at your CV or proposal.

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Insider Knowledge

 

Learn how studios really work and ask your burning questions to your teachers and guest lecturers, including Jumbla's Head of Production and our Executive Creative Director / Co-Founder.

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Skills you need

 

Walk away with the skills, knowledge and confidence to embark on your next animation project - whether you’re in-house, working at a graphic design studio, or freelancing.

Student testimonials

I became super busy after I made my showreel at Jumbla Academy. It's actually non-stop, and I'm working on interesting projects. I've been using 200% of the skills that I learnt at Jumbla Academy, so thank you!

 

Aya Hatano

Jumbla Academy Graduate

University is amazing but it is quite an insular environment, whereas with Jumbla you're in studio. You're in the same environment as people who are doing the job every single day.

 

Alexandra Nel

Jumbla Academy Graduate

Every Sunday I was like, "Awesome Monday coming up." Even though in most cases I didn't have my assignment ready, I was just psyched to get in to class! It's a creative atmosphere that inspires you to give it your best.

 

Paul Ziola

Jumbla Academy Graduate

Course overviews

20-week course

Motion Design Foundations

 

160 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Tuesday and Thursday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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20-week course

Animation in After Effects

 

160 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Monday and Wednesday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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20-week course

Cinema 4D

 

160 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Tuesday and Thursday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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20-week course

3D Character Design & Animation

 

160 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Wednesday and Friday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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10-week course

Animating a Logo in After Effects

 

40 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Monday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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10-week course

Character Design & Animation With Puppet Rigging

 

40 hrs total contact time

Class duration is four hours every Wednesday at Jumbla Studio in South Melbourne.

 

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Student testimonials

The most valuable thing I learned would probably be the new mindset and thought process from starting a project to finishing it. My technical skills are also far more efficient and effective compared to trying to figure things out by myself.

 

I also learned about the studio's process in tackling a brief and the professional work process.


Titana Rosari

Jumbla Academy Graduate

One of the best things about the academy and internship was working alongside all the amazing people. To anyone thinking about signing up to Jumbla Academy, do it, it's worth it. 

 

With every project I worked on, I got faster at completing it, while still producing high quality work.


Tracey Theseira

Jumbla Academy Graduate, former intern

and full-time Jumbla Studios Motion Designer

I'm currently working at Studio Moshi in Richmond as an animator on a 2D kids TV series. The puppet based animation techniques I learned at Jumbla Academy really helped to secure this job because I understood a lot of how a basic rig basic works - I found diving into more complex rigs not so intimidating and pretty easy to understand.

 

Working to deadlines and remembering to put some time into research every day has also helped as we are on four nightly deadlines for this job.


Anna Nicolson

Jumbla Academy Graduate

Your Mentors

Who's teaching?

Lahiru Karunaratne

 

Lahiru began his career working in film before making the transition to animation with a Jumbla internship in 2013. He soon came on board as a full-time employee, before working his way through the ranks to become a  creative manager. The Jumbla Academy 'OG'.

 

Alyssa Smedley

 

After completing an honors degree in Digital Media Design at Swinburne, Alyssa arrived at Jumbla in 2015 to begin her internship (she was hired to work here full-time before she even completed it!). Plying her trade as part of the 2D web team, Alyssa first began mentoring Jumbla Academy students who were studying in Lahiru’s class in early 2017.

Richard Shilling

 

Richard began his animation career in 2014 after completing an Animation and Interactive Media degree at RMIT. Richard recently joined the Jumbla team as a full time 3D artist in early 2018 and quickly showed a passion for not only creating 3D content, but teaching it too.

 

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About Jumbla Studios

Jumbla is a design-driven animation and motion graphics studio based in Melbourne and London.

Our 40-strong team spans the globe and works to apply the best production, script writing, creative, design and technical practices to help clients successfully tell their stories.

We’re proud to work with industry leaders including Microsoft Studios, Riot Games, Leo Burnett, McCann, ANZ, Barclays, QANTAS, Toyota, Suzuki, Ogilvy, BBC, ESPN, and Netflix - to name just a few.

Our experience with the largest corporations is balanced by the projects we tackle for smaller boutiques and owner-operated businesses, in addition to our pro-bono charity work.

The educational arm of the studio - Jumbla Academy - was introduced in 2016 to help the next generation of animators and graphic designers equip themselves with the technical and soft skills required to land (and keep) a job in the competitive Australian creative industry.