Arena launches animation-engineering course- DAE

Mumbai: Arena Animation has launched a new version of its 2.5-year comprehensive animation-engineering program – DAE. This program is available only at select Arena Animation centers across the country.

Speaking at the course launch, Arena Animation global head R Krishnan said, "DAE is a specialized program designed as per the industry demands & with the objective of making the student a complete animation professional. Designed with inputs from the industry, the animation engineering course serves as the perfect launch pad for students keen to pursue a rewarding career in animation."

This program offers a unique blend of digital and analog art skills, as well as an understanding of the creative and technical processes involved. In this course, students acquire a concrete foundation in art with drawing, storytelling, and design skills. They learn to draw, visualize, and effectively apply colour principles. With the mastery of character drawing, principles of animation, texture mapping, motion capture, and animation, students translate traditional art skills into the modeling of characters, objects, scenes, and virtual worlds. Skills in audio and video production are also covered, so that story continuity and believability become the hallmark of student productions.

However, an option of taking up a specialized DAE course focusing specifically on 2D or 3D animation is also now available, with each of the streams having duration of 1.5 years. This is meant for people who want to focus and specialize in one area only.

New Features of DAE 2008

* Concepts of Visualization, Illustration & Sketching
* Advanced Sketching with Sketchbook Pro
* Outdoor Sketching, Background & Layout Designing
* Visual Sketching & Story Weaving
* Concepts of 2D, Cel & Limited Animation
* Storyboarding with TBS
* Concept Design, Development & Storytelling Techniques
* Script Writing
* Pre-visualization & Concepts of Animatics
* Concepts of 3D
* Concepts of Rigging
* Character Design & Model Sheet
* Match Moving with Maya Live
* Concepts of Visual Fx
* Compositing with Fusion

To develop the ability of students to understand the animation process and production, special Knowledge Enhancers have been added to DAE 2008 at various levels of the course.  These are – photographic techniques, script writing, concepts of animatics, clean up, and puppet making.