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What Sets US Apart?

Our Instructors

All of our instructors are experienced professional artists who currently work in the animation industry. Our instructors have extensive backgrounds in training, both in studio and school settings. They are not only some of the best artists in the world, they are also some of the best teachers!

All of the assignments and lecture content in our workshops are created to provide students with the same on-the-job challenges that professional artists face on a daily basis.

Our instructors share their experience and insights with you, to help you grow your skillset, make the most progress in your work and prepare you for the working world.

Small Groups

Workshop sizes are small and in-person. While "lecture based" workshops allow for larger groups to enroll, our "critique" based workshops are strictly limited to 8-10 students.

Small class sizes allow our instructors to spend the most amount of time providing feedback on student work and progress.

We find that small workshops encourage stronger connections, and greater collaborations.

All workshops take place in Emeryville, California unless otherwise noted.

Ask Me Anything!

Enrolled students are invited to attend Special "Ask Me Anything" panels at AnimC.

Throughout each term we bring in special Professional Guest Panelists from various disciplines and studios. Each guest has their own different and unique experiences to share.

Past AMA Panel topics have included Storyboarding, Character Design, Art Direction, VFX and Black Artists in Animation and Women Artists in Animation.

Critiques

At the Animation Collaborative, assignments are not graded. Students receive feedback on their work (critiques) and are expected to turn over the notes, just like artists do in a regular studio environment.

Our instructors will open up your digital files, help you troubleshoot and refine your splines, do drawovers and sketches, act out your shot, and maybe even do an interpretive dance, if it helps to provide clear and visual feedback on your work.

File iterations are saved and draw-overs are made available for you to take home right after your workshop meets.

Pricing

Our prices are competitive and we think you'll see that there's a clear benefit to enrolling in a small, in-person, professionally taught workshop.

A la carte education! Looking to expand your skillset, improve your demo reel, or perhaps you are not ready to commit to a 2-4 year degree program?

At AnimC, students can enroll in one (or more) workshops, and find out if it's the direction they're really interested in pursuing. We also offer discounts for taking multiple workshops during a given term, and for groups.

Students at AnimC can be (and often are) enrolled in other schools and/or programs, while simultaneously taking our workshops.

Community

The Animation Collaborative is home to up to 100 students each term.

Every term we enjoy seeing students put a pin in the World Map up on our wall, to show where they've come from to study here.

We strive to maintain a comfortable, professional and inspiring environment, in which students can meet, share, ask, learn, and make dramatic growth in their work.

Because networking is an important part of finding work, we encourage our students to take an interest in each other's work and growth, and to build lasting friendships that turn into great working relationships.

Your Voice

Suggest new workshops and instructors. We encourage students to suggest new workshop topics or instructors. At AnimC, you have the opportunity to shape your education. 

If you are looking for a specific workshop, let us know and we will do our best to make the workshop a reality.

We Care

We ask for and implement student input each term, and respond promptly to our student's feedback regarding their workshop experience.

We simply want the best experience for both our students and our instructors, and work hard to maintain the quality of the experience here at AnimC.