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Animation Summer Intensive

Animation Summer Intensive

The UNC System has canceled all residential and face-to-face summer programs for summer 2020 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. We will update with information about online options no later than Friday, April 10. For students enrolled in programs that cannot offer an online version, or students who are not interested in an online program, we will refund all payments. A schedule of refunds by program will be avaialble no later than Friday, April 10. For questions, please email

In the School of Filmmaking’s Animation Summer Intensive, you will immerse yourself in a demanding and stimulating program designed to unlock your artistic abilities and provide you with the skills and tools needed to become an animator.

This program, open to rising high school freshmen through incoming college freshmen, will introduce first-time students to the fundamentals of animation and returning students to more advanced studies in the field. Within our conservatory approach to learning, you will experience all the elements of animation first–hand: visual storytelling, screenwriting, storyboarding, cinematography, directing, animation production, and editing. You will also gain hands-on knowledge of various forms of animation such as hand-drawn animation, stop motion animation and 3D computer animation, all with our state-of-the-art animation facilities, individual instruction from our highly-experienced professional animators and the collaborative efforts of your fellow student animators.

Beyond the studio, you will dive into the history, fundamentals and execution of animation through lectures, presentations and screenings with the goal of enhancing your appreciation and awareness of the tools and techniques of animated storytelling as well as their impact on the audience. You will participate in classroom critiques throughout the two-week session, and in a screening and reception for families and friends as a grand finale. No prior experience is required for first-time attendees, just your serious passion for developing your own animation and storytelling skills.

Two sections of the Animation Intensive will be offered in 2020. Beginning students may register for either Session 1 or Session 2.  The Advanced track is offered only is Session 2.