Sun | Sep 23, 2018

New animation equipment for CARIMAC

Published:Monday | September 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Animation students and lecturers at The University of the West Indies' (UWI's) Caribbean School of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) will start the academic year with a new set of state-of-the-art digital design equipment.

The school has just received 75 new Wacom Intuos Pro creative tablets with digital pens to better teach its animation students to illustrate, edit or design in a completely digital workflow.

This batch of digital tablets is the first in a broader set of equipment requested by CARIMAC under the Youth Employment in the Digital and Animation Industries (YEDAI) Project being financed by the World Bank and administered by the government's YEDAI Unit.

Several other academic and training institutions in Jamaica will also benefit under this project.

The CARIMAC component, proposed and negotiated by Professor Hopeton Dunn, could also include 75 new high performance computers to upgrade animation and digital design labs at CARIMAC's Mona and Western Jamaica departments.

The project is part of a long-standing collaboration with the World Bank, the Government, UWI and other tertiary educational institutions to deliver high-quality training in animation in Jamaica.

It is in support of the development of new cutting edge careers for eligible young people in the country.

CARIMAC, which has played the leading role in the start-up of a degree programme in animation in the region, said it continues to upgrade its facilities, equipment and resources in line with global standards.

The school has entered into software agreements with leading Canadian software provider Toon Boom and other industry suppliers.

These industry relationships developed several years ago, when the UWI hosted the first Kingstoon Animation Festival and Conference in 2013, organised in Jamaica by the World Bank, the government and industry players.

In 2016, the second Kingstoon Conference was held at Edna Manley College, with CARIMAC hosting the pre-conference Youth Seminar.

UWI's first batch of animation degree students from CARIMAC are expected to graduate this year.