A new animation diploma program at Okanagan College will give students the skills needed for careers in the animation industry in the Okanagan and support the growing B.C. tech sector.
The Province of B.C. is providing $250,000 to support the first year of the two-year program. The diploma was developed in response to requests from the local Okanagan animation industry and will train the next generation of animators, with a strong focus on 2D, digital 2D and 3D animation technology and the ability to specialize in the second year.
The diploma is designed to help students develop artistic creativity and programming skills required by the digital industry and enable development of the industry in the Okanagan region.
The first intake of students will take place in September 2017; students will complete the program in April 2019.
The #BCTECH Strategy is a key component of the BC Jobs Plan to support the growth of British Columbia's vibrant technology sector and strengthens B.C.'s diverse innovation economy. The multi-year strategy includes a $100-million BC Tech Fund and initiatives to increase talent development through graduate seats, co-ops and coding, and market access for tech companies to drive innovation and productivity throughout the province.
Premier Christy Clark, MLA for Westside-Kelowna –
“There is a dynamic animation industry flourishing in the Okanagan. This diploma program is a first step towards a great career in a growing field both here at home, or anywhere in the world.”
MLA for Kelowna-Lake Country Norm Letnick –
“Government is providing a full year of funding to support students in the new animation program. Post-secondary institutions like Okanagan College are helping to build a strong talent pool for B.C.’s growing entertainment technology sector.”
MLA for Kelowna-Mission Steve Thomson –
“Students will be able to learn from industry professionals in Kelowna’s animation district. The relationships they will develop will stand them in great stead for the future, when it is time for work experience and ultimately as they begin their careers.”
Okanagan College president Jim Hamilton –
“The Province’s support for this program is welcome news for students as well as the employers in industry who will soon have access to a group of highly skilled animators right here in the Okanagan.”
Okanagan College Animation Diploma: http://webapps-5.okanagan.bc.ca/ok/Calendar/animation-diploma