Educating Animators Conference

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Media City, University of Salford, UK
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'Educating Animators Conference: Teaching the world’s most expressive artform'  is part of Manchester Animation Festival 2018 in collaboration with HE Partner – University of Salford (16 November 2018)

Call for Abstracts:

Animation may well claim to be the world’s most expressive artform. As it is open to collaborate with many different mediums it offers a platform that has no defined boundary. With limitless creative potential, approaching animation from an education point of view may sometime prove a challenge. The focus of the academic conference will be the pedagogic response to animation; how it is taught and understood across Higher Education, Schools, Community Workshops and within Industry itself. The interdisciplinary and heterogeneous nature of animation creates a complex and rewarding challenge to creating and delivering a creative curriculum. The new affordances of emerging technologies like VR, the expectations of learners, the historical and cultural contexts, and pressures of being commercially relevant also create tensions and opportunities to explore. The conference is an opportunity to share and debate good practice across the education sector, and open up conversations with industry to support knowledge transfer, to explore this creative industry and how we shape it through a curriculum.

We invite submission of : Proposal for Presentations of 15mins. The conference would like to encourage those engaged with Practice based Research that informs their teaching and learning - those that develop Artist Films, Prototypes, Documentaries & Behind the Scenes Videos of Case Studies / Projects are welcome to submit their work.  Presentations with films need be included within the 15mins.

List of Topics : Suggestions ( but not limited to )

  • Curriculum Development in Higher Education courses
  • Animation as an interdiscplinary form ( eg. computer games / illustration / graphic design )
  • Personal Practice as Teaching Material
  • Use of Online Resources ( eg. Plural Sight / )
  • Animation in Schools
  • Risk , Experimentation and Play
  • Delivering Animation History & Context within a course
  • Use of Archives in Teaching
  • Community Workshops and Societies
  • Continual Professional Development in Education / Industry
  • Technologies ( old and new | digital and analogue )
    Internships / Industry Mentoring
  • Engaging with Live Briefs / Competitions / Festivals
  • Showreels & Portfolios
  • Submission Guidelines

Interested individuals should send the application by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the following 2 separate files:

File 1 (Word or PDF): Name, Email, Affiliation (if any), Title, Bio (no more than 250 words), Link to Personal Vimeo / Youtube or DropBox content ( if appropriate )
File 2  (Word or PDF): Abstract for presentation (no more than 250 words)

Please do submit the abstract as a separate document without any personal information to enable blind review. include images in low resolution, web-ready formats (where appropriate)

The Harvard Referencing system must be used.
All abstracts should be submitted in Microsoft Word document files (.doc) or PDF


  • Abstract of 250 words : Deadline by Monday 10th September 2018 – sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Notification of Acceptance: 17th September 2018
  • Delivery of Presentation materials ( Slideshow / Video ) : 5th November
  • Venue: MediaCityUK, University of Salford, Salford, M50 2HE

About Manchester Animation Festival
Manchester Animation Festival  brings one of the UK’s biggest animation hubs together and invites the international community to join us to delight in all things animated. Animation is everywhere, from the smallest smart phone screen to the largest cinematic projection. Manchester Animation Festival unites artists, practitioners, students and enthusiasts and all those in between to savour the many and varied achievements of the animated form. If you’re an animation insider or just want to see something unique, you don’t have to be an animation aficionado to join us for animated short competitions, feature films, retrospective screenings, workshops, networking events, panel discussions, masterclasses and screen talks from the industry’s finest between 13, 14 and 15 November 2018.

All questions about submissions to the Educating Animators Conference should be emailed to

Annabeth Robinson | Course Leader BA(Hons) Animation
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  • 16/11/2018

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