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IADT Sign Historic Transatlantic Agreement for Animation Education
08 Jun 2018 :

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design + Technology (IADT), Ireland and the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning (Sheridan), Canada, have signed a memorandum of agreement to explore the development of collaborative programme, accredited by IADT for animation education

Our partnership is a significant moment in the story of Animation Education in Ireland and in Canada. IADT is proud to partner with Sheridan College which has a prestigious reputation globally…” Dr Annie Doona, President, IADT

In Ontario, the visual effects and animation industry has grown over 300% since 2011, employing more than 7,000 artists and contributing over $400 million in revenue to the province, according to the Computer Animation Studios of Ontario (April, 2018).

This is an exciting opportunity. The staff at Sheridan College Animation Department and IADT Animation Department have engaged and developed a relationship over the last year. We are looking forward to a fulfilling partnership with IADT”, Ronni Rosenberg, Dean, Animation and Game Design

The Irish animation industry has long been a creative cornerstone of Ireland’s vibrant film industry, and has also witnessed substantial growth in the last decade. It is an integral and important component of Ireland’s digital and creative economy, employing 1,600 full-time staff. Award-winning features and shorts, animated programming for adults, apps and games are being made here by our dynamic, technically advanced—and entirely indigenous—2D and 3D studios.

The National Film School at IADT is delighted to sign this MOU with Sheridan College in Canada. We can now begin the process of designing a new MA in Animation in earnest, the first of its kind in Ireland. There are clear synergies between the two institutions and we look forward to developing an even deeper relationship to the benefit of all our students.” Rónán Ó Muirthile, Head of Film & Media, IADT.

The partnership is facilitated under the Ontario Agreement and has been supported by the Higher Education Authority, Ireland.

This international partnership comes at a great time for the technological higher education sector and we are particularly delighted to see such a specialist alliance in the animation sector. Animation is clearly a growing industry using cutting edge new technologies and it is fitting that IADT and Sheridan have agreed such a progressive partnership." Dr Joseph Ryan, CEO THEA

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