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Organisation: AARDMAN
Location : The course takes place in person at Aardman – Gas Ferry Road, Bristol.

Are you passionate about animation? Are you an autistic young adult finding it difficult to get into the industry? Do you want to meet the fantastic teams of FlyCheese and Aardman Studios? During our FREE 2-day workshop on 14th and 15th November 2023, participants will engage in activities with armatures, puppets and animation. Participants will also have the opportunity to meet industry professionals and present their portfolios.

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More about the role

What will I be doing?

Course structure: Day 1: Arrival & welcome. Tour of the building & Studio (subject to conditions such as confidentiality) Break Practical activities Lunch break Practical activities Break Activity: The importance of networking and overcoming barriers Meet & Greet with Aardman professionals End of Day 1 Day 2: Practical activities Lunch break Practical activities Break Activity: What does a good portfolio looks like? Portfolio presentation and feedback from industry professionals End of Day 2 and course How to apply: Please fill out this online form to register your interest: https://forms.office.com/e/u5jf3W8fK2 Deadline for applications is Sunday 8th October 2023 at 8pm. Applicants will be notified by email if they have been granted a space by Sunday 15th October.

Who is this opportunity suitable for?

This course is ideal for young adults aged between 18 and 35 years old who are autistic and have a passion for animation.

What age is this suitable for?

Education & skill required?

You do need to have some experience to attend this workshop, even if your experience is from self-teaching as there will be networking and portfolio sharing opportunities. We want to open doors to people who might not have had such opportunities. The course is led by industry professionals from Aardman and Flycheese.

Who will be there?

Please contact Pauline if you have any questions about the course: Pauline.mallam@aardman.com

Start date and time

14th and 15th November. Hours are 9.45am-5pm with a lunchbreak at 12.30 and various comforts breaks throughout the day. An accessibility handbook is available. Each participant will get 1-1 (online) time before the start of the course to discuss needs and desired outcomes, with Pauline Mallam (EDI Manager).

About the organisation

Who we are

“For over 40 years, Aardman has entertained and charmed the world, creating much loved characters, and bringing unforgettable stories to life. We live and breathe the values that underpin our creative processes and culture – integrity, excellence, humour, independence, collaboration, and openness. We are committed to providing a workplace where people and ideas can truly thrive and strive to have a positive impact on our local community.”


The course takes place in person at Aardman – Gas Ferry Road, Bristol.

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