A Hampshire College Student Working on Computer Animation

Animation and Digital Art

From traditional stop-motion photography and paper cutouts to entire worlds created within the computer, work in the areas of animation and digital art at Hampshire College is as varied as the school itself.

Hampshire uses a distinctive approach that combines individualized training with interdisciplinary collaboration between studio artists, animators, filmmakers, composers, and computer scientists.

Hampshire provides opportunities for students to develop their own voices as well as work on substantial team-based projects.

Our graduates emerge prepared to pursue careers as independent artists and/or as well-trained specialists in industry (Hampshire alums work at Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios, South Park, the Cartoon Network, and more).

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Sample First-Year Course

Women in Animation

This course is a general introduction to animated filmmaking with an emphasis on the creative contributions of women. Through readings, screenings, and discussions, students (regardless of gender) will explore the work of female animators, directors, painters, writers, and producers. These studies will inspire and inform production assignments in which students produce their own animations using both traditional and digital animation tools. No prior animation experience is expected in this first-year tutorial; ideal candidates will simply be curious about the art, history, and/or technology of the field.

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Facilities and Resources

Hampshire's campus is wired for wireless Internet and has an e-classroom, several computer labs, and media labs equipped with industry-standard software, facilities for computer animation and video editing, an electronic music recording studio, and a sound lab. Hampshire also has film-editing facilities, an imaging lab, and a photography studio.

Hampshire boasts six flat-bed film-editing machines, an optical printer, as well as Final Cut Pro digital editing suites, an Avid digital editing suite, and large-scale printers. In addition, Hampshire's Studio Arts building houses a third animation studio. A 42-node linux cluster is available as a render, composite, or compute farm.

Bit Films

Since 2002, Hampshire and Five-College students have benefited from the college's close relationship to independent production house Bit Films, which provides internship and mentoring opportunities for promising candidates. The short animated films produced through this connection have gone on to win dozens of awards from film festivals worldwide.

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Hampshire's interdisciplinary and collaborative approach to education produces remarkable results.
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