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  • Locations: Ottawa, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL Study Abroad Contact: Dominique Brown
Program Description:
Ottawa Animation Festival

The DePaul study trip to Ottawa is designed for undergraduate and graduate animation students who have an interest in attending the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest and most prestigious animation festival in North America. At the festival, students will have the opportunity to see screenings of competition, feature, showcase, and student programs; attend industry events, panels, and talks; and meet animators, critics, teachers, and animation directors from around the world. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the state of animation worldwide, increase their awareness of the international film festival circuit, and the domestic and international animation industry.

Students interested in participating in this program will apply, and will be selected by animation faculty based on their applications and on their standing in the animation program. Priority will be given to seniors and graduate students.

Prior to traveling to Ottawa, students will meet for a series of orientation and preparation sessions with faculty. These sessions will include readings and lectures on the history of animation festivals and of OIAF in particular, and overviews of what to expect and how to get the most out of their festival experience. Students will also be assigned a topic for a paper, reflecting on an aspect of the festival. These papers may include: interviews with animators, discussions of films and contemporary trends, or reports on industry topics. On returning to Chicago, follow-up sessions will be held, to discuss the experience and evaluate what was learned. Students will give a short presentation on the findings and analysis in their papers.


Chris Kalis is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and musician and his creative work includes motion design, narrative animation, sound design, music, and interactive media. He is a co-founder of the award winning and internationally recognized creative studio Plural and the Chicago-based electronic music collective Chandeliers. His music has received praise from The WIRE, Pitchfork, The Quietus, and Chicago Tribune and his animated music videos and films have screened at festivals nationally and internationally including the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Columbus International Film & Animation Festival, and Pictoplasma Conference and Festival Berlin. Chris has worked as a music director, composer, and sound designer for commissions from MTV International, a live score to Marcell Jankovics' Fehérlófia, a touring performance by Hubbard Street Dance, and the feature film "ORDERS". Chris has exhibited at the Hyde Park Art Center, Co-Prosperity Sphere, Public Works Gallery, and his work is in the Chicago Design Archive. He is currently working on writing and directing an animated short film.

Amy Lockhart is a filmmaker, animator and artist. Her animations have screened at festivals nationally and internationally, including the Ann Arbor Film Festival and International Animation Festival in Hiroshima, Japan. Lockhart has received fellowship at the National Film Board of Canada and support from the Canada Council for the Arts. She has completed residencies at Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society, Struts Gallery, and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Drawn & Quarterly published Dirty Dishes, a book of her paintings, sculptures and drawings in 2009.


All students will be enrolled in the following course:
 
Course ANI 390 (Undergraduate)/ ANI 490 (Graduate), Topics in Animation
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Fall 2019
Learning Domain: Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Amy Lockhart and Chris Kalis
Course description The program course is designed for undergraduate animation students who have an interest in attending the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest and most prestigious animation festival in North America. Students will travel to Ottawa with the purpose of attending the festival, which includes viewing screenings of competition, feature, showcase, and student programs; participating in industry events, panels, and talks; and meeting animators, critics, teachers, and animation directors from around the world. Students will be given the opportunity to learn about the state of animation worldwide, increase their awareness of the international film festival circuit, and the domestic and international animation industry.
Course Meeting Dates & Times: Meeting 1, Friday, Sept 8, 2017, CDM room 708 Meeting 2, Friday, Sept 15, 2017, CDM room 708 Meeting 3, Friday, Sept 22, 2017, Ottawa - TBA Meeting 4, Friday, Oct 13, 2017 CDM room 708s
Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.  

Located in a beautiful stone building, a 150 year old former Carleton County Gaol, steeped in history and built on fun! Free breakfast and Wifi. Located in the heart of downtown, walking distance to the Ottawa International Animation Festival as well as Parliament Hill, National Gallery of Canada, Byward Market, and various restaurants. Shared washrooms. Shared and private rooms available.
 

The focus of the program is the five days of the Ottawa International Animation Festival. Students will have the opportunity to attend all shorts programs and feature screenings at the festival, as well as social events, industry panels, and filmmaker talks.
 

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.

 

If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them.
 

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • Bring enough clothes for the weather, it can be equally warm and chilly.
  • Get out there and talk to a lot of people!

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.


Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Admissions Notification Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2020 05/01/2020 06/01/2020 TBA TBA