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  • Locations: Ottawa, Canada
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: Fall
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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
How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
Ottawa Animation Festival

The DePaul virtual study abroad program is designed for undergraduate and graduate animation students who have an interest in participating in the Ottawa International Animation Festival, the largest and most prestigious animation festival in North America. During 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.

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. After the festival, 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.

 

Meghann Artes holds an MFA from the Animation Workshop at UCLA. In addition to her academic work, she has over fifteen years of entertainment industry experience working for companies like Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, Bix Pix, Noggin, NBC, ABC and Sesame Street. She has won both an Emmy and a Peabody and her short films have enjoyed success in film festivals both across the country and internationally. Her film Speed Dating (2014) was selected as a Short of the Week and won a national jury award at the USA Film Festival. Meghann’s latest film, Sleepy Steve (2015), a comically absurd short film that combines live action, animation and visual effects, is playing in film festivals now.
 
 
Joshua Jones is an animator, film maker, and Associate Professor at DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts. He received a BFA from Syracuse University in Computer Graphic Arts, and an MFA in Animation from The University of Southern California where he created the student Academy Award-Nominated film “A Short Lifetime's Poem of Memory.” As a stop motion animator at Will Vinton Studios, Jones animated on 8 episodes of the 3 time Emmy award winning show “The PJ's,” and the 2 time Emmy award winning UPN show “Gary and Mike.”

Following his stint as a puppeteer, Jones found renewed interest in his electronic roots, and went on to work as a CG animator in feature film and television. He has animated for studios and clients including Fox TV, Fox Kids, Warner Brothers, Crystal Sky, Creative Visual EFX, Skyler Animation Studios, Oregon Public Broadcasting and National Geographic. “Make It A Great Day,” his most recent animated film, was a project that began as part of DePaul University’s Project Bluelight and then continued on as a 2 ½ year online collaboration between faculty and students. It has screened at 28 film festivals both nationally and internationally.

 

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 2020
Learning Domain: Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Meghann Artes and Joshua Jones
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: TBD
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.  

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.

 

DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.
 

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 08/09/2020 08/14/2020 09/23/2020 10/04/2020